The Riga String Quartet was formed in 1983 by graduates of The Latvian Academy of Music, who had perfected their professional mastery in the Conservatories of Moscow and St. Petersburg under the outstanding musicians like Boris Gutnikov, Valentin Berlinsky and Lev Jevgrafov. International recognition and offers to perform abroad came with the prize won at the International competitions of string quartets "Prague Spring".
The Quartet gives regular guest performances in Germany, Holland and Belgium. It has played in France, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, four times United States, three - in Canada. The Riga String Quartet has been a participant of several music festivals known world wide - Ashland Music Festival (USA), Victoria Music Festival (Canada), Berlin Music Festival of Modern Music, September Chamber Music Days and Intenational New Music Festival (Latvia), International Festival of String Quartets in Vilnius (Lithuania) and twice already in Kaustinen Chamber Music Week (Finland). Among numerous audio recordings made all over the world as most important should be mentioned CD with works of the famous German composer Dietrich Erdmann, pupil of Hindemith and Knorr.
Uldis-Viesturs SPRUDZS (1st vln),
Juris SAVKINS (2nd vln),
Einars ROZEVICS (viola),
Agne STEPINA (cello).
Most of them are professors at The Latvian MusicAcademy.
The repertoire of The Riga String Quartet covers wide range of compositions - from Boccerini, Mozart and Haydn to modern composers with pieces written in 1995 and 1996: Reviews in press: The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News, July 19, 1990: "... appreciation in prolonged applause ..., ... played with sentiment and feeling ..." ... "Tagesspiegel", 28. 01. 94.: "Verborgene Perlen" (Das Rigaer Streichquartett im Schauspielhaus). ... "Oberpfälzer Nachrichten", 16. 08. 94.: "Homogenes, kammermusikalisch feinfühliges Spiel, virtuose Technik, sensible Klangfarbennuancierung, temperamentvolles und stilgerechtes Musizieren ... ...
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Last updated 07/04/02, The Riga String Quartet