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Quartet in Residence 2012 - 2014 Internationale Beethovenfeste Bonn
Ruben Aharonian - violin
Sergei Lomovsky - violin
Igor Naidin - viola
Vladimir Balshin - cello
"The Borodins, who performed all of the quartets of Brahms and Tchaikovsky, were already recognized years ago as one of the greatest of string quartets. With two changes of personnel in the last few years, they are sounding better than ever. Are they now the world’s best? All I know is that I never heard quartet playing at quite that level before." - Ottawa Citizen
30 May 2012
The Borodin Quartet returned from a successful tour in China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. The musicians performed a programme of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Haydn quartets at...
01 Apr 2012
The Borodin Quartet was officially announced as “Quartet in Residence” at the Internationale Beethovenfeste. The Quartet will perform 4 concerts on each visit, over the three years performing all...
05 Mar 2012
The Borodin Quartet performed works by Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Borodin in a series of concerts in Shunan, Kyoto, Tokyo and Hamarikyu.
12 Jan 2012
The Borodin Quartet performs Wolfgang Rihm’s Grave – In memoriam Thomas Kakuska at the world renowned Cité de la Musique. The programme also featured Beethoven’s String Quartet’s No 8 & 9.
16 Oct 2011
The Borodin Quartet performs a programme of Shostakovich’ Quartets in five successful concerts.
10 Sep 2011
Their performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet No 15 in A minor and Shostakovich’ Quintet No 15 received outstanding reviews:
“The Borodin played the 45-minute work with astonishing ease...
09 May 2011
The Borodin Quartet is one of five ensembles performing as part of the Quatuor à cordes series at Philharmonie Luxembourg this season. The concert takes place on Tuesday 10 may in the...
12 Jan 2011
The Borodin Quartet performed six Shostakovich Quartets at Cité de la musique on 8 and 9 January which were streamed live on www.medici.tv...
12 Jan 2011
The Borodin Quartet is currently on a European tour, taking in the cities of Paris, Manchester, Rotterdam and Stockholm.
14 May 2010
The Borodin Quartet has a new CD release on the Onyx label. They perform Borodin’s String Quartet No 1, Stravinsky Concertino and Myaskovsky Quartet No 13. The quartet has recently returned to...
Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen - Jul 2012
The Ottawa Citizen (Music and Beyond: Tchaikovsky & Brahms Quartets) - Jul 2012
Musical Toronto (Toronto Summer Music Festival, Borodin/Rachmaninov/Tchaikovsky) - Jul 2012
International Record Review (Haydn String Quartets CD review) - May 2011
The Times (Borodin Quartet - Borodin/Stravinsky/Myaskovsky, Onyx) - Apr 2010
The Australian (Shostakovich and Borodin String Quartets) - Feb 2010
Sydney Morning Herald (Shostakovich and Borodin String Quartets) - Mar 2010
The Telegraph (Wigmore Hall Recital ) - Jan 2010
The Independant (Wigmore Hall Recital) - Jan 2010
The Sunday Telegraph (Wigmore Hall Recital) - Jan 2010
Financial Times (Wigmore Hall Recital) - Jan 2010
For more than sixty-five years, the Borodin Quartet has been celebrated for its insight and authority in the chamber music repertoire. Revered for its searching performances of Beethoven and Shostakovich, the Quartet is equally at home in music ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky.
The Borodin Quartet’s particular affinity with Russian repertoire was stimulated by a close relationship with Shostakovich, who personally supervised its study of each of his quartets. Widely regarded as definitive interpretations, the Quartet’s cycles of the complete Shostakovich quartets have been performed all over the world, including Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, London, Paris and New York. In recent seasons the ensemble has returned to a broader repertoire, including works by Schubert, Prokofiev, Borodin and Tchaikovsky, while continuing to be welcomed and acclaimed at major venues throughout the world.
The Borodin Quartet was formed in 1945 by four students from the Moscow Conservatory. Ten years later, it changed its name from the Moscow Philharmonic Quartet to the Borodin Quartet. The current members of the Quartet are Ruben Aharonian, Sergei Lomovsky, Igor Naidin and Vladimir Balshin.
In addition to performing quartets, the members of the Borodin Quartet regularly join forces with other distinguished musicians to further explore the chamber music repertoire. Their partners have included Yuri Bashmet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Oleg Maisenberg and Ludmila Berlinskaya. The Quartet also regularly gives master-classes.
Recent and future engagement include recitals in Madrid, Rotterdam, Chicago, Brussels, Geneva, Munich, Lisbon, Barcelona, Athens, Köln, Istanbul, Zurich, Berlin, Moscow, Montreal, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London, playing the music of Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich – and of course Borodin.
The Quartet’s first release on the Onyx label, featuring Borodin, Schubert, Webern and Rachmaninov, was nominated for a Grammy in the 2005 “Best Chamber Performance” category. The Borodin Quartet has produced a rich heritage of recordings over several decades, for labels including EMI, RCA and Teldec. Among its Teldec recordings, those of Tchaikovsky’s Quartets and Souvenir de Florence, Schubert’s String Quintet, Haydn’s Seven The Seven Last Words of Christ and a disc of Russian miniatures all received acclaim. The Tchaikovsky disc was honoured with a Gramophone Award in 1994. The CD label Chandos recorded and released the complete Beethoven quartets as part of the sixtieth anniversary celebration.
String Quartet No.10 in E flat major D87
Quartettsatz in C minor D703 (String Quartet No.12)
String Quartet No.2 in A minor op.51
String Quartet No.3 in B flat major op.67 – III Agitato
CITÉ DE LA MUSIQUE, PARIS, 16 JANUARY 2010
Released on ICA Classics, August 2011
String Quartet in B minor op.33 no.1
String Quartet in E flat op.33 no.2 ‘The Joke’
String Quartet in C op.33 no.3 ‘The Bird’
String Quartet in B flat op.33 no.4
String Quartet in G op.33 no.5 ‘How do you do?’
String Quartet in D op.33 no.6
Released on Onyx Feb 2011
Borodin: String Quartet No 1
Myaskovsky: String Quartet No 13
Released on Onyx, March 2010
Borodin: String Quartet No 2
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1
Rachmaninov: String Quartet No 1
Schubert: String Quartet No 12 "Quartettsatz"
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Borodin: Serenata alla Spagnola
Released on Onyx, 2005