ANDREY DEMIDOV (balalaika) Was born in Leningrad on January, 15th, 1975. He graduated with honors from the Musical college named after M. Musorgsky (class of N. A. Shubin), graduated and post-graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory (class of Professor M. I. Senchurov). Since 2001 he is a teacher of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory. A. Demidov is a winner of international and All-Russia competitions, and a laureate of the “Muses of St. Petersburg” award. He is the author of numerous transpositions for a balalaika, as well as instrumentations for ensemble “Expromt-quintet”. The musician is constantly gives concerts in Russia and abroad, gives master-classes. He performed with leading Russian orchestras. His students are prize-winners of international and All-Russia competitions.
ILYA MATVEEV (domra) Was born in Leningrad. He graduated from the Musical College named after M. Mussorgsky (class of N. A. Shubin). In 2008 he graduated from the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (class of associate N. N. Shkrebko). From 2001 to 2007, Ilya was a member of “Intrada” quartet of 4-strings domras, from 2005 to 2008 he was an artist of the V. Andreev Russian State Academic Orchestra. Member of “Expromt-quintet” from 2009. Collaborates with Dmitriy Babichenko, the Director of the firm “Mr. Musician” and music master Georgy Sidorsky in the development of strings and improving the design of domra.
KONSTANTIN ILGIN (guitar) One of the best classical guitarists of St. Petersburg. He has finished with a Silver Medal Average Special Musical School-Lyceum of the St.-Petersburg State Conservatory, where he was the first and till now the unique guitarist. He graduated with distinction from the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory and postgraduate study of arts of the Conservatory. He took master classes from R. Evers, E. Fernandez, O. Ghiglia, E. Papandreou. In the year of 2003 Konstantin defended his PhD thesis on a theme «The Guitar classical and Russian (seven-stringed). Existence and performance». He conducts active concert activity in Russia and abroad as solo, and as a part of various ensembles. The winner of the international competition. Konstantin teaches in the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, the Russian State A. I. Herzen University, the St. Petersburg M. P. Mussorgsky Musical College, the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Musical College.
SERGEY POGURTSEV (button accordion) was born in the city of Chelyabinsk in 1977. In 1996 he graduated with honors from the Chelyabinsk P. I. Tchaikovsky Musical College, class of a button accordion of Professor Natalya Ischenko. In 2001 he graduated from the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (class of Professor Oleg Sharov). In 2001-2003 he continued training attending postgraduate course in the Conservatory (class of Professor O. Sharov). During the years of study Sergey became the awardee of the All-Russian «New Names» program, the prize-holder of the «Muses of St. Petersburg» award, and the laureate of All-Russian and International competitions in Russia, Germany, Spain. Since 2008 Sergey is the teacher in the Dept. of Ensemble, Instrumentation and Conducting of Faculty of Folk Instruments in the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory.
GUY DAVTYAN (double-bass) Guy was born on December, 22, 1977 in Leningrad. In 1996 he has ended Average Special Musical School-Lyceum of the St.-Petersburg state conservatory (a class of the teacher G.S.Lukyanin). Then entered without competition, as one of the best graduates of the school, in the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov state conservatory (class of Professor G. Lukyanin), which graduated in 2001. Along with study at the conservatory, in January 1997, he won the contest and has been employed in the orchestra of State Academic Capella named after M. Glinka. In Capella he worked for 10 years, of which the last 5 years – as the leader of group of contrabasses, played in the best concert halls of the world as an artist of orchestra and solo performance, in 2005 was awarded a diploma «For faithful service to the ideals of Russian art and the preservation of traditions of the oldest musical institution of Russia». Since May 2001, joined the «Expromt-quintet». Recent years Guy Davtyan toured many countries as a member of the «European Union orchestra», the «Young Philharmonic of Russia», invariably works in ensemble «Expromt-quintet», he is also a project manager Concert Agency «ARTVIA».