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Russian Duo: Oleg Kruglyakov & Terry Boyarsky

Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika, was born in Omsk City, Siberia, Russia in 1966.  Many of his early experiences growing up centered around singing together with family members.  He has a keen ear for musical styles and a deep respect for cultural tradition. He is fascinated by the history of the Russian people and well-versed in the etymology of the Russian language.
Oleg began playing the balalaika at age 7 and later was educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory, studying conducting as well as teaching balalaika.  He is a protégé of Yevgeny Grigorovich Blinov, the foremost balalaika virtuoso of the Soviet Union, who performed the world over and added many beautiful pieces of music to the balalaika-piano duo repertoire.  While in conservatory Oleg had the opportunity to perform with many types of ensembles, including an ethnic music singing group. 
Oleg has performed as balalaika soloist with many Folk Russian groups. From 1989-91 he toured Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia and Ukraine with the Urals State Folk Choir.  For three years Oleg played with the band "Siberian Mosaic" touring the Irkustsk region of Siberia. Between 1993 and 1998, he traveled with the Urals Folk Ensemble "Prikamie" performing in France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Turkmenistan.  Oleg has also appeared with the Russian Folk instrument quartet "Golden Russia."  He has participated in many International Festivals, among them the 1997 Folklore du Monde Festival de Bray-Dunes. He had the honor of performing at the United Nations when he came to the US.
In addition to his many talents, Oleg has also participated in theatre productions. He took the role of a cello-playing prisoner in the State Tumen Drama Theatre. He had a cameo appearance performing in Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” with the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, coaching the cast in Russian folk songs and choreography. Oleg moved to the United States in 1998 to become part of "Moscow Nights" touring extensively in Canada, Alaska and 45 states in the Continental United States.

Terry Boyarsky, pianist, is a movement specialist, singer and ethnomusicologist who believes that every person is musical.  Her search for musical collaboration led her into chamber music, choral singing, folk dance, coaching, accompanying dance and creating ceremony.  She has collaborated with singers and dancers across the four continents.
Terry holds a BA in psychology from Reed College, a BM in Eurhythmics from Cleveland Institute of Music, and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Kent State University.  Her piano teachers include Fred Rothchild, Rebecca Penneys, Jeaneane Dowis, James Tannenbaum, and coaching with Vitya Vronsky Babin. She has training from the Dalcroze School in New York City, two levels of Orff Schulwerk, and was one of sixteen Ohio artists selected to participate in the Kennedy Center for the Arts Seminars “Artists as Educators” from 2004 - 2007.  She has been in “Who’s Who” since 2000.
Terry has taught and created events for institutions such as the Dalcroze Society of America, American Orff-Schulwerk Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Hawaii, Rowe Center (Massachusetts), Kasetsat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Terry is a Teaching Artist for Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Kennedy Center’s Ohio State-Based Initiatives, and Ohio Arts Council. She has published articles in the Orff Echo, American Dalcroze Journal, Seminars in Neurology, and Teaching Artist Journal. She presents workshops on arts integration and Dalcroze Eurhythmics nationally.  She has taught children, disadvantaged youth, amateur adults, learning disabled, educators, and conservatory students around the world.  She sings with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland. In November 2014, Terry collaborated with Taipei puppeteer Mi-Chen Chiu and Cleveland-based dancer Tom Evert, to create “Young Dreams - Life in 3 Parts,” an intimate work of puppetry, dance, and music, sponsored by Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Program.