With all four members only in their early twenties, the Paris-based Arod Quartet has already dazzled chamber-music lovers in concerts at such prestigious venues as the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. They record exclusively for Erato Warner Classics, which released their debut Mendelssohn disc in Fall 2017.
The Arod quickly came to international attention when they won the coveted First Prize of the 2016 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, having already taken First Prize at the Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. In 2017, the Arod joined the BBC New Generation Artists’ roster.
The 2017-2018 season sees the Arod Quartet perform at the Auditorium of the Louvre, the Philharmonie de Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, and in Italy, Japan, Denmark, and Serbia.
In addition, the Arod has been invited to perform at a number of major international festivals: Verbier, Montreux, Aix-en-Provence, Salon-de-Provence, Folle Journée de Nantes, the Pablo Casals Festival of Prades, and the Prague Spring Music Festival, among others.
Teachers of the Arod include Mathieu Herzog and Jean Sulem, and the group currently serves as the artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels with the Artemis Quartet. They also work closely with the Ebène and Diotima Quartets.
The group takes its name from Legolas’s horse in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy; in Tolkien’s mythic Rohirric language, Arod means ‘swift’. Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the Arod’s principal sponsor, and the ensemble is the 2016 HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Jordan Victoria and Alexandre Vu are loan recipients of composite Stradivari and Guadagnini violins through the Beare’s International Violin Society.