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"Paula Leigh-Doyle, Director"

" . . . they played passionately seamlessly across a broad variety of musical genre . . . from Russian folk to ragtime." - Hershey Montessori School

"Golnar Parry, Musician & Artist"

" . . . absolutely superb level of musicianship." - Director of Development, Hershey Montessori

"Robert Spano, Music Director"

"For a folk musician to be able to achieve the precision of a classical musician is rare, as rare as it is for a classical musician to deliver the freedom and spontaneity of a folk musician." - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

"Terry Miller, Professor of Ethnomusicology"

"No other instrument symbolizes Russian culture better than the distinctive triangular-shaped balalaika. Until now, I have not been aware of any professional level balalaika players in the Midwest, let alone Ohio." - Kent State University

"Robert Spano"

"With music of elan, finesse passion so virtuosically rendered, this duo's performances are irresistible." - Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra




Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, have teamed up for exuberant performances of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration highlights the mysterious sounds of the balalaika underscored by the vast expressive range of the piano. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian songs meticulously translated into English.
Russian Duo is on the rosters of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council "Ohio Artists on Tour."

Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika, was born in Omsk City, Siberia, Russia in 1966. Educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory, he performed as balalaika soloist with many Folk Russian groups. From 1989-91 he toured Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia and Ukraine with the Urals State Folk Choir. For three years Oleg played with the band "Siberian Mosaic" touring the Irkustsk region of Siberia. Between 1993 and 1998, he traveled with the Urals Folk Ensemble "Prikamie" performing in France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Turkmenistan.
Oleg has also appeared with the Russian Folk instrument quartet "Golden Russia." He has participated in many International Festivals, among them the 1997 Folklore du Monde Festival de Bray-Dunes. Oleg moved to the United States in 1998 to become part of "Moscow Nights" touring extensively in Canada, Alaska and 45 states in the Continental United States.

Terry Boyarsky, pianist, has been performing chamber music for over 35 years. She has collaborated with singers and dancers across the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland and Venezuela. Terry holds a BA in experimental psychology from Reed College, a BM in Eurhythmics from Cleveland Institute of Music, and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Kent State University.
Terry has taught and created events for institutions such as the Dalcroze Society of America, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Hawaii, Rowe Center in Massachusetts, and Kasetsat University in Bangkok, Thailand and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Terry is a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, the Kennedy Center’s Ohio State-Based Initiatives, and Ohio Arts Council. She sings with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland.

"With music of élan, finesse and passion so virtuosically rendered, this duo’s performances are irresistible." - Robert Spano, Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Oleg and Terry are affiliated with International Performing Arts for Youth and the Ohio Arts Presenters Network.