Composer Matti Drukovich was born into difficult circumstances. His mother, he has been told, was proficient in the clarinet, and his father taught music at a school somewhere in soviet Karelia. Both parents were ambitious and therefore active in the local Communist Party. But there was some sort of incident, and as a toddler Matti was sent to stay with his mother's relatives in Helsinki. Shortly after, when it was determined that he would not be returning to his parents, a guardian took him to live in the United States, where he was eventually home-schooled and provided with weekly piano lessons. He diligently studied the classical piano repertoire and was duly encouraged in his frequent improvisations. His imagination was given free rein, with but two rules to remember: do not chew gum while at the piano, and do not listen to, study, or play Russian composers.
Then in 2009, through Craigslist, he met Vasily and Olga. And miracle of miracles, in spite of his nationalistic upbringing, a collaboration was born. And even though Matti and Olga haven't spoken since 2010, he maintains a viable working relationship with Vasily. Some have questioned Vasily's claim of a doctorate from the Sorbonne, but no matter - the proof is in the pudding. Vasily and Olga have an amazing chemistry onstage, and are committed to perfection of performance when interpreting the tone-poems of Maestro Drukovich.
That is why Matti Drukovich himself says, "Vasily and Olga can be difficult (if not impossible) to work with, but they are so worth it. To think that such inbred Russians could play Finnish music is, to me, incredible. When reminded that he himself is not a Finnish national, the composer immediately replies, "My passport says United States, but my heart says Suomi * "...... (* Finland)