The Black Square Quartet is an instrumental ensemble, the winner of Quartet 4X4 TV project (Russia Culture channel)
The Quartet has been touring through Russia for over fourteen years. It is one of the most recognized and unique ensembles which has left an indelible mark in cultural world of the country, introducing a new style which joins historical classical performance with the art of free composition and improvisation in all kinds of modern music.
The Black Square isn't a cover band or a jazz fusion version of a quartet. The style that the Quartet uses can be named "Classical crossover" but goes far beyond it. This is a band which will assure the listener in the fact, that music up-to-date cannot be restricted with borders of trends or traditions but instead joins them into the most truthful and inspiring language that is understood by everyone and grabs your attention from the first second.
Show the relevance of the classics at all times, and make contemporary music understandable to the listener.
"With respect and love to the source"
"Everything that the musicians of the Black Square do on stage is deeply thought out and experienced by them. The energy of their performance picks up you and causes strong emotions, goosebumps, tears of delight. The soul blooms and wants to live after their concerts"
Terem-Quartet (St. Petersburg)
"The performances of the Black Square are always accepted by the audience with enthusiasm and there is every reason for this - four bright musicians, a magnificent ensemble, original style and delicate taste - all this allows them to create incredible programs and win the hearts of the public forever"
M. Katsnelson, producer of the Alexei Rybnikov Theater (Moscow)
"These musicians are doing something unimaginable. You are expecting to be amazed - they won't amaze you, they will stun you instead! If you haven't bought a ticket to their concert, it's time to hurry up!"
"Le Dauphine Libere" (France)
Olga was born in the Siberian city of Tomsk. From an early age she demonstrated enthusiasm and talent in the music field. Olga entered the piano class of professor Aksenova. At the music school she quickly improved, reinforcing her success with awards at numerous regional competitions.
Continuing her education at the Tomsk Music School, Olga graduated and was highly commended by the panel of the Novosibirsk Conservatory and received recommendations for further education in Moscow.
In 2005, after graduating from the academy, an internship in graduate school followed in the class of V.B. Nosina. and at the same time in the class of the chamber ensemble O.I. Kondratyeva.
At the same time, Olga began her teaching career, which became one of her favorite and leading spheres of life. Currently, Olga is a well-known teacher, teacher, creator of author's teaching methods and successfully conducts master classes for musicians of various ages.
In parallel with her postgraduate studies, Olga takes part as an organizer of festivals and master classes (including the "Path to Mastery" pianist competitions and the first international master class conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev) in the creative team of M.N. Sayamov, rector of the Gnessin Academy of Music.
Since 2007 she is the founder, concert director and soloist of the "Black Square" quartet
Graduated with honors from the Moscow State Conservatory, as well as the Royal Academy of Music in London, having received a grant from the Association of British Royal Schools of Music to study in the class of Professor William Bennett.
In 2010 she made her debut on the world stage as a Laureate of the Karl Nielsen International Flutist Competition, and later gave recitals at the British Flute Society Convention in Manchester and the International Flute Festival in Slovenia.
Zoya has performed with orchestras in Denmark (Odense Symphony Orchestra), England (Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra, Meladina ensemble), Russia (MCO Vremena Goda, Igor Lerman Chamber Orchestra, Persimfans, etc.)
Also, Zoya is actively involved in educational activities, conducting regular series of master classes in cities of Russia and abroad, actively participates in festivals and summer schools as a flute teacher and pianist, including events such as William Bennett's International Summer School for Flutists (England), Croatian Academy Flutes, Svyatoslav Richter Festival (Russia).
Igor was born in the family of the famous musician, drummer, trumpet player and figure skater Igor Yampolsky. From an early age he started teaching his son drums and trumpet. By age 6, Igor professionally performed at the festival "Slavic Bazaar" in Vitebsk with Oleg Lundstrem big band, at 8 years he becomes Scholar of Vladimir Spivakov award, and participates in a variety of television projects.
19 years old Igor becomes the drummer of George Garanian big band. At the same time he meets Polina Butko and starts with the tap dancing, body percussion, lindy hop and authentic jazz. With incredible speed Igor develops sophisticated technique of tap dance, in a year successfully begins to teach rhythm and body percussion in the School of Music and Dance “BO Jazz” Moscow, and presents his workshops in the cities of Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Sweden etc.
As a professional drummer Igor plays different music, but his personal favorite style is swing! On his lessons he teaches his students what music is made of, how to feel timing, accents, offbeat and many others music functions.
Also Igor is a bandleader of swing sextet “BO” Jazz Band.
Irakli is a doublebass and bass-guitar soloist, graduate of Gnessin Academy, born in Tbilisi, Georgia.
He began his orchestral career working in Moscow Philharmonic orchestra under the baton of Y. Simonov and then continued to Russian Philharmonic led by Vladimir Yurovski. He performed in most well-known venues within the country, being in ensemble with such musicians as Yuri Bashmet, Igor Butman.
Irakli is one of the most demanded doublebass players in Russia and he performs regularly with jazz bands, symphonic orchestras and ensembles. In 2017 Dolidze issued a CD "Set a light" created in collaboration with a singer Valeria Russo.
Irakli is a soloist of the Black Square Quartet since February 2020.