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Matryoshka Radio on Forbes online

Matryoshka Radio on Forbes online

Hey, guys! The new article about Matryoshka Radio in now available on the Forbes site! Here it is, read and ask! http://www.forbes.ru/karera-i-svoy-biznes/341005-prekrasnoe-daleko-komu-nuzhna-russkoyazychnaya-radiostanciya-v-centre

Вечер в честь 80-летия первой в мире женщины-космонавта Валентины Владимировны Терешковой

Вечер в честь 80-летия первой в мире женщины-космонавта Валентины Владимировны Терешковой

В лондонском Музее науки (Science Museum) прошел вечер в честь 80-летия первой в мире женщины-космонавта Валентины Владимировны Терешковой. Специальную экспозицию и показ документального фильма с “живым” оркестром посетила именинница. Свой космический полет она совершила еще в 1963 году – до того, как появились на свет большинство пришедших в музейный зал на станции метро South Kensington. […]

Russian Ambassador A. Yakovenko in formal talk titled “Priorities of  the Russian Foreign Policy and its Vision of the Global Policy Issues”

Russian Ambassador A. Yakovenko in formal talk titled “Priorities of the Russian Foreign Policy and its Vision of the Global Policy Issues”

On 15th February the Ambassador of Russian Federation in London Mr. A. Yakovenko gave an informal talk titled “Priorities of the Russian Foreign Policy and its Vision of the Global Policy Issues” at the invitation of Professor Ngaire Woods, the Dean of Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Throughout the meeting the participants were discussing […]

Shura on Matryoshka Radio

Many of you will remember the outrageous youngster of 20 years ago who emerged on stage wearing a traditional Russian fur hat and a fur coat over underpants and a suitcase in his hand. Two missing front teeth surely made his face instantly recognisable and the resulting peculiar enunciation provided for a wide range of […]

Rodion Gazmanov in Star City

Rodion Gazmanov in Star City

If you think we know this classy young man only by the single Lucy that he sang as a boy with his famous Daddy Oleg Gazmanov then you are very wrong! Rodion has many remarkable numbers to his name, including such hits as Couples and Gravity. He has a wonderful sense of humour and is […]

Концерт в поддержку благотворительного Фонда Gift of Life под руководством дирижера Теодора Куррентзиса
Julianna Karaulova on Matryoshka Radio

Julianna Karaulova on Matryoshka Radio

It seems this very young girl has been on our TV screens forever! 12 years ago she debuted memorably on Max Fadeyev’s Star Factory show. After several years devoted to a degree in journalism she was launched on a career with the 5sta Family band. And now she has had a real breakthrough in 2016 […]

Natasha Korolyova in Star City on New Year’s eve

Natasha Korolyova in Star City on New Year’s eve

Now this is a proper surprise that Matryoshka’s got for you! We are lucky to be seeing in the New Year – for the second time running – in the company of strong, talented and successful women whose songs are loved by millions. On the eve of 2017 the one and only Natasha Korolyova came […]

Stas Kostyushkin in Julia Nikolina’s Star City

Stas Kostyushkin in Julia Nikolina’s Star City

Many still think of Stas as half of the Tea For Two duo with hits such as My Tender One, Look Back and You Are Not Alone. However, Stas Kostyushkin has for some years now been pursuing a successful solo career, is even more popular with women and has been regularly putting out hit tracks […]

Nepara duo on Matryoshka Radio

Nepara duo on Matryoshka Radio

This duo – Alexander Shoua and Victoria Talyshinskaya – has for years been treating us to their distinctive style. So much so that the very first bars are easily recognisable as Ne-para. On Julia Nikolina’s Star City Alexander and Victoria shared their thoughts about how to stay away from the pop scene yet be always […]

Katie IOWA on Matryoshka Radio

Katie IOWA on Matryoshka Radio

‘We met on a shuttle bus, no kidding,’ – we can bet everybody knows this song, it obviously rhymes in the Russian original. But have you heard it in French? We bet you haven’t! Now Katie Ivanchikova, the IOWA band’s lead singer (incidentally, she refers to her band as DiscoTribe) has told us about their […]

First scholarly conference Russian Heritage in the Contemporary World

First scholarly conference Russian Heritage in the Contemporary World

On Monday, 19th December the first scholarly conference “Russian Heritage in the Contemporary World” took place at the centre for Russian Culture Rossotrudnichestvo. The papers were presented by activists and researchers of the committee Russian Heritage. Among them were some prominent historians like Marina Sorokina, Director of the House of the Russians Abroad, Dr. Louise […]

Leonid Agutin on Matryoshka Radio

Leonid Agutin on Matryoshka Radio

We never tire of proving that Matryoshka Radio is not any radio but a veritable treasure trove of surprises. This time Julia Nikolina’s Star City show welcomes the one and only Leonid Agutin. He believes giving interviews is the most boring part of his profession – but it felt different with Matryoshka. More than that, […]

«У джаза не бывает будней, не правда ли?»

