Borodin String Quartet Concert
"Borodin String Quartet" will be staged on October 11 (Tuesday)
at 8:00pm at the Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center.

The Borodin Quartet is unquestionably one of the great music ensembles of the past century. Founded in 1945 as the Moscow Philharmonic Quartet, the ensemble was renamed the Borodin Quartet in 1955. The world's longest-lived string quartet, the Borodin Quartet has an unparalleled reputation and history. It will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2005.

Cellist Valentin Berlinsky has performed with the Quartet from its inception and over the years has personally selected his colleagues. First violinist Ruben Aharonian, a noted prizewinner at prestigious international competitions (Tchaikovsky, Enescu, Montreal), joined the group in 1996. Second violinist, Andrei Abramenkov has been a member since 1974. Their newest member, violist Igor Naidin, studied in Moscow with Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Kopelman and violist Dmitri Shebalin, whom he eventually replaced in the Borodin Quartet in 1996.

The Borodin Quartet has performed an extensive range of the vast string quartet literature. However, a particular affinity with Russian repertoire was stimulated by their early, close relationship with Dmitri Shostakovich, who personally worked with them on each of his quartets. Widely regarded as the definitive interpretations, the Borodin Quartet recorded the first and second editions of the complete quartets. The Borodin Quartet has also become closely associated with the string quartets of Beethoven. They have performed the complete cycles of Shostakovich and Beethoven Quartets in all of the major music centres of the world. During the current season, they performed the Beethoven cycle at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna and for the City of London Festival. This season brought the first recording in their Beethoven Quartet cycle for Chandos Records, which will be completed for their 60th Anniversary season in 2005.

The Borodin Quartet has an exceptionally large discography including works of Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Dvorak and Brahms, all received to great acclaim. Their recordings of Tchaikovsky Quartets for Teldec Classics was honoured with a Gramophone Award in 1994. Their latest recording to be released, on the ONYX label, is the 60th Anniversary CD, featuring their first recording of Borodin��s 2nd quartet with the current line-up, together with favourites of the repertoire such as Schubert��s Quartettsatz, Tchaikovsky��s Andante Cantabile, plus rarer Borodin Quartet specialities, the Webern Langsamer Satz, Rachmaninov��s Romance, and Borodin's own Serenata alla spagnola.
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** Profile **

Ruben Aharonian ; 1st Violin
RUBEN AHARONIAN, violin, was born in Riga, Latvia in 1947. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Yankelevich and after graduating, with Leonid Kogan. He has won prizes at several international competitions, including the Enescu Competition in Bucharest, the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Montreal Competition. Mr. Aharonian is currently Professor of Violin at the Yerevan State Conservatory. He has a wide-ranging discography and has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America.

Andrei Abramenkov ; 2nd Violin
ANDREI FEDOTOVICH ABRAMENKOV, violin, was born in Moscow in 1935. His musical training began at an early age. Both of his parents were musicians - his father played the viola in the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and his mother was a trained pianist. As a boy he sang as a soprano in the Bolshoi Theatre Choir. He studied violin with Yankelevich in Moscow at the Central Music and later at the Moscow Conservatory with Sibor and Mostras. In 1956, he was a prizewinner at the all-Soviet Competition. While still a student at the Conservatory, he was invited to join the Moscow Chamber Orchestra under the leadership of Rudolf Barshai, with whom he played for 17 years.

Igor Naidin ; Viola
IGOR NAIDIN, viola, was born in 1969. He began his musical studies at the age of seven and continued at the Moscow Conservatory under Yuri Bashmet. In 1995 he won the Second International Viola Competition in Moscow, receiving an additional prize for ensemble playing. He was a founding member of the Quartetto Russo which won awards at the London International String Quartet Competition and "Concertino Prague." The Quartetto Russo received regular coaching from Valentin Berlinsky and Mikhail Kopelman (the Borodin Quartet's first violinist for 20 years).

Valentin Berlinsky ; Cello
VALENTIN ALEXANDROVICH BERLINSKY, cello, was born in 1925 in Irkutsk. He began studying music at the age of seven with his father, who was a violinist, but the lessons did not last long. When he was 13 that he began serious studies at the Central Music School in Moscow and subsequently, the Moscow Conservatory as part of Kozolunov's class. In 1946 he and some colleagues formed a new string quartet, the Moscow Philharmonic Quartet, which was renamed the Borodin Quartet. He began giving cello and quartet lessons at the Gnesinikh Musical Pedagogical Institute in Moscow, where he still teaches today.

** Program **

Beethoven / String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op 95
- Intermission -
Shostakovich / Quartet No.15 (candles)
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** Review **

"Cellist Valentin Berlinsky is one of the legends of the string quartet scene: he is 80 this year, and he has been with the Borodin Quartet, Russia's most celebrated chamber music ensemble, since it was founded 60 years ago. As their Wigmore Hall concert demonstrated, the Borodins' combination of Berlinsky's experience and the youth of the three other players results in exciting music-making."
- Tom Service, Guardian, May 23 2005

"The opening concert was more conventional in the sense that it contained three works, Tchaikovsky's Second Quartet and the First Quartets by Borodin and Shostakovich. It was a programme that demonstrated the players' magical fusion of maturity and freshness, with an enlivening sense that their long experience of the music, far from dulling their response to it, only served to deepen their interpretative insight."
- Geoffrey Norris, Telegraph, May 24 2005

"Valentin Berlinsky may be the only survivor from the pioneering days, but it was clear that all players had the inside track to the composer's thoughts. This was a spellbinding performance."
- Geoff Brown, The Times, June 13, 2001

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