David Oistrakh Quartet
1st violin – Andrey Baranov
2nd violin – Rodion Petrov
viola – Fedor Belugin
cello – Alexey Zhilin
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, Switzerland Sweden, Norway, Denmark 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 both in Europe, Russia and in Georgia where they have collaborated with such celebrated artists as Eliso Virsaladze, Eduard Brunner, Liana Isakadze, Irina Kandinskaya, Alexander Bonduryansky, Boris Andrianov, 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, Marteau and Liana Isakadze competitions. His international career has led him to perform as a soloist with the London Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, 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 Reina Sofia Music Academy in Madrid and the Moscow State Conservatory. Rodion is a prize-winner of numerous competitions including Premio Rudolfo Lipizer and Premio Paganini in Italy. He has appeared as a soloist in Russia, Europe and Asia at such concert halls as Auditorio Nacional in Madrid 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 where he himself studied with Anatoly Nikitin.
In the first few years of the Quartet’s existence, Baranov, Belugin and Zhilin had the honour to work with Second Violinist Sergey Ivanovich 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.