A. Borodin: The Two String Quartets
One of the world's leading string quartet, the St. Petersburg was founded as the Leningrad Quartet by Alla Aranovskaya, Alla Krolevich (Goryainova) and Leonid Shukayev, all three graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory. The Quartet blazed a trail through international chamber music competitions, winning First Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition, the Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Competition of Chamber Ensembles, First 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 International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Melbourne, Australia. When the city of Leningrad resumed it's historic name, the Quartet changed it's name to the St. Petersburg String Quartet. The Quartet has continued it's ascendancy, building a reputation of worldwide proportions including a Grammy nomination, 'Best Record' honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone Magazines, and the Chamber Music America/WQXR Prize for Best CD of 2001. The Quartet held the respected position of Quartet-in-Residence at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1999 to 2003. During the season 2005-2006, St. Petersburg Quartet celebrated it's 20-year anniversary. In 2007-the Quartet performed in Great Britain (3 times), Germany, Mexico and many well-known festivals in the United States included Lincoln Center in New York. In 2008 St. Petersburg Quartet will play in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Audiences from Toronto to Tokyo, from Lithuania to London and in music halls across the United States give the St. Petersburg Quartet standing ovations. No classical CD collection is complete without recordings by the acclaimed group. This season the Quartet plans to release new CDs of Ravel and Debussy quartets as well as Tchaikovsky complete chamber music works.