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Arcadia Quaret

The Arcadia Quartet

“The Arcadia Quartet take us through different emotions with lovely textural colour and a technical adroitness that is quite outstanding, especially their bowing skill. Each of the players display exceptional musicianship and agility creating gravity and substance producing commanding performances.”

Chimeo, 2023

Winners of the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition, the 2011 Almere International Chamber Music Competition and the 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg, Arcadia Quartet was rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation. 

Formed in 2006 while students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, the quartet finished their postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and became the Alumni members of the European Chamber Music Academy, while they have performed across the world including performances at the Budapest Spring Festival, the International George Enescu Festival (Bucharest), Cité international des arts (Paris), Alte Oper Frankfurt, Pollack Hall (Montreal), The Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall (London), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Izumi Hall (Osaka), Musikverein (Vienna), Aldeburgh Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, North Norfolk Music Festival, Romanian Athenaeum, Q’arto Mondi Festival (Poznań), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kammermusiktage Mettlach, Zeist Music Days Festival in The Netherlands, throughout the United Kingdom, in Portugal, in Tel-Aviv and in Beijing. The Quartet made their BBC Radio 3 debut with a broadcast concert from the Wigmore Hall in March 2015, and in April 2015 were invited to become the Quartet-in-Residence at the prestigious Tinerimea Română National Art Centre in Bucharest, playing six concerts a year broadcast by the Romanian Broadcasting Company. Over the years the Quartet have collaborated with many internationally renowned artists such as Marin Cazacu, Diana Ligeti, Amit Peled, Remus Azoiței, Sarah Chang, Robert Levin, János Bálint, Seiya Ueno, Ad Libitum Quartet, Con Tempo Quartet, Belcea Quartet, etc.

The Arcadia Quartet’s debut disc of works by Mendelssohn and Brahms was released by Fontenay Classics in 2009 attracting critical acclaim. Ensemble Magazin wrote of ‘their intimate performance’, ‘their exceptional sonority’ and their ‘expressive power which leaves a deep impression on the listener’. Their recording of Janáček Quartet No. 1 and No. 2 was released on the label Orchid Classics in October 2013. The Sunday Times wrote of ‘a beauty that pierces the heart’, and that ‘both works are played with searing intensity by the fine young Romanian quartet’. The Financial Times wrote that the quartet ‘create a mood of edgy expressionism that, in its violent swings and chromatic stresses, is shockingly direct and dramatic, like an opera – or a nightmare’, that ‘the result is an assault on the senses, piercing the heart of this unsettling music’.

The Arcadia Quartet started collaborating with Chandos Records in September 2017, launching an album containing the complete Bartók string quartets. This double CD comes with commendatory reviews from the most esteemed professional publications of the world and with 5 star reviews in the magazines Diapason and Classica. The album was named Disc of the Week by BBC Radio 3, one of the best albums of October 2018 by WQXR-FM in New York, and Disc of the Month by Classica magazine in January 2019.

An extraordinary project is on the way with Chandos Records: the recording of all 17 string quartets of Mieczysław Weinberg. The first volume (Quartets Nos. 2, 5, 8) was released in January 2021 and has been included in the best chamber music recordings category of The best classical albums released in 2021 so far by the BBC Music Magazine (Classical Music Magazine), receiving a 5 star review. It was named Record of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review, and was included in the Westdeutscher Rundfunk’s Die Alben der Woche (Record of the Week, March 2021 edition), receiving a 5-4-5 star review. Weinberg Volume 1 received the German Record Critics’ Award in Spring 2021 and was nominated for the 2022 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in November, becoming a finalist in the Chamber music category.

The second volume (Quartets Nos. 1, 7, 11) was released in May 2022 receiving 5 star reviews by Limelight Magazine, by the BBC Music Magazine and The Sunday Times, and also named one of the best albums of 2022 by the latter. Volume 2 has been reviewed by The Strad, named Recording of the Month by Limelight Magazine and also nominated for Recording of the Year 2022 and for the 2023 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).

The third volume (Quartets Nos. 4 and 16) was released at the end of March 2023 and has been awarded the Diapason d’Or by the Diapason Magazine in August, it has also been shortlisted for the Gramophone Awards in September and nominated for the 2024 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in November.

The Arcadia Quartet founded their own chamber music workshop in 2021, the Arcadia Chamber Music Classes, with the desire to share their experiences with future generations of musicians and to promote classical music at the highest level. Organised annually, this series of master classes and concerts is dedicated to string chamber ensembles and aims to offer guidance, professional support, to encourage and promote young musicians in their professional development, through the art of chamber music and to enrich the community.