Chamber Music Conversations from the Clark: Arod Quartet

Sunday, March 21, 2021
1:00 pm PDT – 2:30 pm PDT

Presented live online via Zoom webinar on 3-21-2021

Join us for an exclusive online event featuring a concert performed by the Arod Quartet just for our audience, followed by a live Q & A with the musicians moderated by Bruce Whiteman, Clark Librarian Emeritus. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions via Zoom Group Chat.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, op. 59, no. 1, “Razumovsky”

Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
Adagio molto e mesto
Thème russe: Allegro

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden”

II: Andante con moto

Program notes by Bruce Whiteman.

Arod Quartet

Jordan Victoria, violin
Alexandre Vu, violin
Tanguy Parisot, viola
Samy Rachid, cello

With all four members only in their twenties, the Paris-based Arod Quartet has already dazzled awestruck chamber-music lovers in concerts at such prestigious venues as the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. The Arod quickly skyrocketed 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 April 2019 the Quartet undertook its American debut tour, which featured its inaugural Carnegie Hall performance–one of the only European chamber ensembles ever to make its Carnegie Hall debut on its first trip to the United States.

Honored with a rare multi-record contract, the Arod Quartet records exclusively for Erato Warner Classics, which released their debut Mendelssohn album in Fall 2017. The group joined the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists’ roster that same year. The Quartet’s 2019–20 season featured performances at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Louvre, and the Bourdeaux Opéra; a tour with the remarkable pianist Alexandre Tharaud; debut tours in Israel and Taiwan; and two tours in the United States to keep up with demand.

Previous seasons have seen the Arod Quartet–which was named the ECHO Rising Star during the 2018–19 season–perform at the Auditorium of the Louvre, the Philharmonie de Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Oji Hall of Tokyo, and the Berlin Philharmonia.

Their teachers include Mathieu Herzog and Jean Sulem. The group currently serves as artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels with the Artemis Quartet. In recent years the Arod has worked very closely with the Ebène Quartet and the Diotima Quartet, and has collaborated with Alexandre Tharaud, Martin Fröst, and Amihai Grosz, the founding member of the Jerusalem Quartet and now the principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic. Their sophomore album, a recording of Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, and Webern with the soprano Elsa Dressing, was released in Fall 2019 (Erato Warner Classics).

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.

Arod Quartet is represented by MKI Artists:

Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Marla C. Berns; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia Chock; Regina and Bruce Drucker; Beth S. Farb; Susan Harris; Judy and Sam Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber Music; Dr. Sheldon H. Kardener and Monika Olofsson Kardener; Carol Krause; Mari and Edmund D. Edelman Foundation for Music and Public Service; Elaine and Bernie Mendes; Janet and Henry Minami; Bette I. and Jeffrey L. Nagin; Joyce Perry; Jeanne Robson; Jackie and Charles Schwartz; Dr. Patricia Bates Simun and Mr. Richard V. Simun Memorial Fund; Patricia Waldron, M.D., and Richard Waldron; and Roberta and Robert Young.

Image: © Marco Borggreve