“LiubAnya” duo was formed in 2013. There are two professional accordionists in the band, who are the laureates of All-Russian and international competitions for bayan and accordion performers.
Akhanova (Sokolova) Liubov is the founder and inspirer of the project named “LiubAnya duo”. She was born in Krasnoyarsk.
In 2006 she graduated from Krasnoyarsk State College of Arts, the class of teacher N. N. Prodayvoda. In 2011 she graduated from Moscow State Institute of Music named after A. G. Schnittke, the class of S. V. Osokin.
During studying Liubov Akhanova has become the laureate of different All-Russian and international competitions: “The Cup of Montese” (Italy), “Young talents of Russia” (Moscow), All-Russian competition of bayan and accordion performers (Vladivostok), All-Russian competition of bayan and accordion performers (Novosibirsk), “Dizzy Accordion” (Barnaul). After graduation she continued her creative activity in Moscow.
From February 2013 to December 2014 Anna Zuyeva was one of the duet members, then she was replaced by Nataliya Lipovtseva (2015- 2019). From May 2019 Kristina Krahmal plays with Liubov Akhanova.
“LiubAnya” duo is a unique one. It has no analogues in Russia and abroad because of the highest skills and the original author's performance of worldwide popular melodies on the accordion, one of the most complex musical instruments. Fabulous fascination and charm of the performers attract and captivate the audience till the last chord is played. Thanks to the bright image and unfeigned artistry the band has achieved much success and popularity over a short period of time.
Eduard Akhanov, a composer, musician and the laureate of international contests is the record producer and the author of all the band’s arrangements.
“We play instruments, which are specially constructed for us by the Italian masters (brand “Vignoni”). The instruments contain built-in microphones – that is a know-how technology of the Russian Company “Accordion-sound”.
“LiubAnya” duo successfully performs on the most prestigious stages in Russia (Moscow State Kremlin Palace, State Central Concert Hall “Russia”,
venues in the park of Poklonnaya Gora and many others), and also abroad: in Italy (“Days of Russian Culture in Milan”, 2013), India, Kazakhstan, Lithuania (“Ledu Svente, 2014” and “A Day of Russian Culture in Lithuania”, 2014).
In 2015 “LiubAnya” duo was awarded the honorary title of “The Person of Russia. National Heritage 2014.” in the field of culture.