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"The Quartet's immaculate musicianship shines like an illuminated manuscript..." - INDEPENDENT


“Critic and press reviews of the Terem Quartet cannot explain anything. You should SEE with your own eyes, see the artists humoring around onstage, punning each other by mimicking and gesture, - and that sparingly, subtly, without pressing. You should HEAR the Terem playing classics, joking with it, slicking the texture of music: now each of them does his own part, as it is normal in an ensemble, and then all the four sound as one strange instrument. It's a kind of fabulous theatre that dodges any standard description". - CHAS, Latvia


“The Quartet’s virtuosity is almost superhuman. Their breath-taking teamwork, dynamics, verve and command of their instruments make you feel as if you have the honor to be present at the creation of the world.”


"Mozart, Chopin and Bizet as you've never heard them before - classical music become theatre." - THE SCOTSMAN


"Talking about the four curious individuals who call themselves the Terem Quartet, a classical ensemble, but careless in a nonconformist way. The traditional heritage of their Conservatory is always felt in the quartet, but their repertoire is a medley of a definitely eccentric nature." - LA REPPUBLICA


"The Russian Terem Quartet from St. Petersburg mixes balalaika folk, classical music, pop shock, and the late Romantic pathos." - DER SPIEGEL


"Love, hatred, irony, more philosophical feelings, all of these are mixed in Russian music, it's very spiritual".


“They have a distinct sound and manner of performing. Their energy and vigor are typical of an English rock band, but in no way characteristic of a folk instrument ensemble. What’s more, the musicians have a trump card which makes you forget even about the ‘popular classics’, and about their professionalism, and about Peter Gabriel who is mad about Terem-Quartet: all four of them are irresistibly charismatic. Their music is in their eyes, their smiles, their shouts or even in their grimaces. It’s extraordinary, but we too have people who see music not only in the score.” - VECHERNYA MOSKVA


“Unveiling all the potential of their instruments, using their innate musical instincts, these Musicians perform in such a way that the heavens seem to open up before you” - LEIDSCH DAGBLAD


1. "TEREM" 1992
2. "CLASSICAL" 1994
3. "1000th concert. LIVE " 1994
4. "No, Russia Cannot Be Perceived by Wit¡­" 1999
5. "FLEA WALTZ" 1999
6. "JUBILENIUM" 2001
7. "ANTHOLOGY PART 1" 2002
8. "ANTHOLOGY PART 2" 2002
9. "ANTHOLOGY PART 3" 2002
10. "RUSSIAN PASSION" 1. 2002
11. Vladimir CHERNOV and «Terem-Quartet» "CANZONE D'AMORE ITALIANE" 2004
14. La Folle Journee (Schubert) 2008
15. Diddu og Terem 2008



Ever since its formation in 1986, Terem-Quartet has become the pioneer of a new way of playing music on folk instruments. The passionate, lively and thrilling music of the Russian soul, encompassing virtually the entire worldwide repertoire of classical
music, literally burst onto theatrical stages at the end of the 1980s. For more than 20 years, the Russian Terem has been giving its love and warmth to listeners all across the world.

Repertoire includes over 500 pieces – original transcriptions and paradoxical fantasies based on popular themes from classical and modern music as well as folklore, jazz and soundtracks from famous films.

Terem-Quartet has represented Russia in front of the planet’s most famous people – the Pope and Mother Teresa at the Vatican, at St. James’ Palace upon the invitation of Prince Charles, at the G8 leaders at the summit in St. Petersburg.

They have performed with such musical legends as Peter Gabriel, Bobby McFerrin, the musicians of Led Zeppelin, the violinist Nigel Kennedy and many others.

Having travelled almost the whole world over (60 countries) and given over 2500 concerts, Terem has no plans to rest on its laurels. In 2003, the musicians founded their own annual Terem-Festival of World Music in St. Petersburg, to which they invite like-minded musicians from all over the world. Participants of previous festivals have included The Real Group, The Swingle Swingers, Carel Kraayenhof and his Sexteto Canyengue, Dora Schwarzberg, Martin Frost, Richard Galliano and Michel Portal, etc.

The Music of Terem-Quartet is passionate, lively, a resounding chord of the Russian soul. The musicians have overturned ideas of modern concert music-making, bringing their own brand of theatre and establishing an incredible dialogue with the audience. The creation of music for the XXI century – positive, energetic, bringing joy and love, changing the world for the better – is one of the fundamental undertakings of Terem-Quartet.


-Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, UK)
-St.James’ Palace (London, UK)
-Olympia Hall (Paris, France)
-Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany)
-Passion Kirche (Berlin, Germany)
-Vigady Concert Hall (Budapest, Hungary)
-Concertgebaw (Amsterdam, Holland)
-Theatre Alterosa (Belohorizonte, Brazil)
-Savoy Theatre (Helsinki, Finland)
-Latvian National Opera (Riga, Latvia)
-Dzintary Concert Hall (Urmala, Latvia)
-Adelaide Town Hall (Australia)
-Moscow Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia)
-The Great and Minor Philharmonic Halls (St.-Petersburg, Russia)
-Kaufman Hall (New-York, USA)


-Culture programme of the Olympic Games in Barcelona (1992)
-Meeting of Pope John Paul II with Families of the World in Vatican (1994)
-3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem (1996)
-Carnival in Venice, Square of St. Marco (1996)
-Concert to celebrate awarding of the Mediterranean Prize of Peace to the President of Macedonian (1998)
-St.-James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales (Charles) (1999)
-Festival of Russian Cinema in Cannes (2001)
-The ensemble became the winner of the Gold Book of the Fatherland for outstanding achievements for the good of Russia (2002)
- ‘St. Petersburg’s 300th anniversary’ exhibition at the Russian Embassy in Berlin (2003)
-Concert for the G8 leaders at the summit held in St. Petersburg (2006)
-Thanks from President Putin for making a major contribution to the musical art. (2006)


-WOMAD (under auspices of Peter Gabriel; all major events since 1991)
-Edinburg Festival (Edinburg, Scotland, 1998)
-Festival of Perth (West Australia, 1999)
-New Zealand Festival (2000)
-“Prague Autumn” International Music Festival (2000)
-Cannes Festival (France, 2001)
-Quebec Festival (Canada, 2002)
-Kremlin Easter Festival (Moscow, Russia, 2002)
-Israel Festival (Jerusalem, Israel, 2005)
-Festival of World Cultures (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland 2006)
-Festival in Nantes “Folles Journees” (Nantes, France, 2007,2008)
-Festival in South Korea “Jeonju Sori Festival” (Jeonju-City, Korea, 2007)
-The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Hungary, 2008)