ARABELLA STRING QUARTET
At their début 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 début 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 the Yale School of Music, 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—Paris Conservatoire, University for Music and the Performing Arts Vienna, and the Menuhin Academy—as well as the influence of celebrated American ensembles, such as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Juilliard 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, Chair of the Department of Music at Gordon College. Eskar and Kwok switch 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.
Photo: Ettore Causa