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David Chernyaysky, on second vio-
becoming citizens," said Aranovskaya,
lin, is the other Jewish musician. Born
whose ensemble just finished a five-
in St. Petersburg in 1978, he began
year assignment as quartet-in-residence
his music studies at age 6. He has won at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio,
international awards for his classical
where the violinist currently lives.
solo recitals and, in a different vein,
"In Russia, most concerts are in big
also has been part of klezmer bands.
cities, so our work is limited," said
In 1997, he came to the United
Aranovskaya. "In the United States,
States to study at the Indiana
we've traveled from state to state per-
University School of Music, where he
forming in small towns. There are
earned his undergradu-
only two states,
ate degree. He contin-
Montana and Wyoming,
ued his studies at the
where we haven't
Juilliard School in New
York City, from which
Aranovskaya, who has
he received his master's
been a member of the
degree in 2003.
Kirov Opera Orchestra
Aleksey Koptev, on
and the faculty of the
viola, rounds out the
conservatory where she
group. A younger mem-
studied, said the treat-
ber, he also brings per-
ment of Jews is improv-
formance and teaching
ing in Russia, and she is
looking forward to con-
The St. Petersburg
certs in Tel Aviv and
String Quartet, chang-
Jerusalem in January,
ing its name when the
when she and her asso-
city of Leningrad •
ciates also will be con-
Alla Aranovskaya: 'Most
resumed its historic
ducting master classes.
of our concerts are in the
name, can look back on
"I think that Israel is a
United States, so we're
where every Jew
thinking of becoming citi-
chamber music competi- zens," says the St.
must visit at least once,"
tions and winning prizes Petersburg native.
she said. "I'm not think-
in many countries.
ing about the danger. I
After being awarded
want to see the beauty
First Prize at the All-
of the land and feel in
Soviet Union String Quartet
touch with the history of the Jewish
Competition, the group went on to
earn the Silver Medal and a Special
The instrumentalist, married to a
Prize at the Tokyo International
photographer who also makes violins,
Competition of Chamber Ensembles;
has two sons. Although bookings keep
First Prize and both Special Prizes at
her away from home more than 200
the Vittorio Gui International
days a year, she sometimes gets her
Competition for Chamber Ensembles
family to travel with her when the
in Florence, Italy; and First Prize and
destinations are colorful. They all
the "Grand Prix Musica Viva" at the
enjoyed a trip to Hawaii.
International Competition for
"Many of my students have received
Chamber Ensembles in Melbourne,
prizes at competitions, and I am very
proud of that," said the violinist,
A Shostakovich recording brought a
whose older son, a computer profes-
Grammy nomination for Best
sional, maintains the group's Web
Chamber Group in 1996. Included
page. "We coach quartets and other
among the group's many classical
ensembles, and we hope to do more.
recordings are the complete works of
I'm looking forward to conducting
Tchaikovsky for string quartet on the
master classes in Ann Arbor." ❑
Dorian label, followed by the quartet's
release of the complete Shostakovich
The St. Petersburg String
cycle on Hyperion.
Quartet's Michigan performances
Performing in more than 50 concerts
include a 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
throughout the United States in events
Oct. 2, appearance at the
honoring the arts of St. Petersburg in
Wharton Center for Performing
2003, recent and future international
Arts in East Lansing ($26), (800)
appearances for the ensemble include
942-7866; and an 8 p.m. Friday,
concerts in London and Manchester,
Oct. 3, concert at Ann Arbor's
England; Berlin and Wiesbaden,
Rackham Auditorium ($18-$34),
Germany; Italy and Holland.
"Most of our concerts are in the
United States, so we're thinking of
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