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Alena Bulatetskaya

Alena Bulatetskaya is a classical accordionist from Russia who combines her passion of solo, chamber and orchestra performing and teaching.

Alena intensively promotes modern accordion as a unique and colourful instrument with incredible potential. Her aim is to assist the growth and popularity of the accordion worldwide on academic stage.

In 2021 Alena was endorsed as Global Talent by Arts Council of England and relocated to Edinburgh. She joined Yehudi Menuhin's prestigious Live Music Now Scotland performance scheme, which seeks to bring music to the most disadvantaged groups in society. Alena performs regularly, delivering live music to care homes, hospitals and additional support needs schools across the UK. Among her recent performances are also solo recitals in well-known venues such as St. Giles Cathedral, Usher Hall and Paxton House, organised by Live Music Now Scotland.

Alena has multiple chamber projects, which have resulted during her postgraduate study in Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2017 she formed “Twogether Duo” – chamber duet with Chinese violinist Huixin Hu, intensively performing as artists of LMNS. In May of 2019 Alena shared the stage with accordionists Ryan Corbett and Valerie Barr, performing for HRH The Prince of Wales during his official visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2020 Alena was involved to Kurt Weill’s Threepeny Opera Performance, leading accordion and harmonium part in the band under Philipp White.

Alena also collaborates with Les Danses Antiques group, where she researches, transcribes and performs music for historical dance performances from Early Renaissance to Edwardian social dances.

Working a soloist and artist of outstanding Russian Folk Orchestra “Don” under the guidance of Krikor Khurdaian, Alena became passionate about orchestra projects. She regularly performs with her home orchestra in Rostov-on-Don at the State Philharmonic. In 2020 Alena became an absolute winner of 100th Edinburgh Competition Festival and performed Galliano’s Opale Concerto with Festival Orchestra under the button of Gordon Bragg in Queens Hall. It was published in "Edinburgh Evening News" and “I” British Newspaper.

Born in 1996 and being encouraged by family of amateur musicians, Alena began her musical training at the age of six. She went on to attend Sviridov Music School and Liceum as a student of Oxana Klevleeva, before pursuing her accordion studies with professor Liudmila Varavina at the Rostov State Conservatory. Thankfully to Erasmus+ Exchange Program and ABRSM full scholarship in 2018 Alena became a postgraduate student of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Djordje Gajic.

During her continuous study journey Alena won more than 45 international music awards, including Grand-Prix at the XXI Anatoly Kusyakov competition for young performers (Russia), 1st Prize at the XXII International accordion competition "Citta di Lanciano (Italy), 3rd Prize at the Vilnuis International Accordion Competition (Lithuania), 1st Prize at the IX International competition and festival "Renaisssance (Armenia) and the Philipp Halstead Prize for the best concero performance in Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2020 (UK).

Alena plays Concerto classical piano accordion made by Victoria Accordions in Castelfidardo, Italy.


Alena Bulatetskaya

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