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At their debut concert in Boston in 2012, the then-unnamed Arabella Quartet received a glowing review from the Boston Musical Intelligencer. "The group played like they had been together for years...with freedom, drive, and risk-taking that were quite astonishing in a debut performance...the luftpausen were taken with complete unanimity, the senza vibrato moments showed perfect tuning, and the sections with vibrato were actually synchronized...Though there are already plenty of fine quartets before the public, I nevertheless encourage this quartet sine nomine to get a name and a performing life." Thus was born the Arabella Quartet, an ensemble of four like-minded musicians.
The members of the quartet hail from around the globe and first met at Yale University, where Causa and Kwok were serving on the faculty. A veritable United Nations of chamber music, they represent Denmark, Australia, Italy and France and carry on the pedigree of great European traditions and masters—The Paris Conservatoire, the University for Music and the Performing Arts Vienna, and the Menuhin Academy—as well as the influence of the celebrated American ensembles, such as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Julliard Quartets. This melange of musical training and backgrounds imbues their performances with a distinctive freshness, inventiveness, and musical depth.
In addition to performing as the Arabella Quartet, its members enjoy varied individual careers and bring to their quartet life a mature musicality and sense of equality. Julie Eskar is first concertmaster of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, as well as a founding member of the acclaimed Eskar Trio. Sarita Kwok is resident artist, Associate professor of music, and Chair of the Department of Music at Gordon College. Eskar and Kwok rotate in their roles as first and second violinists. Ettore Causa is the viola professor at Yale's School of Music. Alexandre Lecarme is a tenured member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Cello Quartet.
The Arabella Quartet's debut CD, titled,"In the Moment", was released by Naxos Records in May 2017. An innovative program that explores time, place and mood through a series of short pieces, the disc was named Album of the Week by ClassicFM, who declared it "an album well worth dipping into, exceptionally well played."
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