Residency and concert in collaboration with Le Dimore del Quartetto and Casa Menotti
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Pictured above: Quartetto Echos with Katherine Finkelstein, Keegan Monaghan and Polly Barton
Friday 26 July, 18.30, Casa Menotti, Via dell’Arringo 1, Spoleto
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 hosted the award winning string quartet Quartetto Echos for a residency and concert. Le Dimore del Quartetto supports young quartets at an early stage of their career by facilitating residencies, tours and concerts. Quartetto Echos is comprised of Andrea Maffolini and Ida Di Vita (violins), Giorgia Lenzo (viola), and Martino Maina (cello). The concert which concluded their residency was held in Casa Menotti, the centre for documentation of the Festival dei Due Mondi.
Quartetto Echos were the winners of the prestigious 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. Thanks 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. The group cite two of their most significant experiences as a meeting with Andras Schiff and a collaboration with M. Bruno Giuranna, performing Brahms string quintet Op.111 after a one week masterclass.
Le Dimore del Quartetto aims to bring new audiences to chamber music. 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 was 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.
Quartetto Echos’s concert in Spoleto took place in Casa Menotti, a 16th-century building in Piazza Duomo which was the home of the composer and founder of the Festival dei Due Mondi, 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. 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. The Mahler & LeWitt Studios have collaborated with Casa Menotti since 2017.