The history of the Weinberg Quartet actually stems from 2001, when four talented young students studying with Galina Soboleva at the string faculty of the Tchaikovsky Academic Music College at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory came together as the Rusquartet. The quartet received intensive coaching from Dmitry Shebalin (violist of the Borodin Quartet). In 2007, Henk Guittart (violist of the Schoenberg Quartet) became one of the quartet’s permanent mentors. During their formative years, the quartet attended master classes given by leading performers such as Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet), Mikhail Kopelman (Borodin Quartet, Kopelman Quartet), Igor Naydin (Borodin Quartet), Gerhard Schultz (Alban Berg Quartet), Joel Smirnoff (Juilliard Quartet), Philip Setzer (Emerson Quartet), Don Weilerstein (Cleveland Quartet), Gabor Takacs (Takacs Quartet), Barry Shiffman (St. Lawrence String Quartet), Mark Steinberg (Brentano Quartet) and Denis Brott (Orford Quartet).

The quartet was invited for residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada), Villecroze Academy (France), Stanford University (USA) and McGill University (Montreal).

The wealth and diversity of the quartet’s repertoire has always compelled its audiences to take a different look at the traditional string quartet repertoire. In addition to the classical repertoire (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Bartok, Schoenberg), they have presented many new and unusual compositions to the public.

In 2023, the quartet was honoured to receive the approval of the heirs of the renowned composer Mieczyslav Weinberg to bear the name Weinberg Quartet.

  • 1
    Moscow, 2002
    Beethoven Festival, diploma
  • 2
    Reinsberg, Germany, 2006
    Competition for the 100th anniversary of  D. Shostakovich birth, I prize
  • 3
    Moscow, 2008
    VIII International D. Shostakovich String Quartet Competition, I prize
  • 4
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2008
    International TROMP competition, diploma
  • 5
    International Union of Musical Artists and the Chamber Music Association, 2008
    Scholarship-grant named after T. A. Gaidamovich "For achievements in the field of chamber-ensemble performance"
  • 6
    “Silver Star” as the best chamber music CD at the Music & Stars Awards, 2020
    The CD with the recording of W.A.Mozart’s Requiem in the string quartet version