Quartetto di Cremona
|Quartetto di Cremona|
|Also known as||Cremona Quartet|
|Labels||Decca, Audite, Genuin|
|Members||Cristiano Gualco, violin
Paolo Andreoli, violin
Simone Gramaglia, viola
Giovanni Scaglione, cello
Origins and activities
The most recent incarnation of the quartet was formed in the year 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 group have since made a name for itself as one of the most interesting chamber ensembles on the international scene.
It has 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 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 Artist-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 quartet 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, Lorenzo Ferrero, Helmut Lachenmann, and Silvia Colasanti. The group 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 activity is teaching master classes throughout Europe. In autumn 2011 the quartet was appointed to the Chair of the String quartet program at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.
Notable recordings include the complete string quartets by Fabio Vacchi, which were released in April 2011 by Decca, and in the next few years they will record the complete string quartets by Beethoven for the German label Audite.
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 1737, arranged through the society.
- Nicolò Amati (1640)
- Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1757)
- Alberto Giordano (1995)
- Marino e Mario Capicchioni (1974)
Awards and recognition
- 2002 Franco Gulli Award for the best Italian Chamber Music Ensemble
- 2005 Borletti - Buitoni Trust Foundation Fellowship