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Annual 9th May Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
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Russian Cultural Centre - Children's Theatre Workshop
Rehearsing for a production of Hashanah by Anton Chekov
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Winter Kaleidoscope project in Cooper Institute
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School Music Workshop with Rik Palieri
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KOSHKA - Lev Atlas (Violin), Nigel Clark (guitar) and Oleg Ponomarev (violin) - Performs with symphony orchestra at Celtic Connections 2008
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Russian Cultural Centre Sports Exchange with Rostov-On-Don Gymnasts
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Russian Cafe-Gallery Cossachok
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Rostov Childrens' Jazz Project
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S. Prokofiev Love of Three Oranges - A Celtic Cossack Connections Project

Dr. Lev Atlas
Dr. Lev Atlas enjoys an outstanding career as a classical musician as violin and viola player in Russia, America, UK and Europe. As a member of the award-winning Rostov String Quartet and the Rachmaninov Trio won prises and awards in numerous International competitions.He is Principal Viola of the Scottish Opera Orchestra and a Lecturer in Strings at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He is renowned as a virtuoso Klezmer and Armenian folk music performer and has influenced musicians across Europe being a living encyclopaedia of hundreds of traditional tunes.

Anna Julia Cherner-Atlas
Julia Atlas was born in Rostov-on-Don in Russia where she graduated from the Rostov State University with a degree in molecular biology. After emigrating to the United States with her family she worked at the Harvard University Medical School before moving to Scotland.

Julia has always had and interest in arts management and since arriving in Scotland she has worked in this field full-time.

Over the years she has gained extensive experience in management of arts, charitable organisations and catering trades. She is the founder of the Russian Cultural Centre (Scotland) and Russian Cafe Gallery Cossachok.

Most notably raised £70,000 in an appeal on behalf of the victims of Beslan. This was achieved in three days following the atrocity, with the money used to furnish two intensive care wards in Russia, with life support equipment, which was installed two days later in co-operation with CoopOperative.

In recent years has been working as administrative director of ErasmusPlus collaborative projects with Russia, Armenia, Georgia and the Celtic Cossack Connections Project at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Oleg Ponomarev
Oleg Ponomarev is a performing musician and multi-instrumentalist, teacher, lecturer and composer. He first studied violin and piano with his grandparents, both graduates of the Moscow Conservatory, and later graduated from the Central Music School and Gnesinn College in Moscow. He co-founded and performed extensively with legendary Russian-Gypsy trio Loyko and world music trio Koshka and has collaborated with numerous international artists, including Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Lakshminarayana Sumbramaniam, Ally Bain, Gidon Kremer, Gilles Apap, Andre Heller, Bill Lovelady and Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones. He has also written or arranged several scores for film and video, including Onegin (featuring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler), and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Tim Burton. As a teacher, Oleg has taught classical, jazz/swing and Gypsy violin for over 30 years, and he has given workshops and masterclasses in schools and universities worldwide, including the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast; the University of Aalborg in Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Gothenburg in Sweden; Temple Sinai in Marblehead, Massachusetts; the Schous Cultural Centre in Trondheim, Norway; and the Russian Cultural Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. He has recorded and produced more than thirty albums under his own name or as a guest artist and is signed to ARC Records UK, Circular Records Scotland and Adastra UK. Currently Oleg is a permanent member of the following groups: Koshka, Yurodny, Hot Club of Dublin, NoCrows and LPG Trio. He has taught at the New School since 2015.

Professor Rita McAllister
Rita McAllister is prominent Scottish musicologist and composer. She undertook her undergraduate studies at the University of Glasgow, graduating BMus with first class honours. At the same time she was a part-time student at the RSAMD studying piano with Wight Henderson and viola with Frieda Peters. She studied composition and won the first BBC Scotland Young Composer's prize in 1966.

From 1969 she was a lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Edinburgh, teaching composition, twentieth-century history and analysis, and established the electronic and recording studios there. She was appointed Director of Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1986, and from 1996 to 2006 she was additionally Vice-Principal of the Academy. She has held a number of important appointments in music and education with national bodies in the UK. She continues to As an Artistic Director of Celtic-Cossack Connections. Edited by Rita the original version of Prokofiev's War and Peace was premiered in Glasgow ,Edinburgh and Rostov in 2010. She continues to research, write and teach contributing in S.Prokofiev legacy.

Alison Prince
Alison Prince is an acclaimed author, former winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Prize and educator. Alison lives on the Isle of Arran. She has written dozens of children’s books and adult novels (notably “The Necessary Goat” and the renowned biography of Hans Christian Andersen). She has devised a special programme aimed at enhancing children’s creativity. She is a regular guest speaker and lecturer at schools across the UK.

Stephen Adam
Stephen Adam was playing the piano by the age of 3 and later became a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, where he won prizes for Chamber Music, Composition and Lieder Accompaniment. After two years of postgraduate study under cellist Rachael Sommer in Manchester, he worked in Spain as a pianist and arranger before returning to London and Birmingham to freelance with various orchestras.
In 1982, he was appointed sub-principal cello with the orchestra of the Scottish Opera and performed for numerous music clubs as accompanist and chamber musician. His arranging work has involved projects for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble and the recording of Mozart's Seraglio for Scottish Opera, as well as the BBC's "Songs of Praise". His award winning compositions include a commission from the National Trust to celebrate the architect Robert Adam and a Suite for Cello and Strings featuring the traditional music of the Western Isles. Stephen is an enthusiastic and consummate Jazz musician, who is also in great demand in Britain and throughout Europe for his knowledge and skills in performing and arranging Bohemian and Russian music.

Stephen Foster
Stephen Foster master puppeteer , has been involved with the puppet theatre for over 18 years. During that time he was mentored by and worked with one of the world greatest puppet masters, John Blundall. He is a designer, puppet maker, performer, researcher and teacher with many rare and unique skills passed on to him which he both preserves and evolves in order to keep his craft alive. His workshops in Rostov on Don Schools ,Russia based on Rennie Macintosh designs become cultural events inGlasgow's Tween City. Recently been involved in making Firebird and Kozshey for Exhibition of Ballets Russes in Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum.

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