The instrument that Ilya Lunin plays is called BALALAIKA. It is a traditional Russian folk instrument with a triangular wooden body. The balalaika became popular in Russia at the end of the 17th century. This instrument has a unique and distinctive timbre which makes it possible to perform both soft, soulful and lyrical as well as energetic and dynamic tunes.
In Europe balalaika performances at a high professional level are quite rare. On this website you can listen to balalaika, watch how it is played and see how it transforms popular Western music and songs.