Peter Trofimenko is the founder, artistic director, and conductor of the American Balalaika Symphony (ABS), one of only seven orchestras of its kind in the United States.
Located within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, ABS has become an intrinsic part of the cultural life of the nation's capital, delighting audiences of all ages with distinctive performances that bring new perspectives to symphonic music.
Indeed, since its inception in 2001, the American Balalaika Symphony has fulfilled Trofimenko's vision of a truly unique American orchestra that blends the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music. Each concert season, ABS presents a stunning range of music — from beloved Russian melodies to classical favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces — all masterfully arranged for the balalaika orchestra by Dr. Trofimenko.
"We are committed to developing music with new and appealing contemporary dimensions," says Trofimenko. "Not 'modernistic,' but rather a lush and warm sound."
In 2007, the American Balalaika Symphony took the Grand Prize in the International Music Golden Trophy Competition, held in New York City, and the Grand Prix prize 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, Trofimenko was personally honored by the prestigious Russian Academy of Music, which has now established a working relationship with the American Balalaika Symphony.
In addition to founding and directing the American Balalaika Symphony, Trofimenko spends a portion of each year teaching and conducting in Ukraine, Russia, and other countries around the world. Dr. Trofimenko was classically trained in Kiev in balalaika performance, conducting, arrangement and composition, studying with such great musicians as Yuri Aleksik of the Tchaikovsky Kiev State Conservatory of Music, Dmitry Kazachkov of the Kiev Cultural Academy and the Orchestra of the International Center for the Arts in Kiev, and Victoria Vassilieva of the Glier Music College.
Peter Trofimenko came to the United States with his family in 1993.