String Time Duo was formed in 2021 by award-winning musicians Angelina Reed (domra) and Marina Alexandra (guitar). Playing a variety of world and classical music, the duo is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Marina Alexandra was born in Ukraine, where she began her guitar studies at the age of six. In 1996, she immigrated with her family to the United States, and in 1998, she was awarded a scholarship to earn her Master of Music degree at the University of South Carolina.
She has received awards in several guitar competitions including the Music Teachers National Association State and Regional Competitions and semifinalist in the 6th annual Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt National String Competition for classical guitar. Marina has a concert career spanning more than 20 years, taking her to Piccolo Spoleto Festival, National Public Radio, Allentown Radio, and hundreds of venues including colleges, guitar festivals and museums throughout USA. Her TEDx Talk has close to 3 million views.
She has released three albums including; Timeless Enchantment (Baroque, Classical, Modern, and Latin-American music) , A Moment of Magic (modern music by Russian composer, Nikita Koshkin) and Americas from North to South (flute and guitar music). Her albums received high praises from such prestigious music magazines as Soundboard, Classical Guitar (UK) and American Record Guide.
She has served on the faculties of Furman University, University of South Carolina-Aiken, Wingate University, and Columbia College. Her students have been awarded scholarships to attend music schools such as the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Southern California. Under Marina’s direction, numerous students have also received top prizes in national guitar competitions.
Angelina Galashenkova-Reed (domra) has toured the world as a soloist with the Andreyev Russian Folk Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia, performing with them at Carnegie Hall’s 100th anniversary. A virtuoso of the three-string domra, she holds a Masters Degree in Performance and Teaching Music from Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow, titles of Laureate of All Russia National Competition among professional domra players (Nizhny Novgorod, 1990) and as a laureate of the international “Cup of the North” competition (Cherepovets, 1992). Angelina was the classical mandolin soloist with Chamber
Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia. She has played numerous performances of Baroque and classical music at Philharmonic Hall and Capella Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. After immigrating to the U.S. in 2001, Angelina has performed around the country, most notably at Spivey Hall, and is the concertmaster and domra soloist of the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra. Angelina also performs in the domra-guitar duo “9 String Theory”, ensemble “Balalaika Fantasie” and domra-guitar duo “String Time” around the USA. Angelina has been a regular guest artist and gave master classes at BDAA conventions since July 2010. She has a long teaching career as a piano, mandolin and domra teacher with Music and Arts and privately.
String Time Duo videos created in partnership with North Carolina Arts and Science Council: