The founder of the trio ' Loyko ', Sergey Erdenko - is the descendant of the famous Gipsy family which history totals more than three hundred years. The destiny of the Erdenko family has been anyhow connected with an artistic path, and Sergey is not an exception: he has received not only the academic musical education (in the class of a violin), but also became an actor, having finished the Theatrical Academy (GITIS).
With his classmate Alexey Paperniy, he has formed a duet performing Gipsy-Jewish music which both musicians liked very much. Sergey's concert activity has begun with this duet both as a guitarist, and as a violinist-improviser. Не has also worked at the Theatre ' Romen ', then at Mark Rozovskiy's theatre where in performance ' Gambrinus ' by A.Kuprin, Sergey has played a role of a musician Sashka. For Sergey Erdenko it was the first experience of the composition of music.
"When I got used to the image, I understood that words can not say what I can express with the violin, - says Sergey. - On the stage I had to pronounce the same text over and over, but with music, I could always improvise . And after a while I felt, that frameworks of the theater are not enough for me. Then the desire to create a group which could continue the idea of the theatrical music was born."
Soon his dream was realized. Having done a bit of traveling worldwide with "Gambrinus" and becoming a known actor, in the end of the 1990, Sergey has come to London. There he has decided to devote himself to musical career completely.
Soon after, Sergey's cousin- Oleg Ponomaryov and Igor Staroseltsev joined Sergey.
Staroseltsev further was replaced by Vadim Kulitsky.
At this point, their career was begun at a small bar "ASHBIS". With one step after another, in a short time the ensemble has won a great recognition.
"After a while I have felt, that the group became a second " Gambrinus " - Sergey recalls. - People haven't even touched their plates, forgot that they came to eat, to talk, music tightened them in a certain action, in their aura. We did not exist as a background for visitors, and they came for our performance and became our audience. This is what is called a musical theater ".
Soon from a "club" ensemble " LOYKO " has turned into a demanded tour collective and the basic seat of its disposition became Ireland. The group has suited the taste of the local musical brotherhood, and has let out some disks.
"In Ireland there is a very strong musical culture, and for the Irish we seemed very unusual. Because of us, local musicians have become interested in Gipsy music, and we have adopted some Celtic motives. Each concert ended with a jam-session - often people accompanied even from the hall. And the famous violinist Мoyra Brinnah has written a composition which she has called " LOYKO " and repeatedly performed with us in concerts ".
But " LOYKO’s" success did not stop only in Ireland. The Gipsy trio was recognized all over Europe and America. The ensemble "LOYKO" became not only an authoritative collective tradition, but also by the opinion of the European critics, has entered in to the world violin elite. The group repeatedly performed on the largest festivals, received invitations to participation in concert programs and records from Ravi Shankara, Iugudi Меnuhin, Gidon Kremer, Roni Wood, Andre Heller, Stephan Grappelli, cooperated with jazz and fate musicians, played on the best concert platforms. " I am a happy person - I've met and stepped on one stage with many great musicians ", - says Sergey.
However in ten years, living abroad, Sergey has decided to return home. In 2000 there was a new experimental " LOYKO " in which Sergey has invited guitarist Alexey Bezlepkin, violinist Georgiy Osmolovsky and the voice of his niece Leonsia Erdenko. During three years some albums were released in Russia and Germany .
In 2003, Sergey has received the invitation from Hungary, to participate in the project "USTI OPRE", among the seven best European Gipsy musicians he performed on joint concerts, which were recorded on 15 CD and DVD.
In 2003, LOYKO returned to its original appearance as a trio:
Sergey Erdenko, George Osmolovskiy and Michael Savichev.
In 2007 Georgy Osmolovsky left LOYKO and instead him Vladimir Bessonov was invited to the trio
From 2011 LOYKO trio is:
Sergey Erdenko, Artur Gorbenko and Mikhail Savichev.
In December 2016, the new album "Life on the road" was released"
LOYKO in the Grammy nominees -2019.!!!
In the category “Best album in world music” claims
THE LOST SONGS of WORLD WAR II — Yiddish Glory.
"Forgotten songs of world war II"
the joint work of experts, musicians from different countries and
exclusive author's music and brilliant performance of the LOYKO trio:
Sergey Erdenko, Artur Gorbenko and Mikhail Savichev