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Anastasia Gulyaeva

In the choir since 2011

Anastasia Gulyayeva was born in Perm, Russia. She has been singing in a church choir since the age of 14. She graduated from Perm Music College in 1997 and from the Ural State Mussorgsky Conservatoire (specializing in academic choir conducting) in 2006. She is a laureate of the “Magical World of Backstage” International Contest of Vocal Arts (Saint Petersburg, 2011) and the winner of the “Young Conductors of Prikamye” competition (Perm, 1996).

In 2006 – 2009, Anastasia Gulyayeva performed with the choir of the Tchaikovsky Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since 2011, she has been part of the musicAeterna choir. Artistic statement: There are three things that make a great singer: the brain, the ears, and the vocal cords — in that particular order.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU HAVE EVER HAD TO PERFORM AT?
The Diaghilev Festival in Perm, during Anna Garafeeva’s body motion performance to Alexey Retinsky’s electronic music. Closer to the end of the performance, I had to say several lines that sounded more like hysterical weeping. Suddenly, I heard a lady whisper “Stop that!” Luckily, I did stop as it was the end of my part; otherwise, I would have probably been removed from the hall.
WHICH KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU FIND MORE EXCITING TO WORK WITH: MODERN OR CLASSICAL?
Modern for sure. It provides a lot of room for experiments with vocal techniques, mannerisms and styles. It might not even sound like singing but it is incredibly engaging. Modern music allows you to put in your own ideas rather than just follow the score. There is a certain flight of thought to it.
COULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL SCHEDULE ON THE DAY OF A CONCERT?
Nothing special really happens. I just have to spend time to warm up, get dressed, get focused, skim through the scores and remember all the notes I made. I do not have any special rituals. The same goes for the time after the concert: I just talk to my colleagues and share my impressions. Then I remember there is work to do the next day (or we have to go to a different city if we are on tour), so I just relax and have a good rest.

musicAeterna choir events

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998)
Choir Concert “Pushkin Wreath”

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

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An event of residency

Philippe Hersant
Choral Opera Tristia (2016)

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An event of residency

Dmitri Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Dmitri Smirnov
Prayers from St. John Chrysostom’s Liturgy for mixed choir