August 20 – St. Petersburg Piano Quartet

Sunday, August 20, 3 p.m.

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St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
Brahms: Viola Sonata in E Flat Major, Opus 120 #2 (1894) (2)
Shostakovich: Piano Trio #2 in E Minor, Opus 67 (1944) (3)
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 47 (1842) (17)

The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet returns to Gordon Hall for a second weekend to present another remarkable program. Founding first violinist Alla Aranovskaya and violist Boris Vayner of the world-renowned, Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, have joined forces with award-winning cellist Claudio Jaffe and pianist Tao Lin to form the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet. Always in high demand, the ensemble regularly plays to sold-out audiences across the US.

An accomplished violinist, Alla Aranovskaya performed extensively throughout Russia before taking off on her professional journey with the St. Petersburg String Quartet. Violist of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Boris Vayner has spent the last several years intensively touring throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, cellist Claudio Jaffe has been hailed by The New York Times as “an elegant and accomplished artist” of “taste, technique, musicianship, and a contagious youthful enthusiasm.” Described by critics as possessing “keen musical intelligence and excellent facility,” pianist Tao Lin has performed in Asia, North America, and Europe. A versatile musician, he is equally at home as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

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