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The Borodin Quartet Lands At The Queensland Conservatorium

The Borodin Quartet Lands At The Queensland Conservatorium

| On 19, Sep 2014

Musica Viva and Brisbane Festival present the legendary Borodin Quartet to 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 first ever national Australian tour. 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).

“We’re absolutely delighted to be coming to Australia again, to play for audiences there, and we’re happy this has become something of a regular event in our calendar,” says Naidin. “The concerts there are always amazing and remarkable.”

Powerfully stirring and emotive pieces by composers Beethoven and Shostakovich will form the Borodin Quartet’s key repertoire. 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

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The group has recorded complete cycles of both Beethoven and Shostakovich’s string quartets; Beethoven in 2000, and Shostakovich in earlier manifestations of the 69-year-old Borodin Quartet’s line-up. Although it has been over a decade since the quartet recorded Beethoven, Naidin says that time has not significantly changed the way the players view the music.

“We absolutely love these two composers, deeply,” says Naidin. “They are geniuses. You can play them all your life and you’ll always find something new, something interesting, something unreachable. You can never play them too often.”

As a part of Brisbane Festival’s Festival Conversations, the Borodin Quartet will be available for an exclusive, in-depth conversation after their performance. This is an exciting opportunity to discuss their music and understand the musicians on a deeper, more 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.

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Whether you are a classical strings fanatic or you are just looking for an enjoyable night out, the Borodin Quartet offers a performance to be appreciated and forever remembered by people of all ages.

The Details

What: The Borodin Quartet

Where: The Queensland Conservatorium Theatre

When: Monday 22nd September, 7pm

How Much: From $33.20

Website: Visit to purchase tickets

Image credits: Musica Viva Australia