QUARTETTO DI CREMONA
Cristiano Gualco violin Paolo Andreoli violin
Simone Gramaglia viola Giovanni Scaglione cello
STRAD «Internationally renowned for their extremely mature and lyrical sound»
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE «The Quartetto di Cremona exude phenomenal energy and momentum»
THE CLASSICAL REVIEWER «…the quartet are magnificent, with playing of such spirit, precision and understanding...it is the individual voices of these players that are so beautiful as well as they way they interact so naturally»
THE HERALD SCOTLAND « My goodness, here is something special. The group sound reminds me in some ways of that of the great Quartetto Italiano»
WDR “TonArt” «Ein Streichquartett von internationalem Rang»
Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremonahas established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert seasons across Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, the Quartet has garnered universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its high level of interpretive artistry. They are a regular feature on radio and television broadcasts around the world, performing their extensive repertoire which ranges from early Haydn to contemporary music.
2017 has marked the release of the final volume in their recording of the complete Beethoven string quartets (Audite). The first volume received immediate recognition, from a five-star rating in BBC Music Magazineto being selected as album of the month by the prestigious German journal Fonoforum. Subsequent volumes attracted similarly high levels of acclaim in the international press, with the Quartetto di Cremona being unanimously considered the true heir of the great Quartetto Italiano.
Among their most recent accolades, the Supersonic Award by Pizzicato Magazine, the Echo Klassik 2017prize (Beethoven volume n.7) and the ICMA 2018prize (Beethoven volumes n.7 and n.8). A box set of the whole Beethoven recordings has just been released.
In September 2018 they will record a new Schubert album, including the String Quintet in C majorwith cellist Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartett).
2017/18 season included successful debuts in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle) and Edinburgh, as well as tours in Sweden and Denmark, USA and Canada, Japan.
2018/19 noteworthy engagements include performances in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), in Stockholm, Geneva, Manchester, Amsterdam, Valencia as well as Cartagena de Indias, Vancouver, New York and at the major Italian concert halls and seasons.
They have collaborated with numerous artists of international renown, including Lawrence Dutton, Edicson Ruiz, Andrea Lucchesini, Eckart Runge, David Orlovsky and the Emerson String Quartet.
Frequently invited to present master classes across Europe and the United States, since autumn of 2011 the Quartet was assigned the professorship at the prestigious “Walter Stauffer Academy” in Cremona (String Quartet Advanced Master).
The Quartetto di Cremona is an ambassador for the international “Friends of Stradivari” project: thanks to the network, at the moment they are playing on the Stradivarius “Paganini Quartet” on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation:
Cristiano Gualco- Stradivarius 1727 Violin “Paganini”
Paolo Andreoli- Stradivarius 1680 Violin “Paganini”
Simone Gramaglia- Stradivarius 1731 Viola “Paganini”
Giovanni Scaglione- Stradivarius 1736 Cello “Paganini”
The Quartet is also kindly supported by the Kulturfond Peter Eckes with four fabulous instruments (violin Giovanni Battista Guadagnini; violin Paolo Antonio Testore; viola Gioachino Torazzi; cello Dom Nicola Amati) and they are testimonial for Thomastik-Infeld Strings.
In November of 2015 they were awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Cremona.
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