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Our Authors

We are happy to present our authors who took part in the Literary-musical cafe.

Gregory Dikshtein, singer-songwriter

Many of you who are familiar with Russian bard songs, an intelligent and most sincere direction of Russian underground culture developed in the early 1960s, certainly know Gregory Dikshteins name. His songs have been spread in every Russian speaking community all over the world and even translated into other languages. His songs crossed the boarders of the Soviet Union much earlier then the author himself had a chance to do so. His songs were published in Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Israel, and U.S.A. His published discs and books helped people to get to know him better. He was invited to Israel, Germany, Frances, Ukraine, all the countries of the former Soviet Union, and France were successfully performed various concert programs. During the last fifteen years Russian speaking Americans gathered to listen to him in many different cities in America. He performed at over one hundred concerts throughout America and he had hundreds of programs broadcasted on the Russian radios all over the world! English-speaking listeners also had a few chances to familiarize themselves with the songs of a Great Russian songwriter and performer, all in-one, Gregory Dikshtein. Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Stanford University, Hartford University, Michigan University, and University of Illinois have organized his concerts and enjoyed his performances.

Gregory Dikshtein took part in 14th Literary-musical Cafe

 Alex Kiskachi

Alex Kiskachi, a musician, singer and songwriter, is well known not only in his hometown, but also far beyond the Southern California scene where he regularly performs with his band or solo unplugged. After successful tours throughout the both coasts and Midwest, he comes to Texas for the first time.

Alexs music fuses gloom yet self-irony and raunchiness of blues, drive and madcapping of rock-n-roll, pure emotion of latin rhythms. His lyrics are deeply metaphorical and filled with wordplay and symbolism, yet follow the best traditions of Russian poetic heritage. His musical influences encompass a wide range of seemingly eclectic sources: from the early 20th century Russian chansonnier Alexander Vertinsky to legendary Russian rock bands Aquarium and Auktyon, from Paul Simon to Tom Waits. Heres what Alex says about his shows: Concerto for winds, strings and freaky voices. Music for emotional men with a sense of rhythm. Lyrics for intelligent women with a sense of humor.

A lot of outstanding musicians have played and currently play in his band. In the current tour, Alex Kiskachi will be joined by Leo Chelyapov, a well-known saxophone and clarinet player and a former member of legendary Russian bands Brigada S and Bravo. He is currently a leader of the Los Angeles-based klezmer orchestra Kings of Klezmer. Alexander Kuznetsov, a talented Austin musician, will also perform at the concert (bass).

Alex Kiskachis albums:
Chronicle (2002)
Unfaithful Syncopations (2005)

Alex Kiskachis website:
The tour info:
Kings of Klezmer:

"We give Alexey Kiskachi's Chronicle three thumbs up" - Los Cabanos Times

"Magnifique!" - Le Monde Russe

Alex will take part at 13th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".

Igor Irteniev

Igor Irteniev is relatively "famous" he is a political satirist and writes poetry. He has published books and used to appear on TV reciting his satirical poetry.

Igor, a truly unique figure in contemporary Russian culture. Taking on a gamut of parts -- from a 1970's underground artist to a 1990's political commentator and "voice of the people", Irteniev is a poet whose sharp satirical verses brilliantly reflect (and influence) the mindset of contemporary Russia or, at least, that of the culture-oriented part of its population.

Igor took part at 12th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".

Information about Irteniev (Russian only):

Aleksandr Tsiboulski

Aleksandr Tsiboulski

Aleksandr Tsiboulski was born in 1979 in Rovno (now 'Rivne'), Ukraine, and began his music studies at age twelve, shortly after moving to Adelaide, South Australia. At seventeen, he moved to Canberra to continue his studies with Timothy Kain at the Australian National University, where he received his undergraduate training. Further private studies took him to Angelo Gilardino in Italy, Caro Barone in Paris and David Leisner in New York. Aleksandr is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably the Australian-American Fulbright Award in the Visual and Performing Arts, as well as a First Prize at the Tokyo International Guitar Competition. Currently, he is pursuing graduate studies in music at the University of Texas at Austin, studying guitar with Prof. Adam Holzman.

Aleksandr took part at 9th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".

