The town of Kuhmo is situated in the northeast of Finland. Every July, it plays host to a chamber music festival which is attended by dozens of artists from all over the world. Creativity blossoms in the informal atmosphere and glorious surroundings of the lakeside town, with the midnight sun lengthening the days to accommodate packed rehearsal and performance schedules. The festival has become internationally renowned while maintaining its own very special and individual character. It is a haven for performers and concert-goers with an uninhibited passion for music-making.
In 2002, the Borodin Quartet was among the top-flight artists to make an appearance. The Borodin Quartet is undoubtedly one of the major string quartets of our day. It was founded in 1945 and cellist Valentin Berlinsky has been with the Quartet since its earliest days, while violinist Andrei Abramenkov joined over twenty years ago.
With viola player Igor Naidin and violinist Ruben Aharonian joining in 1996, the Quartet has continued to receive critical acclaim. Their particular affinity to Russian repertoire was stimulated by their early close relation- ship with Shostakovich, who personally supervised their study of each of his quar-tets. Widely regarded as definitive performances, the Quartet has given Shostakovich cycles in many major cities throughout the world.
String Quartet No. 1 in C Op. 49, 16 min.
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110, 23 min.
String Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor Op. 144, 44 min.
Quartet Movement in B flat, 14 min.
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor Op. 30, 40 min.
String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11, 29 min.
String Quartet No. 2 in F Op. 22, 37 min.
String Quartet No. 2 in D, 30 min.