The David Oistrakh String 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, Asia, South America 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, Kirill Gerstein, Alexander Buzlov and Daniel Austrich.
After their impressive debuts in Japan, Hong Kong, at the Prague Spring Festival, the Quartet Festival at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and at the Philharmonie de Paris, which immediately resulted in two re-invitations, one for the “Ivry Gitlis & friends” 2019 which will see the quartet perform alongside Martha Agerich & Renaud Capucon and the other one for the next Bienale Quartet Festival in 2020 future engagements will bring the quartet to the Wigmore Hall in London, the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Bratislava Festival, the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, the Stiftskonzerte in Austria by invitation of Rico Gulda, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia and the Auditorio de Barcelona.
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 a winner of Benjamin Britten and Henri Marteau International Violin Competitions, and a prizewinner of more than twenty other international competitions including Indianapolis, Seoul, Sendai, Liana Isakadze, David Oistrakh, Paganini (Moscow) international 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, winner of Swedish Duo Competition in ensemble with pianist Alexander Osminin and professor at the Moscow State Conservatory. 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 2018 Alexey became a winner of J. Brahms competition in Austria as a cellist soloist and in duo with pianist Andrey Baranenko.
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.