Vocal Quartet "Credo"

Irina Grinberg soprano, director.
Born in Nizhniy Novgorod. Musical training at the Nizhniy Novgorod Musical College. Later she studied choral conducting under professor D. N. Ardentov at the Academy of Arts in Saint-Petersburg. While a student in the Academy, Irina started performing choral works with the Saint-Petersburg Chamber chorus under N. N. Kornevs management. In 2000 she organized the vocal ensemble Credo which she directs to this day.

Marina Chihacheva mezzo-soprano.
Born in Saint-Petersburg. Marina finished college at the Saint-Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She started her concert career as a soloist with one of city ensembles. Marina first encountered the art of choral singing in chamber chorus Rossika. At the present time she sings in the chorus of the Fiodorovskiy Cathedral in Tsarskoe Selo. Since the organization of Credo she has been the unchanging mezzo-soprano of the ensemble.

Artem Polikarpov tenor.
Born in Borovichi (region of Velikiy Novgorod). Studied guitar at Novgorod School of the Arts, and studied composing at Saint-Petersburg Conservatory under S. M. Slonimskiy. While a student at the Novgorod School of the Arts, he began serious vocal training and concert activity with the Novgorod Academic Chorus. To date Artem has worked with many choral groups of Saint-Petersburg. He composes choral music and does a lot of arranging and transposition work for Credo. He has been in the ensemble since 2006.

Yan Largin bass, art director.
Born in Saint-Petersburg. Trained as a conductor with professor V. K. Baranov at the M. I. Glinka Choral School at the Academic Chapel. Later, he earned a diploma in choral conducting from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. His active musical life began within the precincts of the Conservatory. Yan has toured with choral groups in Europe and Asia. He has been singing with Credo since 2004.

Credo took part at 8th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".

This program funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Contracts and by the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Igor BeliySong-writer and singer Igor Beliy

He is a talented and artistic young man. His performances are bedazzling and breathtaking. He is a participant of the most controversial creative union. He is a mocker and philosopher, whose song you want to listen to over and over again.
Igor Belyi's songs are the unique offspring of the bard song medium into the generation of 20-year olds. This generation has its own points of reference and interests. In Belyi's songs one can hear some spicy jive that young people would feel required for it not to be boring, and a touch of philosophy for those lovers of serious literature.
Igor Belyi is very artistic, and his every song is a show in itself. One can't help but imitate him in bugling out the eyes, turning if the body, shaking of the head in culmination moments of his singing. In addition to the funky contents of his songs, it creates a truly awesome performance.

Igor took part at 7th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".


Matthew HinsleyMatthew Hinsley

Always singing in one form or another, by age six Matthew Hinsley also read music on piano, violin and cello. He was ten when he began studying classical guitar. For him, the guitar held magical power and determined the direction of his life. A member of the guitar faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Matthew obtained his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin at age 20, and his Master of Music two years later from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in 2003.
Matthew's primary guitar instructors were Stephen Aron and Adam Holzman. A recipient of numerous performance based awards, and an active performer, he regularly gives concerts throughout the United States. Matthew has received many foundation grants and significant private donations to run concert series of international performing artists as well as extensive community outreach programs. In 2000 he won the Music Teacher's National Association, Gibson Collegiate. Artist Guitar Competition and won Second Prize in the American String Teacher's Association National Solo String Competition.

Matthew took part at 6th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".


Aleksej Ignastchenko

Alexey Ignatchenko

Alexey Ignatchenko is our guest presenter from Longview. Person with a wide range of interests, chemist, traveler, writer, Alexey took part in numerous expeditions to restore wooden churches in the Russian North. Photographs and experiences from the expeditions form the basis of his presentation.

Alexey took part at 5th, 9th and 10th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".

Juan Enriquez Rohen

Juan Enriquez Rohen

Born in Mexico City in 1971, holds a Bachelor of Music in composition from Trinity University and a Masters degree from the University of Houstons Moores School of Music. Juans music has been played in several major theaters in Mexico City and Queretaro City. Currently, he is finishing Alenka, a Piano & Strings concerto in five movements for the Zacatecas String Orchestra as well as a trio for Flute, Viola and guitar for the 'Composer'sAlliance of San Antonio'. His music is fine, simple and beautiful. A combination of Platonic dreams and Aristothelic rationality.

