With “a conviction that commands attention” (Fanfare), the Arneis Quartet performs an eclectic range of programs from the standard to contemporary, including commissions of new works and interdisciplinary collaborations in New England and throughout the world. Playfully named after the Arneis grape—a varietal that is difficult to grow, but which yields an exquisite white wine—the Boston-based Arneis Quartet has brought their energetic approach and programming to traditional concert venues as well as salon style concerts and community outreach since 2009. Winners of the 2010 John Lad Prize and silver medal at the 2012 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, the Quartet has received fellowships at the Aspen Center for Advanced String Quartet Studies and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music; other festivals attended include the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, the Deer Valley Emerging Quartets and Composers Program, and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency. Committed to new music, they have received a grant from Meet the Composer, performed at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The Quartet has been featured at the Modulus Festival in Vancouver and Lively Arts Series at Stanford University. A recording of the chamber music of composer John H. Wallace, called “Arneis Quartet and Friends”, was released in 2016 on Centaur Records.
Since 2014, the Quartet has received critical acclaim for their ongoing Poetry and Music Series, performing musical works inspired by poetry and song with singers Tony Arnold, Charles Blandy, David Kravitz, and Krista River. They have performed all or portions of the series at Boston University, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Swarthmore College, and have commissioned new works to further the genre. The Quartet continues to perform in presentations with author M.T. Anderson, having performed at the Brookline (MA), Providence (RI), and Middlebury (VT) Public Libraries. Additionally, during the 2016-2017 season, the Quartet will be collaborating with composers for the acclaimed Word Song series and presenting concerts for the Classical at the Cabot series in Beverly, MA, as well as the Framingham Public Library, Wellesley College, and Boston University.
Committed to community outreach and music education, the Quartet has worked with music students at the Boston Arts Academy, Perkins School for the Blind, and the Boston Public Schools. Outside of their Boston home, the Quartet has taught master classes and served as a residency quartet at Point Counterpoint, Swarthmore College and Lyceum Music Festival. Additionally, they have brought musical outreach to communities in California, Michigan, Ohio, and Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Quartet members are on the faculties of Boston University, St. Anselm College, and the Chestnut Hill School, and are the resident chamber music coaches for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
All alumni of Boston University, the Arneis Quartet has coached with members of the Muir, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Emerson and Juilliard quartets as well as Bayla Keyes, Earl Carlyss, Mary Ruth (UV) Ray, James Dunham, Sylvia Rosenberg, Henk Guittart, Alasdair Tait, Roger Tapping, Leonard Matczynski, Joan Tower and Donald Weilerstein. Arneis Quartet has performed with guest artists including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Marc Johnson, Pamela Dellal, Peter Zazofsky, Ursula Holliger, Jessica Zhou, Kevin Loucks, Michelle LaCourse and Gabriel Kahane.
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