Vera Makhan - domra
Vera was accepted for Nekrassov’s Academic Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments while being a student in 1996. First Vera’s performance with the orchestra took place in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society. She played in a concert program called “Irina Arkhipova and Nikolay Nekrassov presenting”. This debut was such a success, that the soloist had to play an encore.
Now Vera Makhan is one of the leading domra players in Russia. As a soloist of Academic Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra she gave hundreds of performances on the best stages in Russia and abroad, including orchestra’s concert tour in Japan and Turkey. Vera’s performances are loved by audience and her concerts have great success in Russia and abroad. For the Radio “Russia” Fund and TV Channel “Kultura” she recorded musical compositions of Glinka, Budashkin, Kalinsky, Tsigankov. Several programs were made about the work of the young domra player. They were broadcasted by Radio “Russia”, Radio “Voice of Russia” (broadcasting in English worldwide) and Radio “Sodruzhestvo”.
Besides working in the orchestra, Vera plays solo concert programs, participates in festivals and subscription concerts of Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society, Russian Musical Academy named after Gnessin and Moscow House of Composers. Performer’s repertoire includes music of different styles and directions – traditional adaptations of folk melodies, classical transcriptions, and contemporary academic music. Vera has conducted a huge piece of work in the field of contemporary academic music for domra. Composers of different schools and directions are cooperating with Vera Makhan. And due to this in the fairly small original domra repertoire more new compositions appeared. Between 1999 and 2011 she played around twenty premieres of new compositions for domra and piano, domra and guitar, domra and accordion, domra and Russian folk instruments orchestra. Vera Makhan is the first performer and editor of new compositions for domra by such composers as Zelensky, Zaitsev, Hondo, Ashurov, Novikova-Borodina, Biktashev. The majority of player’s repertoire includes works of such contemporary composers as Gubaydullina, Belyaev, Chugunov, Tamarin, Shmotova, Poldyaev. Performer’s repertoire is constantly updated with new domra compositions, including those written specially for Vera. The performer is cooperating directly with many composers; some works are dedicated to her. For example, on Vera’s concert with Novosibirsk Russian Academic Orchestra ( leader and conductor Gusev) in the Chamber Hall of Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society were played three premiers of young and talented composers – Concert Fantasy on Russian folk song “Volga Daughter” by D. Kalinin, “Concertino” by Grigory Zaitsev (2nd edition), play called “Snow Storm” by S. Novikova-Borodina. All of there were greeted with rapture by the Novosibirsk audience. Vera Makhan believes that the future of domra depends on such new talented compositions.
"Muzika" publishing house issued “Moscow Fantasy” and Concertino "From the chivalrous times" by V. Belyaev performed and edited by V. Makhan. New compositions edited by her are now being prepared for publishing. "Bibliofon" publishing house has recently issued two compilations created by composer V. Poldyaev for the music schools students. Some of the compositions were also revised and edited by V. Makhan.
Vera Makhan’s performing style can be distinguished by brilliant concert play with great attention to details at the same time. Listeners and professionals always notice the beauty and nobility of sound that Vera possesses. Vera’s tremolo – is not a mechanical technique, but a whole range of colours, that make cantilena and lyricism in her play so vivid, full of images and sense. Her play is always emotional and this emotion is inextricably linked with the character of music played. Perfect knowledge instrument’s possibilities, virtuoso playing techniques and artistry makes her performances unforgettable. When Vera Makhan is playing, audience primarily listen to the music, admire the Music and this wonderful, mysterious instrument - Domra.
Vera can often be seen in programs broadcasted by state TV channel "Kultura", and heard in radio broadcasts of "Radio Russia". You can also listen to Vera Makhan on the CD, released by the state television and radio company "Kultura"..
As a soloist Vera plays in concert programs of major Russian orchestras - National Academic Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments named after Ossipov, Moscow Orchestra of Folk Culture Center leaded by L. Ryumina, Russian folk orchestra "Moscow" leaded by I. Gromov, Russian Academic Orchestra of Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society, Smolensk Russian Folk Orchestra named after Dubrovsky, Tambov orchestra of Russian folk instruments "Russians" and others.
Domra player also performs and goes on tours with pianist Elena Karetnikova. The duet was formed during Vera’s study period. The duet is distinguished by a subtle insight into the style of music played, great ensemble, diverse repertoire. The program is very extensive - this is classic and folk adaptations, new interesting works, and since now jazz. Recently, for the first time on a three-stringed domra sounded professional jazz - Vera Mahan was paying the composition of Russian jazz master Yu. Chugunov "Waltz & Blues."
