August 31, 2017

Erato's Quatuor Arod & Thibaut Garcia join BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists

Quatuor Arod to release debut album in September.

Erato’s Quatuor Arod, one of the leading lights of the young generation of string quartets, and guitar sensation Thibaut Garcia will join BBC Radio 3’s flagship New Generation Artists scheme this season (2017 – 2019).

Established in 2013 and with all four members in their early twenties, the Paris-based Quatuor Arod has already captivated chamber music lovers in concerts at such prestigious venues as the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. They quickly came to international attention when they won the coveted First Prize of the 2016 ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Frenchman with Spanish blood, 23-year-old guitarist Thibaut Garcia made his Erato debut last year with Leyendas (Legends), an atmospheric recital of music by Spanish and Argentinian composers: Albéniz, Falla, Rodrigo, Tárrega (his famous, shimmering Recuerdos de la Alhambra), Manjón and Piazzolla.

Thibaut Garcia Leyendas

Quatuor Arod’s Jordan Victoria and Alexandre Vu (violin), Corentin Apparailly (viola) and Samy Rachid (cello) have been mentored by Erato labelmates the Artemis Quartet and former Ebène Quartet violist Mathieu Herzog. Quatuor Arod’s debut album is devoted to Mendelssohn and will be released on Friday 29 September. It includes the precocious composer’s String Quartet No.2 in A Minor, Op.13, written in his teens as a tribute to Beethoven, to which the Quatuor Arod has brought a youthful energy coupled with mature insight in concert performances. The album also features an exquisite collaboration with a further Erato artist, the mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, in a performance of the song ‘Ist es wahr?’.

Established in 2013, Quatuor Arod came to the attention on the international stage when they won First Prize at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich, having already taken First Prize at the Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen in 2015 and at the FNAPEC European Competition (Paris) in 2014.

The 2017-2018 season sees the Quatuor Arod perform at the Auditorium of the Louvre, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), the Arsenal concert halls in Metz, Bordeaux and Montpellier in their native France, London’s Wigmore Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum and the Schloss Elmau in Germany, the Bozar (Brussels), the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Zurich, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

Quatuor Arod studies with Mathieu Herzog and Jean Sulem and is currently artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels with the Artemis Quartet. They also work with the Ebène Quartet and Diotima Quartet. Jordan Victoria and Alexandre Vu are loan recipients of composite Stradivari and Guadagnini violins through the Beare’s International Violin Society.

The Quatuor Arod takes its name from Legolas’ horse in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy – in Tolkien’s mythic Rohirric language, Arod means ‘swift’.
Arod Quartet Mendelssohn