Three internationally-acclaimed musicians and a principal ballerina present a musical feast that includes vocal and piano masterpieces and a unique sequence from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker.Alexey Gusev, baritone; Paulius Rudokas, piano; Egle Sarmaviciute, piano; Polina Shakhanova, BallerinaThe wonderful Canongate Kirk, with its lovely Cathedral acoustic, is a fitting venue for this highly entertaining and inspiring concert.Alexey Gusev is currently a soloist with Scottish Opera. Prior to moving to the West, Alexey was principal soloist for 7 years at the Rostov State Opera Ballet Theatre, Russia. He is equally at home in opera and concerts, and has received critical acclaim in both genres:Alexey Gusevs Robert is impressive, and one to watchtheoperacritic.com; He is simply outstanding...his top register is glorious to hearmusicweb-international.comPaulius Rudokas received a Master's degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music . He has won numerous international piano awards and was honoured by the President of Lithuania for his international success, as well as by the Polish Government for promoting Polish culture through his performances of Chopin's music. He is now based in Glasgow and has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra . Egle Sarmaviciute started playing at the age of six. She graduated from the National Ciurlionis School of Arts in Lithuania, and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, completing her Masters degree in 2015. Egle has won many awards, including the first prize in Piano Duo at RNCM. She performs widely at home and abroad, both as a soloist and chamber musician.Polina Shakhanova was born in Voronezh, Russia. She trained at the Voronezh Choreographic College, one of Russias leading ballet schools, and became a soloist at The Rostov State Theatre of Opera and Ballet , where she remained for 12 years. Polina then worked as principal soloist for the Astrakhan State Theatre of Opera Ballet , and also qualified as a teacher of classical ballet.