The Quartetto di Cremona was formed in Cremona in 2000, while studying at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona with Salvatore Accardo, Rocco Filippini, and Bruno Giuranna. The ensemble, with the current members since 2002, continued their studies with Piero Farulli of the Quartetto Italiano at the Music School of Fiesole and with Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet. The Quartetto di Cremona have since made a name for itself as one of the most interesting chamber ensembles on the international scene
Quartetto di Cremona have performed at major international festivals in Europe, South America, Australia and the United States such as the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Bozar Festival in Brussels, Festival of Turku, Kammermusik Gemeinde in Hannover, Perth Festival in Australia; and in the most prestigious concert halls all over the world such as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London,
Barge Music in New York, and
Beethovenhaus in Bonn.
Since 2011, the Quartetto di Cremona has been Artist-in-Residence at the Società del Quartetto in Milan for projects which include concerts and collaborations that will culminate in 2014 with the complete performance of the Beethoven quartets to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the institution. Beginning in 2012 the ensemble will also be Artists in Residence at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
International critics have noted the artistic and interpretative qualities of the Quartetto di Cremona. Following a concert at the Wigmore Hall, the British magazine The Strad, wrote "Dynamic contouring was as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit, and it tailored the music to perfection." In Australia, the Quartetto di Cremona was acclaimed as the "glory of the Perth Festival" and the Süddeutsche Zeitung described them as "one of the most exciting quartets of the current generation."
Radio and television stations around the world (such as RAI, WDR, BBC, VRT, SDR, ABC) regularly broadcast the Quartetto di Cremona concerts in repertoire ranging from the early works of Haydn to contemporary music, particularly works of Fabio Vacchi, Helmut Lachenmann, Silvia Colasanti. The Quartetto di Cremona collaborates with world renowned artists such as Bruno Giuranna, Massimo Quarta, Enrico Dindo, Carbonare Alessandro, Andrea Lucchesini, Pietro de Maria, Angela Hewitt, Ivo Pogorelich, Lilya Zilberstein, Cédric Tiberghien, and Pieter Wispelwey.
An important part of the Quartetto di Cremona activity is teaching master classes throughout Europe. Effective Fall 2011, the members of the quartet are named chair of the string quartet program at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.
Among important recordings of the Quartetto di Cremona are the complete string quartets by Fabio Vacchi released in April 2011 for Decca; and in the next few years they will record the complete string quartets by Beethoven for the German label Audite. The quartet will also record the works written by Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, recent winner of the Nielsen Prize,
whom has already dedicated
two of his quartets to the group.
Among their upcoming tours for the next seasons include their debuts tours of Scandinavia, USA and China.
The Quartetto di Cremona was chosen for a project by "The Friends of Stradivari" society in order to promote and develop the knowledge of Cremona art of making stringed instruments, a project that they will also bring to the United States.
The violinist Paolo Andreoli plays a beautiful violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1757, arranged through the society from the Collection of Sau-Wing Lam
With ITALIAN JOURNEY, critically acclaimed Quartetto di Cremona presents an intriguingly intimate and authentic approach to Italian chambermusic by composers Giuseppe Verdi, Luigi Boccherini, Giacomo Puccini, and Ottorino Respighi. Quartetto di Cremona is about to become the legitimate successor of the legendary Quartetto Italiano, and following a concert at the Wigmore Hall, the British magazine The Strad, wrote "Dynamic contouring was as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit, and it tailored the music to perfection." In Australia, the Quartetto di Cremona was acclaimed as the "glory of the Perth Festival."
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