Erato's Quatuor Arod & Thibaut Garcia join BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists
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.
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’.
28 April 2017
Quatuor Arod signs exclusive recording contract with Erato
Quatuor Arod, one of the leading lights of the young generation of string quartets, has signed to Erato. Founded in 2013, with all four members in their early twenties, the Paris-based ensemble 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.
Jordan Victoria and Alexandre Vu (violin), Corentin Apparailly (viola) and Samy Rachid (cello) have been mentored by Erato label mates the Artemis Quartet and former Quatuor Ebène violist Mathieu Herzog. The Quatuor Arod’s debut album, slated for release late 2017, will be devoted to Mendelssohn. 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 Quatuor Arod has brought a youthful energy coupled with mature insight in concert performances.
The members of Quatuor Arod commented: “When we were little, there was this towering cupboard in the living room, a wooden armoire brimming with discs and mysterious artefacts which we approached with reverence. Once we began to explore its depths, it revealed musical treasures that have stayed with us ever since. The label Erato has had an essential place in our earliest musical discoveries, planting the seed that inspired us to devote our lives to music. We grew up with the music of Erato.
“Today, we have the great pleasure to realise our dream alongside such artists as Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Sabine Devieilhe, Bertrand Chamayou, and of course the Artemis and Ebène quartets from whom we have learned so much. To think that we might one day join them on the shelf of that mysterious wooden cupboard and inspire another budding young musician is the greatest honour we can imagine.”
Alain Lanceron, President of Warner Classics & Erato, added: “I’ve always thought of Erato’s artists as family. The Quatuor Arod are, in a way, descendants of the label’s two longstanding, prestigious string quartets, the Artemis and Ebène, with whom they studied and with whom they share the distinction of having won the redoubtable ARD International Music Competition in Munich. With such lineage, it seemed only natural that the Quatuor Arod would join the Erato family. These young players bring originality and vitality; their insatiable enthusiasm and already unique talent and sound are enthralling audiences in concert halls all over the world.”