Clark Welsh, founding member, arranger and prima balalaika and domra virtuoso is a native of Marin County, has been amazing audiences for years with his seemingly inexhaustible supply of exotic instruments. He also plays bouzouki, tambura, sax, guitar, cobza, tamburitsa, tambura, oud, bass, and numerous flutes and reeds from Eastern Europe and the near east. Clark has played with Nikolai Massenkoff, Danubius, Hatsegana, Aywah, Troika balalaikas, Neva, Khadra; the San Francisco Pops, Palm Beach Florida, Edmonton Alberta, and Oakland Symphony orchestras, as well as other groups too numerous to mention. Mr. Welsh has performed in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Korea, Russia, Hungary, and Slovakia.
Mikel Estrin, founding member, bass domra and bass balalaika player and part time arrange was born on a small island called Manhattan, studied music composition and
ethnomusicology across the US and in Europe, and performs on a wide variety of classical and folk instruments. Mikel was instrumental in developing music software including Encore and Music Time, and
is a founding member of the San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, and their Webmaster.
Anna Razgulova has been playing domra almost all of her life. She graduated from a full time music school (domra class) and continued to participate in all school events even after graduation. She was a member of two folk music groups and toured with them in different regions of Russia. Currently living in the bay area with a full time engineering job and three kids, she hasn’t given up practicing domra. She is member of the San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, Borvinok and Kedry – a Russian folk music vocal group.
Joshua Cohen's feet rest firmly in classical, jazz and Eastern European music traditions. He plays violin, bass, mandolin, alto and bass domra (and others when called upon!) in various bands and productions in and around the Bay Area. He also conducts and is musical director of the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra, and Alameda Chamber Music series. He has played in many countries around the world, but makes his home now in Alameda, California along with his (flutist) wife, Genevieve.