In 2001 appeared a creative tandem of Vera Makhan and Dmitry Tatarkin, a guitarist and prizewinner of national and international competitions. For this beautiful lyrical duet (domra and guitar), that has a romantic name «PrimaVera», many compositions were written, which have a constant success among the widest possible audience. The duet released a unique collection of compositions for domra and guitar that significantly expands the chamber music repertoire for domra players. Presentation of the collection was hold at the Central House of Journalists in March 2006. In the same year the collection was awarded the Grand Prix at the competition of creative and methodical works conducted by the Ministry of Culture of Moscow Region. Since recently, Vera Makhan also plays the Neapolitan mandolin in the duet "PrimaVera”.
Vera Makhan has performed and continues to give concerts on the best stages of Russia - Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Column Hall of the House of the Unions, Svetlanov Hall, Big Hall of the Russian Musical Academy named after Gnessin, the Union of Composers and abroad - Minato-Mira (Yokohama, Japan), Izyumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), concert halls of Italy and Turkey. Recently she was invited to give two solo concerts on one of the most prestigious chamber music stages in Moscow - at the Mirrors Hall of the State Institute of Art - and went down in history as the first performer of folk music, played on this stage and, accordingly, domra sounded in the hall for the first time.
Along with her creative activities Vera Mahan devotes much attention to social work. She is the initiator and creator of the first Internet project on domra and domra players – Domrist web-site domrist.ru, where you can get current and necessary information in the field of not only domra playing, but also other stringed musical instruments played by plucking. Vera Makhan conducted Master classes in Novosibirsk and Alexandrov, she was a jury member on the VI Interzonal contest of solo performance on folk instruments for pupils of musical schools and art schools of Moscow region (2005, Khimki).
Vera Makhan was awarded the Medal of the International Union of Musicians.
Information about the domra player Vera Makhan’s work is available in the Internet at one of the major international websites devoted to classical music, "Classical Archives" at "Classical Archives" http://www.classicalarchives.com/artist/2941.html.
Video Vera Makhan with Academic Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments VGTRK, conductor N. Nekrassov
P. Sarasate «Introduction and tarantella». Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, 2003.
À. Tsygankov «Mar-dyandya». Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, 2005.
Jazz on domra (video):
Y. Tchugunov «Waltz and Bluez». Vera Makhan - domra, Elena Karetnikova – pianoforte. Jazz college «Consort», 30.12.2009.
Å. Shabalin «Oh you, birch». Evgeny Shabalin - balalaika, Vera Makhan - domra, 09.04.2010.
Duet «PrimaVera» (âèäåî):
À. Peresumkin «Humoresque». Vera Makhan - domra, Dmitry Tatarkin - quitar. Moscow, Öåíòðàëüíûé Äîì Æóðíàëèñòà, çàïèñü ñ êîíöåðòà-ïðåçåíòàöèè ñáîðíèêà èç ðåïåðòóàðà äóýòà, 2006.
I. Tamarin. Domra concert, part 1 Vera Makhan - domra, Russian Academic Orchestra, Novosibsrsk, conductor - Rustam Dilmukhametov. Novosibirsk, 2008 ã.
Web site «Domrist» (Domra and music) , creator and administrator - Vera Makhan.
Ensemble «Russian stile» - http://dmitrykalinin.ru/index.php?disp=russtyle
Classical Archives - http://www.classicalarchives.com/artist/2941.html.
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Grigory Zaitsev. Concerto-lirico for domra and orchestra russian folk instruments. 11.11.2010 ã. Premiere on the festival "Moscow autumn". Vera Makhan (domra), orchestra "Moscow", conductor I. Gromov
Alexander Tsygankov. Variations on Gipsy dance «Mar-Dyandya». December 21, 2005 ã. Academic Russian Folk Orchestra VGTRK. Conductor N. Nekrassov. Vera Makhan, domra. 3.5 Ìá.
Shukhrat Ashurov. «Eastern dance». First performance. 12.02.2004 ã. Ossipov's National Academic Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra. Conductor - N. Kalinin. Soloist - Vera Makhan (Troussova), domra. 7.3 Ìá.
Connect with Vera Makhan Contact site «Domrist»