Russian Duo

Russian Duo

The Russian Duo is available for educational concerts, workshops, residencies, and lecture-demonstrations. Terry been teaching children and adults since 1977. She is a Teaching Artist with the Ohio Arts Council and has been on the Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio roster for 13 years. She is a licensed Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher and has certification in Orff Schulwerk. She was in the first group of Ohio artists to be trained by the Kennedy Center for the Arts “Artists as Educators” program. Oleg has toured in 45 of the United States and has taught workshops in conjunction with his concerts.

Russian Duo is an international project, born out of a love of traditional music and classical elegance. Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, have teamed up for exuberant performances of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration highlights the mysterious sounds of the balalaika underscored by the vast expressive range of the piano. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian songs.


  3003 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118



Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Program description

Discover teamwork in action. Experience how performers, composers and audiences work together. Students will be captivated by exuberant music, energized by dynamic rhythms, moved by beautiful melodies. Learn how the balalaika came onto the concert stage from humble peasant origins in Old Russia. The audience becomes an essential part of the concert, singing with Oleg and Terry and joining them on stage using Russian percussion instruments.

Booking / scheduling contact

Terry Boyarsky


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten
Subject: Social Studies / History
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

All – block booking required.

Available times:


Space / technical requirements:

20′ x 20′ performance space. Power outlet. We travel with our own sound system and electric piano.

Fees / Ticketing:

$750 for concert. Negotiable if combined with 2 concerts in the same location and/or "Troika!" dance workshops.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Russian Duo models and discusses collaboration by playing chamber music, and then preparing students to listen, sing and play so we can all make music together.

SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Our group’s participatory performance helps students with cultural, musical, and historical literacy by introducing them to Russian vocabulary, geography, composers, then using this during the program for informed listening and decision-making.

SL4 – Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Students learn musical concepts such as "beat" "phrase" "accelerando" as they perform with us using Russian Percussion instruments. We use these terms freely as we present several musical situations and “difficulties” for the audience to solving a puzzle so we can have a final performance together.

NC Essential Standards:

Musical Response K-8.MR.1 – Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances. Our interactive performance demonstrates form and structure of music so students can understand where to listen, where to join in singing.

Musical Contextual Relevancy K-8.CR.1 –  Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music. We compare and contrast our upbringing (American, Siberian), our musical instrument (balalaika & piano, voice, body percussion, Russian percussion) and teach children the Russian names of instruments. Through our group’s performance, students gain an appreciation of how music develops differently out of different cultures by discussing and demonstrating how the same song can be known and sung in both America and Russia. We discuss how composers and folk musicians are part of a continuum.

Musical Literacy K-8.ML.1 – Apply the elements of music and musical techniques in order to sing and play music with accuracy and expression. In our final performance, students learn how to follow a conductor, listen and watch for start/stop signals, perform percussion in a specific tempo, They participate in loud/soft, fast/slow and learn musical some musical terminology (beat, phrase, cut-off, verse, chorus, solo, chamber music). Students experience the interlocking roles of audience, composer and performer.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
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