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Named after Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga (1806-1826) a composer aptly dubbed the “Spanish Mozart”, the Arriaga Quartet was founded by a group of young musicians freshly graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the illustrious Juilliard School of New York.
Firmly established on the traditions of the Belgian school of violin, the Arriaga Quartet has also inherited the more dynamic approach of its mentor, the Juilliard Quartet. This combination of influences gave the Arriaga Quartet the strong technical foundation and audacity required to explore beyond familiar musical horizons.
“Playing could hardly be better.“ Classic CD Magazine
“This skillful and well-recorded performance does its best to tempt one back for further hearing.” The Gramophone
“…a unity of interpretation that was both warm and enjoyable. They have the homogenous blend of sonorities that is the pride of most veteran string quartets.” Jerusalem Post
“La netteté des attaques, la science des phrasés et l’éclairage élégant des lignes mélodiques valorisent la verve yrique et l’imagination débridée de ces œuvres.” Classica, 5 étoiles, pour Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga
From its 1980 inception to the new millennium, the Quartet’s mission focused on unveiling gems by masters of lesser fame, winning them an ever-growing audience of enthusiastic followers, among amateur and professionals
An extremely active recording and live radio broadcast schedule helped the Arriaga Quartet earn the prestigious Prix Fuga awarded by the Association of Belgian composers.
Besides having produced its own Quartet Festival in Bruges, and performing regularly at the Festivals of Flanders and Walloonia and the Philharmonic Society, the Quartet has been invited to participate in numerous festivals in Europe, Israel, Canada and the U.S.A. Their recordings are available on the Phaedra and Discover International labels.
Suggested programs :
- ADOPTION OF FOLK MUSIC IN CHAMBER MUSIC
- AROUND THE GREAT BELGIAN VIOLINIST EUGÈNE YSAYE
- BORODIN AND FRIENDS
- SACRED MUSIC