The Borodin Quartet Lands At The Queensland Conservatorium
Adrien Van Bruinessen | On 19, Sep 2014
Musica Viva and Brisbane Festival present the legendary Borodin Quartet toÂ enchant Brisbane audiences, all the way from Russia.
This will be the Quartet’s first return to Australian soil since 2010, and the current membership’s firstÂ ever national Australian tour.Â The Borodin Quartet is comprised of four extremely passionate and talented musicians; Ruben Aharonian (violin), Sergey Lomovsky (violin), Igor Naidin (viola) and Vladimir Balshin (cello).
â€œWeâ€™re absolutely delighted to be coming to Australia again, to play for audiences there, and weâ€™re happy this has become something of a regular event in our calendar,â€ says Naidin. â€œThe concerts there are always amazing and remarkable.â€
Powerfully stirring and emotive pieces by composersÂ Beethoven and Shostakovich will form the Borodin Quartet’s key repertoire.Â Audiences can expect to be moved by performances of:
- Beethoven’s String Quartet in G major, op 18 no 2
- Shostakovich’s String Quartet no 8 in C minor, op 110
- Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet no 2 in F major, op 22
The group has recorded complete cycles of both Beethoven and Shostakovich’s string quartets; Beethoven in 2000, and Shostakovich in earlierÂ manifestations of the 69-year-old Borodin Quartetâ€™s line-up. AlthoughÂ it has been overÂ a decadeÂ since the quartet recorded Beethoven, Naidin says that time has not significantly changed the way the players view the music.
â€œWe absolutely love these two composers, deeply,â€ says Naidin. â€œThey are geniuses. You can play them all your life and youâ€™ll always find something new, something interesting, something unreachable. You can never play them too often.â€
As a part of Brisbane Festival’s Festival Conversations, the Borodin Quartet willÂ be available for an exclusive, in-depth conversation after their performance. This is an exciting opportunity to discuss theirÂ musicÂ and understand the musicians on a deeper,Â moreÂ personal level. They will also be sharing their vast knowledge and experience with students from secondary and tertiary teaching institutions through the Musica Viva Masterclasses program.
Whether you are a classical strings fanatic or youÂ are just looking for an enjoyable night out, the Borodin Quartet offers a performance to be appreciated and forever rememberedÂ by people of all ages.
What: The Borodin Quartet
Where: The Queensland Conservatorium Theatre
When: Monday 22nd September, 7pm
How Much: From $33.20
Website: Visit www.qtix.com.au to purchase tickets
Image credits: Musica Viva Australia