The David Oistrakh Quartet features four of today’s most outstanding Russian musicians, …
all soloists in their own right, united in their artistry and their passion for the art of quartet playing. In 2012 the family of the legendary 20th century violinist honoured the quartet with his name.
The David Oistrakh Quartet frequently performs across Europe in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Georgia and at many of the most recognised Russian venues, including all of the country’s famous philharmonics halls. They have had the honour to play at various renowned festivals where they have collaborated with such celebrated artists as Eliso Virsaladze, Eduard Brunner, Liana Isakadze, Irina Kandinskaya, Alexander Bonduryansky, Boris Andrianov, Inga Dzekzer and Daniel Austrich.
Following the recent success of their debut in Japan and the release of their first CD, featuring the works of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, the next season takes the Quartet to South America and Hong Kong.
75 years after David Oistrakh’s triumph at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, the First Violinist of the Quartet, Andrey Baranov, won the first prize in 2012. Baranov is also laureate of more than a dozen international competitions including the David Oistrakh, Benjamin Britten, Henri Marteau and Liana Isakadze competitions. His international career has led him to perform as a soloist with the London Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and MusicAeterna Orchestra.
The Second Violinist of the David Oistrakh Quartet is Rodion Petrov, a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and Reina Sofia Music Academy in Madrid. Rodion is a prize-winner of numerous competitions including Premio Paganini in Genova in 1997. He has appeared as a soloist in Russia, Europe and Asia at such concert halls as Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and is a regular participant at many of the world’s great festivals.
Violist Fedor Belugin is laureate of a number of international competitions and teaches at the Moscow State Conservatory as well as at the Gnessin Music Academy. He is one of few violists to pursue a busy solo career alongside his quartet engagements. During an important period of his career he was Violist of the Shostakovich Quartet.
Cellist Alexey Zhilin is considered one of the leading cellists of his generation in Russia. He has won a number of international prizes and appears frequently as a soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras in Russia and abroad. He is now teaching at the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory.
In the first few years of the Quartet’s existence, Baranov, Belugin and Zhilin had the honour to work with Second Violinist Sergey Pischugin, a renowned chamber musician in Russia. A former student of David Oistrakh, professor of the Moscow State Conservatory and member of the legendary Shostakovich Quartet, Pischugin played a vital role in the founding of the Oistrakh Quartet.