- Andrei DEMIDOV (balalaika)
- Ilia MATVEEV (domra)
- Sergei POGURTCEV (bayan)
- Konstantin ILGIN (guitar)
- Gai DAVTIAN (contrabass)
St. Petersburg ensemble Expromt-Quintet celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019. Amazing consonance timbres of folk and classical instruments in the hands of musicians who are Graduates and teachers of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, a blend of the best traditions of the academic school, individual energy and a continuous search for fresh ideas, – everything here plays its role. In the season of 2014-2015 the musicians celebrated their 15-year anniversary as a group, recorded and released a CD album «Live concert 2015: In-Studio», devoted to this event. The history of “Expromt” begins with a performance in 1999 in one of the most authoritative concert venues of St. Petersburg, the hall of the Academic Kapella. Nowadays the ensemble’s name appears regularly on posters of leading concert halls of St. Petersburg, concerts in the halls of the Conservatory, Kapella, the Philharmonic society are annually held.
Expromt-quintet – the participant of the international festivals: “From vanguard up to our days”, “International Conservatory Week”, “Musical spring”, Saima Music festival, “Honorary citizens of St. Petersburg – 2017” and others.
Expromt-quintet has gone on several tours abroad which include the following countries: Holland (1999), Finland (2002), Germany (2003), France (2003, 2009, 2011), Scotland (2004, 2007, 2010, 2018), Italy (2005), Denmark (2005), Spain (2008, 2011, 2014), USA (2009), Estonia (2010), France (2003, 2009, 2011, 2015), Switzerland (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016).
Composer Sergei Slonimsky: “The members of the Expromt-quintet are highly talented musicians who know all styles of classical, romantic and modern music. My personal cooperation with this remarkable ensemble (which repeatedly played “Incantation” from the Exotic suite) has often brought not only great artistic satisfaction, but also had great success with the public.”
Director of the International Conservatory Week festival Lidya Volchek: “Expromt-quintet leeds its unique melody within the ensemble polyphony of St. Petersburg for many years. It is light and virtuoso, it pleases, arouses admiration, and entices audience to wait eagerly for new programs, concerts, CDs. The ensemble is successful and loved by the audience: the youth, talent and tireless creative improvement of its members are sure to please over and over again.”