Nicolas Kedroff and his balalaikas

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Born in Paris into a famous family of Russian emigrant artists, Nicolas Kedroff began learning to play the balalaika at the age of 12.

A small triangular musical instrument with three strings, the balalaika is one of the symbols of Russia. Its character and fascinating playing express the melancholy and gaiety of the songs and dances of the Russian people. A lifelong passion, he studied with Micha Makarenko at the Serge Rachmaninov Conservatory, then with Sergei Scheglovitov at the Gnessin College of Music in Moscow. He is the first foreign balalaikist in history to win a Russian competition.

In addition to his teaching activities, he performs as a soloist or with several groups in concerts, at festivals, on radio or television and of course in the Russian cabarets of Paris (guitar festivals in Patrimonio, Lausanne and Nice as well as Sozvezdie Masterov (Moscow), the Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Chopin-Pleyel and Gaveau (Paris) and the Palace Theatre (Albany, USA),...).

He is a member of the jury (Russian National Balalaika Competition), has taken part in some forty recordings and has appeared in films.

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