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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

Lev Atlas
Lev has enjoyed an outstanding career as a classical musician in his native Russia, America and the UK. He was a member of the award-winning Rostov String Quartet and the Rachmaninov Trio and he is currently Principal Viola of the Scottish Opera Orchestra. He is renowned as a virtuoso Klezmer and Eastern European folk music performer and has influenced musicians across Europe. He is also a living encyclopedia of hundreds of traditional tunes.

Julia Atlas
Julia 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 Café 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.

For the last three years Julia has also been working as administrative director of the Celtic Cossack Connections Project, a cultural initiative funded by a European Community Grant and involves RSAMD, Scottish Opera, Rostov State Conservatoire and the Russian Cultural Centre.

Oleg Ponomarev
Oleg Ponomarev was born in Habarovsk, Russia and is perhaps best known for his rôle in Loyko, the renowned gypsy group who achieved international fame in the 90's. Ponomarev is a consummate musician who has won many international awards, and whose intense stage presence and mastery of both violin and guitar have won him fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

Find out more about Oleg on his own web site at

Rita McAllister
Rita McAllister was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland. 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 with Anthony Hedges and Robin Orr 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 research, write and compose, and is the instigator and Artistic Director of Celtic-Cossack Connections.

Irina Selitskaya
Born 1955. Having received her general and musical education in Russia, Irina Selitskaya currently works for North Lanarkshire Council as a teacher. In addition to holding the position of Treasurer at the Russian Cultural Centre, she also runs a programme involving early musical development for children at primary school level.

Alison Prince
Acclaimed author (former winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Prize) and educator. Alison Prince 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.

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