Juan took part at 5th evening of "Literary-musical cafe ".


Ekaterina Turikova

Ekaterina Turikova is a young journalist, web designer and writer.
She moved to the USA from St-Petersburg few years ago. E. Turikovas fairy tales and poetry appeared both on the internet and in paper publications.
You can read her works at or

Ekaterina took part at 4th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".

Contact:, (design), (tales, pictures).

Yevgeny Sharlat

Yevgeniy Sharlat

Yevgeniy Sharlat is a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin teaching music composition and orchestration. A native of Moscow, he received his music education at Yale University, Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School and the Academy of Moscow Conservatory.

Yevgeniy took part at 4th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".

Asele Surina

Asele Surina




Asele took part at 3th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".

Anna Pits

Anna Pits





Anna took part at 1th and 3th evenings of "Literary-musical cafe".

Mikhail Pekker

Mikhail Pekker

Mikhail Pekker was born in Kiev, Ukraine. After graduation the
Novosibirsk State University, he worked at the Novosibirsk Institute of Nuclear Physics. Since 1993, Dr. M. Pekker has worked at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mikhail Pekker is one of the editor Russian literature and art journal "Leaves" (List'ya).

Mikhail took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".


Yuriy Braginsky





Yury took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".

Ruby Jons

Ruby Jones

Ruby Jones




Ruby took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".

Rodion Burzev




Rodion took part at 1th and 2th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".

Natasha Babina

Natasha took part at 2th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".


Oksana Sergievo-Posadskaya





Oksana took part at 1th evening of "Literary-musical cafe".



nNina McIntire Presents:

"A Smile for You Mothers Day Concert"

May 13, 2018, Sunday, at 3:30 PM

Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

On her Mothers Day celebration concert Nina McIntire, Composer & Pianist, dedicates her music program to all mothers of the world.


Composer & Pianist dedicates her imaginative, poetic and uplifting Ivory Fantasy music program to all mothers of the worldin this elegant celebration concert. More information on Ninas website and on TicketLeap.

Tickets at the door (cash only) and online:

  • Adults: $25
  • Frequent concertgoers of Ivory Fantasy, Musical Connections and Russian Speakers Society: $17
  • Students: $15
  • Children under 12: free

Free parking lotis immediately to the east of the theater, at 18th and Colorado.
Wheelchair accessible.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, 512-335-4449,

Russian Speakers Societycity of austinTCAnational endowment for the artsMusical Connections


Classical piano retreat at the beautiful Lago Vista

SaturdayMay 19, 2018 at 7pm - Lago Vista, Texas

Tickets information on :

For address to the event please contact, or, Lago Vista, TX 78645, USA

Experience evolution of piano and classical music! Meet the ancestor of the piano, the Kantale, playing classical favorites. Followed by a piano that will gift us with precious classical pieces and well-known classics in a modern style! This concert gives music lovers an opportunity to experience live performances up close and personal in a beautiful house with breathtaking views.

  • Enjoy sunset with wine and bites.
  • Socialize with other lovers of classical music.
  • Find new friends.
  • Top it off with wonderful deserts.

Have a magnificent Saturday!

All proceeds from tickets sales will go to support artists for 2019 Concert series.

If you have any questions e-mail to:


bAlena Gorina with the support of Musical Connections and Russian Speakers Society of Austin Presents:

"Golden Fingers: Piano Craft for four hands"

June 9, 2018, Saturday, at 7:00 PM

Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

Tickets (at the door):
Adults: $20
Seniors and Students: $10
Students and children under 12: free


The concert, Golden Fingers, features Duo AleAnya (Anya Grokhovski and Alena Gorina) playing on one piano, and will take place at the Scottish Rite Theater.

This concert will feature works by Schubert, Brahms, Barber, and Rachmaninoff.

These artists perform out of a love for classical music and cultural elegance. Join us for an innovative and exciting performance!

Originally from Minsk, Belarus, pianist Alena Gorina is a lecturer at the Texas State University at San Marcos. Dr. Gorina holds a DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters Degree from the Bowling Green State University, and the Diploma of the Belarusian National Conservatory. Her principal teachers over the years have been Nancy Garrett, Maxim Mogilevsky, Vladimir Dulov, and Ariadna Guzhalovskaya.

