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Arabella String Quartet performs Feb. 23

February 14, 2013

Concert features music from Haydn, Debussy, and Smetana

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents the Arabella Quartet on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The quartet’s members include faculty members Sarita Kwok, violin, and Ettore Causa, viola, along with Julie Eskar, violin, and Alexander Lecarme, cello.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

After the quartet’s debut concert last season, the Boston Musical Intelligencer raved: “The group played like they had been together for years… with freedom, drive, and risk-taking that were quite astonishing in a debut performance.”

The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, Nº. 1, Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10, and Smetana’s String Quartet Nº. 1 in E minor, From My Life.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Australian violinist Sarita Kwok began an illustrious career at just 15 when she was named the James Fairfax Sydney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist. Ms. Kwok went on to win Australia’s most prestigious musical award: ‘The Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year (Strings)’. As a soloist and chamber collaborator, Ms. Kwok has been featured at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Thayer Academy Winter Series, Hebron Academy and Temple Emanuel Chamber Series, Hammond Performing Arts Series and on WGBH public radio. This season she performed on the Concert des Lauréats de l’Académie de Lausanne, Switzerland and was nationally broadcast by Suisse Romande radio. Ms. Kwok currently serves on the faculty of the Yale Department of Music and is the Coordinator for the Undergraduate Lessons Program at the Yale School of Music. Ms. Kwok is on the roster of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.

Italian-born violist Ettore Causa was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the John Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England in 2000 He has since made solo and recital appearances in many of the major venues around the world. Mr. Causa was a member of the Aria Quartet (2004–2009) and currently plays in the Poseidon Quartet. He is frequently invited to chamber music festivals where he has performed with such internationally renowned musicians as the Tokyo String Quartet, Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Thomas Adès, Ana Chumachenco, Natalie Clein, Alberto Lysy, Thomas Demenga, Anthony Marwood, Ulf Wallin, William Bennett, and others. Mr. Causa taught at the International Menuhin Music Academy for many years and was appointed to the Yale School of Music faculty in 2009. Among his recording, both the Brahms Sonatas and the collection of Romantic pieces were highly praised by critics worldwide. Ettore plays on a viola made for him by Frédéric Chaudière in 2003.

Violinist Julie Eskar is currently the concertmaster of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in Denmark and abroad. Ms. Eskar is also a founding member of the Eskar Trio, an international award-winning ensemble. In 2003, the Trio released a critically acclaimed CD of works by Ravel and Chausson which The Strad magazine praised lavishly and described as “outstanding.” Ms. Eskar studied under Milan Vitek at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and with Professor Gerhard Schultz at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

A native of Grasse, France, cellist Alexandre Lecarme joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2008-09 season. Mr. Lecarme graduated with the Premier Prix de Violoncelle from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1997. He holds the Artist Diploma and Master of music degrees from Boston University as a recipient of a Cohen Foundation grant and a Dean’s scholarship. His major teachers have included Jean-Marie Gamard in Paris, David Soyer, George Neikrug and Andrés Díaz at Boston University. Mr. Lecarme is a founding member of the acclaimed Boston Cello Quartet, comprised of four cellists of the Boston Symphony. Their debut concert at Tanglewood in 2010 was described as the “best Prelude concert at Ozawa Hall since it was built” (Berkshire Eagle). Mr. Lecarme has performed extensively worldwide, include concerts at Shermetiev Palace in St. Petersburg for the 300th Anniversary of the city, Opera de Nice, and Salle Olivier Messiaen in Grenoble, France.


For the Arabella Quartet: Your concert at Temple Emanuel on Sunday Feb 22 was excellent. I was particularly moved by the Shostakovitch 8th quartet, which was played with great feeling. You all seem to love this piece. Thanks so much for this wonderful performance. The audience didn’t stir through the entire performance, so you seem to have reached everyone.


February 23rd, 2015 | Andrew Plaut