Named in honour of the legendary cellist of the Borodin Quartet, Valentin Berlinsky, the Zurich-based quartet are four of the finest musicians working in Switzerland today. Bartek Niziol and Wang Xiaoming are Concertmasters at the Zurich Opera Orchestra, and David Greenlees and Alexander Neustroev are principal players at the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.
Bartek Niziol has won the Jacques Thibaud and Wieniawski competitions, whilst Alexander Neustroev was awarded the prize of Best Russian Cellist at the Rostropovich Competition. Wang Xiaoming is a prize winner at the Augsburg Leopold Mozart Competition, and David Greenlees has played as guest Principal Viola with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony Orchestras.
As Chamber musicians they have worked with such artists as Martha Argerich, Julia Fischer and Radu Lupu, and in 2010 founded the Valentin Berlinsky Quartet to explore the masterpieces of the String quartet repertoire.
The Quartet have invitations to perform at the Gstaad festival as well as concerts in Holland, Poland, China, and of course Switzerland. This is the first of a series of recordings on the Avie label featuring the works of Beethoven and Shostakovich. In May 2012 they record the second. Beethoven op.59 no.2 and Shostakovich no.3