About Quatuor Arod
The Quatuor Arod (or Arod Quartet) has joined a photogenic, fashionable image with fresh interpretations of music from the early Romantic to the early modern era. The group has released several albums on the major label, Erato.
The Quatuor Arod was established in 2013. The members -- violinists Jordan Victoria and Alexandre Vu, violist Corentin Apparailly, and cellist Samy Rachid -- joined forces when all were students at the Conservatoire nationale supérieure de musique in Paris. The group continued studies with Mathieu Herzog and Jean Sulem even after emerging as a major concert attraction. Apparailly was later replaced by Tanguy Parisot. The name "Arod" came from that of a horse in The Lord of the Rings. The group first gained attention with a first prize at Copenhagen's Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition, followed by a win at the major ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
The Quatuor Arod has made appearances at major international festivals, including those at Verbier and Montreux (Switzerland), Aix-en-Provence and Pablo Casals Festival of Prades (France), and the Heidelberg and Rheingau Festivals (Germany). By 2017, the group was appearing at some of Europe's top venues: the Louvre, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Wigmore Hall, among many others. Along with the Artemis Quartett, the group served as artists-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. It co-commissioned a string quartet by composer Benjamin Attahir in 2017, and it has frequently collaborated with other chamber artists.
In 2017, the Quatuor Arod achieved several major breakthroughs. It was named BBC New Generation Artist for a term running until 2019, earned designation as an ECHO Rising Star in 2018, and, signed to the Erato label, it released its first album, with a program of quartets by Mendelssohn. The group released The Mathilde Album, featuring quartets by Webern, Schoenberg, and Zemlinsky, in 2019, and followed it up with an album of Schubert quartets the following year. ~ James Manheim