TWINS QUARTET

TWINS QUARTET
TWINS QUARTET

3rd prize € 9,000, - Prize of the Society of Friends of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

TWINS QUARTET (Russia)

The Twins Quartet was founded in 1998 at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under Prof. Galkovsky. Under his guidance, it is trained in a postgraduate program. The quartet participated in the X., XI. and XII. Summer academy "Prague-Vienna-Budapest", where master classes and a. with G. Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), N. Brainin, S. Nissel (Amadeus Quartet), S. Devich, L. Mezo (Bartók Quartet) and M. Skampa (Smetana Quartet). In 2001, the Twins Quartet won the 2nd Prize of the International Shostakovich String Quartet Competition in Moscow. In 2002, the quartet was a finalist of the Osaka Competition. 2000 Performance of the Quartet at the "Days of Russian Culture" at the EXPO 2000 and 1st Prize of the International Competition "The Heritage of Classics". Currently, the quartet is a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and studies with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. 2001 concert tour in Japan with Alexej Lubimov. Regular appearances of the Twins Quartet at international festivals.

Elena ISSAENKOVA, violin
Born in 1973 in Oshmyany / Belarus. First lessons at the age of seven at the music school in Slavsk. Several awards and prizes, u. a. 1st prizes at the Young Violinists Contest in Kaliningrad and in Arkhangelsk and 3rd prize at the All-Russian Contest in Tver, as well as scholarship from the "Young Talents of Russia" fund. Since 1999 studies at the Moscow State Conservatory with Prof. Kravchenko (violin), Prof. Bonduryansky (chamber music) and Prof. Galkovsky (string quartet). Numerous performances, u. a. in concerts of the Bach Academy in Germany, in Kaliningrad and Tomsk. As a member of the Twins Quartet, he received the Bartok Prize in 2001 and was awarded the 6th International Shostakovich Competition for String Quartet.

Elena ALEKSEEVA, Viola
Born in 1972 in Moscow. 1989-1993 Music High School in Puchkino, 1994-1999 studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Yuri A. Bachmet (viola), with T. A. Alihanov (chamber music) and with A. V. Galkovsky (string quartet). 1999 graduation of violin studies (soloist and quartet) at the Moscow Conservatory. Currently undergoing postgraduate studies as a member of the Twins Quartet.

Tatjana ISSAENKOVA, violin
Born in 1973 in Oshmyany / Belarus. First lessons at the age of seven at the music school in Slavsk. Several awards and prizes, u. a. 3rd Prize of the Young Violinists Contest in Arkhangelsk and 2nd Prize of the All-Russian Contest in Tver, in addition scholarship of the Fund "Young Talents of Russia". 1992 studies at the Moscow State Conservatory with Prof. Kravchenko (violin), Prof. Bonduryansky (chamber music), Prof. Galkovsky (string quartet). Numerous performances, u. a. in concerts of the Bach Academy in Germany, in Kaliningrad and Tomsk. As a member of the Twins Quartet, he received the Bartók Prize in 2001 and was awarded the 6th International Shostakovich String Quartet Competition. 2001 concert tour in Japan with Alexej Lubimov. Regular appearances with the Twins Quartet at international festivals.

Irina SMIRNOVA, Violoncello
Born in 1975 in Vladimir. 1989 graduated with distinction at the Music School in Vladimir. 1989-1993 Music High School Vladimir, graduated with honors. Multiple award winner at regional music competitions, participating in various international competitions. Supported by the international program "New Names" in 1992, 1993 and 1994. 1993-1998 studied at the Moscow Conservatory. Chamber music concerts and solo performances in renowned concert halls in Moscow, u. a. Moscow Philharmonic.