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45-year history

"Bałałajki" is an ensemble of 45-year history, joining young enthusiasts of Slavonic folklore - university and school students from Lodz. The musicians realize their passion using original Slavonic instruments: balalaikas (prima, bass, double bass), domras (piccolo, small, alt, bass, double bass) and also guitars, accordion, flute, oboe, clarinet, żaliejkas (pipes), percussion.

"Balalajki" won numerous prizes and awards at festivals in Poland (among others Gold and Silver Fir in Kielce or Grand Prix at Radom Folk Festival) and foreign musical events in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Austria and Azerbaijan. The ensemble stays in constant cooperation with music centres in homeland and abroad, like Lodz Philharmonic, Landersmusikrat in Baden-Württemberg, Schmel Trio from Finland or Belorussian "Balalajka"; it is a member of Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

Repertoire

The repertoire comprises stylizations of Slavonic folk melodies (Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian and Czech), pieces deriving from Greek folklore (folk melodies and Theodorakis’s compositions) and arrangements of classical and popular music. You can also find occasional pieces, like beautifully arranged carols or scout songs.

 

 

Music director

The artistic director Barbara Sobolczyk – professor in the G. and K. Bacewicz Music Academy in Lodz, where she teaches conducting, working with ensembles and reading scores and professor in the St. Moniuszko Music Schools in Lodz, where he conducts the string orchestra. Barbara Sobolczyk has been a member of the “Bałałajki” since her early teens and she became the artistic director of the ensemble in 1989.