The Russian ensemble Trio Voronezh began as street and subway performers in Germany, France and the Netherlands in the early '90s. In 1996 the group made its debut at the Oregon Bach festival and since then has been welcomed in concert halls across Europe and the U.S., including performances with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall.
The trio plays a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Bach and Tchaikovsky to popular songs by Gershwin to Russian folk and gypsy music.
The members of Trio Voronezh are Valerie Petrukhin, double-bass balalaika; Sergei Teleshev, who plays a chromatic-button accordion known as the bajan, and Vladimir Volokhin, who plays the domra, a three-stringed, long-necked mandolin that's a predecessor to the balalaika.
Before a concert in Stillwater, Trio Voronezh stopped by Minnesota Public Radio's Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio to play and talk with host Steve Staruch.