Russian National Orchestra

RNO String Quartet

RNO String Quartet


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"Without a doubt, the Russian National Orchestra String Quartet is a virtuoso ensemble. Its individual members are first-rate musicians, and when they play together their maturity, power and sensitivity is simply astonishing."
-- Palm Beach Daily News, February 2001

Founded in the fall of 1990, at the same time as the RNO itself, the RNO String Quartet has been acclaimed for its virtuosic performances of the quartet literature of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and contemporary Western and Russian composers. The ensemble has been invited to major music festivals and chamber music series in Russia, Europe and the United States, and has received wide praise for its performances of rarely heard works including the chamber music of Taneyev.


Alexey Bruni (violin)
Fyodor Shevrekuko (violin)
Sergey Doubov (viola)
Alexander Gotgelf (cello)


Alexey Bruni (first violin) comes from a well-known Italian family of artists and musicians which settled in Russia nearly two centuries ago. Born in Tambov, Russia in 1954, Bruni moved to Moscow in 1963 and studied at the Moscow Conservatory. He is a 1984 graduate of the Conservatory, where he earned a doctorate degree and presently serves as professor of the violin. He was the Laureate of several international competitions including the Paganini Competition (Genoa, 1977) and the Thibaud Competition (Paris, 1984). He has appeared extensively as recitalist and soloist, and since 1990 has been concertmaster of the Russian National Orchestra. Many contemporary composers have dedicated works to AlexeY Bruni and entrusted him with the premiere performance of their compositions. Bruni has been designated an"Honored Artist of Russia" - a rare distinction awarded by his country for significant artistic contributions. A prolific poet, he recently published his first collection of works.


Fyodor Shevrekuko (second violin) was born in the Kirov region, Ukraine in 1948. He graduated from the Russian Music Academy in 1973 and joined the State Symphony of Russia. In 1990 he joined the Russian National Orchestra and the RNO String Quartet. Mr. Shevrekuko is a popular teacher at the Russian Music Academy.

Sergei Doubov (viola) was born in 1963. In 1989 he graduated with honors from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and was a student of Yuri Bashmet. Beginning in 1989, he was assistant principal violist in the Moscow State Symphonic Orchestra. In 1990, he began playing with the Russian National Orchestra. He is presently principal violist. Doubov plays frequently in a variety of chamber ensembles, performing with Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Bashmet, A. Rudin, V. Feigin, Rustem Gabdullin, V. Popov, Vanessa May and many others. He also collaborates with contemporary music ensembles of the Russian Union of Composers and the Moscow Concert Philharmonic Union. He has taken part in a number of music festivals, including: The Festival of Soviet Music (Boston, 1988), The Festival of Chamber Music (Rheinland-Pfaltz, Germany), the Tokyo Summer Festival, International Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), December Evenings, Moscow Autumn and others. Doubov has been recorded on CDs featuring chamber works by Haydn, Glinka, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Debussy, Ravel and others.

Alexander Gotgelf (cello) is a 1972 graduate of the Gnesin Institute, studying under Professor Armen Georgian. He has won all-Russian, all-Soviet and international contests, including the Fifth International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 1974). In 1969, Gotgelf began working in symphonic orchestras in the Russian capital (Moscow State Symphonic Orchestra; Academic Symphonic Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonia), and in chamber orchestras and ensembles (State Chamber Orchestra; Moscow Soloists; Contemporary Music Ensemble, under the leadership of Yuri Kasparov). He has been playing with the Russian National Orchestra since its founding in 1990. Alexander Gotgelf has participated in numerous solo and chamber concerts. Over the years, he has played with Igor Oistrakh, Mikhail Pletnev, Natalia Shakhovskaya, the Borodin Quartet and others.

In 2002, the British firm "Cello Classics," released a disk titled "Great Moments in Cello Playing." Gotgelf's performance of "Scherzo" by Yuri Shaporin (at the Fifth International Tchaikofsky Competition) appears alongside the work of Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann, Daniil Shafran, Gregor Piatigorsky, Mischa Maisky, Alexander Rudin and others. On the liner notes for this recording, Keith Harvey wrote of Gotgelf: "A cellist in Olympic mode, here is a demonstration, pure and simple, of fantastic Russian training. The co-ordination between GotgelfÕs fingers and bow is utterly extraordinary, particularly since this was achieved under the intense conditions of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Had there been such a thing as a "Velocity" prize, he would undoubtedly have been the outright winner!"