Vladimir USHAKOV, Sergei LIKHACHOV (St. Petersburg, Russia)
The idea for this accordion quintet’s creation was born in the autumn
of 1999, during the International Bayan and Accordion Music Festival
in Che lya binsk, Russia. It was at that time when the two accordion
duos — Vladi mir Ushakov with Sergej Likhachov and Eduardas Gabnis
with Gennady Savkov — became acquainted. The musicians played some
compositions together — within two participating ensembles — at one
of the festival concerts. When the group felt the need for another
player, the door opened
Svetlana STAVITSKAYA (Daugavpils, Latvia)
Gennady SAVKOV, Eduardas GABNIS (Vilnius, Lithuania)
for Svetlana Stavitskaya, the accordionist from Latvia, to become
a member of the ensemble.
In 1976 Eduardas Gabnis graduated from the Lithuanian Music
Academy. From 1983-1986 he was educated in P. Tchaikovsky Ukrainian
National Music Academy. At present E. Gabnis is a rector of the
Lithuanian Music Academy. Since 1978 E. Gabnis has been playing
in a duo with the accordionist Gennady Savkov. Their ensemble has
been laureate of several international contests, appeared in many
countries of the world, and given more than 800 concerts.
Gennady Savkov graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy. He continued
his education in Kiev, in the P. Tchaikovsky Ukrainian National
Music Academy. G. Savkov often performs with well-known Lithuanian
vocalists, chamber and symphonic orchestras, and with the variety
group «Retro». He is also a teacher in the Vilnius Children’s Music
School ¹ 2 and in the Lithuanian Music Academy.
Vladimir Ushakov graduated from the State Academy of Culture (1994).
Since 1984 he has played in a duo with Sergei Likhachov. In 1989
the duo permanently added its rhythm-section. The new collective
became known as the St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble. In 1999 the
ensemble won first prize in the international accordion competition
in Castelfidardo, Italy. V. Ushakov is producing the «St. Petersburg
Musette Ensemble Editions», a publication of music material for
Sergei Likhachov graduated from the State Academy of Culture (1994).
Since 1984 he has played in a duo with Vladimir Ushakov. Since 1989
he has been a soloist laureate in international competitions with
the St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble. S. Likhachov is also conductor
of the accordion orchestra in the V. Andreev Children’s Music School.
Svetlana Stavitskaya graduated from the Pedagogic university in
Daugavpils, and then continued her education in the Lithuanian Music
Academy. She has performed as a soloist-accordionist and soloist
of the Daugavpils Accordion Orchestra. Now she is a leader of the
instrumental trio «Milonga». At present Svetlana Stavitskaya is
a soloist with the St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble and a co-producer
of «St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble Editions».