Domrist, Mandolinist, and 2019 Astral National Auditions Winner, Ekaterina Skliar made her debut at age 11 with the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic. Since then she has been performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia giving solo recitals and collaborating with various chamber groups and orchestras. 

Ekaterina started her music education with Vera Lashkina, Merited Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation and a highly-acclaimed domra teacher, in her home city Abakan, Republic of Khakassia. At the age of 15, Ekaterina moved to Novosibirsk where she studied at the Novosibirsk Specialized Music School (college), which is one of the two most prestigious schools of music for protégés in Russia (the second one is in Moscow). She received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Music Performance from M. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory playing domra and mandolin under Professor Andrey Kugaevsky.

Ekaterina has concertized throughout the United States and Russia giving solo recitals and performing with symphony and Russian folk instrument orchestras, and chamber ensembles. She has appeared in such concert halls as Academy of Music of Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, A. Katz State Concert Hall, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall, Big Academic Concert Hall of Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Music and Theatre, and numerous concert stages in the United States and Russia. Her large repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, original works for domra and mandolin, contemporary and folk music.

Ekaterina performed with such orchestras as Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, Novosibirsk Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Russian Orchestra, and others.  In 2015 Ekaterina took part in the Trans-Siberian Art Festival playing with violinist Vadim Repin and the Gypsy Folk String Ensemble “Lendvay & Friends.”

Ekaterina is a prizewinner of national, international and all-Russian competitions. In 2020 and 2019 Ekaterina was awarded a Silver Medal Global Music Award for her domra and mandolin recordings. In 2018, she was one of three winners in the Kaleidoscope Instrumental and Vocal Competition, chosen from more than 2,000 international applicants, after which she was invited to perform with the conductorless, collective Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles.

Our 36th Season

July 24-August 4, 2024