The Sydney Balalaika Orchestra was founded more than 30 years ago by Volodya Savitsky. It is dedicated to the folk music of Russia - played on authentic folk instruments - and has a large repertoire of light-classical and traditional folk music. The orchestra is a microcosm of the multicultural fabric of Australian society with performers from a diverse range of ethnic origins: Armenian, Belorussian, Serbian, Danish, Polish, Ukrainian, Uyghur, North American and Chinese as well as Russian and Australian. The performers share their love for the beauty of the true Russian music, where the mellow, melancholic themes are juxtaposed by the lively, energetic melodies.
Under the direction of Victor Serghie, the Sydney Balalaika Orchestra has long been renowned amongst the concert going public for its polished performances and sparkling presentations.
The orchestra has performed extensively throughout New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria, performing in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, NSW Art Gallery, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and various Folk Festivals.
In 2005 the orchestra toured Far East Russia and Harbin (China) after being invited to perform there by the Russian and Chinese governments. The orchestra again toured Far East Russia in July 2007 and in 2011 travelled to the heart of Russia to perform in the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.
In September 2014 the Sydney orchestra of Russian folk instruments "Balalaika" gave a concert in Beijing and Tianjin, which was attended by more than 500 people with standing room only. - teachers and students from the local university and representatives of the city government, senior diplomats of several countries, as well as local cultural figures all of whom praised the skill and professionalism of soloists and orchestra musicians.
In 2016 the orchestra accepted an invitation to perform an 11 day concert tour of Siberia and Far East Russia in September 2016. Cities included Khabarovsk, Blagoveshchensk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.