Known for "nontraditional programming", the Rastrelli Cello Quartet
offered a performance of "Brahms to Beatles" on April 15, 2018.
Brookings loved it. Several members of the audience were heard to
say "Best concert ever" as they left the building.
Four men, four cellos... it looks pretty traditional - allowing
that a cello quartet is not a common sight.
Kira Kraftzoff, founder of Rastrelli Cello Quartet was born in Leningrad, USSR
and began his study of music at age six at
"The Special Music School for Highly Talented Children"
of St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
Mischa Degtjareff began his studies at age seven in St. Petersburg Conservatoire.
Kirill Timofeev studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire
and the Music College in Stuttgart.
Sergio Drabkin, in charge of the quartet's musical arrangements,
studied at the Minsk State Conservatoire.
All four have many musical credits and honors as individual musicians and are
members of other musical groups including highly regarded orchestras.
"Take Five" was included in the quartet's Brookings' program...
click to listen to the Rastrelli Cello Quartet on YouTube.
The quartet received several standing ovations throughout the concert.
A rousing "Hey Jude" concluded the concert and the audience
didn't need a second invitation to participate in singing the chorus.
Message for the Rastrelli Cello Quartet: PLEASE COME BACK TO BROOKINGS.