the open ensemble
The name of the ensemble reflects not only the desire to open the treasures of classical music to a wider audience but also the openness of the ensemble itself. The founders of the X-TET don't insist on limiting the ensemble to just four members, nor do they impose strict personal constraints on those involved. All musicians who share the values of the X-TET are welcome to become part of this new, yet immensely significant project.
Described by The Strad as a 'virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament', Yuri Zhislin has performed with the Oxford Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Lithuanian State Symphony and the Santiago de Chile Symphony, to name a few. Yury is a professor of violin and viola at the Royal College of Music in London.
Zhislin made his recital debut at the New York Carnegie Weill Hall in 2014 and appeared at the major concert venues throughout Europe, the USA, South America, Australia and Japan. His discography includes a recital CD released in 2005 on the SOMM label, a violin/viola Duos CD for the Naxos label in 2009, and a string trio CD for the Nymbus Alliance label with Dmitry Sitkovetsky on violin and Luigi Piovano on cello. A keen chamber musician, Yuri has worked with such artists as Maria-Joao Pires, Maxim Vengerov, Barry Douglas and Natalie Clein among many others.
A winner of several prizes and competitions as a soloist, Evgenia Epshtein was a co-founder of the Aviv string quartet which won the 3rd Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition and the Charles Hennen Music competition as well as other top prizes and was proclaimed as the “Best young ensemble” by the Culture Ministries of Germany and Israel.
Since 2012 Evgenia has been working at Split Academy of Arts in Croatia, actively teaching around the world and participating in numerous seminars.
Evgenia has performed at numerous festivals including the Estonian Baltic Festival, Gotland Chamber Music Festival and Ursus Chamber Music festival, Ameropa festival-Prague to name a few.
Winner of many international competitions, including Johannes Brahms chamber music competition, Mikhail Rudoy connected his musical career with chamber music and string quartet.
In 2011 -2022 he was a member of the New Russian Quartet, performing in such halls as Royal Festival hall (Purcell room) in London, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Seoul Arts Center, et al, collaborating with such prominent musicians as Shlomo Mintz, Alexey Volodin, Alexander Rudin, Vadym Kholodenko and many others.
Alexey Steblev is sharing several careers as a cellist, composer, conductor, and entrepreneur.
Playing most of his life in string quartets (Talan Quartet and New Russian Quartet) and being a soloist of Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra, Alexey has performed in most of the important halls throughout the world.
Alexey has composed music for several films, his "Moviemusic for String Quartet" was released at the NRQ album at the "Melodiya" label.
Since 2011 Alexey also worked in the venture capital industry, in 2017 he became one of the founders of CultTech movement, aimed at exploring sustainable approaches to world economic growth with culture at its heart.