In Belarus, Ms. Gorina taught at the College of Music, the Belarusian Academy of Music, and the National Music School. She performed with various instrumentalists and served as an accompanist with the balalaika ensemble Zolotaya Gorka (Golden Hill) between 1998 and 2000. Her admiration of twentieth-century music brought her to Vienna, where she participated in master classes with Emmy Henz-Diemand. In 2001, the Bahrain Music Institute invited Alena Gorina to lead their piano department.

Dr. Gorinas recognition in America began after a live broadcast as a soloist on WGTE FM 91 in Toledo, Ohio. She frequently appears with the Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) series in San Antonio, presenting a variety of programs and styles including Schuberts Birthday, A Date with Rachmaninoff, Women in Music, and French Impressions. A Naxos recording of her performance of Lucas Fosss Psalms with the University of Texas Chamber Singers under conductor James Morrows was released July 2010. In December 2011, Dr. Gorina participated in a unique performance of Liszts Hexameron for six pianists/twelve hands as part of Golden Fingers and Golden Toes for MBAW. Dr. Gorinas piano solo album Magical Evenings is available on Amazon.

In 2013, she organized the piano duet AleAnya with Anya Grokhovsky ( The duet is gaining national recognition, including a Puerto Rican tour, collaborating with composers and choreographers to enrich the repertoire. In Summer 2017, the duet will perform a European tour. In her free time, Dr. Gorina performs community outreach concerts at schools and retirement homes, both as a soloist and as part of the duet.

Anya Grokhovski is a noted chamber music artist, born into a family of professional musicians. Her father was a violinist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra for more than forty years. Her mother is a noted violin teacher and her brother plays a concert violin. Anya received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. She was a professor at the Gnessin State College in Moscow prior to coming to the US in 1989. The position of a staff accompanist at UTSA brought her to San Antonio in 1991.

Among her chamber music partners are: Emanuel Borok, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony; Khenning Kruggerood, Norwegian concert violinist; Pierre Hommage, French violinist; Francheska Salvimini, Italian concert flutist; Mark Cheikhet, Russian concert violinist and many others. She had the great honor of serving as the accompanist for the legendary American bassist, William Warfield. She has recorded with the Moscow State Symphony, the German, Swiss, and Czech National Radio, numerous piano solo recordings as well as chamber music CDs and DVDs.

She has performed with groups and festivals in: Amsterdam (Holland), Bergen (Norway), Avignon, Paris, Axan. Provence, Marseilles and Alsace (France), Lugarno, Basel, and Aquarossa (Switzerland), Ljubljana, (Slovenia), Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Lisbon and Coimbra (Portugal), Prague and Mareinbud (Czech Republic), Trieste, Bressia, Disenzano, Alexandria, Brindisi, Venice, and Milan (Italy). Among her most recent performances were Festival Oldenburg Promenade in Germany; Boston Conservatory of Music; TMI and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Anyas fiery passion for music, commitment to San Antonio, and connections to world-class musicians provided a platform for the creation of an exciting new musical experience. With the avid support of a group of local music lovers in 1998 Anya designed a series of salon concerts in private residences. By 1999, programming extended to San Fernando Cathedral, and in 2000 to McAllister Auditorium. Extensive community outreach educational program Kids to Concerts offers free in-school multicultural performances. NEW International Music Festival Music Without Borders will be introduced to San Antonio audiences in the spring of 2014. Currently MBAW programming reaching over 25000 people a year in the greater San Antonio metro area.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, 512-335-4449, or

Russian Speakers Societycity of austinTCAnational endowment for the artsMusical Connections

International Festival - Institute in Round Top, TX

June 3 - July 14, 2018

Grand Opening - June 9

Closing Gala - July 14

Program: Master classes, Chamber concerts, Symphony concerts every Saturday and during weekdays. Classical music all sorts and sizes.

Information and tickets:


Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church

Fr. Aidan may be contacted at Those who need a baptism, wedding, or funeral/memorial service should contact him by email as well as by phone, so as to ensure the fastest response.

Services are in English with some Russian, in the Russian traditions. For a detailed calendar of services, click here.

Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church
(512) 915-0667

Sunday Liturgy 9:30 a.m.