The first of its kind in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Cello Quartet was founded in 2010 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra cellists Blaise Déjardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, and Alexandre Lecarme. Since its acclaimed debut concert, the BCQ has quickly won the hearts of music lovers through their own arrangements of staples of the classical music repertoire, as well as jazz, contemporary works, and even comic medleys, all which showcases the limitless possibilities of the instrument they love. Favorites of the Tanglewood audience, the quartet opened for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Train at the Koussevitzky Music Shed in 2011 and two years later was featured as a solo group for Tanglewood on Parade, performing the James Bond Concertino with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart.
Arranged by Grammy-nominated composer Chris Walden, this unique concerto for cello quartet and orchestra was specifically commissioned for the Boston Cello Quartet by the Boston Pops. The premiere took place at Symphony Hall in May 2013. In September 2013, the Boston Cello Quartet became the first chamber music group to be featured on ESPN and MLB.com, performing the National Anthem and Metallica’s song Enter Sandman at Fenway Park, in honor of baseball legend Mariano Rivera. Their first album, Pictures, was released in February 2013 and quickly rose to the Top 50 Classical Music Albums on iTunes. The Boston Cello Quartet also recorded Olivier Deriviere’s soundtrack for the videogame Of Orcs and Men, released in 2012 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.