Ekaterina Skliar, mandolin & domra


Los Angeles Times

"It’s not an exaggeration to say Ekaterina plays her instrument with a level of control and precision rarely heard in this corner of the mandolin world."

August Watters

Mandolinist, Composer

Former Professor, Berklee College of Music

     Domrist, Mandolinist, and 2019 Astral National Auditions Winner, Ekaterina Skliar made her debut at age 11 with the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic.  Since then she has been performing at festivals and venues throughout the United States and Russia giving solo recitals and collaborating with various chamber groups and orchestras. 


     Ekaterina started her music education with Vera Lashkina, Merited Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation and a highly-acclaimed domra teacher, in her home city Abakan, Republic of Khakassia. At the age of 15, Ekaterina moved to Novosibirsk where she studied at the Novosibirsk Specialized Music School (college), which is one of the two most prestigious schools of music for protégés in Russia (the second one is in Moscow). She received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Music Performance from M. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory playing domra and mandolin under Professor Andrey Kugaevsky.


     Ekaterina has concertized throughout the United States and Russia giving solo recitals and performing with symphony and Russian folk instrument orchestras, and chamber ensembles. She has appeared in such concert halls as A. Katz State Concert Hall, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall, Big Academic Concert Hall of Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Music and Theatre, and numerous concert stages in Russia and United States. Her large repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, original works for domra and mandolin, contemporary and jazz music.


     Ekaterina performed with such orchestras as Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, Novosibirsk Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Russian Orchestra, Novosibirsk Youth Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments and others.  In 2015 Ekaterina took part in the Trans-Siberian Art Festival playing with violinist Vadim Repin and the Gypsy Folk String Ensemble "Lendvay & Friends."


     Ekaterina is a prizewinner of national, international and all-Russian competitions, including International Music Competition of Folk Instrument Performers (3rd prize), International Music competition "The Hope" (1st prize), and many others. In 2018, Ekaterina became one of the three winning finalists in the Kaleidoscope Instrumental and Vocal Competition, where she was chosen from more than 2000 applicants from all over the world and invited to perform with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los-Angeles, CA. In 2019, Ekaterina became a Silver Medal Award Winner of the Global Music Awards for her recording on domra solo.