Born in Moscow in 1969 in a doctor’s family, Igor Naidin’s musical studies included violin and viola with Professor M. Glezarova and Yuri Bashmet at the Moscow Conservatory aged seven and continued under the tutelage of Yuri Bashmet until graduation in 1994 from Moscow Conservatory. A year later he won the Second International Viola Competition in Moscow and was awarded a special prize for his ensemble playing.
Igor Naidin was a founder member of the Quartetto Russo (founded in 1985) which won prizes in a number of competitions including the London International String Quartet Competition and ‘Concertino Prague’ and the Bellini competition in Italy.
As a member of the Quartetto Russo studying at the Conservatory, Igor Naidin received coaching from members of the Borodin String Quartet over a number of years and thus is very much a part of the Russian tradition embodied by them. He joined the Borodin Quartet in 1996.