One of the world's leading string quartet, the St.
Petersburg was founded in 1985 as the Leningrad Quartet by Alla
Aranovskaya, Alla Krolevich (Goryainova) and Leonid Shukayev, all three graduates
of the Leningrad Conservatory. The Quartet blazed a trail through international
chamber music competitions, winning First Prize at the All-Soviet Union String
Quartet Competition, the Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International
Competition of Chamber Ensembles, First Prize and both Special Prizes at the
Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy,
and First Prize and the "Grand Prix Musica Viva" at the International
Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Melbourne, Australia. In 1988, second violinist
Alla Krolevich immigrated to Israel but in October 2005 re-joined the Quartet.
Violist Boris Vayner joined the Quartet in January of 2005.