ESSE – Quintet

ESSE-Quintet is a bright modern music group, playing on folk instruments. The ensemble was created in 2007 by the students of the Saint Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts and Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. All the members of the ensemble are very charming, artistic and are masterly musicians. On their technically and timbre unique instruments, they take control over compositions written in different styles – classical and folk music, modern and rock music, the compositions made in a very currently popular style «classical crossover», where complex musical image is created using intonations of different genres and styles.

Legendary Tomas Broman, one of the founders of the international organization called WOMAD and the art director of more than 175 festivals, held in 27 countries of the world, said regarding the performance of the ensemble at the “TEREM CROSSOVER” competition: “Esse Quintet from St Petersburg are great… These young people are fantastic musicians and deploy the by now familiar folk instrument line-up of balalaika, accordion and lute in a dazzling and witty performance…. But this lot would be a triumph at any UK festival”.

In a short period of time the ensemble has become the winner and holder of grand prix at 9 international competitions, held in Russia, Italy, Sweden, Germany, China, Canada and France. Currently it is the most titled ensemble of the Northern capital of Russia. In 2012 won one of the most prestigious and important music contest in the world “World Music Championship” (65th Coupe Mondiale), Spoleto, Italy.

Versatility of the program, from classical music to pop and even rock music, amazing musical arrangements; creating the impression of the sound of a real orchestra; imagery performance and soulful solo are the characteristic signs of this ensemble.