The New Russian Quartet
Julia Igonina (violin I), Elena Kharitonova, (violin II), Mikhail Rudoy (viola), Alexey Steblev (violoncello)
"Magic sounding, perfection of phrasing, free and exciting performance"
The Moscow Times
These words fairly describe the musicians who have devoted many years to the art of quartet playing and who have broad experiences in the field of ensemble performance, namely the musicians of the "New Russian Quartet". The name of the ensembles means that the musicians remain faithful to the great Russian performing tradition and at the same time conquest the new peaks of chamber music.
This ensemble has brightly showcased the musicians' skills. They have played in collaboration with such prominent musicians such as Jessie Norman, Siegfried Palm, Vladimir Spivakov, Edward Brunner, Dan Thai Shon, Alexander Rudin, Daniel Kramer, Nikolay Petrov, Yuri Bashmet. The New Russian Quartet performs in Russia's best concert halls and participates in festivals throughout Europe and Asia.
Musical friendship connects the New Russian Quartet and outstanding musician Shlomo Minz. Their concerts in Italy in a season of 2008 were met by a storm of applause and enthusiastic reviews. This interesting union of the New Russian Quartet and Maestro Shlomo Minz where the famous violinist represents himself as the viola player will have continuation in a season of 2009-2010, where musicians will perform Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bruckner and all Mozart's string quintets.
The New Russian quartet has performed in Asolo chamber music festival, Festival Delle Nazione in Citta di Castello, Tikhon Khrennikov Festival and Mussorgsky Festival in Russia, European music festival in Bulgaria and other. The Italian press called The New Russian Quartet one of the best ensembles of Russia. The performances of The New Russian Quartet have been broadcast on Radio Suisse Romande (Switzerland), Orpheus Radio Russia and Bulgarian TV.
The creative range of a quartet reaches from the Viennese classics up to very contemporary music and jazz compositions, naturally includes the masterpieces of Russian composers.
In summer of 2009 musicians of quartet were invited as guest professors to chamber music course of famous master classes at Keshet Eilon in Israel. In December of 2011 the New Russian debuted in London with two concerts - in Kings Place and in Purcell Room of Royal Festival hall at Southbank Centre. In February of 2012 quartet participated in Jeju Music Festival in South Korea followed by concert in biggest and most prestigious Seoul Arts Centre, in November they performed in Madrid National Auditorio.
Nearest plans of New Russian Quartet include CD recordings, touring to Spain, Great Britain, Italy, Holland, Switzerland and in Russia performing all quartets by L.V. Beethoven and D. D. Schostakovitch.
Musicians of the quartet perform on unique Italian instruments of Panormo, Gofriller, Amati and Storioni from the Russian State's collection.