The folk music ensemble “ZOLOTOJ PLYOS” presents a program of its best and new songs and instrumental pieces at the Center of Russian Science and Culture.
The program includes songs from different regions of Russia, dance songs, Cossack songs, round dances, and instrumental arrangements of popular songs.
This program is dedicated to the calendar holiday of Maslenitsa (Mardi Gras).
Our ensemble will present to your attention more than 30 musical instruments,
including unique, ancient musical instruments and instruments made by masters in a single copy.
We will also perform ancient songs in the traditions and dialects of their regions.

Biography of Zolotoj Plyos The ensemble “Zolotoj Plyos” was founded in 1994 in the city of Saratov, Russia.
Its members are Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergei Grachev.
All three members of the group graduated from the Saratov State Conservatory and are professional musicians.
Alexander, Elena, and Sergei also graduated from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen, Belgium, the Conservatory of Antwerp, and the University of Leuven.
They have won awards at All-Russian and international folk instrument competitions and at the First All-Russian Carillon Competition.
While studying in Russia, the musicians collected old Russian traditional and folk songs, as well as bell music in rural villages and towns.
The group’s repertoire includes traditional songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, as well as Gypsy music,
Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The ensemble members play over thirty Russian traditional instruments,
including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone,
various percussion instruments, and Russian bells.
The ensemble has performed in countries such as Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
“Zolotoj Plyos” is regularly invited to perform on radio and television shows in Russia, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
From 2000 to 2023, “Zolotoj Plyos” completed 16 concert tours of the United States.
The ensemble had the honor of performing at the Kennedy Center For Performing Arts in Washington D.C., in the main hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory,
and also in the main hall of the State Academic Choir in St. Petersburg. Three members of “Zolotoj Plyos” are music professors and have directed the Russian choir of the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College (Vermont, USA) for the past 20 years. Alexander, Elena, and Sergei are Musicians In Residence at Middlebury College (VT, USA) and Wellesley College (MA, USA). Currently, the members of “Zolotoj Plyos” live and work in Belgium.