The Russian National Orchestra’s Four Strings ensemble has gained worldwide praise for its rich talent and wide-ranging repertoire. The quartet has recorded the works of prominent Russian composers Andrey Semyonov and Valery Beluntsov.
Just three months after its debut on the 2004 RNO Volga River Tour, Four Strings was in demand worldwide. That season the ensemble traveled to Singapore to perform composer Mark Chan's String Quartet. "It is a brilliant ensemble, full of enthusiasm," Chan declared of the quartet. Since then, the ensemble has performed regularly at home and abroad, demonstrating its rich talent by drawing on a wide-ranging repertoire of both familiar and original works.
Four Strings performed the Russian premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,accompanied by American clarinetist Charles Neidich, and the world premiere of Andrey Rubtsov's chamber ballet, "Wind's Kiss," accompanied by flutist Maxim Rubtsov and ballet soloists of the Bolshoi Theater.
Other highlights include performances in London’s Russian Promenade Festival, Festival of the Arts BOCA in Florida, the Singapore Sun Festival, and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Italy. The quartet performed at the inaugural Festival Napa Valley in 2006, as well as in 2007 and 2010. They will return to California by popular demand during the Festival’s 2018 season.
The ensemble is an active part of the orchestra's outreach efforts, regularly performing in Magic of Music concerts both in the RNO's Orchestrion hall, and at Moscow hospitals and social rehabilitation centers for children.
Four Strings + Double Bass
When Four Strings is joined by RNO bassist Gennady Krutikov, their repertoire includes works by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Cimarosa, Doppler and Piazzolla, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, Op. 39, and The Seasons, Op. 37a.