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The Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle will be hosting the 7th annual Winter Nights Chamber Music concert on February 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 PM at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall.
We are proud to present the Seattle début of the world-renowned St. Petersburg String Quartet!
We also invite you to join us for a pre-concert recital at 3:30, showcasing the talented winners of our 2013 Russian Piano Festival/Competition.
- Borodin – String Quartet No.1
- Glazunov – selected pieces from Five Novelettes
- Glinka – Grand Sextet for String Quartet, Bass, and Piano.
The St. Petersburg Quartet is one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles. Their rise to fame has included a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone, an opening night performance at Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and hundreds of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia’s most prestigious series and festivals.
Highlights of recent seasons include playing the opening concert of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center quartet series (the New York Times praised their “sumptuous account of Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No.1”); a performance at Carnegie Hall; a six-concert series at New York City’s popular BargeMusic Series, where they performed the complete Shostakovich cycle along with as well as selected Beethoven quartets; a collaboration with the eminent pianist Leon Fleisher; a performances with violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet at the Library of Congress; three concerts at New York’s Metropolitan Museum with the late Ruth Laredo; a 17-concert tour of Canada (the Toronto Globe and Mail wrote, “Bliss, for this listener, doesn’t get much more unequivocal than the St. Petersburg Quartet’s performance.”)
Founded in 1985 as the Leningrad String Quartet, the SPSQ blazed a trail through chamber music circles, winning a number of prestigious international competitions including 1st Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition; Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize and both Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy, and First Prize and the “Grand Prix Musica Viva” at the Melbourne, Australia International Chamber Music Competition.’’
Alla Aranovskaya and Leonid Shukayev are founding members of the SPSQ; Boris Vayner joined in 2005 and Evgeny Zvonnikov in 2010.
Their website is www.stpetersburgquartet.com.