The Glinka Quartet to perform

January 20, 1982

The Glinka Quartet will make its first American appearance since defecting from the Soviet Union at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 4, in the Mandeville Center Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego.

In 1978 the acclaimed Glinka Quartet disbanded when two of its members defected to the West. Shortly afterwards, however, these two - Misha Geller and Dimitri Ferschtman reformed the quartet with another Russian emigre, Zino Vinnikov, and a Dutchman, Kees Hulsmann.

The original group was founded in 1967 and was called the Moscow String Quartet. When Russian string quartets have achieved international recognition they are given the name of a great Russian composer. The group won first prize at the International Quartet Competition in Liege, Belgium, in 1969 and the name Glinka was bestowed on them.

Geller was born in Moscow in 1937. In 1962 he won the gold medal at the International Competition for Violists in Helsinki. In 1964 he formed what was later to become the Glinka Quartet. In 1978 he immigrated to the Netherlands, where he now serves as first violist in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

Ferschtman, born in Moscow in 1945, was in addition to being a founding member of the Glinka Quartet a professor of chamber music at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory from 1969-73. In 1978 he also immigrated to the Netherlands and is presently first cellist in the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Violinist Vinnikov was born in Tschelabinsk. In 1974 he was appointed leader of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Leningrad. In 1979 he fled to the Netherlands where he is presently the leader of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague.

Hulsmann was born in Gouda, the Netherlands, in 1949. Since 1978 the violinist has been leader of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and was recently appointed leader of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands.

At UC San Diego the Glinka program will include Webern's "Quartet, Opus 28," Wolf's "Quartet (Italian Serenade)," Mozart's "Quartet in F, K. 590" and "Quartet No. 2, Opus 59" by Beethoven.

The concert is part of the Chamber Music Series sponsored by the University Events Office. Ticket prices are $10 and $9 and are available at the UCSD University Events Box Office, 452-4559.

For more information contact: Henry J. DeVries, 452-3120

(January 20, 1982)