"Mastership together with sincerity of feeling and purity of style make their performance unforgettable."
"St. Petersburg Echo", weekly, September 13, 1995
"Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 was performed brilliantly… The famous Andante cantabile - a singing masterpiece, and sharply rithmicated worrying Scherzo, and the Finale, exuberant and full of life, were enthusiastically accepted by the audience."
"Pro Musica", monthly, St. Petersburg, November 1995
"…Their sound was always charming, expressive together with brilliant, easily organized rhythm…But most impressive was unbelievable freedom and, at the same time, high precision of their performance."
"Badische Neueste Nachrichten", daily, Karlsruhe April 16, 1996
"…The musicians…presented an ensemble of balanced and noble sound…The Petrov's String Quartet was performed just vivingly, with rich palette of colors… The performance of Shostakovitch's Third Quartet became the culmination of the Evening."
"Badische Neueste Nachrichten", daily, Karlsruhe April 18, 1996
"The New Philharmonic Quartet presented bright and expressive performance… A. Shustin and L.Gulchin adoringly showed very refined playing in Borodin's Second Quartet… Their performance of Shostakovitch's Third Quartet gave off enormous vital force… The Quartet's appearance rose the musical plank of The European Culture Days very high."
"Die Rheinpfalz", daily, Germany April 17, 1996
"…The musicians changed styles and genres just at ease, playing miniatures - playing with miniatures - temperamentally, sometimes with lot of eccentricity and hoax."
"Pro Musica", monthly, St. Petersburg June 1996
"The New Philharmonic Quartet presented to the audience a string quartet art of the top quality. The most distinguished was extraordinary refined feeling of shades, quiet beauty and immaculate sound of each instrument and the entire ensemble."
"Der Bund", daily, Bern October 22, 1996
"The Four-Stars Quartet" Kremer-Grindenko-Bashmet-Rostropovich ruptured the audience only by its appearance. The public enthusiasm was not dispersed by their performance of Shostakovitch's Second Quartet. Quite the opposite was The New Philharmonic Quartet, which performed the Fourth Quartet. There interpretation was like a whispering sermon, and the hall stopped breathing not to miss a note of classical quartet sound… One could not help thinking of a stars' show, where The New Philharmonic Quartet's star shined even brighter."
"The Peak Hour", daily, St. Petersburg February 12, 1997
"The full house of St. Petersburg Philharmonic was of course provided by the stars quartet Kremer-Grindenko-Bashmet-Rostropovich. Unexpected was that they met worthy "opponents", who confidently stood up for their interpretation."
"The Evening St. Petersburg", daily February 19, 1997