| BUSCOT PARK THEATRE Chamber Music
MARIA GULIK mezzo-soprano
ALEKSEI DEMCHENKO piano
|Maria Gulik is a Musical Odyssey Masterclass
|Mezzo-Soprano Maria Gulik was born in
the Russian province of Kargopol in Arkhangelsk region and studied in Moscow at
the Academy of Arts and Theatre with soprano Larisa Rudakova.
she joined the renowned Acting Laboratory of Dmitriy Krymov with which she
performed and toured extensively. She was Titania in Midsummer
Nights Dream. As You Like It presented jointly by the Royal
Shakespeare Company and the International Chekhov Festival, touring to
prestigious venues in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Edinburgh International
She also played the role of The Singer in the production "In
Paris" devised by the Krymov Laboratory and the Mikhail Baryshnikov Arts Centre
which premiered in the US with Baryshnikov in the lead. Performances included
Lincoln Center, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and the Berkeley Repertory
Theatre in California, before touring to Paris, Tel Aviv, Spoleto Festival,
Helsinki and Groningen.
2014 saw her as a soloist at the Vishnevskaya
Opera Centre with roles including Olga/"Eugene Onegin", Maddalena/"Rigoletto"
and the title role of Carmen. She took part in masterclasses with Mirella Freni
and made her debut at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre as Venus in Wagners
"Tannhäuser". She repeated this last year when also singing Lyubasha/The
Tsars Bride in Moscow.
Last year she was also invited to study at
the Wales International Academy of Voice by Dennis ONeill and graduates
from there this year, having taken part in masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa and Richard Bonynge. On the concert stage she has sung Wagners
"Wesendonck Lieder" and Mussorgskys Songs and Dances of Death
in Russia and at the Festival de Musique de Wissembourg in France where she
also gave the world premiere of "Five Songs based on poetry of Lesya Ukrainka".
In May 2016 Maria sang her debut in Verdi Requiem at the Royal Festival
Hall in London before summer engagements Zita /"Gianni Schicchi" at Les
That summer Maria also won special prize from the
Talent Unlimited on the Musical Odysseys in Greece. In july 2017 Maria is
singing her debut in opera by Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera in West
Green Garden Opera, where Maria sings Ulrica.
| Aleksei Demchenko is currently a
first year student on Master of Performance degree at Royal College of Music.
Aleksei was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan (USSR), where he started
playing the piano at the age of six. In 1998 he moved to Kaliningrad, where he
studied for six years at the Shostakovich Music School under the tutelage of
Sadovskaya Olga. She was the person who noticed his potential and immediately
started to prepare him for his first piano competition. There Aleksei took 2nd
Whilst preparing he met Vladimmir Slobodyan, Honored Artist of
Russia, who has had a major influence on Alekseis artistic life and
became his mentor. In 2004 Aleksei has graduated from Shostakovich Music School
and continued his education at the Rachmaninoff College of Music in
Kaliningrad, where he began his studies under Slobodyans guidence. During
these 4 years he did his first serious steps in music career participating in
both local and international festivals and competitions such as 1st Bluthner
competition in Kaliningrad, Russia (3rd prize) and Gradus ad
Parnassum in Kaunas, Lithuania (1st prize).
In 2005 Aleksei has
been acknowledged as a very talented and upcoming musician and was awarded a
At the end of 2007 after graduating with honors from
Rachmaninoff College of Music in Kaliningrad, Aleksei, encouraged and supported
by Vladimir Slobodyan, enrolled at Moscow State Conservatory. Alekseis
tutor at the conservatory was Irina Osipova.
In 2016 he became an
artist of the Talent Unlimited Ttrust and at present, Aleksei is a student of
International engagements include several appearances
at festivals in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, England.
Aleksei has also
worked as an accompanist with such well known sopranos as Alina Yarovaya,
Svetlana Kasyan, and Galina Averina.
He has performed concertos by Brahms,
Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov several times with
Kaliningrads Symphonic Orchestra.
In 2012 Aleksei Demchenko became a
scholar of LSR Group and its general director Andrei
Future engagement includes concerts in England, Russia &