may 27 – june 1 2024

Quartet & Chamber Music Forum is a didactic and concert experience for three selected chamber music ensembles, from string and piano duo to string quartet, which consists of a six-day workshop to be held in Guarene (CN) from 27 May to 1 June 2024 and, at the end of which, for one ensemble chosen by the workshop professors, a one-year period of accompaniment to concert activities done by Delian::Quartett, creator and educational and artistic manager of the project. The path will end with the participation of the chosen ensemble in the Roero Cultural Events’s Colline in Musica Festival 2025.

THE SPONSORSHIP

“The artistic path of young musicians, in recent years, has become more and more difficult; while talent, perseverance and, if possible, relationships were the prerequisites for survival in the world of concerts, in recent times other formative elements have become increasingly important too. Knowledge of marketing, of how to present oneself and maintaining contacts have become vital aspects.

I am convinced of the importance of this event and I am pleased to have accepted the patronage of the Quartet and Chamber Music Forum.”

Heide Prinzessin von Hohenzollern

THE SELECTIONS

Dvorak Quartet (Spain/Armenia/Finland)

The members of the Dvořák Quartet of the Reina Sofía Music School have been students of Professor Heime Müller’s String Quartet Chair since 2023.

It is formed by violinists Miquel Muñiz (Spain) and Maria Matshkalyan (Armenia), violist Candela Alarcón (Spain) and cellist Leonardo Chiodo (Finland). They have received masterclasses of Vera Martínez and Jonathan Brown (Casals Quartet).

The four young musicians have an international solo career playing with the Orchestra della Toscana, the Sibelius Academy Orchestra, the CullerArts Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra or the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

They have been awarded numerous national and international prizes such as the VI International Paulo Cello Competition (Finland), Grumiaux International Violin Competition (Belgium), Marine Iashvili International Strings Competition in Tbilisi (Georgia), XIII Finnish National Cello Competition, Jeunesses Musicales from Spain Strings Competition or “Gran Premi Musical Lauredià” in Andorra.

They have participated in international festivals and courses at the Kronberg Academy (Germany), the Sion Music Festival (Switzerland), the Middle East Classical Music Academy in Dubai, among others; and have performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie, the Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassadors in Washington DC, the Auditorium of Zaragoza, the Cemal Resit Rey Auditorium in Istanbul, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Auditorium of Almería or the Sony Auditorium in Madrid.

Petra Quartet (Italy)

The Quartetto Petra is an italian string quartet, founded in August 2023 and based in Turin.

The quartet was born in the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” of Turin from the artistic and professional collaboration of Ludovico Furlani and Gioele Pierro, violins; Chiara Tomassetti, viola; Viola Pregno Bongiovanni, cello.

The ensemble is regularly followed by M° Claudia Ravetto (former cellist of the Quartetto Borciani) and has deepened its knowledge of the repertoire by attending masterclasses held by Christophe Giovaninetti (former 1st violin of the Quatuor Ysaÿe), Daniel Roberts (2nd violin of the Castalian Quartet), Christophe Coin (cellist of the Quatuor Mosaïques), Simon Rowland-Jones and Giacomo Agazzini (former 1st violin of the Quartetto di Torino).

The repertoire being studied ranges from Haydn’s early quartets to Prokofiev, including Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Trio Koinè (Italy)

Trio Koinè, composed of violinist Fabrizio Berto, cellist Lorenzo Salmi, and pianist Alex Yi Wang, was founded from the shared passion for chamber music among three friends at Conservatorio G.Verdi of Turin under the guidance of Michele Nurchis. In 2022, the group members decided to further their skills as an ensemble at the Accademia Musicale V Performance in Milan, attending masterclasses led by Adrian Pinzaru, Amedeo Cicchese, and Alessandro Deljavan. That same year, the trio was awarded a scholarship from Accademia Perosi in Biella, enabling them to study with Trio di Parma. In 2023 and also 2024, they were selected as one of the three finalists in the Quartet and Chamber Music Forum organized during the Roero Cultural Events festival, where they had the privilege of working with Axel Schacher from the Belcea Quartet, pianist Andreas Frölich, and members of the Delian::Quartett. In June, the group took part to a masterclass with Carlo Fabiano at Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo. In 2023, they were ex-aequo winners of Premio Città di Padova.

In 2024 the trio has been admitted among the top 25 ensembles which will take part in the live competition rounds, in 2025, of the International Chamber Music Competition “Pinerolo and Torino Città metropolitana”

Over the past few years, the trio members have individually honed their skills: Fabrizio Berto under Sergio Lamberto , Lorenzo Salmi under Amedeo Cicchese, Alex Yi Wang under Laura Richaud and Daniela Carapelli. Since September 2023, they have embarked on studies in Lugano at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana under Asier Polo and Pavel Berman, as well as at Accademia V Performance with Alessandro Deljavan.

THE WORKSHOP

Participation in the selection for the Quartet & Chamber Music Forum is open to already formed ensembles, from the string and piano duo to the string quartet and piano quartet*, who wish to deepen their classical and contemporary repertoire.

The selected groups will have to follow 5 lessons of 3 hours each with 5 internationally renowned teachers and participate in a concert, part of the Prefestival, in a location partner of the initiative. The lessons will focus on the technique and interpretation of the specific chamber repertoire. The repertoire that will be addressed must be prepared in advance and communicated to the organizers by the end of March. Furthermore, during the workshop, meetings and conferences will be organized with important operators in the field of classical music.

*Ensemble composition
Duo (violin and piano/ viola and piano/ cello and piano)
Trio (violin, cello and piano/ violin, viola and cello)
Quartet (quartet with piano/string quartet)

The cost of the workshop (lessons, meals, accommodation) will be borne by Quartet & Chamber Music Forum, the organizing committee. The travel costs to reach Guarene, the main location of the event, will be borne by the selected participants. Each ensemble will have to pay €100 when registering for the selection, to participate in the workshop, as a contribution to secretarial costs. Applications for participation will be considered valid only when accompanied by the receipt of payment.

Registration deadline March 15th 2024

The selection will be made through a video lasting approximately 30 minutes, the Curriculum Vitae and a motivational letter. The video program must include at least one classical piece (Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven) and one piece from romanticism onwards.

TEACHERS QUARTET & MUSIC FORUM 2024

Hendrik Blumenroth

Matthias Lingenfelder

Andreas Moscho

Enrico Pace
(credits Marco Borggreve)

Ivan Rabaglia