ABS Wins Strathmore Concert Competition Besting 33 others in the performing arts, the American
Balalaika Symphony was selected as the winner of the
Great Strathmore 25th Anniversary Giveaway competition.
ABS will perform in the Music Center on January 16, 2010.
In recognition of its achievements, ABS was recently awarded the Grand Prize in the 2007 International Music Golden Trophy Competition, held in New York. A panel of six distinguished judges from the United States, Japan, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine selected the ABS from among 87 participants from around the world.
Also in 2007, ABS was honored at the 5th annual international competition, Musical Vladivostok 2007, held in Vladivostok, Russia under the auspices of Russia's Federal Culture and Cinematography Agency.
In May 2008, ABS conductor and artistic director, Peter Trofimenko was honored by the prestigious Russian Academy of Folk Music.
What our audiences are saying...
"What a joy! What fresh music! It is great to see that today people still write (and you play) music that actually makes you think and touches upon deep feelings in your soul.
"Aria swept us away. My husband felt it so deeply that he even cried during this piece.
"The virtuosity of your guest artists and the entire orchestra is outstanding. Ms. Khaninova and Mr. Gorbachev are superb! We also enjoyed the variety of your show, and are looking forward to the next."
program was phenomenal! Each piece performed was a treat for the ears. It was
the first time I have ever heard the accordion featured in a symphony and the
utilization of the percussion section was amazing!”
and the orchestra comported themselves very well. I suspect the orchestra will
be getting more invitations to perform at Strathmore!”
on a glorious concert this evening! You had a packed house, the audience was
truly pleased (...standing ovation!!!). You have much to be proud of. “
“We had a wonderful time listening to the beauty and depth of numbers like
Bonfire, Evening Bells...(so many to mention). ABS was in great form!”
“I cannot say enough glowing things about this performance. A very accomplished group
giving their all and we appreciated it. Conductor fabulous!! We had no idea
there were so many different balalaikas. We would like to hear them again. Thank
“The concert was wonderful. My guest, who knows a lot
more about music than I do, was equally impressed by the quality of the playing.”
"Wonderful concert! Thank you!”
been to several concerts at Strathmore and no audience has shown as much
appreciation (long applause) as the one did for ABS tonight.”
thought the orchestrations were very good and with all the (semi-) solo parts
gave great variety and opportunity to show off musician talent and
interpretation… I thought the orchestra was well held together despite the tempo variations built into the charts…
the music selection well chosen, presenting nice variation and fine solo renditions.”
enjoyed every piece but are in love with Evening Bells. Could listen to it over
on a terrific concert—to you as the maestro, Anna and all your players… You
have created a loyal audience that virtually filled up this huge hall.”
"As I was listening, I realized again how much I love the sound of the
balalaika—it has a certain cheerfulness. ..Anna's warm smile right behind you
is worth the price of admission (and I mean at Kennedy center levels). A great
concert was fabulous and your composition the best! Congratulations!
lovely evening of beautiful music and in such a gorgeous place!
“Hope to attend another one of your concerts soon!”
was a great concert... thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
enjoyed the ABS Saturday night, especially the Children of
Captain Grant Overture, the Zaporiz'kyi Cossack March (good rousing Russian
music) and Evening Bells. To me, it sounded like Peter wrote Evening
Bells specifically for his orchestra.”
wonderful experience. The music was breathtaking—romantic, moving—a great
selection of compositions and excellent performance.”
it. I have an attachment to Russian music as both my parents and their families
came from Russia. My dad, esp., had many records to which we all listened and sang
songs, etc. I know he would have loved this too.”
was a marvelous program. We enjoyed it very much.”
“It was a great performance. We both enjoyed it. Great
humor through many moments.”
“.....the concert was absolutely
delightful. [You] apparently have quite a following....I sat next to folks from Springfield who had made the trip to Bethesda to see [ABS]. The instruments are beautiful
and the sound just shimmers....and the music was very uplifting.”