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The award-winning St. Petersburg String Quartet, considered one of the world's leading string quartets, will perform Sept. 25 [THURSDAY] at East Central University with pianist Maxim Mogilevsky.

The concert, part of ECU's Scissortail Arts Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Summers Theatre General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the University Center information desk or by contacting Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya at 580-559-5293.

The quartet was founded as the Leningrad Quartet by Alla Aranovskaya, Alla Krolevich (Goryainova) and Leonid Shukayev, all graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory. Violist Boris Vayner joined the group in 2005. The quartet blazed a trail through international chamber music competitions, winning first prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition and a silver medal and special prize at the Tokyo International Competition of Chamber Ensembles.

When the city of Leningrad, Russia, resumed its historic name, the musicians changed their name to the St. Petersburg String Quartet. It has continued to build a reputation of worldwide proportions, including a Grammy nomination.

Pianist Maxim Mogilevsky debuted at the age of 13 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He earned a master's degree from Indiana University at South Bend where he was a member of the world-famous piano studio of Alexander Toradze.

In addition to his performances with various groups, Mogilevsky has performed around the world, including a tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information,

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