All these quotes from the Russian and foreign press are dedicated to a single ensemble – St. Petersburg’s Terem Quartet – a pioneer, a trailblazer, the world’s first composer-ensemble, which has registered its copyright under the name of Terem Quartet, an ensemble which in 2016 will celebrate its 30th anniversary!
Much of what Terem Quartet has done over its 29-year history was done for the very first time.
Terem Quartet was the first Russian ensemble, together with the Pokrovsky Ensemble, to be heard by a foreign audience at Peter Gabriel’s world-famous WOMAD festival.
Terem Quartet was the first Russian folk instrument ensemble to win the hearts of Russian philharmonic halls.
Terem Quartet was the first ensemble that, back at the end of the 1980s, tried to combine in its music what seemed at that time uncombinable – academic music, folk and rock, by creating its own “Folk-Rock-Fantasy”.
Terem Quartet became the first ensemble to genuinely combine music on folk instruments with symphonic music by creating its ambitious “Masked Ball” programme with a symphonic orchestra.
Terem Quartet was the pioneer of the Russian crossover-style: a style born at the intersection of different musical – and not only musical – directions.
Terem Quartet was the first ensemble to introduce into their music elements of theatre and mime. “Their music is in their glance, their smile, their cry, the swing of their head or, ultimately, in their grimace. Strange as it might seem, Russia also has musicians who see music not only in the score”. Nikolai Russkiy (Vechernaya Moskva, 30 May 2006)
Through 30-years of musical career, Terem Quartet has toured over 65 countries and performed in the world’s best concert venues:
- Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, UK)
- John`s Smith Square (London, UK)
- St. James’ Palace (London, UK)
- Olympia Hall (Paris, France)
- Theatre Chatelet (Paris, France)
- Salle Gaveau (Paris, France)
- Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany)
- Vigady Concert Hall (Budapest, Hungary)
- Concertgebow (Amsterdam, Holland)
- Conservatory G. Verdi (Torino, Italy)
- Theatre Alterosa (Belohorizonte, Brazil)
- Savoy Theatre (Helsinki, Finland)
- Filharmonia Narodowa (Warsaw, Poland)
- Opera Theatre (Brugge, Belgium)
- Opera Theatre (Bombay, India)
- Latvian National Opera (Riga, Latvia)
- Dzintary Concert Hall (Urmala, Latvia)
- The Choir Field (Tartu, Estonia)
- Adelaide Town Hall (Australia)
- New Fortune Theatre (Perth, Australia)
- Moscow Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia)
- Tchaikovsky Great Hall & Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Moscow, Russia)
- The State Hermitage ( Petersburg, Russia)
- The Great and Minor Philharmonic Halls (-Petersburg, Russia)
- The International House of Music (Moscow, Russia)
and much more.
Terem Quartet has often acted as an ‘envoy’ of St. Petersburg and Russia, representing their native country and culture on global level. Among such significant appearances are the Meeting of Pope John Paul II with Families of the World in Vatican (1994), concert in St. James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales (Charles) (1999), 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem (1996), G8 Summit in St. Petersburg (2006), Eurovision Song Contest (2009), Opening of the Sochi Olympics (2014), FIFA World Championships Draw (2015), and more.
The quartet has collaborated with numerous musicians, ensembles, symphony orchestras, including Bobby McFerrin, Richard Galliano, The Swingle Singers, Yuri Bashmet, Giora Feidman, Roby Lakatos, The Real Group, Alena Baeva, Carel Kraayenhof, Dora Schwarzberg, Igor Butman, Arkady Shilkloper, Daniel Kramer, Tim Kliphuis, Vladimir Chernov, Vassily Gerello, coba, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (under Mariss Jansons), Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi and many, many more…
Each concert of Terem Quartet is a musical dialogue of the artists with the audience. The dialogue is sincere and exhilarating, sweeping away the language and cultural barriers. Musicians can help reveal the soul of the viewer and turn to the light hidden in every one of us. It is achieved not only with masterly playing the instruments.
“We give you back now almost forgotten part of music, when it ceases to be just entertainment, and becomes a magic power, bringing education, knowledge of the world, hope and joy of life in itself. It even, perhaps, brings you a meaning of life, – says the soloist of Terem Quartet Andrei Konstantinov. – We are not playing the music, it seems that it rather plays through us, and we are its agents speaking with the audience in its language”.