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 2018-19 the Arod will make its American debut, featuring its inaugural Carnegie Hall performance, following its North American debut premiere at the Festival Lanaudiere in July 2018. The 2017-2018 season saw 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, Portugal; and in Italy, Japan, Denmark, and Serbia, and saw the group join the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists’ roster.
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 many other prestigious events.
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 have also worked very closely with the Ebène Quartet and the Diotima Quartet over the years.
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.
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2019-2020 Program Choices
Fall tour (October 13-20, 2019)
Schubert: Quartet No. 4 in C major, D. 46
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Schubert: Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” OR Zemlinsky: Quartet No. 2
Spring tour (March 6-15, 2020)
Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
Bartók: Quartet No. 4
Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razumovsky”