RNO String Quintet

The Ensemble

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.

The RNO String Quintet grew out of frequent collaborations between violinist Tatiana Porshneva and bassist Gennady Krutikov.  The unique sound of the highest and lowest orchestral string instruments playing together gave birth to the idea to include three other string instruments, creating a sound of symphonic proportions.

The RNO String Quintet has developed its own arrangements of classical and popular compositions.  The Quintet presents a varied repertoire that includes adaptations of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov and Piazzolla, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, Op. 39, and The Seasons, Op. 37a and other compositions by Tchaikovsky.     

According to Porshneva, “In a chamber ensemble of five string players, we reveal the full range of sounds in an orchestra string section.”

In addition to performing in Russia, the RNO String Quintet has been featured at Festival Napa Valley in California.

RNO String Quintet Repertoire

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The Musicians

Tatiana Porshneva, violin
Ekaterina Tsareva, violin
Sofia Lebed, viola
Olesya Gavrikova, cello
Gennady Krutikov, double bass


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