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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.

Their current season includes a performance at Carnegie Hall; a six-concert series at New York City's popular BargeMusic Series, where they will perform the complete Shostakovich cycle; a collaboration with the Naumberg Piano Competition winner Anton Nel; three concerts at the Los Angeles Music Guild; tours of England and France; and concerts in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, California, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Idaho and Mexico.

Highlights of recent seasons in North America 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 collaboration with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern; a tour 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; and a 17-concert tour of Canada, during which the Toronto Globe and Mail wrote, "Bliss, for this listener, doesn't get much more unequivocal than the St. Petersburg Quartet's performance."

Abroad, the SPSQ has recently toured the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Israel and the U.K., where Tchaikovsky Piano Competition winner Peter Donahoe called their collaboration "some of the most sublime moments of chamber-music making I have ever experienced."


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.'' When the city of Leningrad resumed its historic name, the quartet changed its name to the St. Petersburg String Quartet.

In 2009 the St. Petersburg Quartet launched the St. Petersburg International Music Academy, an intensive summer program for students, which they bring to various campuses and festivals in the USA and Mexico. In 2010 St. Petersburg Quartet was appointed the inaugural Quartet in Residence at Wichita State University.

The latest release in the SPSQ's extensive discography include CDs of Ravel and Debussy quartets as well as the complete chamber music works of Tchaikovsky.

Alla Aranovskaya and Leonid Shukayev are founding members of the SPSQ; Boris Vayner joined in 2005 and Evgeny Zvonnikov in 2010.


When the city of Leningrad resumed its historic name, the Quartet changed its name to the St. Petersburg String Quartet. The Quartet has continued its 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. 
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 played in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
In  May of 2011 the Quartet performed  at the Carnegie Hall.


During the season 2010-2011, St. Petersburg Quartet celebrate its 25-year anniversary.
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.

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Borodin: Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1 in G major, K. 423
Brahms: Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51 no 2
Schumann: Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47
Bloch: Quintet for Piano and Strings no 1
Schubert: Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde"
Schubert: Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
Schubert: Minuets (5) for String Quartet, D 89
Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K 498 "Kegelstatt"
Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Brahms: Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 25
Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Brahms: Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 25
Schulhoff: Pieces (5) for String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky"
Chausson: Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21
Mendelssohn: Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1
Arensky: Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7
Mozart: Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt"
Platt: Quintet for Bassoon and Strings
Brahms: Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1
Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 "La malinconia"
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 6 in G major, Op. 101
Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
Mozart: Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b)
Wolf: Italian Serenade for String Quartet in G major
Bach: Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Tchaikovsky: Sextet for Strings in D minor, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence"
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major, Op. 83
Brahms: Sextet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 36
Mozart: Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"
Fauré: Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 115
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 9 in E flat major, Op. 117
Schnittke: Quintet for Piano and Strings
Tchaikovsky: Quartet for Strings in B-flat Major, Op. posth. [unfinished]
Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
Brahms: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
Schubert: Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde"
Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
Schubert: Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 49
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144
Glinka: Grand Sextet for Piano and Strings in E flat major (Gran sestetto originale)
Mozart: Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b)
Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
Schubert: Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout"
Schubert: Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, D 87/Op. 125 no 1
Mendelssohn: Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1
Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68
Borodin: Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
Dvorak: String Quintet No. 3, Op. 97
Shostakovich: Elegy and Polka
Brahms: Sextet for Strings no 1 in B flat major, Op. 18
Brahms: Sextet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 36
Turina: La oración del torero, Op. 34
Ravel: Quartet for Strings in F major
Gubaidulina: Piano Quintet
Glazunov: String Quartet #1 in D Major, Op. 1
Beethoven: Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 133
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47


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