Music is Forever

December 7, 2020 by Geoff Sirmai
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Be transported to the world of tsars, gilded palaces, caviar and untamed wilderness with Dunera Project, an Emanuel Synagogue initiative. Join us for an online musical event, sponsored by JewishCare NSW and UIA, celebrating the richness, splendour and beauty of Russian music and culture: Muzyka Vechna… Music is Forever!

From the team that bought you ‘To Melbourne with Love’ comes a thrilling new, free, one-night only musical treat…

Hosted by Angela Gadaev and live-streamed from Nasha Kazka Ukrainian restaurant in Bondi, Sydney,  don’t miss the opportunity to tune in for this musical extravaganza!

With mesmerizing performances from some of Australia’s most acclaimed musical artists, this breathtaking event is not to be missed. A spectacular line-up will perform a captivating mix of old and modern tunes.

The show will be live-streamed so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home. Get ready to sit back, fire up the samovar (or pour yourself a vodka!) and settle in for a night of outstanding entertainment.

With Performances From: Elena Kats Chernin, Chutney, Ilan Kidron, Eddie Bronson Trio, Eleanor Lyons and Vladimir Fanshil, Sophia Markovtzev, Zorik Komm, Gennadi Dubinsky, Alex Parkmen, Mar’yana Sywak, Zulya Kamalova… and many more to come!

– Livestreamed on Dunera 17 December 7pm

Visit for the latest line-up and to register for this free concert.

The line-up:

Born and educated in Russia,

Gennadi Dubinsky

has enjoyed an impressive musical career that has spanned over 4 decades and 2 continents. In the 1980s, Gennadi was a soloist with both the State Theatre of Operetta and Moscow State Concert organisation performing major roles in Kalman’s Gypsy Princess, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Ptichkin’s Women’s Revolt. In 1992, Gennadi moved to Australia and, since that time, has built up an impressive list of musical and acting credits. In 2008, he made his début with Opera Queensland and the following year, Gennadi became a full-time soloist with Opera Australia.

Alex Parkmen

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Alex Parkmen has been hailed as a musical prodigy. At the age of six he was accepted into the famous Stoliarsky school for musically gifted children. After eleven years of studying, Alex joined Kiev Conservatorium where he was trained as both classical and jazz pianist. Now calling Australia home, Alex Parkmen delights audience around the world with his brilliant technique and mesmerizing artistry.

Mar’yana Sywak

Mar’yana Sywak is a successful violinist,  singer and Artistic Director of the Jaga Band. Born in Ukraine, Mar’yana completed Violin Performance and music theatre degrees before moving to Australia where she plays with The Metropolitan Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Contemporary Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia. In 2015, Mar’yana founded Jaga Band  – a multicultural ensemble that presents famous virtuosic Eastern European melodies.

Sophia Markovtzev

Australian-born to a Russian immigrant family, Sophia Markovtzev sings with a depth and intensity that will leave you feeling raw. Sophia is familiar to audiences in Australia and Russia as a spirited performer of Russian roots music. She studied the pianoforte and theory of music privately from the age of 5. Sophia has recorded, performed and toured both interstate and internationally (as the primary female vocalist) with the Sydney Balalaika Orchestra since 1998. In 2015 Sophia launched a debut CD Songlines with Sophia & The Emigres  – a collaborative project between brilliant Sydney-based jazz musicians and herself,  transcending the norms of the expected Russian folk style. Language is no barrier as audiences are transported to another realm via her powerful voice and ancestral Russian tongue.

Zulya Kamalova

ARIA award-winning artist Zulya Kamalova grew up in Tatarstan and began performing and writing music at the age of 9. After moving to Australia in 1991 she has performed extensively both as a solo artist and with her band Children of the Underground.


Young Sydney band Chutney puts a modern twist on klezmer music. Blending influences from their Eastern European and Middle Eastern heritage, they play a high-energy mix of original tunes and traditional melodies to get you dancing.

Eddie Bronson is a multi-instrumentalist who has been wowing audiences since he began working as a professional

Eddie Bronson

musician in Moscow at the age of 16. He has toured extensively, working with some of the world’s best improvising musicians. Since moving to Australia 25 years ago, Eddie has firmly established himself in both the folk world and jazz music scenes – appearing with many top bands.

Ilan Kidron

Ilan Kidron is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer for Australia’s multi-platinum selling dance music act The Potbelleez. Originally a classical graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ilan is an accomplished guitarist, flautist, and pianist and later moved into dance music. A double ASCAP and APRA award winner, he has worked with artists such as Kygo, Rita Ora, Ricky Martin, Chance the Rapper, Haydn James and more.

Elena Kats Chernin

Regarded as one of Australia’s leading composers and pianists, Elena Kats Chernin has composed for almost all genres and worked for some of the world’s top orchestras including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as creating music for TV and cinema.

A Graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Eleanor Lyons is naturally at home on stage as she passionately shapes every detail of opera, orchestral concerts, chamber music and solo recitals. A down-to-earth approach to fine music has resulted in a number of ongoing fruitful collaborations with various orchestras and conductors. With a beautiful voice and virtuosic technique she breathes life into all of her performances.

Vladimir Fanshil

Innovative Australian Conductor and pianist Vladimir Fanshil completed his masters of Operatic/Symphonic  conducting at the St Petersburg State Conservatoire, and he has quickly established himself as a versatile artist covering Symphonic, Operatic and Ballet Genres.

Leo Novikov

received a classical education in Russia. His whole creative life has revolved around music. After work in the State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography of USSR where he recorded music to more than 300 films, including many violin solos, Leo fulfilled his dream when he successfully auditioned for the one of the best orchestras in the world – the Moscow Philharmonic. As a member of this outstanding orchestra Leo performed at some of the most famous concert halls around the world. At the same time he tried out some new fields, playing roles of a violinist in several movies and playing the main roles as a Fiddler in the musical “The Fiddler on the Roof” and as a Violinist in the play “Doctor Faustus”. In 1993 Leo immigrated to Australia with his wife and children and soon achieved acclaim as a classical violinist and also a creator of striking violin shows. He performed as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Town Hall, the Sydney Parliament House, at the Federation Hall (Melbourne), on the Channel Nine. In 2003 Leo became a prize winner at the 1st International Competition “Golden Hanukkiah” held in Berlin, Germany. Leo has released 2 solo albums: “Golden Dreams” and “Leo’s violin magic”.


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