«У джаза не бывает будней, не правда ли?»

В Лондоне состоялась премьера спектакля «У джаза не бывает будней, не правда ли?» 27 ноября в рамках Club Eclectique в Лондоне прошел спектакль, посвящённый жизни великого американского писателя Ф. С. Фицджеральда. Светское мероприятие, а именно лондонская премьера музыкально-литературного спектакля, состоялась в одном из самых закрытых клубов – «Институте директоров» (Institute of Directors). Место проведения спектакля […]

Russian Film Week

Russian Film Week

Russian Film Week has been resurrected in London, this time it was held between November 30 and December 4. The international fest comprised the showing of 25 films about Russia shot and released in the preceding 18 months, and brought together many talented directors, actors and producers as well as viewers with a taste for […]

Alexei Yagudin and Tatiana Totmyanina

Alexei Yagudin and Tatiana Totmyanina

What a stroke of luck! We have recently been able to record a series of shows with several outstanding Russian figure skaters and we are eager to share it with our listeners. Julia Nikolina talks to Alexei Yagudin with four world, three European and one Olympic golds to his name, and Tatiana Totmyanina, a five time European champion, two time world champion and an Olympiс champion! What a family of sporting greats, creative collaborators and simply charming people and parents to two daughters.

Happy Birthday, Matryoshka Radio!

Happy Birthday, Matryoshka Radio!

Dear friends and colleagues, On November 27 Matryoshka Radio is marking its first birthday on London DAB. In this short time we managed to make quite a splash! Our studio guests included top names in the Russian entertainment business – Sergei Lazarev, Ani Lorak, Emin Agalarov, Valery Meladze, Diskoteka Avaria. Vera Brezhneva, VIA Gra, Zapashny […]

Russian Ball in London

Russian Ball in London

The Russian Debutante Ball 2016, one of the highlights of the Russian community’s social calendar, has been held – with Matryoshka Radio’s media support – at the grand luxury Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel in London’s Mayfair. 40 young Russian girls from all over the world were accompanied by a parade of young British Horse […]

Artik and Asti on Matryoshka Radio

Artik and Asti on Matryoshka Radio

We had been trying to hunt them down for months. The cream of the crop of ‘younger’ artists have for months been on tour and playing three shows a day. But we have achieved the impossible for you – and you can hear Artik and Asti in our studio! We have no idea how one can survive such a busy schedule but they agreed to drop by out studio on the way from a video shoot to another concert venue. Artik and Asti – on how to cope with bad vibes, be constantly creative and keep the peace in one close-knit community.

Garik Burito on Matryoshka Radio

Garik Burito on Matryoshka Radio

Друзья! В выпуске программы Юли Николиной удительный гость! Специально для вас Гарик Burito спел вживую свои песни, рассказал о любви к оружию и уличным танцам, поделился планами на скорое будущее, да и вообще сделал такоооой эфир, что запомнится он надолго!

Roman Kostomarov and Oksana Domnina in Star City

Roman Kostomarov and Oksana Domnina in Star City

For many of us sport is not dissimilar to music: something of a craft and an art, tremendous dedication and effort – and, at the end of it all, a win… Matryoshka Radio welcomed Roman Kostomarov and Oksana Domnina, star figure skaters, partners on ice and proud parents of two children! They told us what few people may be aware of – how they started out on their careers, what sort of barriers they had to overcome, what awards they cherished and claimed and how their marriage saw them through all the hard work and many trials.

Discoteka Avaria on Matryoshka Radio

Discoteka Avaria on Matryoshka Radio

It has been a while since we had such a raucous show with a heap of the funniest jokes and belly-aching laughter! Disco Crash crashed right in Matryoshka’s studio, the band whose hits are familiar to every Russian speaker the world over. Anna Khokhlova, Alexei Ryzhov and Alexei Serov are also an instant hit on […]

New owner of Russian Art and Culture

New owner of Russian Art and Culture

10th October, during the spectacular launch of  the book Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture written by art-dealer and scholar  Ivan Lindsay, the audience witnessed the change of owner of the Russian Art and Culture media.  Its founder and editor  Dr. Theodora Clark announced her stepping down from her post as director and editor, as […]

London exhibition of Russian jeweller Ilgiz Fazulzyanov

London exhibition of Russian jeweller Ilgiz Fazulzyanov

The boutique of Annoushka Ducas in Cadogan Gardens was extremely popular among the jewellers, collectors and journalists between 4th and 17th October. No wonder, as the leading Russian jeweller Ilgiz Fazulzyanov brought his own works to London for a short exhibition. One could also approach the master himself and have a leisurely and thoroughly enlightening […]

