Safran Foundation for Music: a closer look at the Arod Quartet
Established at the end of 2004, the Safran Foundation for Music aims to provide young musicians with support during their training or career development. Several of these musicians are now accomplished, recognized artists in the music world. This month, we take a closer look at Arod Quartet.
A fantastic quartet from the outset
Founded in 2013, the Arod Quartet won first prize at the world-renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2016. It was in preparation for this competition that the Safran Foundation for Music supported the young ensemble for the first time. In 2015, it awarded them a fellowship and financed their participation in the competition. During fall 2017, the Safran Foundation for Music renewed its support for the Quartet, when it recorded its first CD for the Erato Warner Classics label, dedicated to Mendelssohn.
Four instrumentalists, one voice
The Arod Quartet is composed of Jordan Victoria (founder) - violin, Alexandre Vu - violin, Tanguy Parisot - viola and Samy Rachid - cello.
In 2017, the Arod Quartet was named "BBC New Generation Artist" for the 2017 to 2019 seasons, and "ECHO Rising Star" for the 2018/2019 season. Spotted and chosen by the artistic directors of the largest European music venues, the winners are offered a tour of the most famous festivals
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Summer festivals give you many opportunities to hear the Arod Quartet:
June 30: Rencontres Musicales d'Évian, Evian-les-Bains
July 22-31: Académie et Festival de Cognac
August 5: Les Musicales du Golfe, Vannes
August 8: Musiques d'un Siècle, Cozes
August 16: Musicales de Normandie de Fécamp
August 18: Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon
September 9-10: Festival de Musique de Besançon Franche-Comté
September 15: Quatuor en Pays de Fayence
October 4: Les Nuits Romantiques du Lac du Bourget, Aix-les-Bains
October 5: Nuit du Quatuor, Paris
October 11: Philharmonie de Paris
November 14: Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers
November 24: Le Méjan, Arles
December 14: Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon
A closer look at the support provided by the Safran Foundation for Music through recording assistance
Created in 2004, the Safran Foundation for Music provides support to young musicians, notably for their training and then career development. At the beginning of a demanding professional career, they can apply to the Foundation thanks to the various levers at their disposal. As such, the Foundation regularly supports a young talent or an ensemble several times at the beginning of their career.
There are many requests for support for professional quality recordings. Indeed, young talents need "sound CVs" very early on to apply for a competition or for a master's position. Then there are recordings of first records: the business model of the record industry has been so overwhelmed by the emergence of streaming platforms that young talents often have to produce their own recordings, which will then benefit from the distribution services of record companies (large or small). The first CD remains an important symbol, a kind of rite of passage, in the music industry despite its loss of momentum in its global economy. This is therefore an important support for these young talents in their career start-up.
Learn more about the musicians
- Jordan Victoria, born in Bordeaux in 1992 within a family of artists, began violin at the age of 4 at the National Regional Conservatory in his city. From the age of 7, he played his first concerto with an orchestra and took part in various international competitions where he was regularly rewarded. After studying violin for years and winning the Bordeaux City Prize, Jordan Victoria was unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris at the age of 16 where he successfully completed his master's degree under Boris Garlitsky and Igor Volochine.
- Alexandre Vu also began playing the violin when he was very young, at the age of 10. He arrived in France in 2005 and joined Christophe Poiget's class at the CRR (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional) in Boulogne-Billancourt. He then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the classes of Micheal Heinz and Alexis Galpérine, where he obtained his master's degree in May 2014. He already has extensive experience in the orchestra, particularly with the Radio France and Paris Philharmonic Orchestras. Alexandre joined the Arod Quartet in 2014.
- Tanguy Parisot began playing the viola at the age of 6 in Brest. He continued his apprenticeship with Françoise Gnéri at the CRR in Rueil-Malmaison. He continued his postgraduate training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, which he completed in 2015, with honours. He then worked with Miguel Da Silva at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Very involved in chamber music, he founded the Hestia and Abegg quartets. He also plays in the Akos string quartet (3rd prize in the Mozarteum International Competition). He joined the Arod Quartet in March 2018.
- Samy Rachid started playing the cello at the age of 10, with Elza Suchanek and François Poly, then joined Odile Gabrielli's class at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Marseille, then Jérôme Pernoo's class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Passionate about the orchestra, he joined the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée as a soloist. In 2013, he was a soloist in the prestigious Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra (Germany). Samy Rachid joined the Arod Quartet in September 2013.
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