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. Known for playing with “a conviction that commands attention” (Fanfare) and “a unique collective sound which is as warm and full of sparkle as liquid gold” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), the quartet is 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 adventurous programming to traditional concert venues as well as salon-style concerts and community engagement activities since 2009.
Arneis has received critical acclaim for their ongoing Poetry and Music Series, performing musical works inspired by poetry and song with vocalists Tony Arnold, Charles Blandy, David Kravitz, and Krista River. They have performed all or portions of the series at MIT, Boston University, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Swarthmore College, and have commissioned new works to further the genre. The Quartet has performed in Shostakovich presentations with New York Times bestselling author M.T. Anderson. They continue to perform each season as part of Emmanuel Music‘s Chamber Series and Late Night at Emmanuel, and have recently made their debut at concert series such as the Harvard Musical Association, Portland Bach Experience, Wellesley College’s Midday Muse, and WordSong. The 2018-2019 season includes a residency at MIT; performances with pianist Joy Cline Phinney and bandoneonist Julien Labro; a premiere of a new work by Aaron Travers (written for Arneis and Tony Arnold); and a collaboration with the Concord (NH) Chorale and composer Nicholas White.
Committed to community engagement 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, Arneis has taught master classes and served as a residency quartet at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Point Counterpoint, Swarthmore College and Lyceum Music Festival. They have brought their outreach and education programs to communities in California, Michigan, Ohio, and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Arneis performs several times a year at retirement communities throughout the greater Boston area. Quartet members are on the faculties of Boston University and St. Anselm College; the Quartet also works with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras where they are the resident chamber music coaches and work with students in the Intensive Community Program.
All alumni of Boston University, the Arneis Quartet has worked with members of the Muir, St. Lawrence, Cleveland, Lydian, Brentano, Emerson and Juilliard quartets. 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.
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, “Arneis Quartet and Friends”, was released in 2016 on Centaur Records to critical acclaim.
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