the Jimi Hendrix of Russian Balalaika
Ukrainian-born Sergey Vashchenko began his musical training as a child on the bayan and balalaika. He earned a master’s degree in music, with a focus on performance and conducting, from the Ural Conservatory in 1985, and later served as Musical Instructor and Dean for Balalaika at the Perm Cultural Institute for Arts.
Mr. Vashchenko toured throughout Europe with several groups, including Lira and Bubliky. Now residing in Austin, Texas, he performs regularly as a solo artist, as well with Kalinka and The Flying Balalaika Brothers. He also has been conductor of the Houston Balalaika and Domra Association.