OLEG TIMOFEYEV (b 1963 )
Originally from Moscow and now living in the United States, Oleg Timofeyev holds an M.A. in Early Music Performance from the University of Southern California (1993), and a Ph.D. in Performance Practice from Duke University (1999). Since 1983 he has been performing early music on original instruments of the plucked family (lute, guitar). In 1989 this interest brought him to the United States, where he studied with Patrick OBrien, James Tyler, and Hopkinson Smith. His recording début occurred in 1999 with a solo lute album and the groundbreaking The Golden Age of the Russian Guitar, which has won high praise in America and abroad. He appears widely in concerts in the United States and Europe, and his valuable researches into music from Russia and the former Soviet Union have revealed to a wider public music of much interest. Oleg Timofeyev teaches guitar at Grinnell College, and offers seminars on Russian literature, culture, and film at the University of Iowa.