Cremona Quartet

Cremona Quartet

Biography

CRISTIANO GUALCO | Violin
PAOLO ANDREOLI | Violin
SIMONE GRAMAGLIA | Viola
GIOVANNI SCAGLIONE | Cello

Internationally renowned for their “extremely mature and lyrical sound” (Strad), the Quartetto di Cremona now grace the stages of the 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 (Strad). The Quartetto di Cremona’s dedication to their work as a string quartet shows through their music.

The Quartetto di Cremona exude phenomenal energy and momentum, making their interpretation of Op.95 particularly compelling.

BBC Music Magazine

The Quartetto di Cremona formed in 2000 at the Stauffer Academy of Salvatore Accardo in Cremona and continued their studies at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, and with Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet. In 2003 they won second prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Shortly afterwards they won first prizes at the prestigious Vittorio Veneto Competition, the seventh Cremona International Competition and second prize at the V. Gui International Competition in Florence. In 2005 the Quartetto di Cremona received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

Building on their early successes, the Quartetto di Cremona have played to critical acclaim at the most important venues and festivals in Europe including at the Beethoven Haus and BeethovenFest Bonn, Konzerthaus (Berlin), Klara Festival (Brussels), Mecklenberg Vorpommen Music Festival, Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Handelsbeurs (Gent), Moving on Music Festival (Northern Ireland, recorded by BBC Radio 3), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Series and numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall (London). The Quartetto di Cremona has toured extensively in Australia and performed at the renowned Perth International Art Festival Australia. In the USA, they have played at Barge Music New York and recently won the eleventh Web Concert Hall Competition.

In their homeland of Italy they have made their name performing at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome and the most renowned Italian music societies of Genoa, Palermo, Bologna, and Naples, to name but a few. The Quartet was nominated “Artist in Residence” at the Societa’ del Quartetto of Milan and were involved in various projects and collaborations in 2014 for the 150th anniversary of the Societa’ del Quartetto – where they performed the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets to tremendous acclaim.

Recent and forthcoming tours include engagements in the USA, Japan, China, Italy, Scandinavia, Germany, Austria. Recent highlights include appearances at Wigmore Hall a debut tour of Scotland, Bath and Harrogate Festivals and in Ireland they have appeared at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. In 2015/16 the Quartet returns to perform at Wigmore Hall, and are also touring the USA, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Italy. The Quartetto di Cremona collaborates regularly with soloists such as Bruno Giuranna, Alessandro Carbonare, Andrea Lucchesini, Angela Hewitt, Ivo Pogorelich, Lilya Zilberstein, Cédric Tiberghien and Pieter Wispelwey. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the early Haydn quartets to the present day, with particular interest in contemporary Italian music including the composers Vacchi, Berio and Nono.

Their debut recording for Decca encompassed the complete string quartets by Fabio Vacchi, released in April 2011. The German Label Audite released their recording of Italian composers, ‘Italian Journey’ in November 2012, about which Gramophone Magazine wrote “listening to this recording making the music sound so immediate... is nothing less than life-affirming”. During the two seasons 2012-15 the Quartetto di Cremona has recorded the complete Beethoven String Quartets for Audite. The first volume has already received outstanding accolades, including from BBC Music Magazine - “The Quartetto di Cremona exude phenomenal energy and momentum, making their interpretation of Op.95 particularly compelling”.

An important part of the Quartetto di Cremona’s activity is teaching master classes throughout Europe. Since autumn 2011, the Quartet has taught at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.

The Quartetto di Cremona is grateful to Kulturfonds Peter Eckes for the loan of their instruments: violins by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini 1776 and Paolo Antonio Testore ca 1758, a viola by Gioachino Torazzi, ca 1680 and a cello by Don Nicola Amati, Bologna 1712.

 

Recordings

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 1

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 1 CD cover

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 2

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 2 CD cover

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 3

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 3 CD cover

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 4

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, vol. 4 CD cover

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