Described by Alfred Schnittke as "an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style, an unusually beautiful sound and palette of colors, and a tremendous artistic temperament, the Moscow String Quartet has emerged as one of the major musical ensembles to come out of Russia. All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute (Moscow), the quartet's members were students of the great masters of Russian string technique, including Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet, with whom the ensemble continued to study after graduation.
The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest. The following year, the quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition in Evian, France, winning awards for their interpretation of both classical and contemporary music.
Since then, the quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls in Europe, including regular performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In North America, the ensemble has appeared, among others, in New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Frick Collection), Philadelphia, Washington, DC (White House, Smithsonian Institute), Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In addition, the quartet has appeared in many prestigious festivals, including the Paris and City of London Festivals, Berliner Festwochen, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham Festivals, Casals Festivals in Prades and San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Catalonia Festival in Spain, the Newport and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.
The Moscow String Quartet has recorded for MCA, Fine Arts Records, Russian Disk, Channel Classics and Melodiya, including works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Shostakovich, Denisov, and Schnittke.