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http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/fb/redirect.html World Cultures Festival 2013 – Lasting Legacies of Eastern Europe: Terem-Quartet (Russia) St. Petersburg Cultural Icon Edinburgh Festival Fringe Five-star Show. 2.11 Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/images/mus_03.jpg

Terem-Quartet (Russia)

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Five-star Show


Soprano Domra: Andrey Konstantinov
Alto Domra: Alexey Barshchev
Bayan: Andrey Smirnov
Bass Balalaika: Mikhail Dzyudze


“The Quartet’s immaculate musicianship shines like an illuminated manuscript”
─ The Independent

“Their music is in their eyes, their smiles, their shouts or even in their grimaces.
It’s extraordinary”

─ Vechernaya Moskva

Terem-Quartet has thrilled audiences with exhilarating, Russian-style crossover concerts at leading international venues, including London Queen Elizabeth Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. From original compositions to timeless adaptations, the Quartet’s fresh approach showcases their versatility and improvisational talent. Blending classical, jazz, tango, rock, Russian folk and pop, they will offer an electrifying range of works in Hong Kong from masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Piazzolla to classic film scores infused with a piquant Russian flavour. Russian traditional stringed instruments such as the balalaika, domra, and accordion bayan, add another level of originality to their performances.

Founded in St. Petersburg in 1986, Terem-Quartet, a Russian national treasure, was named Group of the Year in 1997 and received the prestigious Golden Soffit Award. Over the years, the group has built up an impressive repertoire of 500 works, released 17 CDs and performed in over 60 countries. Notable international appearances include WOMAD, Jerusalem’s 3000th Anniversary, Stars of the White Nights Festival and Cannes Film Festival.


Hong Kong City Hall
Concert Hall
8pm $300 $250 $200 $150
Terem seat plan

Friendly Reminder

  • Approx 1 hr and 30 mins with an intermission of 15 mins

Terem in Russian is a word with many connotations. It originally meant the highest place in a house where virgins lived before they were married. More recently, it has taken on the meaning of a traditional Russian-style wooden building, a magical fairy tale land shared by different creatures, or a beautiful dream. Encompassing these various meanings, Terem-Quartet’s name represents a large roof under which cultures and musical styles from around the world are brought together.


New Frontiers for Russian Folk Instruments

Find out how creative traditional musical instruments can be in this enlightening talk by the magical Terem-Quartet. The Russian group’s unique approach to the balalaika, domra, and bayan and expands the musical possibilities of these folk instruments as well as the types of works performed and the audiences they reach. Here, members of the Quartet introduce the instruments’ history and characteristics, along with innovative techniques for playing them. Questions from members of the audience welcome.

Speakers: Terem-Quartet

Moderator: Christopher Pak

Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Administration Building Level 4 AC1
7:30–8:15pm Free Admission

Friendly Reminder

  • In Russian with English and Cantonese interpretation
  • Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis

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