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Catch the Borodin String Quartet Oct. 20

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 9:18 pm / October 18, 2017

Four men holding instruments

The Borodin Quartet.

The Borodin String Quartet will perform an all-Russian program for the second concert of the 2017-18 Boise Chamber Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the Velma V. Morrison Recital Hall.

The Borodin Quartet was formed in 1945 by four students from the Moscow Conservatory and remains one of very few existing established chamber ensembles with uninterrupted longevity.

For single tickets at $30 ($25 for seniors and students), email Jeanne Belfy at

The ensemble’s cohesion and vision have survived successive changes in personnel, thanks not least to the common legacy shared by its members from their training at the Moscow Conservatory. The current members of the quartet are Ruben Aharonian, Sergei Lomovsky, Igor Naidin and Vladimir Balshin. They will perform an all-Russian program of works by Nikolai Myaskovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Piotr Tchaikovsky.

Deep connections exist between the Borodin Quartet and the composers featured on this program. The original members, just two generations ago, were the Moscow Conservatory faculty quartet during the time of both Myaskovsky and Shostakovich’s residence there.

Lesser-known Myaskovsky was both teacher and colleague to Shostakovich and a former pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov. His final string quartet, No. 13, was written in 1949, just seven years before Shostakovich’s Sixth Quartet. Both are featured on this program, bridging the gap between lush 19th-century Russian Romanticism and the acerbic realities of the Soviet era. The program concludes with the quartet known as the first masterwork of Russian chamber music, Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, of 1871 – the work that reportedly made Tolstoy weep.

The Borodin Quartet also will coach two Boise State student string quartets at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Morrison Center on campus, rooms C217 and B213.

The events of the Boise Chamber Music Series are sponsored by the Boise Chamber Music Society and the Boise State Department of Music. Special thanks to our group season sponsors, Hotel 43 and The Grove Hotel. For further information contact Belfy at