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New York Balalaika Duo is based in New York City. The Duo is available for all kind of events in NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and other states. Both musicians - balalaika virtuoso and vocalist, garmoshka and guitar player are members of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya.

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To get a price quote, ask any questions please send an email to mikhail@barynya.com or call +1-(201)-981-2497 (USA).

Balalaika Duo video promo


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August 2013, Amytville Library, Long Island, New York

The Cabaret show concert took place on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Amityville Public Library, corner of Oak and John Streets in Amitvylle, NY 11701-2911. Elina Karokhina (balalaika), and Mikhail Smirnov (guiar) performed world music while show dancers were changing their outfits.


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June 2013, New York City

Photo by www.GoshaArt.com from the event in New York City in June 2013. More photos from the event in NYC by Gosha Shif.

NYC Balalaika Duo. Photo by www.GoshaArt.com
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The Garrison Golf Club, Garrison, New York

Photo from the Russian-American wedding on September 17 2011 at The Garrison Golf Club (www.thegarrison.com), 1 Snakehill Rd, Garrison, New York.

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Photo by Leonid Bruk
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Friday, March 11th, Old York Road Temple - Beth Am, Abington, Pennsylvania

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and singer, guitar and Russian garmoshka player performed during a silver anniversary of Cantor Elena Zarkh serving at the Old York Road Temple-Beth Am.

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Abington, PA, March 2011
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Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Abington, PA, March 2011
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Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Abington, PA, March 2011
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Anyway cafe NYC. Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), February 2011


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December 16th, 2010 Russian consulate NYC, New York, USA

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk and singer Irina Zagornova at the RUSAL USA corporate party.

Barynya at the Russian Consulate NYC
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Mexico, Chihuahua, 5th International Festival-2009.

Lev Zabeginsky and Mikhail Smirnov during the 5th International Festival in Mexico, Chihuahua, ten days tour with Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya).

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Chihuahua, Mexico 2009 tour photos
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PHOTOS

New York Balalaika Duo: Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov
New York Balalaika Duo: Lev Zabeginsky and Mikhail Smirnov

New York Balalaika Duo Lev Zabeginsky and Mikhail Smirnov
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Balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky

Lev Zabeginsky from New York City is composer, arranger, virtuoso balalaika and domra player. Lev was born in Moscow, Russia. He started to play Russian folk music at the age of six. In 1952 he had played with The Youth Folk Quartet in Kremlin at the Joseph Stalin's birthday concert. He graduated from the St.Petersburg Conservatory in 1970 with master degree in composition.

Lev Zabeginsky
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Mikhail Smirnov - garmoshka, guitar, vocals

Mikhail Smirnov is a singer, garmoshka, gusli, balalaika contrabass and guitar player from Fort Lee, New Jersey. Mikhail was born in Moscow, Russia. His specialty is traditional Russian folk music and songs from various regions of Russia. As a student of Moscow State University of Culture and Arts Mikhail went to many different parts of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk and Belgorod to collect Russian folklore. In folklore expeditions he had recorded over 100 hours of Russian folk songs.

Mikhail Smirnov, photo from TV.com website

Mikhail recieved his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina.

"Superstars of Dance", NBC, January 4 - January 26, 2009

Mikhail Smirnov with producer and judges of the show Superstars of Dance, NBC, 2009

In January 2009 Mikhail Smirnov was featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win. Of course, he can was not able to be judging Team of Russia... The show premiered on NBC network on January 4th and aired through January 26th, 2009.

Lev Zabeginsky and Mikhail Smirnov videos (with Barynya ensemble)

"Two Step Dance" (balalaika solo starts at 42 seconds)

"Volga Boatmen" (with singer Sasha Menshikov)

"Korobushka" (Mikhail Smirnov)

"Two guitars" (with dancers)

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
September 2008

New York Balalaika Duo: Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov and other ensemble Barynya musicians and dancers performed during diner Gala after the Liberty Medal 2008 was presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush. Official ceremony took place on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at The National Constitution Center located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. Dancers and musicians of Barynya ensemble entertained a black-tie dinner for more than 1,000 guests. Audience included President George H. W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn. Barynya performed both concert music and dance throughout the evening. President's Bush and Gorbachev were thrilled. World known concert pianist Van Cliburn shake hands with the balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky.

Barynya at Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008
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Russian folk music and dance concert in Brooklyn, New York
November 22, 2008


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BARYNYA MIDWEST TOUR 2008.
September 23 - November 10, 2008

Lev and Mikhail joined ensemble Barynya for Midwest Tour 2008 started on September 25 in Roseau, MN. Last concert - Monday, November 10, 2008 in Hannibal, MO. 35 full lenght concerts and 3 matinees.

Barynya midwest tour 2008
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Concert at Windsor Terrace Public Library, May 2008.

Leonid Bruk, Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov
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Russian Father Frosts and Snow Maidens.
TV Chanel "RUSSIA TODAY", New York City
December 2007.

New York Balalaika Duo: Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov
New York Balalaika Duo: Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov

In the end of 2007 Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov and other members of ensemble Barynya were leading a group of Russian Father Frosts and Snow Maidens (Ded Moroz and Snegurochka) to greet New Yorkers and promote new TV Channel "RUSSIA TODAY".

Barynya Russian Father Frosts and Snow Maidens, New York City, December 2007Barynya Russian Father Frosts and Snow Maidens, New York City, December 2007
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CONTACT INFORMATION

To get a price quote, ask any questions please send an email to mikhail@barynya.com or call +1-(201)-981-2497 (USA).

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