Alla Aranovskya

First violinist of the St. Petersburg Quartet

Alla Aranovskaya was born in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia. She started to play piano when she was two and a half years old, and violin at the age of six. She graduated from the specialized Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in 1977. In 1985 she graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and received her master degree in 1987. She won second prize at the All-Russia SoloViolin Competition in 1985. From 1987 until 1999 she was Professor of Violin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. On December 14 of 2003 she was performed Beethoven Triple concerto with St. Petersburg Concervatory orchestr (Sergey Roldugin, cello,Sergey Markarov( France),piano.

Ms. Aranovskaya founded the St. Petersburg Quartet (then called the Leningrad Quartet)

Under her leadership, the quartet has unquestionably become one of the world’s great string quartets. Their many honors include a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines, First Prize and the “Grand Prix Musica Viva” at the 1991 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition, First Prize and both Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy, and first Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition.

In 1997 Ms. Aranovskaya and whole Quartet immigrated to the USA.

Her quartet’s innumerable engagements have included: an opening night performance at the Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center, NY, Metropolitan Museum; seven concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, numerous British festivals including Aldeburgh; Canadian debuts in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa; Lincoln Center’s “Great Performances” series; NYC’s Frick Collection and 92nd Street Y series; the Caramoor, Piccolo Spoleto, and Music Mountain festivals; the Eastman School of Music Chamber Music Series; and thousands of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia’s most prestigious series and festivals.


They toured Germany (including the prestigious Frankfurt Alte Oper), Holland (including the Concertgebouw), Ireland, and major festivals in Mexico, Japan, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia and Belgium. She is continued to contact to St. Petersburg Conservatory as a teacher and performer.

In these and other concerts, Ms. Aranovskaya have had the opportunity to collaborate with such great musicians as the late Ruth Laredo, Michael Tree (violist of the Guarneri Quartet), Olga Kern (winner of Van Cliburn Competition), Leon Fleisher, Misha Dichter, piano, Anton Nel , piano, David Shifrin, clarinet and many others.

Since 1997, Ms. Aranovskaya and the St. Petersburg Quartet have been in residence at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where in their inaugural year they performed the complete cycle of fifteen Shostakovich string quartets.

In 2010 Ms. Aranovskaya received Assistant Professor of Violin position at Wichita State University, KS and St. Petersburg Quartet become Quartet-in Residence at WSU.

The Hyperion Records is releasing this much-anticipated cycle; the disc of Shostakovich Quartets Nos. 5, 7 & 9 has already won the Chamber Music America/WQXR Radio Prize for Best Chamber CD of 2001. Other releases include, on the Delos label, Quartets Nos.1 & 2 by Prokofiev, the premiere recording of Quartet No.1 by Georgian composer Zurab Nadarejshvili, and a Glazunov CD featuring Quartet No.5 and the Five Novelettes. They recenty released the two Borodin Quartets on the Dorian label. A new recording of the complete Tchaikovsky Quartets finished in 2010.

In 2009, Ms. Aranovskaya founded, and became director of the educational program, the St.

Petersburg International Music Academy (, which after a very successful first year has generated close to one hundred applications worldwide.

In 2014, Ms. Aranovskaya becomes President of Leopold Auer Society. Activities of the Society was highly prized in news and social media.

The same year she become cofounder of the Leopold Auer International Violin and String Quartet Competition and was invited to be a Chairman of the

In Sept. 2015 Ms. Aranovskaya moved to Kansas City.

Ms. Aranovskaya’s students have won numerous prizes at competitions, including:

Erato Quartet, Oberlin:

2001 — Grand Prize, Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena.

Daniel Austrich, Oberlin, Cologne, Germany:

1999 — Hamburg Instrumental Contest ( 1st Prize);

2001 — “Jugend musiziert” German Competition (1st Prize);

2005 — Beethoven International Competition, Austria (1st Prize);

2005 — Pablo Sarasate International Competition, Spain (2nd Prize);

2005 — Paganini Moscow International Violin Competition, Russia (2nd Prize).

2011— current Second violinist of the Michelangelo String Quartet and Chamber Music Coach at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

Maria Bessmeltseva, Oberlin:

2001— Second Prize, St. Petersburg International Chamber Music Competition;

2003— First Prize, Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition.

International Mazur Youth Chamber Music Competition, Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, Eighth Annual Hellam Young Artists’ Competition, Tuesday Scholarship Musical Competition, Firelands Symphony Concerto Competition, Lima Young Artists Competition, and

Joan and Daniel Rutenberg International Chamber Music Competition.

Anita Mishoukova, who studied with me from 1991 to 1999 prior to attending the Curtis Institute, from which she graduated in 2003:

2000 —Third Prize at Corpus Christi Competition;

1998— Diploma at the Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians

2009— Winner of Solty Foundationcompetition, Belgium

Maxim Kosinov

2008— 27th International Violin Competition “Rodolfo Lipizer Prize”, 5th Prize

2009— International Max Rostal Competition for Viola and Violin 2nd Prize and Public Prize

2012— Got the position of Concertmaster in the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra

2014 — Principal Concert Master of the Munich Radio Orchestra

Teresa Kellerman, Wichita State University:

2010— Concerto-Aria Competition winner

2010 —Third Prize ,Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Chamber Music Competition.

Evgeny Zvonnikov, Wichita:

2012—First Prize, Hays Concerto Competition, Hays, KS

Ned Kellenberger, Wichita state University:

2012—Concerto Competition Winner, Overland Park, KS

Leo Adamov, Wichita state University:

2012 —First Prize Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Chamber Music Competition.

Walenta Quartet, Wichita state University:

2013 —First Prize Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Chamber Music Competition.

Natalia Korenchuk ,Wichita state University:

2013- Best Gershwin Performance and Audience Prize in Gershwin Brooklyn International

Walenta Quartet Wichita state University:

Luis Salazar, LaurenBetts, Ricardo Cavalcante, Jorge Ortiz Moreno

2013 —First Prize Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Chamber Music Competition.

Cardo Trio Wichita state University:

Luis Salazar, Ricardo Cavalcante, Jorge Ortiz Moreno

2014 —First Prize Konrad Wolff-Ilse Bing Chamber Music Competition.

Luis Salazar Avila

2014— Concerto-Aria Competition winner