Nadia Kalmykova, violin
Ljuba Kalmykova, violin
Loredana Apetrei, viola
Loukia Loulaki, cello
Inspired by the Greek Mythology, the Selini Quartet borrows its name from the Goddess Selini, the Goddess of the moon. The semicircle-shape of the string quartet reminds them the one of the Quarter Moon, where each member of their quartet symbolizes one of the four moon phases.
Coming from Russia, Romania and Greece, the four musicians met in Vienna, where they formed the Selini Quartet in 2017. Since then, thanks to their commitment to the score, combined with their powerful sound and wide range of emotions, they have been performing around Europe and have won prestigious awards. All of this, has led the Selini Quartet to be selected to represent Austria’s music scene across the world, through the “NASOM-New Austrian Sound Of Music” program, for the seasons 2020-2022.
They have been invited to perform in some of Vienna’s major concert venues such as the Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Schuberthaus, Beethoven Museum, Beethovenhaus Baden, ORF RadioKulturhaus, MuTh, Pölz Halle Amstetten, Burgtheater, Hofburg. Abroad, they have appeared in countries like Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, the UK and Belgium.
Their performances have included appearances at the Istanbul Music Festival, Steirisches Kammermusikfestival in Graz, at the Kalkalpen Kammermusikfestival in Grossraming, at the Aegina International Music Festival in Greece, at the Harmos Festival in Portugal, at the Prague Clarinet Days Festival, at the Festspillene Helgeland in Norway and Capraia Music Festival in Italy and more.
The Selini Quartet is a prizewinner of the Szymanowski International Music Competition 2018 (Poland) and 2nd prize at the Artis Quartet Prize of ISA Competition (Austria).
In summer of 2019, the quartet has been invited to teach at the Toppen International Summer Academy (Norway), as well as to participate in the Chamber Music Residency program of Festival d’Aix en Provence (France, 2019). In 2021 the quartet wins the Third Prize as well as the Bärenreiter Prize from Prague Spring International Competition.
They are also members of many renowned projects including ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), Le Dimore del Quartetto, Musethica and the Quatuor Diotima’s Academy.
With the guidance of Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartett), they have been working since their formation, on developing the deepest understanding of music. They have also been inspired by other wonderful musicians such as Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartett), Evgenia Epstein (Aviv Quartet), Peter Schumayer (Artis Quartett), Patrick Juedt, David Alberman (Arditti Quartet), Andras Keller (Keller Quartet), Pavel Vernikov, Leonard Roczek (Minetti Quartett), Diotima Quartet, Vida Vujic and more.
The Selini Quartet is thankful for the support of the Goh Family Collection.