Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet

Mikhail Bondarev:

Mikhail Bondarev graduated in 1983 from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory where he studied violin with Elena Komarova and quartet performance with Vladimir Ovcharek. Previously, he graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Specialized Music School where he studied violin with Lev Rankov and Boris Gutnikov. He has been a member of the Rimsky- Korsakov Quartet since 1981.

Ekaterina Belisova:

Ekaterina Belisova born in Saint Petersburg, started learning the violin at the age of 7 under the supervision of L.A. Ivaschenko. She graduated from the Specialized Music School in 1981 and enrolled at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory where she studied violin with Professor E. A. Komarova, chamber music with Professor T.L. Fidler, and quartet with Vladimir Ovcharek .

In 1984, while being a 3rd year student at the Conservatory Ms. Belisova joined the Rimsky- Korsakov quartet. She also performs with other chamber music groups including a piano trio and a piano quartet.

Alexei Popov:

Alexei Popov finished his education at the Rimsky-Korsakov Specialized Music College in the class of G.M. Hoserova before studying at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in the classes of Professors Kramarov and Stopichev. He studied quartet performance with Professor Ovcharek, and chamber music with Professor Fidler.

At his last year at the Conservatory, in 1985 А. Popov was invited to play at the Rimsky Korsakov quartet where he is playing at present. The audience and the press used to note the soft and expressive tone of his viola "Alexei Popov playing is full with spirituous feelings, as if flying over the world" – wrote "Der Tagesspiegel", May 11, 1995 after the quartet performance in Berlin Philharmonic Hall. The musician does not limit himself to quartet performance, he is often playing chamber music in other ensembles. The repertoire of the viola player comprises works by J.S. Bach, F. Schubert, M. Glinka, J.Brahms; trio by Haydn, works by Mozart, Schumann, works by the composers of the XX c. For several years А.Popov was teaching a class of quartet performance at the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory, however during the last years he fully returned to the concert activity.

Anton Andreev:

chas been a member of the Rimski-Korsakov Quartet since 2008 and has studied cello at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory with Professor A.P. Nikitin. He is a winner of the Saint-Petersburg Cello Competition (1993), the all-Russia competition (Ryazan, 2000), a diploma winner of the Dotzauer International Competition for Young Cellists (Dresden, 2001), the Mravinsky International Competition (Saint-Petersburg, 2003), and he is a winner of the Shostakovich competition (Saint-Petersburg, 2006). Andreev participated in the Berg master class (Salzburg, 2007, 2008), and the music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg- Vorpommern (Germany), and Salzburg (Austria).

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NameRimsky-Korsakov Quartet Founded1939
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