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The Borodin Quartet has announced the appointment of Nikolai Sachenko as its new first violinist.
Sachenko, former gold medalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, said: “I am happy to join my friends and colleagues in the quartet and, together in our shared passion for the world of the quartet, I hope to continue this remarkable musical tradition. eminence!’
Sachenko replaces Ruben Aharonian, who joined the quartet in 1996. “We would like to express our greatest gratitude to the magnificent maestro Ruben Aharonian for leading the quartet for almost a quarter of a century,” said the other members of the quartet, the violinist Sergei Lomovsky, violist Igor Naidin and cellist Vladimir Balshin. “These years were unforgettable, giving concerts together in the best venues in the world.
“We warmly welcome our new colleague Nikolai Sachenko – he is a brilliant violinist, a first-rate professional and a dear friend who loves chamber music immensely. Together with Nikolai, we look forward to a successful collaboration with many interesting projects and programs for our beloved audience.
Sachenko has performed with many conductors and orchestras in Russia, Japan, USA, China, all over Europe and Latin America, also performing in ensembles with Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Lynn Harrell among others, appearing at international festivals in Beijing, Kronberg, Prague, and at the Rostropovitch Festival in Evian.
The quartet looks forward to continuing the tradition of the original group. Formed in 1945, the ensemble’s former members include longtime musicians such as Rostislav Dubinsky, Mikhail Kopelman, Valentin Berlinsky and Dmitri Shebalin.