As participating members of many music groups, Vladimir and Svetlana have been awarded several prizes and honors, and even been crowned with laurels at various international competitions. In 2003, they were laureated in an international competition, after having been performing successfully as a duet in the international competition “Citta di Castelfidardo” (Italy) in the category of music by Astor Piazzolla. At the same time, they received an invitation to perform at the memorial concert to the memory of the great Argentine composer.
Svetlana Stavitskaya was born in Daugavpils, the second biggest city of Latvia, in 1974. Her first teacher, who instilled love for the accordion, was her father. He played and sang, arranged home concerts and created a favorable creative musical atmosphere. Thereby, he influenced the choice of the daughter’s professional occupation. Svetlana completed her musical education in the magistracy of the Lithuanian Academy of music and theatre in the class of professor Eduardas Gabnis, and graduated in 1998. She is a brilliant musical performer.
Vladimir Ushakov was born in Leningrad in 1968. He began playing the accordion when he was 4 years old. He graduated from the Conservatoire in the class of Valery Belyaev in 1983, progressed in the Mussorgsky music college in the class of Vyacheslav Gerasimov and finished in 1987. Thereafter he advanced in the Institute of Culture and qualified in 1994. Since then he has been a very active musician. He is a dazzling accordion player.
Svetlana Stavitskaya and Vladimir Ushakova are going to play a variety of exciting and international advanced accordion music at the accordion festival, Fuglafjarðar Harmonikufestivalur, organized by the accordion association, Fuglafjarðar Harmonikufelag. The accordion festival transpires from 22nd to 24th August 2019 in Mentanarhúsinum (the Culture House) in the Faroese city, Fuglafjørður.