When four members of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra first decided to form a cello quartet, they simply wanted to play good music with a unique twist. The four influential cellists who comprise the Boston Cello Quartet, Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, and Alexandre Lecarme, began with beloved staples in classical music, but they quickly expanded their repertoire to include jazz, tango, and comic medleys that include music from movies and video games. Their diverse playlist as well as their fresh style, quickly drew an international following on the music scene. This ranged from BSO season ticket holders, to modern music lovers who had never set foot in a chamber music performance.
“When we began collaborating, we collectively decided that we wanted to do something a bit different than what you’d expect from a classical music group,” said quartet member, Adam Esbensen. ”We quickly discovered that our sound and style drew in a diverse audience of all ages and musical tastes.”
Since their collaboration began three years ago, the quartet has opened for the Grammy-award winning band Train, recorded a soundtrack for the video game Of Orcs and Men for the Xbox 360, and has performed countless engagements in Boston, New England, and New York City.
Now, the Boston Cello Quartet releases its debut album, Pictures. The album features unique arrangements of classic pieces as well as original compositions written specifically for the quartet. It also features their signature, yet playful style that stretches the stylistic and musical range of the cello.
As quartet member Blaise Dejardin acknowledged, ”There isn’t a whole lot out there in regards to repertoire for cello quartets, so this allowed us the opportunity to write our own arrangements and have fun with it.”
The Boston Cello Quartets debut album Pictures will be released on Tuesday, February 5th and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. For more information on the Boston Cello Quartet members or to arrange interviews, please contact Becki Cooper at Becki@RebeccaAdele.com or via phone at 440-227-8794. Photography is available upon request.
The Boston Cello Quartet was founded in January 2010 by four cellists of the Boston Symphony Orchestra: Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu and Alexandre Lecarme. The group performs a wide repertoire ranging from classical music to jazz, tango, contemporary works and even comic medleys. For more information visit www.bostoncelloquartet.com.