Traditional singing of greater Russia
Doros, a five-piece male vocal ensemble, was founded in 2002 and specializes in communicating the singing traditions of greater Russia. Since the group’s inception Doros have enjoyed the ongoing support of the State Historical Museum of Russia in Moscow. In their early years Doros were performing in the Novodevichy Convent, also known as the Bogoroditse-Smolensky Monastery, in Moscow. More recently, the ensemble performs daily at Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the iconic building of Red Square, and one of the most outstanding and remarkable monuments of Old Russian architecture.
History of Doros
As proud graduates of the School of Choral and Orchestral Conducting in the State Conservatoire (named after M.Glinka in Nizhny Novgorod), and with a passion for Russian vocal heritage, Doros was founded by a small choir of six in order to preserve and promote this unique tradition of Russian male vocal singing. Konstantin Senchenko, a graduate and then lecturer of the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire, has been leading the ensemble since its foundation.
A bass-baritone, the founder and artistic director of Doros, was born in 1967 in Nizhny Novgorod (then Gorky), and became a graduate of both the Gorky Choral School for Boys, and the State Conservatoire (named after M.Glinka). Konstantin has frequently conducted orchestras and choruses, and has taught choral conducting, singing, and the history of choral music at the Conservatoire. He also composes songs for the ensemble.
The ensemble’s tenor, Aleksandr, born in 1980 in Nizhny Novgorod (then Gorky), became a graduate of Gorky Choral School for Boys and of the State Conservatoire (named after M.Glinka,) with a degree in Conducting. He has had a passion for music from a young age and started singing in a church choir at 15, whilst later becoming a music teacher in a school for music. He has been performing in Doros since the beginning.
The ensemble’s other tenor, Vruyr, was born in Satha, Ninotsminda district of Georgia, in 1982 and graduated from Samarsk College of Music and the State Conservatoire (named after L.Sobinov) in Saratov, with a degree in Choral Conducting. As part of the ensemble of the Saratov National Theatre of Choral Music, he has performed at various festivals and concerts all over the world.
The ensemble’s baritone, born in 1989 in Saratov. He began his cello and choral singing classes in his early childhood, and frequently took part in a number of music competitions, festivals and concerts, winning many awards. Aleksandr attended the Saratov Theological Seminary, and has been singing in a church since 2003, whilst also working as the Assistant Precentor of the male choir in the Saratov Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The ensemble’s basso profundo, Ryspaev, was born in 1976 in the Kazakhstan region of Getygar. He is a graduate of the Music College (named after M.Glinka) in Magnitogorsk. During his second year of studies he began singing in the Magnitogorsk Choir (named after S.Etdinov), and has been privileged to work with many prominent conductors, including A.Borejko, D.Liss, B. Tevlin, V.Spivakov, Y.Bashmet, and G. Kancheli. He has previously sung in the male choir of the Saratov Eparchy, and has been singing in Doros since 2008. Aside from music, Bekseit has a love of photography.
The ensemble’s other tenor, Konstantin, was born in 1981 in Nur-Sultan (then Tselinograd), Kazakhstan, in a family of musicians and joined Doros in 2012. Konstantin graduated from the Irkutsk music college and the Saratov State Conservatoire, named after L. Sobinov, with a degree in Button-accordion and has taken part in a variety of music competitions, in some of which he was crowned the winner. He has been singing in a church choir since 2004. Konstantin used to be the lead singer of an all-male choir of the Saratov church, which travelled widely all over Russia.He has been performing in Doros since 2012
The name “Doros” derives from the Greek word for “gift”, since singing is indeed a gift from God, and the ensemble hopes to share this unique and beautiful gift with their audience.
The ensemble’s repertoire consists of compositions and pieces of the 18th , 19th and 20th centuries, most of which have been created by famous composers of sacred choral music for the Orthodox Church, such as D.Bortnyansky, M.Berozovksy, A. Lvov, P. Tchaikosky, A.Grechaninov, and A.Kopylov, amongst others, writing in the romantic tradition and in the tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church. Doros also performs several pieces by P. Chesnokov, one the most prolific composers of choral works, and certainly an audience favourite. Doros also introduces the audience to various Russian folk and love songs, most of which have been arranged in a distinctive way.
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Doros feel a vocation to enlighten and charm their audience, always within this exceptional Russian singing tradition.
In 2005, Doros gave concerts in Utrecht, Amsterdam (Holland), Stuttgart (Germany), and Auch, Toulouse and Albi (France). In 2008, during their tour in France, Doros were invited to perform in the Basilica of St Nazaire in Carcassonne, a fortified French town in the department of Aude. You are now able to meet the ensemble and hear their performances there from April to October every year. Doros recently participated in a concert titled “Sacred Imaginations: Music of the Christian East” which took place at King’s Place, London, on June 26th 2015, and was then repeated in Berlin and Paris in July.
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Performing everyday at St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square.
Also performing regularly in the summer at the Basilica of St Nazaire and St Celse, Carcassonne, France.
Doros aim to preserve all the authentic vocal traditions, both religious and secular, of Russian male a capella singing.