The Arcadia Quartet came into being while its founding members were still students at the „Gh. Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca. While attending the chamber music class of Professor Nicusor Silaghi, member of the reputed Transylvanian Quartet, the four young musicians who were part of the original quartet – violinists Ana Bogăţilă and Răsvan Dumitru, violist Marcel Cameniţă and cellist Török Zsolt – discovered their true vocation in the cultivation of this genre. The participation in the Chamber Music Festival held in Odorheiu Secuiesc (October 2005) also marked the first success of the ensemble. With the concerts that followed in Cluj-Napoca, Sighişoara, Sibiu and Satu Mare, the quartet experienced a rapid progress and showed their outstanding capacity of repertoire assimilation.
In December 2006, the quartet won their first prize in Cluj, at the prestigious Performance Competition organized by the Romanian Mozart Society, where they were met with enthusiastic appreciation for the stylistic purity displayed in the interpretation of Mozart’s works. Their value was reconfirmed in Cluj in the following year, when they won the first prize at the „Ferdinand Weiss” Chamber Music Competition. The same year 2007 marked their first international appearances – the participation in the Orlando Festival in Kerkrade, The Netherlands and in the Internationale Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest, as well as the concerts held in Germany (the „Classic Open 2007” International Festival in Chemnitz) and in Austria (in Eisenstadt). At home, their fame grew even more when they were invited to perform at the Cluj Musical Autumn Festival. With the participation in the “17th Week of Contemporary Music” International Festival, in Bucharest, the quartet recorded a remarkable success, proving excellent abilities in handling the latest contemporary repertoire.
The two times change of the violist (Cristian Suărăşan in October 2007 and Traian Boală in April 2009) hardly impeded the ever-ascending path of the quartet’s value and achievements. Seeking to continually expand their performing horizons, the quartet participated in several master classes both in Romania and abroad, which allowed them to come into contact with renowned ensembles like the Belcea Quartet, the Ad Libitum Quartet, the Artis Quartet, the Voces Quartet, the Bartók Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Enedellion Quartet – or with famous chamber music professors like Ferenc László, the founder of the Mozart Festival of Cluj, Avedis Koyoumdjian and Johannes Meissl from Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst of Vienna, Hatto Beyerle (ex. Alban Berg Quartet), György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, Anner Bylsma, Shmuel Ashkenasi (Vermeer Quartet), Miguel da Silva (Ysaye Quartet), Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Eberhard Feltz, Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartet), Christoph Richter, Christophe Giovaninetti (ex – Ysaye Quartet), Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet), Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), and others.
The year 2008 brought the quartet yet more recognition – the invitation to the Budapest Spring Festival, presentation within the Mozart Festival of Cluj-Napoca of W. A. Mozart’s flute quartets (in the company of the renowned Hungarian flutist Bálint János), participation in the „Romanian Cultural Week” in Beijing and in the „George Enescu” Festival in Heidelberg. Following a sustained collaboration dating from 2008, the Arcadia Quartet became Alumni Ensemble of the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy).
In September 2009, the quartet participated in their first international competition – „Gianni Bergamo” Classic Music Award (Lugano, Switzerland), where they won the 2nd Prize (1st prize not being awarded), after which followed the first edition of the Internationales Kammermusikwettbewerb Hamburg, where they enjoyed a tremendous success: the 1st Prize, the „Johannes Brahms” Special Prize and the „Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” Special Prize. Immediately after the competition they recorded their first CD at the NDR Kultur Radio under the label of Fontenay Classics with Mendelssohn and Brahms.
Between 2010 and 2011, the members of Arcadia Quartet were postgraduate students at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst of Vienna, in Univ.-Prof. Dr. hc. Johannes Meissl’s chamber music class.
In June 2011 they won the Internationaal Kamermuziek Concours Almere.
One of the Quartet’s most important acheivements consists in winning the 1st Prize at the prestigious Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition 2012, the Esterházy Foundation Prize and the Beethoven Prize. The competition brought them many Development Prizes such as: an UK recital tour in Autumn 2013 including a Coffee Concert at Wigmore Hall, the possibility to make a recording for Wigmore Hall Live, a residency at the Banff Centre (dates tbc) and the invitation to give recitals at the Esterházy String Quartet Festival in Eisenstadt, at the Menton Festival, and at the Greenwich International String Quartet Festival.
The latest appearances of the Arcadia Quartet include concerts in Alte Oper Frankfurt, Pollack Hall (Montreal) within MISQA (McGill International String Quartet Academy), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein (Vienna), and Romanian Atheneum (Bucharest).
Each of the four musicians of the Arcadia Quartet has a distinct artistic profile. Coming from different schools and backgrounds and having impressive personal portfolios of achievements, they bring along the variety of their individual artistic experience, harmonized and polished under the auspices of the music school of Cluj.