VERA SIVOVA (Russia)
Honored Culture Worker of the Russian Federation, Professor, PhD, Head of the Russian folk song at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture; Chairman of the City People’s methodological association of folk choirs at the state budgetary cultural institution «Folk Arts and Leisure House » of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg. Winner of the St. Petersburg Government Award «For outstanding achievements in training performing artists for organizations of culture and art», Laureate of the prize named after A.V. Lunacharsky; member of the RF Union of Culture Workers.
NIKOLAY KRAVTSOV (Russia)
The Russia’s Honored Worker of Arts, the Candidate of Arts, the professor, Member of the International Academy of Informatization at the UN; holder of “Russian performing art Fund grant” (2005, 2006), the medal “For services to native land the second level”, the breastplate “For culture service”, laureate of “The Motherland Gold Book”, Winner of the St. Petersburg Government Award “For outstanding achievements in training performing artists for organizations of culture and art” (2017).
OLGA GORBUNOVA (Russia)
Choreographer, winner of the UNESCO Silver Badge «For merit in choreographic art»; Head of choreography at the “House of Folk Arts” of the Committee on Culture of the Leningrad Region. Winner of the All-Russian and international choreographers’ competitions; founder of the International Festival-Competition of Choreography «The Slavic Cup»; author of a manual for choreographers «The Alphabet of Natural Plastics», chairman of the state examination committee of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture.
ANDIS LĒNMANIS (Latvia)
Choreographer, teacher-choreographer, member of the organizing Committee of the cultural project “Festival of dance“ (Latvia), artistic director of folk dance ensemble “Jampadracis“. Andis Lenmanis constantly participates in various festivals and is a member of the jury of international competitions.
SERGEY GORBATOV (Russia)
The teacher of the character choreographic art department of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture and Folk Dance at Boris Eifman’s Dance Academy. Ex-dancer of the Mariinsky Theater, Mikhailovsky State Academic Opera and Ballet House; teacher of the Classical Dance Department at Keumyung University, South Korea (1999 — 2000); chief choreographer of the St. Petersburg State Music Hall (2004-2008), teacher of character dance at the department of character, historical dance and acting of the A.Ya. Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy (2004-2009), director of the ballet of the Rostov State Musical Theater (2012-2015). Since 2000, he has conducted master classes in classical and character dance in the USA, South Korea, Greece, Brazil. Chairman and jury member of world and national competitions.
DMITRII RYTOV (Russia)
Honored Culture Professional of the Russian Federation, Ph.D (pedagogical sciences), Professor of the department of folk instrumental art at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, winner of the Prize of the President of the Russian Federation, honorary worker of general education of the Russian Federation, “World Champion” of the VI World Folklore Championship “World Folk” (2016, Bulgaria), absolute winner of the All-Russian competition «For the moral achievement of a teacher» (2017), winner of the All-Russian competition «Russia’s Teacher of the Year ‘97», winner of international folk and Russian music competitions and festivals, artistic director of the department of student ensembles of folk instrumental art at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture.
Is composer, People’s artist of Russia, laureate of the St. Petersburg Government Prize, professor of the St. Petersburg State Culture Institute, president of the International choir festival “The Singing World”, director of the “Children’s Choir Performance” at Elena Obraztsova international music academy, chairman of the board of directors of the “Compozitor • Saint-Petersburg” Publishing House, member of the Composers Union and Concert Officials, laureate of many international, all-Union, all-Russia competitions and festivals.
LYUDMILA SHEPELEVA (Russia)
Chairperson of the Interregional Union of Concert Performers, Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, awarded the Letter of Appreciation of the President of the Russian Federation «For Merit in the Field of Culture and Many Years of Fruitful Work». The Union is one of the civil society institutions in modern Russia, it has successfully worked and developed for over thirty years. It brings together more than a thousand concert performers of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Irkutsk, Kirov, Krasnodar, Nizhny Tagil, Novosibirsk, Samara and the Leningrad Region. Among the members of the union are People’s Artists of the USSR Edita Piekha, Yuri Temirkanov, Lyudmila Filatova, Vladislav Chernushenko, eighteen People’s Artists of the RSFSR and Russia. Seventy-four concert performers were awarded the honorary titles of Honored Master of Art of the RF, Honored Artist of the RF, and Honored Worker of Culture of the RF. Every third member of the union is a winner, medalist, diploma winner of domestic and international performing contests.
ALEXEY ELIZAROV (Russia)
Director and teacher of “St. Petersburg music and pedagogical college“, from 2012–2017 — conductor of the choir of the State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg. Artistic Director and Chairman of the organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg open competition of conductors of children’s choirs named after P.A. Rossolovsky, international vocal and choral competition “The voice of Youth“. Member of the jury of competitions and festivals. Member of the state attestation commissions. Guest conductor of choral festivals for the day of Slavic writing and culture 2016, 2018. Lecturer of professional development programs.
RAZIA ORLOVA (Russia)
Chief specialist of the interethnic relations department of the St. Petersburg State Public Institution «St. Petersburg House of Nationalities», administrator of the projects: «We are together» gala concert, St. Petersburg Festival of Culture of the Peoples of the Caucasus, «Maslenitsa (Cheese Fare Week) Festivities», «Sagaalgan» Buddhist New Year celebration. The tasks of the department of interethnic relations are: assistance to ethnic cultural associations in activities aimed at preserving their culture and language, support of ethnic creative groups, as well as organizing festivals of ethnic cultures, folk festivals, city events, meetings, workshops, press conferences, recitals, exhibitions. The «St. Petersburg House of Nationalities» was founded in 2005 and has become a bridge connecting executive authorities and ethnic cultural associations. Over the years, the «St. Petersburg House of Nationalities» has become a platform for harmonizing interethnic relations in St. Petersburg.