Quint Art Quintet

Quint Art Quintet is not a piano quintet, nor a string quintet. Neither is it a piano trio or a string duo; it is all of those things combined.

With these combinations, the possibilities are endless for the diversity of repertoire which sets it aside from any other quartet or quintet and gives the musicians the chance to express their musical ideas in a new and fresh way.

“In our fast modern world, with its almost non-existent boundaries, such an idea and form will surely find its place in the foremost of musical creativity. “


The ensemble consists of five members and formally creates the classical piano quintet, which includes piano, two violins, viola and cello. This setting makes up the unique and original idea which the musicians put into the name of the ensemble. 


Schumann Piano Quintet 1st mov.

Violin 1 Mikhail Zatin,Violin 2 Alexander Nikolaev,Viola Vartan Gnoro,Cello Nikolai Matveev,Piano Kzenya Gavrilova


Schumann Piano Quintet 4th mov.

Violin 1 Mikhail Zatin Violin 2 Alexander Nikolaev Viola Vartan Gnoro Cello Nikolai Matveev Piano Kzenya Gavrilova


The origins of the ensemble can be traced back to Saint Petersburg on May 14th, 2005 in the main lobby or Mariinsky Theater of the Opera and Ballet. The concert included the musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra, Alexander Nikolaev and Mikhail Zatin who created the Quint Art Quintet specifically to perform the Prokofiev Sonata in C Major. These types of concerts are known to be the regular events in the theater, but this particular one was a resounding success and subsequently became the inaugural concert of the celebrated chamber music ensemble Quint Art Quintet. 


The Quint Art Quintet released a live recording of their performances of Prokofiev and Schumann in 2013.

Although the QuintArt Quintet at full force is made up of the instruments typical of a piano quintet — two violins, viola, cello, and piano — it often is heard in smaller formations. So it has recorded Schumann’s Piano Quintet, but also performed Prokofiev’s Sonata for two violins, Op. 56. Its founders, Alexander Nikolaev and Mikhail Zatin, see this flexibility as opportunity. It allows the quintet to play a much wider variety of music, from a wider time span, than if it stuck to just piano quintets. Its performances, therefore, are fresh and diverse, and its audiences are likely to hear not just the music they already like, but something different as well.

Patsy Morita