He has studied at the University for Music and Performing Art in Vienna under Gerhard Schulz, former member of the celebrated Alban Berg Quartet
The four musicians, Alex Naumenko (violin), Anton Ilyunin (violin) Dmitry Pitulko (viola) and Anna Gorelova (cellist) were coached by members of the Alban Berg Quartet
, the Vermeer Quartet, and the Danel Quartet and also by Professor Eberhard Feltz, of Berlin.
Apart from local interest - the Coull Quartet's long-standing residency at Warwick University, illuminating booklet notes by the Birmingham Post's Christopher Morley, and a recording made in St Paul's Church, Hockley - picky collectors will probably look elsewhere, such as the Alban Berg Quartet
As regards the first group, I would include the Hagen Quartet, Leipziger Streichquartett, Wiener (Philharmoniker) Streichquartett, Takacs Quartet, Amati Quartett Zurich and, to a certain degree, the legendary Alban Berg Quartet
, with the Emerson String Quartet and, partially, the Julliard String Quartet being classified as members of the markedly creative group.
But with music as felicitous as the quartets on this disc and playing as refined as the Alban Berg Quartet
, this disc should do quite well for itself.
Incidentally, the legendary Alban Berg Quartet
were his first pupils ...
1 I am more satisfied with the older recordings made by the Smetana, Panocha and Alban Berg Quartets
, as regards Quartet No.
Under Claudio Abbado's directorship the former Swiss Festival Orchestra was transformed into the elite Lucerne Festival Orchestra, bringing together the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (itself an Abbado creation), the Hagen and Alban Berg Quartets
, several members of the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonic (including flutist Emmanuel Pahud), and a number of internationally celebrated soloists, among them clarinetist Sabine Meyer and oboist Albrecht Mayer.