Yuriy Kolosovskiy is a professional domra player and composer. The domra, which is a relative to the mandolin and like the more common Balalaika, is an important part of Russian folk culture going back hundreds of years. Kolosovskiy attended music school at the age of 8, and graduated from the Rostov College of Music in 2004 with a degree in domra performance. Before moving to Wisconsin in 2007, Yuriy was a member of the Rostov-on-Don Folk Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yuriy has played in venues all over the Madison area including Brocach Irish Pub, Kabul restaurant, Dobra Tea House, Lakeside St. Coffee House, Steinway Piano Gallery, Oakwood Village, and area folk festivals including the Triangle Ethnic Music Fest. Kolosovskiy has been a featured guest on MadToast Live! and was a featured soloist for the UW Madison Russian Folk Orchestra. He has one solo CD, “Sounds of the Domra”.
In 2012, Yuriy Kolosovskiy founded the White Birch Ensemble with Abby Wanserski. Wanserski (Madison native) has a background in classical piano and a wide array of world music vocal ensembles (her favorite of which include gregorian chant, American shape note, and Georgian folk and liturgical.) She now plays alto Domra with the White Birch Ensemble and is often a featured vocal soloist. With a degree in Fine Art, Abby is also the “house artist” and lends her talent for folk art, photography, graphic design, and costume making. (Visit abbyroseart.com for more)
Joining this duo is Vladimir Kolosovskiy on bayan (Russian button accordion) and Tamara Kolosovskaya paying second prima domra. Both Vladimir and Tamara also attended music college in Rostov-on-Don and round out White Birch Ensemble with their accomplished musicianship.
A good majority of the music White Birch Ensemble performs was arranged or written by Yuriy Kolosovskiy, who has a distinct style which blends Russian Folk with Bluegrass elements. White Birch Ensemble has played at venues and festivals all over Madison including the Brink Lounge, Attic Angels, and private parties. This last April of 2014 White Birch Ensemble was honored to play at the UW Russian Folk Orchestra annual concert which featured world renowned domra soloist Alexander Tsygankov and pianist Inna Shevchenko. White Birch Ensemble has one CD “Harmonia”, released in 2013.