Mando For Kids introduces talented musicians to play with and for our children. Below is just a sampling.

Carlo Aonzo and a Mando for Kids student

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“Russian Duo”: Tamara Volskaya ( domra) and Anatoliy Trofimov (bayan)

 Wherever they performed, the internationally known “Russian Duo” of Tamara Volskaya

( domra) and Anatoliy Trofimov ( bayan) are hailed as one of the most electrifying musical duos to be found anywhere in the world today.

Each music piece in their repertoire is professionally arranged by both artists to show off their instruments and the versatility of the performers.

Having toured throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, Russia, Canada, Israel and Australia the duo has also recorded several extraordinary CDs and has had a much heralded concert performance in Carnegie Hall.

 “..the husband-and-wife team of Tamara Volskaya, on domra, and Anatoliy Trofimov, on bayan, exhibited consummate artistry and amazing virtuosity in what they performed”

“Eagle Tribune”, USA

“Tamara Volskaya and Anatoliy Trofimov electrified the audience delivering their selections with movements of flying fingers demonstrating the extraordinary skills they possess”

“The Tribune” Canada

Tamara Volskaya, world master of the four-stringed domra, studied at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music in Kiev. Upon graduation, she was appointed Professor of the Domra at the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  Volskaya is a “Merited Artist of Russia” and a Laureate of the USSR competition.

Anatoliy Trofimov, master of the bayan, graduated from the famous Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow. He is a Gold Medal winner of the prestigious International Competition in Vienna, attained the status and honor of “Merited Artist of Russia,” and was a Professor and a chief of folk instruments department at the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Trofimov has always been a prolific composer and arranger.

About  the instruments

The domra, a member of the lute family, is a four stringed plucked instrument resembling the Italian mandolin, played with a pick, tuned as a violin G-D-A-E.

The bayan, which resembles the accordion, has buttons on both sides of the keyboard.