Artistic Director: Kirill Kravtsov
Music arranged by Sergei Drabkin
Johann Sebastian Bach
The aria Erbarme dich from the Matthäus-Passion
Elegy from music for the film The Station Agent
Gracias a la Vida
Soviet songs from the 1930s and songs from the war years
The Rastrelli Cello Quartet was established in 2002. The experimental idea of founding a quartet consisting of only cellists was a successful one, and the ensemble became the first such Russian orchestra to win fame both in Russia and internationally. The inclusion of the name of Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli, one of the architects who created the historic image of the centre of St Petersburg, was not a chance occurrence: three of the quartet’s musicians were raised in the St Petersburg cello school.
The repertoire is varied – the musicians are convinced that music of any kind and genre sounds good on the cello, from classical works to jazz and from the Argentinean tango to rock. The quartet only performs its own versions of works, and all of the music in their concerts is arranged by Sergei Drabkin.
The Rastrelli Cello Quartet gives concerts in Europe and the USA, and performs at summer music festivals in Germany. The ensemble has recorded six albums and collaborates with musicians also working in cross-over music genres, among them the clarinettist Giora Feidman and the violinist Gilles Apap.