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Quartetto di Cremona

Biography

Cristiano Gualco, violin
Paolo Andreoli, violin
Simone Gramaglia, viola
Giovanni Scaglione, cello

Internationally renowned for their "extremely mature and lyrical sound" (the Strad Magazine), the Quartetto di Cremona now grace the stages of the world’s most prestigious venues. Their focus and intensity brings life to music from the “tight blend and immaculate voicing” of their Brahms to the “sleek and elegant” dynamic contouring of their Mozart (the Strad Magazine).

Founded in 2000 while still students, the Quartetto di Cremona studied with Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, and Rocco Filippini at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona.  They continued their studies with their mentors Piero Farulli of the Quartetto Italiano and Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet.  The quartet has been awarded prestigious international awards and honors for artistic merit including the Borletti – Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2005.  They were just recently awarded honorary citizenship of Cremona.

Building on their early successes, the Quartetto di Cremona has performed to critical acclaim at the most prestigious venues and festivals in the world, including the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Beethovenhaus and the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Metropolitan Museum in New York; West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland, Bath International Music Festival in England; Platonov Festival in Russia, Turku Festival in Finland, Perth Festival in Australia, Mecklenburg Vorpommen and Bad Kissingen Festivals in Germany.

In their homeland of Italy, they have made their name performing at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the most renowned Italian music societies. The Quartet was named "Artist in Residence" at the Societa' del Quartetto of Milan, where they presented the Beethoven cycle during the 2014-2015 season, and where they will perform the Mozart’s complete string quartet cycle beginning in 2016.

Recent and forthcoming tours include engagements in the USA, Japan, South America, and China. In Europe, the Quartetto di Cremona will tour the UK, Italy, Scandinavia, Germany and Austria.

The Quartetto di Cremona’s extensive repertoire ranges from the early Haydn quartets to Wolfgang Rihm and Helmut Lachenmann, with particular interest in contemporary Italian music including the composers Fabio Vacchi, Silvia Colasanti, Michele Dall’Ongaro.  They collaborate regularly with artists such as Angela Hewitt, Lynn Harrell, Andrea Lucchesini, Antonio Meneses, Pieter Wispelwey and Lawrence Dutton.

In 2009, the Quartetto di Cremona made its Decca recording debut of Boccherini Flute Quintets (with Andrea Griminelli) and in 2011, they released their second recording for Decca of Fabio Vacchi's String Quartets. Recordings under other labels include string quartets by Haydn, Bartók, Borodin, Brahms, and Schubert.  Their critically acclaimed CD "Italian Journey" dedicated to the music of Italian composers was released in November 2012.

Since July 2012, the Quartetto di Cremona has been involved in recording the complete Beethoven String Quartets for the German label Audite.  The first volume immediately received high accolades and awards by the BBC Music Magazine and the Strad Magazine; and in June 2013, it was named “Star of the Month” by the prestigious German magazine FonoForum.  The second volume also garnered great success including a nomination at the International Musical Award 2015 for chamber music and the Supersonic Award from the German magazine Pizzicato.

An important part of the Quartetto di Cremona’s activity is teaching and giving master classes.  Since the Fall 2011, the Quartet has been teaching at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.

The Quartetto di Cremona has been honored by the international project "Friends of Stradivari".

The Quartetto di Cremona is kindly supported by the Kulturfond Peter Eckes with four excellent and outstanding instruments:

Cristiano Gualco plays a violin by Guarneri del Gesù, 1737
Paolo Andreoli plays a violin by G.B. Guadagnini, 1752
Simone Gramaglia plays a viola by Giordano, 1995
Giovanni Scaglione plays a cello by Capicchioni, 1975

Website: www.quartettodicremona.com

November 2015. Please discard any previously dated materials.