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THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 Sergey Ostrovsky, violin Evgenia Epshtein, violin Nathan Braude, viola Rachel Mercer, cello HAYDN String Quartet Op.76 No.3 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.4 DVORÁK String Quartet Op.96 ‘American’ The young Israeli/Canadian Aviv Quartet has received numerous awards and accolades since its formation in 1997 including the Grand Prix at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 1999. Since then they have performed at leading venues throughout the world including the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and The Library of Congress, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall. ‘These charming Israeli and Canadian performers reveal many rich layers in the profoundly involving Fourth Quartet [by Shostakovich]. It’s exciting to see a gifted, patently youthful ensemble emerging in chamber music…’ The Strad, June 2006 ‘The Aviv String Quartet is rapidly emerging as one of today's finest chamber ensembles.’ The Guardian 6.45pm Pre-concert talk by Philip Weller The concert finishes at approximately 9.05pm