The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet was founded in 2014 and made its New York City debut with two successful concerts on the popular Barge Music Series. Since then, they have performed at the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Music Mountain and the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida to name a few. Alla Aronovskaya and Boris Vayner are first violinist and violist with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, one of the world's most esteemed chamber ensembles.
Tao Lin has been soloist with several orchestras including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony and the Miami Chamber Orchestra. He was a founding member of the Berlin Piano Quartet and the Brahms Piano Quartet. Tao Lin has won prizes at numerous competitions and is an Artist Faculty member at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He is a Steinway Artist.
Cellist, Thomas Mesa won the $50,000.00 First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition. He has toured with Itzhak Perlman and has been soloist with the GRAMMY-Nominated “The Crossing Choir”. Thomas has performed at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Boston's Jordan Hall. A graduate of the Juilliard School and Northwestern University, Thomas currently he is a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Alla Aranovskaya received her education at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in St. Petersburg, Russia. There her teachers were Mark Komissarov, Wieniawsky and Vladimir Ovcharek. She took her vast education to teach others and has more then 30 years of teaching experience where she regularly fives master classes and workshops around the world. She was a prize winner of the All-Russian Violin Competition (1985) as well as international chamber music competitions including Melbourne, Australia (1991); Tokyo, Japan (1989); and Florence, Italy (1989).
Boris Vayner was born in Novosibirsk, Russia. His professional background includes Novosibirsk Music College, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory, Boston, majoring in viola. Currently, he has been pursuing Doctoral Degree in conducting at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri, Kansas City. He has intensively toured North America, South America, Europe and Asia. While winning the solo violist award of the Gartow Fund Competition in St. Petersburg.
Born into a musical family in Shanghai, Tao Lin began piano lessons at the age of four, first with his mother and later his father, both on faculty at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The following year saw his first public performance and at the age of eight, he gained entrance to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. As a teenager, he performed in the Chinese premiere of Bartok’s Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion, a major musical event at the time. After moving to the United States, Mr. Lin continued his active concert activities.
Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile performers of his generation with a wide variety of solo engagements across the United States. He is a graduate of The Julliard School where he received various scholarships; and Northwestern University where he was the recipient of the Richard and Helen Thomas Fellowship and Graduate Program Honors for extraordinary contributions to the String Department. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studies with Julia Lichten. His principal teachers have been Timothy Eddy, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Mark Churchill, Ross Harbaugh, and Wells Cunningham.