Trio Fadolín

The Fadolín Trio outside of Bargemusic on the Brooklyn Bridge pier (square image)
Trio Fadolín outside of Bargemusic on the Brooklyn Bridge pier (square image)



January 08, 2023 — house concert / London, UK
January 28, 2023 — Old Broadway Synagogue / New York NY
March 20, 2023 — Barbès / Brooklyn NY
March 22, 2023 — to be announced / Washington DC

For details, see the schedule.
Check out the archive of past dates.

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— Sabina Torosjan (violin)
— Ljova (fadolín)
— Valeriya Sholokhova (cello)


Trio Fadolín is a new ensemble with a unique sonority — featuring Sabina Torosjan on violin, Valeriya Sholokhova on cello, and Ljova, performing on the fadolín – a new instrument that encompasses the range of the violin, viola, and most of the cello, finding its footing in an acoustic chamber music setting for the first time.    We formed during the COVID-19 pandemic — our first performances were in the summer of 2021, on a makeshift stage at the Javits Convention Center mass vaccination site, operated by the US Army and sponsored by Sing for Hope. Since that time, we have made appearances at Bargemusic, Barbès, Symphony Space, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We continue to perform outreach events for Sing For Hope’s stage at the new Moynihan Train Terminal at Penn Station, where we frequently perform with special guests.  As our opportunities to play together grew, our repertoire evolved steadily — it now includes works by Ukrainian composers Vasily Barvinsky, Mykola Kolessa, and Miroslav Skoryk, Spanish-American composer Andrea Casarrubios, folk music from Denmark, Sweden and Romania, in addition to original works by our fadolínist, Ljova. All three of us are graduates of The Juilliard School.

Our focus is multifaceted — on the one hand, we are exploring the unique sonority of the acoustic fadolín  (six-string violin, with low C and F strings) within a trio context, using it — for the first time in history — as an integral instrument in an acoustic chamber music setting.

On the other hand, we also share a deep personal connection — all three of us grew up in the former Soviet Union and arrived in New York as teens.  Sabina was born in Estonia of Armenian-Jewish heritage; Valeriya was born in Ukraine of Ukrainian, Jewish, and Russian heritage; Ljova was born in Moscow, Russia, of Ukrainian-Jewish, German-Jewish, Polish and Romanian heritage.  We share a common bond of immigration, Eastern European literature, humor, animation and music.

We are here to tell the complicated story, to tell the stories of immigrant composers, to collaborate with immigrant artists, to showcase places where cultures intersect.


SABINA TOROSJAN, originally from Tartu, Estonia has been an active freelance performer since graduating from The Juilliard School having studied with Sally Thomas and Lewis Kaplan. She plays regularly with Ensemble Mise-En and RAM whose focus is in contemporary music from around the world. She has recorded with iconic folk singer Pete Seeger, Jennifer Hudson, composer and guitarist Terry Champlin, as well as appearing on SNL.
Sabina enjoyed being the violinist for the Off Broadway production of “Fiddler On The Roof in Yiddish” for its entire run ending in 2020. She also loves spending time with her two kids.

LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York with his parents, composer Alexander Zhurbin and writer Irena Ginzburg, in 1990. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, performing with and composing for TRIO FADOLÍN, as well as a busy career as a violist, fadolínist & musical arranger. Among recent projects are commissions from the City of London Sinfonia, The Louisville Orchestra, a new work for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a clarinet quintet for Art of Élan, and works for The Knights, Sybarite5 and A Far Cry, as well arrangements for the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, tenor Javier Camarena, conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Alondra de la Parra, songwriters Ricky Martin, Natalia Lafourcade and Carlos Vives, composer/guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla and Osvaldo Golijov. Ljova frequently collaborates with choreographers Aszure Barton, Damian Woetzel, Christopher Wheeldon, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (with Parsons Dance)

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, cellist VALERIYA SHOLOKHOVA is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, where she was a full scholarship student of Bonnie Hampton and David Geber. Valeriya is a laureate of several international competitions and has participated in a number of summer music festivals, such as The Perlman Music Program, Kronberg Academy, Spoleto Festival USA, Orchestra of the Americas, and Thy Music Festival, where she served as principal cellist. An in-demand freelancer, Valeriya is currently the principal cellist with Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Mimesis Ensemble, and New York Metamorphoses. In her free time, she enjoys travel, languages, and photography.



Special guests & collaborators:

— Inna Barmash (vocal)
— Alexandrina Boyanova (violin)
— Nikita Morozov (violin)
— Lavinia Pavlish (violin)
— Sam Sadigursky (clarinet)
— Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet)


(go back to upcoming dates)

November 22 2022 Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)
November 15 2022 Bashenniki series (Secaucus, NJ)
November 6 2022 Essence Theater-Studio (Brooklyn, NY)
October 21 & 22 2022 Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
September 16 + 17 2022 Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
July 15 + 16 2022 Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
July 11 2022 Crossbar (New York, NY)
June 11 2022 Bargemusic (Brooklyn NY)
May 10 2022 Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)
July 13 2021 Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)
September 8 2019 Symphony Space (New York, NY)