Alla Aranovskaya, First violin

Alla Aranovskaya, 1st violinist of St. Petersburg String Quartet I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. My parents told me that when I was two and a half years old, I approached a small piano which was in our home. I started to play with one finger the melody from the piece I had heard my sister practicing. My parents, who saw this, immediately started me on piano lessons. After turning six years old, I was taken to a music school. To my parents' disappointment, all of the piano openings were taken and only violin openings remained. So, it was from this circumstance that I started the violin.

In total, I have spent twenty years in music school. This includes the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

During my senior year at the conservatory, I became a member of the Kirov Opera Orchestra under the direction of Konstantin Simeonov, Yuri Temirkanov, and Valery Gergiev. And in 1985, I received second prize at the All Russian Violin Competition. Soon after, I performed in several Russian cities with local orchestras and recorded the Saint-Saens Concerto No.3 with the St. Petersburg Capella Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Chernushenko. Soon after graduating from the conservatory, I joined the faculty of the conservatory. This was when the idea of starting a string quartet first came to me. Together with Leonid Shukaev, we decided to try to prepare the program for the All Russian String Quartet Competition. That was where our professional journey started.

Since then we have given concerts all around the world. There are few places which we haven't visited, such as Africa. But we hope we will have the opportunity to go there soon as well.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. I'm more than happy to answer them if I can.

Alla's Solo CDs now available to own!

Camille Saint-Saens
Ludwig van Beethoven

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Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Gershwin

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Indigo Duo
by Alla Aranovskaya (violin) and Boris Vayner (viola)

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