Russian Guitar Duo

ZINGARESCA consists of Oleg Timofeyev, the pioneer in the revival of the Russian seven-string guitar, and the celebrated Russian-Roma (Gypsy) virtuoso Vadim Kolpakov.

The Italian word “Zingaresca” means “in a Gypsy style”: the ensemble interweaves the written Russian guitar heritage with the best traditions of the Russian Gypsies, thus blending the sophistication of classical music with the fiery vitality of folk musical expression. For their current projects, Oleg and Vadim use a great range of musical resources, such as rare guitar publications of Mikhail Vysotsky (1791-1837), virtuoso arrangements of Sergei Orekhov (1936-1998), and the original compositions of Vadim’s celebrated uncle Alexander Kolpakov. But since the ensemble’s goal is to bridge an array different musical styles, their success mostly depends on their own imagination as music arrangers and performers. At times, such as in Vysotsky’s compositions, it takes a sensitive ear to distill and exaggerate the Gypsy element from otherwise classical musical fabric. Alternatively, Vadim and Oleg are incorporating folk tunes into classical structures, creating a colorful and enjoyable experience.

Dr. Timofeyev brings his vast knowledge of the Russian guitar tradition, repertoire, and historical practice. He recorded more than a dozen CD albums featuring the neglected treasures of Russian guitar music, performed innumerous concerts around the world, and is the main organizer of IARGUS, the only annual event in the world solely dedicated to the Russian guitar.

Vadim Kolpakov has been steeped in the Russian Roma musical tradition from childhood, and he is equally stunning playing the seven-string guitar, singing, and dancing. He has toured extensively in the USA and Europe, performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, Colony Theater (Miami, FL), and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.). He is director of the Russian Gypsy Traditional Music and Dance ensemble “VIA ROMEN.”


In 2002, as a recipient of a Fulbright grant, Oleg Timofeyev was teaching historical performance practice at the Maimonides Conservatory in Moscow. He attended a concert given by Vadim and his uncle, and was deeply impressed by their flamboyant, highly charismatic performance. He immediately thought of a possible joint project, and already in 2003 they recorded their first collaborative CD “Stesha,” dedicated to the famous Gypsy prima donna of the 1820s. Since then, Vadim Kolpakov moved to the US, and together with Oleg created their duo, ZINGARESCA. Their guitar duets were released in 2005 on the CD “Mikhail Vysotsky and the Gypsies of Moscow” (on Günter Hänssler Profil label). They performed at a variety of venues around the US, including many colleges and research universities, as well as musical festivals.


• performance of their guitar duo;

• lectures on Russian music in general and Russian seven-string guitar history in particular;

• workshops an masterclasses of Classical, Russian, and Gypsy guitar styles as well Russian-Gypsy dance.

YouTube Video Zingaresca
Photo Album of Zingaresca Duo