Ardenza Musical Heroes

A documentary project remembering some of the distinguished musicians who have had a major impact on the way we experience and perform chamber music


Rostislav Dubinsky
“Music never comes by itself. It has to be invited by painstaking daily work. Then, maybe, one day it will favor you.” Thus wrote Borodin Quartet founding first violinist Rostislav Dubinsky, who worked closely with Dmitri Shostakovich on the composer's first 13 string quartets before leaving the Soviet Union in 1976. Geoffrey Dean studied chamber music with Dubinsky at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, and was encouraged to write this biographical sketch by Dubinsky's widow, Borodin Trio pianist and IU piano professor Luba Edlina-Dubinsky.  > >

Alwin Schroeder

First cellist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Alwin Schroeder was also the cellist of the Kneisel Quartet. One of the earliest and most outstanding professional chamber ensembles in the United States, the Kneisels gave the first performances of works such as Antonin Dvorak's "American" string quartet and were a mainstay of concert series throughout the country, including the one that future US president Woodrow Wilson attended while a student at Princeton University. Another biographical sketch by Geoffrey Dean.  > >

Anton Dikov

A laureate of the 1956 Liszt and 1962 Marguerite Long international piano competitions of Budapest and Paris, Anton Dikov was one of the leading Bulgarian concert pianists of the twentieth century. Known for his interpretations of the standard solo piano literature, Dikov was a regular soloist with numerous orchestras, gave recitals worldwide, and performed chamber music with artists such as violinist Georgi Badev. This exhibition tracing his creative career path, assembled by his daughter, pianist Elena Dikova, on the occasion of his 70th anniversary, was presented at the 2008 AmBul Festival organized by the Ardenza Foundation.  > >