Launch of  the book Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture written and edited by Ivan Lindsay

Launch of the book Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture written and edited by Ivan Lindsay

On 10th October 10, following the Frieze art fair in London, the Russian department in Waterstone’s Piccadilly bookshop hosted a launch of  the book Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture written and edited by the art- dealer and specialist in Russian Art Ivan Lindsay . The launch was held with the participation and support of […]

WRF event, 20 October

WRF event, 20 October

A public seminar and Q&A on the state and prospects of the Russian rouble has taken place at the London office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Kensington. Westminster Russia Forum, a public body working to improve bilateral business ties, organised the event with support from a number of British and Russian companies working in each other’s markets, […]

Konstantin Arsenev in Star City

Konstantin Arsenev in Star City

Pretty much every Russian speaker will be familiar with the songs Robins by the Ivanushki boy band, Tatyana Ovsiyenko’s Woman’s Happiness or 100% of Love by the Russian pop singer Pascal. However, few will know that the lyrics to those and many other hits were written by Konstantin Arsenev who graced our studio on Julia […]

Presentation of the English version of the Medium Book

Presentation of the English version of the Medium Book

On Wednesday, 7 th October,  the Russian section of the Waterstone’s Piccadilly  bookstore launched a presentation of the English version of the Medium — the beautifully illustrated volume celebrating the  85th anniversary of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. The presentation was organised by the Russian cultural centre Rossotrudnichestvo and took place as part of the Language and Literature […]

The Strelki band in Star City

The Strelki band in Star City

At a Party, You Dumped Me, Sun Over the Mountain – these and other hits by the Strelki band are well familiar to Russian-speaking audiences everywhere. Now Russian show business might brace itself for some tectonic rocking because the band’s golden line-up is getting back together. Tori. Gera, Cat and Margo – those are the […]

The Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

The Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

The Russo-British Chamber of  Commerce has marked its 100th anniversary with a high-level business forum at the BMA House in Tavistock Square in London. The event, held on 27 September, dealt primarily with regional level cooperation. The proceedings were opened by RBCC patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The speakers included Russia’s Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, President […]

Ruki Vverh в Indigo at the O2

Ruki Vverh в Indigo at the O2

A London gig by the legendary Russian pop brand Ruki Vverkh! (Hands Up!) proved a predictable success due, at least in part, to Matryoshka Radio’s promotion of the event. The gig was held at Indigo, a fashionable club venue at the O2 in Greenwich. The band’s sole surviving frontman 40-year-old Sergei Zhukov who in recent […]

Edgard Zapashny on Matryoshka Radio

Edgard Zapashny on Matryoshka Radio

We are thrilled to have played host to one of the third generation of a famous Russian circus dynasty of lion tamers. Now a Merited artist of the Russian Federation and Director of Moscow’s Grand State circus Edgards Zapashny appears in Julia Nikolina’s Star City where he talks about his job and his life outside […]

Roma Zver on Star City

Roma Zver on Star City

See You Soon, For You, Love So Strong and a dozen other hit tracks is what Roma the Beast has under his belt. The fascinating journey of a former plasterer-turned heart throb to the top of Russia’s show business in Julia Nikolina’s Star City.

Fashion and Beauty Day 2016

Fashion and Beauty Day 2016

Fashion Beauty Day descended on opulent Club No. 41 at Kensington Close Hotel on Saturday 10 September. The event, organised by Rutage magazine and the Miss USSR UK beauty pageant, brought together as guests and participants people from the international fashion and beauty industry and London-based fashionistas. The venue was filled to capacity and those […]

Ilya Averbukh in Star City

Ilya Averbukh in Star City

Of course, we have another remarkable guest! You’d never guess…. He doesn’t have any hits to his name and no roles in blockbuster movies. But the whole world has been  captivated by his skill and artistic vision in the ice rink. An outstanding Russian figure skater and now also a producer of fabulous ice shows […]

The Westminster Russia Forum in London

The Westminster Russia Forum in London

Russo-British relations post-Brexit have been the subject of a public debate organised by Westminster Russia Forum and held at the central London offices of the legal firm Shepherd & Wedderburn. The agenda proved of great interest to the business community and the venue was packed to capacity. The speakers included: – Daniel Kawczynski MP, Deputy […]

Lena Temnikova at Matryoshka Radio

Lena Temnikova at Matryoshka Radio

Dear friends, we are launching another radio season with a proper bang! Julia Nikolina’s Star City gets off the start with a wonderful guest Lena Temnikova. She told us – and all Radio Matryoshka listeners – about her solo career, astrology, her daughter and dreams that with Lena have a way of coming true. You […]

Sergei Trofimov in Star City

Sergei Trofimov in Star City

Right from the get go we were utterly won over by Sergei Trofimov. No wonder fans learn his songs by heart. He is a very genuine man he makes you want to hear his stories. His laugh is so infectious we laughed with him all through the interview and at times simply couldn’t stop. A veritable fountain of amazing and amusing stories – about quantum physics, music, a kind of schizophrenia that afflicts creative people – Sergei shared his ideas in his conversation with Matryoshka Radio.

