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About the Balkanistas

A large, exuberant ensemble of musicians from Wellington and around the globe, the Balkanistas have stamped their large gypsy footprint firmly on the local music scene.  Their sound reflects the diverse influences and energetic melodies of the Balkans. 

Winners of the People's Choice award to play at WOMAD 2014, Balkanistas have delighted and enchanted audiences everywhere with infectious dance rhythms, and an irresistible blend of gypsy sounds. 

Formed in 2013, and comprising 20 plus members, the Balkanistas’  impressive lineup features accordions, violins, clarinets, brass, percussion, bass, vocals and bouzouki.

Balkanistas have featured at the Newtown and Aro Festivals, the Weta Digital Christmas extravaganza, have a regular monthly spot at the iconic Meow, as well as other venues throughout the city.  An encounter with the Balkanistas guarantees you a good time, as many of our loyal followers will attest!    

Contact us now for a slice of gypsy action at your event!


Balkanistas is


Irina Mosina

Sveta Andic 

Briar Prastiti



Emily Clemett



Amity Lee

Garam Jung

Bridgett Anne Kelly 



Vocal coach

Mima Nikolic



Ana Christie

Ruth Prentice



Daniela Mogin

Sharon Greally 

Misa Mojic




Kiril Lukyanovich





Aiko Sato

Dale Hounsome-Vail



Bass / Bazouki

George Packard  




Kevin Wooley






Gerard Crewdson


Drums & Percussion

Andreas Lepper

Dejan Jeremic

Thomas Friggens



Urs Signer

Greg Rogan











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