Allow me to introduce myself and the Association.
The Hermitage Association includes soloists from theatres and concert companies of St. Petersburg – Kirov Opera and Ballet, Maly Opera Theatre, St. Petersburg Concert and others. The size of the group varies according to the music they are singing - between four and six singers normally take part in each concert. I am myself a professional pianist, Sviridov Contest
first prize winner. During the last 18 years I have been engaged in tour organization, and we have toured England annually for all that time. Despite my best efforts, however, there are still some people who haven't heard of us!
The Association sees it as its goal to keep in the Russian traditions of church music and bring motets of the Eastern Church closer to western people. Therefore, the program basically consists of liturgical motets and psalms. The program also includes various folk songs.
Igor Shiryagin -
Born in St.Petersburg.
Opera Soloist of Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Opera and ballet) and soloist of St Petersburg
Philharmonic, soloist of Church choir, training and education at St Petersburg conservatoire.
Alexander Patyukov -
1994 Participation in opera festival in Savonlinna (Finland) in opera by Tchaikovsky “Evgeny Onegin”
Church choir soloist in Church of Jesus Resurrection
Tours to countries: Czechia, Germany, England,
Switzerland, Belgium, Italy etc.
Vasily Timonin -
Education at the Music Conservatory in
18 years – soloist of Leningrad State Kapelle
named after Glinka.
Cooperation with various famous conductors:
Rozhdestvensky, Yansson, Dmitriev, Temirkanov, Serov etc.
Soloist of church choirs at Preobrazhensky
Cathedral, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Tours to various countries : Russia, Germany,
France, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium,
Vladimir Mostovoy -
Education Choir college named after Glinka,
soloist of SPb Chamber Choir headed by Nikolay Korneev,
Engaged in various church choirs,
Arranges orchestra and choir compositions.
Bladimir Pasyukov -
Leningrad district ensemble “Songs and Dances”,
art director and conductor Kunaev.
Leningrad State Academic Choir named after Glinka, art directors and conductors:
Minin, Kozlov, Mikhailov, Chernushenko.
Petersburg Chamber Choir Art director and conductor Kornev.
Hermitage Ensemble Brochure
Eight colourful pages of fascinating information in PDF format (5.4MB).
Take the Tour of Tours
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Translations of Orthodox Liturgical and non-Liturgical texts.