Russian Duo

Russian Duo


From Russian roots to classical favorites, from vocals to ragtime, the Russian Duo is an magical collaboration between virtuoso balalaika and concert piano, creating a vibrant, cross-cultural musical experience.


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.


Set List

Program Description

The Russian Duo is a unique blend of folk, traditional, classical and ethnic music. The music is performed on piano, balalaika, and voice. You will also hear the Russian folk instruments jaleika and treschotki.

The program represents the diversity of Russian culture, ranging from humorous pieces, elaborate sets of variations, pulsating dance numbers, lilting folk songs, gypsy melodies, and lyrical romances. The music is diverse - at times reserved, soulful, vigorous, mischievous, and vibrant.

Classical selections draw from Mozart, Schubert, Paganini, da Falla, Johann Strauss and Dvorak. The Russian Rag, Hungarian Czárdás, Yiddish Tum Balalaika, and Brazilian Tico Tico will appeal to all audiences. These transcriptions for piano and balalaika include virtuosic cadenzas and special strumming techniques.

The combination of piano and balalaika offer the listener a remarkable musical experience. Oleg & Terry have a infectious, magical rapport w