Quartetto Echos
Residency and concert in collaboration with Le Dimore del Quartetto and Casa Menotti

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Final concert:

Friday 26 July, 18.30, Casa Menotti, Via dell’Arringo 1, Spoleto
RSVP for free tickets to info@mahler-lewitt.org

Concert program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Divertimento n. 3 in fa maggiore K138

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Quartetto in do maggiore KV 465 “Le dissonanze”

Giovanni Sgambati (1841-1914) – Quartetto per archi in do diesis minore op. 12

In collaboration with Le Dimore del Quartetto and Casa Menotti, we host the award winning string quartet Quartetto Echos for a residency and public concert. The quartet is comprised of Andrea Maffolini and Ida Di Vita (violins), Giorgia Lenzo (viola), and Martino Maina (cello).

Le Dimore del Quartetto supports young quartets at an early stage of their career by facilitating residencies, tours and concerts in collaboration with organisations who care for buildings of unique cultural heritage. The concert which concludes Quartetto Echos residency will be held in Casa Menotti, the centre for documentation of the Festival dei Due Mondi.

Quartetto Echos were the winners of the presitigious Premio Abbiati “Piero Farulli” in 2017, the most important award given by Italian music critics. In 2019 the Quartet won first prize at the “Gasparo da Salò” chamber music competition and second prize at the “Sergio Dragoni” national competition for string quartets. Their quartet was formed in 2013 at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” of Turin. Owing to the inspiration of Antonio Valentino and Claudia Ravetto, two musicians who have spent their life working in chamber music, the ensemble developed their work in Turin. Two of the most significant experiences of the group have been a meeting with Andras Schiff and a collaboration with M. Bruno Giuranna performing Brahms string quintet Op.111 after a one week masterclass.

Quartetto Echos In 2015, Quartetto Echos began studying with Quartetto di Cremona at the Accademia Stauffer. They have worked alongside Adrian Pinzaru, first violin of Delian Quartet, and have studied in Accademia di Musica in Fiesole with Antonello Farulli, Miguel Da Silva, Andrea Nannoni, Belcea Quartet and Cristoph Giovaninetti. They have played concerts in some of the most important Italian musical societies, including Società del Quartetto di Milano, Unione Musicale di Torino, Filarmonica Laudamo di Messina, MiTo Settembre Musica, Casa della Musica di Arezzo and others. They have been invited to the festivals “North Norfolk Music Festival” 2019, “Quatuors à Cordes en Pays de Fayence” and “Quatuors à Bordeaux” as the only Italian quartet, following masterclasses by Alain Meunier, Luc-Marie Aguera, Prazak Quartet and Simon Rowland Jones, also performing in concerts. They were recently nominated by Scuola di Musica di Fiesole to take part in ECMA (European Chamber Music Accademy) study sessions.

Le Dimore del Quartetto In collaboration with ADSI – Association of Italian Historic Houses, FAI – Italian National Trust and EHH – European Historic Houses Dimore have created a network of houses willing to host musicians for free for a period of intensive study in preparation for important artistic engagements. In exchange of hospitality, musicians offer a concert. Quartets are selected by Simone Gramaglia, violist of the Quartetto di Cremona. Le Dimore del Quartetto fosters encounters in unconventional and usually inaccessible venues, bringing new audiences to chamber music. The network also aims to lend logistical support to concert societies hiring young music ensembles taking part in the project.The project has been selected by Fondazione Cariplo among the 20 winners (out of 321 participants from all over Italy) of the “Cultural Innovation” call. In 2019, Le Dimore del Quartetto is among the winners of the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019, the most prestigious prize in Europe, in the “Education, training and awareness” category.

Casa Menotti Centro di Documentazione del Festival dei Due Mondi, located in a 16th century building, was the Spoleto home of composer Gian Carlo Menotti until he passed away in 2007. Since 2011, under the guidance and patronage of the Fondazione Monini, Casa Menotti has been open to the public throughout the year, free of charge and used for different types study. The building is dedicated to the history of the Festival, to Gian Carlo Menotti, and to the bond between the town of Spoleto and the international cultural context created by the Festival. Through a multimedia and interactive set-up, Casa Menotti presents the main themes of the Festival of the Two Worlds and to its founder, Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti. Casa Menotti also presents concerts throughout the year. Every summer since 2012 “Musica da Casa Menotti” presents concerts during the Festival period under the guidance of the President of the Fondazione Monini Maria Flora Monini and the Artistic Director Federico Mattia Papi, thanks to the grants of the Fondazione Monini, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto, and the fundraising community of patrons. “Musica da Casa Menotti” is intended to present a concert format that was particularly dear to Maestro Menotti: mostly performed by young musicians, the numerous concerts are intimate, for a few lucky spectators, free and open to the public. Some of the most talented young European musicians perform, thanks to the partnerships with prestigious European conservatories, such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris.