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9 string theory - Biography

The finest instrumental music from the around the world finds a fresh new voice in 9 String Theory: the unique musical collaboration of domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning classical guitarist John Huston. 9 String Theory performs music of great variety and intense virtuosity, evoking musical traditions both ancient and modern. This season, 9 String Theory is performing music of Argentina, Russia, Austria, Brazil, Rumania, and Italy.

Known for her musical brilliance and expressive performance style, Angelina Galashenkova-Reed is a virtuoso of the 3-string Russian domra, a lute-like instrument that is characterized by its purity of tone. Angelina was eight years old when she began her musical studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. As a child and teenager she won three junior competitions among domra players of North-Western part of Russia. During her formative years at Musorgsky College of Music in St. Petersburg and the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Angelina won top prizes and titles of "Laureate of All Russia National Domra Competition" (1990) and "Laureate of International Folk Artists Competition" (1992).

Before moving to the USA in 2001, Angelina performed as a soloist with the famous Andreev Russian Folk Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the Police Orchestra of Moscow and numerous small ensembles.  She was also a classical mandolin soloist with Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia. As a concert performer, she performed throughout Russia, the United States (including a Carnegie hall debut in the 100 year Anniversary of Carnegie Hall in 1991), numerous European countries, Japan and Australia.
In the USA, Angelina has been involved with "Atlanta Balalaika Society" and "Balalaika and Domra Association of America" as a member and soloist as well as pursuing a teaching career.

John Huston has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and expressive guitarists of his generation. The Southern Arts Foundation has hailed him as "…one of the finest young guitarists today,” Guitar International has praised him as "a formidable talent" and La Stampa has called his playing "...mesmerizing." The accolades for Mr. Huston's performance are numerous. He won First Prize in the 2001 Aranjuez Strings International Guitar Competition. He has also been a top prize winner in a number of other major national and international competitions including the Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, the American String Teachers Association National Guitar Competition, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Guitar Competition.

John has a varied and diverse performing schedule. For the past two years he has performed frequently in duo with eminent guitarist and professor Richard Todd. In addition to regular solo performances, in recent years John has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, Bent Frequency, the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Chamber Singers, and the Morehouse and Spelman College choirs.


























































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