The ST. PETERSBURG STRING 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, a five-year residency at the Wichita State University, and hundreds of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia’s most prestigious series and festivals.
Highlights of their recent seasons in the United States include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Library of Congress; appearances at such festivals as Music Mountain, Rockport, Mainly Mozart in SanDiego; collaborations with pianists Leon Fleisher, Ruth Laredo, Misha Dichter, Anton Nel, violist Michael Tree of Guarneri Quartet
Abroad, the SPSQ has toured Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, Ireland 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.” They performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Dublin National Hall, Moscow Conservatory Grand hall, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Grand Hall.
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.
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 is a founding member of the SPSQ; Boris Vayner joined in 2005, Luis Angel Salazar Avila and Thomas Mesa in 2014.