Chamber Ensembles

RNO String Quintet

RNO String Quintet

The RNO String Quintet represents all five string sections of Moscow’s acclaimed Russian National Orchestra. Led by RNO Assistant Concertmaster Tatiana Porshneva, members of the quintet include violinist Ekaterina Tsareva, violist Sofia Lebed, cellist Olesya Gavrikova and Assistant Principal Double Bass Gennady Krutikov.

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RNO Wind Quintet

RNO Wind Quintet

The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet has been described by the press as "youthful and versatile musicians, acclaimed for their innovation and virtuosity." It received top honors in the May 2005 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition – the first Russian ensemble ever to win this top prize.

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Four Strings

Four Strings

Since its debut in 2004, Four Strings has been in heavy demand worldwide. "It is a brilliant ensemble, full of enthusiasm," said Mark Chan, whose String Quartet the ensemble performed in Singapore. The ensemble performs regularly at home and abroad, demonstrating its rich talent by drawing on a wide-ranging repertoire of both familiar and original works.

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RNO Percussion Ensemble

RNO Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble of the Russian National Orchestra plays with the full force and elegantly coordinated movements of four classically trained percussionists. Led by ensemble founder and co-principal Ilia Melikhov, the RNO Percussion Ensemble includes Alexander Suvorov, Vitaly Martyanov and Kirill Lukyanenko.

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RNO Brass Quintet

RNO Brass Quintet

The RNO Brass Quintet has delighted audiences around the world with its broad repertoire that ranges from classical to jazz, yet also includes blues, pop, swing and traditional marches. The ensemble has an infectious excitement for brass music, and champions the global appeal of brass instruments while emphasizing the best works of Russian composers.

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What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace