Accordion Virtuosi of Russia
Accordion Virutosi of Russia was founded in 1943 during the Leningrad siege by Professor Pavel Smirnov. Within only six months, the ensemble was invited to record on the state radio. Since its inception, Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has been led by three generations of the Smirnov family: firstly by its founder Pavel Smirnov, and now by his sons Yuri and Vladimir, as well as his grandson Yaroslav.
Throughout its history, Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world including the Gewandhaus, Verona’s Arena, Olympia Hall in Paris, and the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg. They have toured extensively in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Spain, Japan, Guinea, Angola, Sierra Leon, Congo, Japan, Canada and elsewhere. They are also winners of numerous awards. Most recently, the Accordion Virutosi of Russia has been included in the prestigious “Golden Book of St. Petersburg.”
This outstanding ensemble was invited to be a part of the cultural program for the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, Montreal in 1976, and Moscow in 1980.
The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from folk music to arrangements of rock songs and continues to astound audiences around the world.
“…these Russians are true musicians and they played with brilliance”
Rheinishe Post, Germany
“…it was a pleasant surprise to hear accordions played like that!”
Kouvolan Sanomat, Finland
“They perform with incredible precision and unbelievable delicacy”
Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany
Mikhail Glinka, Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Anatoly Shalaev, Russian Snow Storm
Scott Joplin, Ragtime
Johann Strauss, Waltzes
Lara Fabian, You're not from Here
Aram Khachaturian, Sabre Dance
Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story