The Band

Balalaika is a five-piece group specialising in both Russian and Jewish music. The group play on traditional acoustic instruments, but amplification, fixed or mobile, is provided where necessary. This is especially recommended for receptions, parties and dinners of more than 60 people, outdoor events, and for dancing. Performances can be entirely Russian, entirely Jewish, or a mixture of the two traditions.

The line-up consists of:

Justin Bateman
Balalaika, Mandolin

As one of the few exponents of the Balalaika living outside the Slavic-speaking world, Justin was a founder member of the band, has played in various settings from the Isle of Skye to the Harz Mountains in Germany, and has appeared in the West End and on television as a balalaika player.

Nigel Austen
Bayan

An accomplished pianist, Nigel subsequently moved to the Accordion before concentrating on the Russian Bayan, which he studied under the virtuoso recitalist, Nicholai Rischkoff. With a long background of playing in duos, bands and theatrical productions, Nigel is also a highly competent arranger.

Adam Gaiman
Guitar

Adam has a growing interest in the music of old Russia and the Klezmer music of eastern Europe. Performing earlier in a number of rock bands, he has moved away from the electric scene to focus on the intricacies of acoustic music. Adam has skills in the technologies of amplification and recording.