- Polina Proutskova
- Deniza Popova
- Dina Labinska
- Veronika Massold
- Darja Baranow
- Ania Paszkiewicz
- Elisabeth Rudi
- Ilja Pletner
- Andrey Vanichev
Born and raised in a Jewish family in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Polina has lived in Germany since 1993. Parallel to her studies in mathematics and linguistics in St. Petersburg and Heidelberg she undertook training as a singer. Polina has been intensively involved with Russian folklore music for many years, and has undertaken field research trips to various regions of Russia (Poozerye, Bryansk, Arkhangelsk), and researched in musical archives worldwide. She shares knowledge and experience in both formal and informal settings with Russian ethnologists and folklore ensembles.
In Berlin Polina has made a name for herself as a folklore music singer. She sings in the Berlin Folklore-Jazz-Drum&Bass-Projekt “ETO_X“ https://myspace.com/etoxberlin, is involved with Bulgarian and Sephardic folklore music, and also sings Byzantine and Russian liturgical music.
At the same time she is working on a worldwide music heritage database, and is a member of “Forum 440“ – an interdisciplinary scientist platform for music media theory www.forum440.de.
Deniza was born in Bulgaria and raised in northern Germany. Daughter of a musical Bulgarian couple, through her father, Ivan Popov, she learnt opera, and through her mother – leader of folklore ensemble ‘Rostock’ – got to know music from all over the world. Since 1989 she has lived in Berlin and studied music and singing at Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin, and music theory, Bulgarian sciences, and ethnomusicology at the Humboldt and Freie Universities. Currently she is writing her dissertation upon the theme ‘The ‘Authentic’ Bulgarian Musics’. She researches, sings and writes about Byzantine church music and its existence in the Orthodox Church, and also about Bulgarian folk music. Her role models are the many grandmothers, grandfathers and monks whom she met during her field reasearch, along with the ethnologists and scientists who have contributed to her work through their rare and precious authentic music archive materials.
Dina was born and grew up close to Kiev, she studied music theory and music history at the Kiev State Academy. There she also attended a course in folklore and ethnography. Many of the folksongs she learnt from her father, but the real authentical folksongs she heard for the first time in a village during her studies on a field trip.
This new world full of magic and mystery, which is living in the old songs and fairytales of the grandmothers in the villages, impressed her a lot. First she got interested in old slawic Archaic, which afterwards became a big part of her life, then she detected her own belonging to this tradition and culture.
She wrote her thesis about the recordings on a fild trip, which she made in North-East Ukraine. Her mentor was Evgenij Efremov, the founder oft he ensemble „Drevo“, which was the first ensemble to sing authentical folksongs in the Ukraine. After finishing the university Dina was teaching music at a school and she was working for a radio station. She lives in Germany since 2000. In 2005 she became a member of ensemble „Polynushka“
Geboren in Kasachstan und aufgewachsen in der Ukraine, studierte traditionelle ukrainische Musik und Kultur am College für Kunst und Kultur in Lugansk.
Seit der Schulzeit beschäftigt sie sich mit der russischen Liedermacher-Tradition. Lebt seit 1997 in Berlin und ist Mitglied des Liedermacherclubs Berlin.
2008 schloss sie sich dem Ensemble Polýnushka an.
Darja Baranow is the youngest member of the ensemble. She was born in Siberia and she has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old.
Her preference for the Russian folklore developed in early childhood, under the great influence of her grandmother, from who she has heard the first songs. In 2006 she moved to Berlin with her family. Daria continues her musical education at the Music High School Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Currently, she is studying Slavic Studies at Humboldt University and spends her free time with the traditional culture of folklore together with ensemble Polynuschka.
Was born in Poland. She grew up in Karkonosze Mountains, where she was playing in the Off-Theater „Klinika Lalek“ in the period of 1991 to1998. She studied liguistics at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Also during this time she was participating in different theater projects amongs others at the Theater am Ufer.
From 2003 to 2008 she was working in the Dokumentartheater-Berlin, afterwards in the Theater Lieder und Worte. During this time grew her interest fort he russian folklore, which was often the base of the works of these two theaters.
Since 2011 Ania is a mebmer of ensemble „Polynushka“.
Elisabeth’s first touch with russian folk music happened at the age of seven. She was born in 1984 in a remote russian Island called Sakhalin, where she attended a children’s music school in the folkloristic section for over 6 years. Besides for music theory and piano lessons, Elisabeth also was a member of a russian folk music ensemble which belongs to the music school. She was singing as soloist in numerous concerts and festivals, and went on tours in Russia and abroad, for example in Japan.
Many years later the ability of singing, dancing and playing russian folk instruments, like botton accordeon, brought Elisabeth her first job as a pedagogue in Germany. She was teaching russian folk music to students of the university of Hildesheim, where she was herself studying. After finishing her studies, Elisabeth moved to Berlin, where she now works in the advertising branche. However russian folk music remains a big part of Elisabeth’s identity, and also after 15 years of living in Germany, it was a very delighting experience for her to discover the ensemble „Polynushka“. Elisabeth’s debut appearance with the ensemble was on 26th of April 2013 at Bad Neustadt, in southern Germany.
Ilja Pletner, 1984 in Dnepropetrowsk (Ukraine) geboren, studierte Schauspiel an der Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” Berlin und Violine an der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg.
Er spielte unter anderem am Deutschen Theater Berlin, dem Eigenreich Theater Berlin sowie den Sophiensälen Berlin.
Einem größeren Publikum wurde Ilja in Film- und Fernsehproduktionen (Novemberkind) von Christian Schwochow, Dominik Graf (Im Angesicht des Verbrechens) und Torsten C. Fischer (Schurkenstück) bekannt.
Seit 2013 Mitglied Ensembles Polynushka.