Ekaterina Skliar is a Philadelphia-based mandolinist and domrist. She made her debut at age 11 with the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic. Since then Ekaterina has performed with many chamber ensembles and orchestras and worked with renowned musicians.
Ekaterina graduated from 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 Novosibirsk State Conservatory playing domra and mandolin.
Ekaterina has concertized throughout Russia and United States giving solo recitals, performing with Russian Folk Instruments orchestras, and chamber ensembles. She has appeared in such concert halls as 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 Russia and United States. Her large repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, original works for domra and mandolin, contemporary and jazz music.
In 2015 Ekaterina and her husband Alexey Alexandrov, who is a professional musician playing domra, have created a unique mandolin-domra duo that presents a large repertoire including classical, contemporary, and jazz music. Ekaterina and Alexey have performed concerts in numerous Russian and American cities, where their performances got many positive reviews. Mark Linkins, Musical Director of Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, wrote about this project:“Both products of the M.Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory, Alexandrov and Skliar enthrall audiences with their virtuosic skill and impeccable artistry. The combination of Skliar’s pure, crystalline tone (mandolin) and Alexandrov’s warm, harp-like tone (domra) is magical.”
Ekaterina performed with such orchestras as Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, Novosibirsk Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Russian Orchestra, Novosibirsk Youth Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments 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, including the Kaleidoscope Instrumental and Vocal Competition, International Music Competition of Folk Instrument Performers (3rd prize), International Music Competition "The Hope" (1st prize), International Music Festival “MIR Sibiri”, winner of "Ustuu-Huree" music festival in the nomination "The best instrumental performance," and many others.