"The Romanian ensemble lives
through the emotional eruptions in Janácek's music with heart
and soul ... every accent is a stich into the heart."
Marcus Stäbler, FonoForum, April 2014
"the playing has such intensity....The
result is an assault on the senses, piercing the heart of this unsettling music"
The Financial Times, September 2013
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 in 2011 and the International
Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009, the Arcadia Quartet is rapidly
establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their
Formed in 2006 while students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania,
the quartet has performed across the world including performances at
the Budapest Spring Festival, George Enescu International Festival, Cité International des Arts in Paris, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Pollack Hall in
Montreal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Q'arto Mondi Festival
in Poland, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tel-Aviv, Portugal, Mecklenburg Vorpommern
Festival, Kammermusiktage Mettlach, Zeist Music Days Festival in The
Netherlands, throughout the United Kingdom and and in Beijing. The 14/15
season included a 12 concert tour of Japan and concerts throughout Europe
including at the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Aldeburgh Festival,
Berlin Konzerthaus, North Norfolk Music Festival, Enescu Festival and
in Madrid. 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 prestigious 'Tinerimea Româna National Art Centre
of Bucharest's Quartet-in-Residence, playing six concerts a year broadcast
by the Romanian
The 16/17 Season sees the quartet return to the United Kingdom to give
a concert tour and perform extensively throughout Europe including performances
at the Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, Società Veneziana di Concerti, Accademia
Filarmonica di Bologna, Cistermúsica - Festival in Portugal, George
Enescu Festival in Romania, Wigmore Hall London and further concerts
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 Janácek
Quartet No.1 and No.2 was released on the Orchid Classics label in October
2013. The Sunday Times wrote of "a beauty that pierces
the heart" 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
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
Valid until August 2017
violin (b.1984, Baia Mare)
She began studying the violin at the age of 4 in her native town
and, beginning with 1996, she continued and completed her high
in Târgu Mures She attended higher education and the Master's
programme at the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca,
in Professor Victoria Nicolae's violin class.
Since 2008 she has been first concert master of the "Transylvania" State
Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca, one of the most prestigious Romanian symphony
orchestras, and concert master of the Romanian National Youth Orchestra.
Distinguished with numerous chamber or solo performance awards - "Jeunesses
Musicales" Bucharest, 2001, the "Sigismund Toduta Competition,
Cluj-Napoca, 2003, the 2003 and 2004 editions of the Performance Competition
organized by the Romanian Mozart Society, Cluj-Napoca, - Ana Török
acquired fame also as soloist, performing as invited guest of the Târgu
Mures, Oradea, Brasov and Cluj-Napoca Philharmonics.
violin (b.1984, Brasov)
Dedicated to the study of the violin from the age of 5, Rasvan
Dumitru attended the Art School of Brasov with Prof. Maria Mireanu
the "Gh. Dima" Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca, in Univ.-Prof.
Dr. Victoria Nicolae's class. He has been first concert master of the
Romanian National Opera orchestra of Cluj-Napoca between 2007 and 2011,
and principal of the second violin section of the Romanian National Youth
Orchestra between 2008 and 2010. Currently he is principal of the second
violin section of the "Transylvania" State Philharmonic of
Cluj-Napoca and teaches violin and chamber music at the "Gheorghe
Dima" Music Academy.
Recipient of several national and international awards, and semi-finalist
of the Concours Musical International de Montreal (2006), violinist Rasvan
Dumitru also performed as a successful recitalist, both in Romania and
abroad (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands). He performed
as soloist with several Romanian orchestras, including the Brasov Philharmonic,
the "Transylvania" State Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca and the
Chamber Orchestra of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company. He has
also cultivated a vivid interest in the performing style of the Baroque
repertoire, by collaborating with several Baroque ensembles.
He is playing a Leon Fischesser violin, lent to him for his life by the
Swiss foundation Musique et Vie, following a competition held in 2005.
viola (b.1978, Constanta)
Traian Boala studied the violin and then the viola at the Art School
in his native town. He began his higher education studies at the Music
Department of the "Transylvania" University of Brasov (with
professor Leona Varvarichi) and continued them with the Master's degree
studies at the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca
(with professor Sorin Gherbanovschi).
He successfully participated in several performance competitions, earning,
among others, first prizes at the "Mozart" Competition held
in Constanta and at the "George Georgescu" Competition held
in Tulcea. Between 2001 and 2003, he was a member of the Kronos Quartet
of Brasov, with whom he earned the first prize at the Performance Competition
organized by the Romanian Mozart Society of Cluj, and held a series of
concerts in Romania and abroad. He played successively in several orchestras,
including the "St. George" Chamber Orchestra of Beograd and
the "George Enescu" Philharmonic of Bucharest. Presently, he
is a member of the "Transylvania" Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca.
cello (b.1984, Cluj-Napoca)
The youngest child of a family of cellists, Zsolt
his turn took up the study of the cello at the age of 6. After graduating
from the "Sigismund
Toduta " Music High School of Cluj-Napoca, he studied for the Bachelor's
and Master's degrees at the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy,
in the class of Professor Vasile Jucan, member of theTransylvanian Quartet.
He won several national and international awards, including the Jury's
Special Prize at the "David Popper" International Cello Competition,
Hungary, (2003), the 2nd Prize and the Popularity Prize at the "Sigismund
Toduta" Competition (Cluj-Napoca, 2005). Since 2005, he has been a
member of the "Transylvania" Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca. As
a soloist, he performed with the Satu Mare, Sibiu, Oradea, Cluj-Napoca
and Brasov Philharmonics.
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