Emin Agalarov on Matryoshka Radio

Emin Agalarov on Matryoshka Radio

We waited eagerly for this date with Emin Agalarov, a talented artist, businessman, father to two sons and indeed an honourable man! Matryoshka’s Star City features Emin who offered an insight into his touring routine, ways of combining creativity with a gruelling schedule, the upbringing of children and much else. Pictures of Emin’s visit to our studio can be seen here.

Ani Lorak in Star City

Ani Lorak in Star City

She is … well, incredible! A famous pop singer, a strong woman, a loving and much loved wife and mother. We had long been planning it and were happy to welcome Ani Lorak in our studio – and lucky to have stolen her for a couple of hours out of a very busy schedule. Childhood, work, friendship and meeting her husband – Ani Lorak talks about it all in Star City with Julia Nikolina.

Alexander T-killah Tarasov on Maryoshka Radio

Alexander T-killah Tarasov on Maryoshka Radio

Alexander aka Sasha Tarasov is a young artist of great talent. In a cosy chat with Julia Nikolina in Matryoshka’s Star City show Sasha spoke about his breakthrough in show business, buying a first motorbike and his love of double acts.

Actor Veniamin Smekhov in Star City

Actor Veniamin Smekhov in Star City

We at Matryoshka Radio consider ourselves to be very lucky and honoured to make the acquaintance of Veniamin Smekhov, Russia's famous actor of stage and screen. On the eve of his London appearance he shared with us some amazing stories of his long and distinguished acting career. Unmissable!

Sergey Mazayev in Star City

Sergey Mazayev in Star City

If you lived in Russia back in the 90s you are sure to have caught yourself humming – or dancing – to Bye Bye Mama. It was a hit ‘big beat’ number that brought nationwide fame to Sergey Mazayev and his band Moralny Kodex. Sergei was a guest in Julia Nikolina’s Star City and revealed his views and opinions on an impressive range of subjects from his love of classical music to choosing musical partners to patriotic upbringing and much else.

Leningrad gig in London supported by Matryoshka Radio

Leningrad gig in London supported by Matryoshka Radio

London’s famous Roundhouse was filled to the brim for a rare appearance by Leningrad, a gritty Russian band that enjoys cult status at home. Matryoshka is proud to have been a media sponsor. Leningrad and its frontman and leader Sergey Shnourov delivered a super gig – to a rapturous welcome

SEREBRO in Matryoshka Radio’s Star City

SEREBRO in Matryoshka Radio’s Star City

The girls from the all-girl SEREBRO band turned out to be unbelievably cool! And very friendly: they loved it in our studio and neither wanted the conversation to end. And we were or course chuffed to bits to have received our own share of compliments from the glamorous girls!

Nyusha on Matryoshka Radio

Nyusha on Matryoshka Radio

Do you know that about six months ago Nyusha was the first artist to feature in our Star City series? We’ve decided to celebrate that by inviting Nyusha again on the eve of her new single’s release. The track is called Kiss, and its premiere on Matryoshka Radio is set for April, 15!

‘Private Life’ performance in London with Matryoshka Radio’s media support

‘Private Life’ performance in London with Matryoshka Radio’s media support

Renowned Russian actors Mikhail Boyarsky, Larisa Luppian, Sergei Migitsko and Anna Aleksakhina visited London with the ‘Private Life’  comedy play on April 10. Matryoshka Radio was the show’s media partner. Well, a picture report is here. We really liked the show. Please, come again! Exclusive photoes you can find here

Vintage Group in Star City

Vintage Group in Star City

Anna Pletnyova won us over instantly. She is the epitome of girliness – tender beauty and immense appeal – she almost makes you forget she is one of the most formidable personalities in Russia’s show business today. In her own words, she’s almost a split personality! She also told us how she was almost devoured by […]

Leningrad Grouping – with Matryoshka Radio’s media support

Leningrad Grouping – with Matryoshka Radio’s media support

Russia’s coarsest rock band Leningrad Grouping is appearing in London’s iconic Roundhouse – with Matryoshka Radio’s media support.