Heather Braun and Rose Drucker, violin;
Daniel Dona, viola; Agnes Kim, cello
Praised for their “beautiful sound” (Beijing Global Times) the Arneis Quartet is proving to be one of the finest emerging ensembles of its generation. “As a relatively young quartet, they have already achieved something it often takes years to develop: a unique, collective sound which is as warm and full of sparkle as liquid gold.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Playfully named after the Arneis grape—a varietal that is difficult to grow, but which yields an exquisite white wine— the Boston-based quartet was hand-picked by the St. Lawrence String Quartet for its inaugural John Lad Prize, which included debuts on the Stanford University Lively Arts series and Music on Main in Vancouver. Arneis Quartet received a fellowship at the Aspen Center for Advanced String Quartet Studies for the summer of 2012, and acted as the 2011 Young Artist Fellows for the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. The Quartet has also attended Juilliard Quartet Seminar, the Deer Valley Emerging Quartets and Composers Program, and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency.
While exploring the standard repertoire, the quartet is also committed to the works of contemporary composers. Arneis Quartet received a grant from Meet the Composer to promote works they premiered during the 2010-2011 season including performance and discussion. The quartet performed works of Jonathan Berger and Brian Ferneyhough at the 2011 Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Future collaborations include performing new works written for them by composers Andrew List, Scott Ordway and members of the Boston Composers Coalition.
Arneis Quartet currently collaborates with Emmanuel Music to present educational outreach programs throughout the city of Boston. Through Emmanuel Music‘s “Community Connections” program, the Quartet’s outreach programs include performance, masterclasses and collaborations with students. They have 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 was guest faculty at the Lyceum Music Festival in Park City Utah, and have brought musical outreach to communities in California, Michigan, Ohio, and Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Arneis Quartet is the faculty ensemble in residence at the Dana Hall School of Music. The Quartet members are on the faculties of Boston University, Brookline Public Schools, the Chestnut Hill School, and act as coaches for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Arneis has also been guest faculty of the Lyceum Music Festival in Park City, UT.
All alumni of Boston University, the quartet has coached with members of the Muir, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Emerson and Juilliard quartets as well as Bayla Keyes, Earl Carlyss, James Dunham, Sylvia Rosenberg, Henk Guittart, Alasdair Tait, Roger Tapping, Leonard Matczynski, Joan Tower and Donald Weilerstein. Recent collaborations include performances with Ursula Holliger, Jessica Zhou, the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, Gabriel Kahane, Peter Zazofsky, Marc Johnson, Kevin Loucks, and Michelle LaCourse.