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Moscow String Quartet

Eugenia Alikhanova, 1st violin; Galina Kokhanovskaia, 2nd violin; Tatiana Kokhanovskaia, viola; Olga Ogranovitch, cello

"...wide dynamic contrasts, masterly articulation, ...."   The Philadelphia Enquirer


"Such tone, such phrasing, all played with the highest virtuosity and reverence to the music!"  Sofia Gubaidulina


"Superb! " Ottawa Sun

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Described by  Alfred Schnittke as "an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style, an unusually beautiful sound and palette of colors, and a tremendous artistic temperament",  the members of the Moscow String Quartet (from the beginning an all-women ensemble and the only quartet that was given this name) have earned a place among the most distinguished artists of our times. All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute (Moscow), they were students of eminent professors, including Yuri Yankelevich, Genrihk Talalian of the Komitas String Quartet, and Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet (with whom the quartet continued to study after graduation. 

The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest.  The next year, the quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition in Evian, France.

Since then, the Moscow String Quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls in Europe, including regular performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, repeated appearances at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In addition, the quartet has appeared in many prestigious festivals, including the Paris and City of London Festivals, Berliner Festwochen, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham Festivals, Casals Festivals in Prades and San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Catalonia Festival in Spain, and the Newport Festival. In North America, the Moscow String Quartet has performed in New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Frick Collection), Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa.  In 1996, the ensemble was invited by Madeleine Albright to perform at a White House Christmas Concert. From 1991-96, the quartet was in residence at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, and in 1997 at the University of Colorado in Denver. Upcoming engagements include performances at Lincoln Center, the Freer Collection of the Smithsonian and at the Concertgebouw..

The Moscow String Quartet has recorded for MCA, Fine Arts Records, Russian Disk, Channel Classics and Melodiya, including works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, SchnittkeDenisov, and Glinka.

"The Moscow String Quartet, performing strong and with total conviction, had reached at least another planet by the time it got to the melody in harmonics at the close, having come from an earthbound unison" (a Gubaidulina celebration) The NY Times

"... a technical ease that seemed to allow an almost spiritual insight... truly a memorable performance! Yorkshire Post, England

"...conquerors of a repertoire from Haydn to Schnittke...Life gushes forth pure and tremulous, filled with lyrical breath... messengers of poetry and transparency." Revue Belgique, Belgium

"... balanced musicianship, homogeneity of sound, and a rich palette of tonal colors. Aachener Volkszeitung, Germany

"Once again:  virtuosity and poetic qualities as well as a specific musicality tinged with a hint of profound nostalgia." Le Monde, France

"It was a concert performance that had it all -- superb playing, a brilliant program and a real sense of physical drama.... Superb! " Ottawa Sun


 last updated 11/21/2013


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