Ensemble | North American Representation
2019-2020 Biography

Cristiano Gualco, violin; Paolo Andreoli, violin;
Simone Gramaglia, viola; Giovanni Scaglione, cello

Winner of the 2019 Franco Buitoni Award, the Quartetto di Cremona is a preeminent quartet of its generation noted for its lustrous sound, refined musicianship, and stylistic versatility.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the quartet was established in 2000 at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy.  Since then Quartetto di Cremona has toured extensively in Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia, appeared at leading festivals, and performed regularly on radio and television broadcasts, including RAI, BBC, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  The Quartetto di Cremona’s extensive repertoire encompasses key masterworks—Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert— and essential twentieth-century contemporary literature by Debussy, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartók, and Shostakovich along with contemporary works by Golijov, Lacheman, Fabio Vacchi, and Silvia Colasanti.  

Quartetto di Cremona begins its 2019-2020 season in Genoa—where all four members were born and currently reside—with a performance alongside pianist Anna Geniushene.  They embark on an ambitious tour of North America in October bringing them to California, Idaho, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. Highlights include a world premiere of Omaggio a Monteverdi by Byron Adams at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, a night of Klezmer music in Los Angeles’s Wallis Annenberg Center with clarinetist David Orlowsky, and two performances at Da Camera of Houston.  Advancing their commitment to the Beethoven quartets, the ensemble begins a three year Beethoven cycle in L’Aquila, Italy along with complete cycle performances in Tirana, Albania, Kaohsiung, and Taipei, Taiwan this season.  The quartet appears in concert alongside the Emerson String Quartet for the centennial celebration of the Associazione Scarlatti in Napoli.  Additional highlights include a tour of the Netherlands, a recital with pianist Angela Hewitt in Monteleon, Spain, and numerous performances at leading Italian musical institutions throughout the season.

In July 2018, the German label Audite issued Quartetto di Cremona’s complete cycle of the Beethoven quartets, recorded during the period 2013-2016 in a box set, which includes the String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 with Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet.  The first volume in the series received widespread and immediate recognition, including a five-star rating in BBC Music Magazine and selection as album of the month by Fonoforum, the German journal.  The seventh CD earned the Supersonic Award from the German magazine Pizzicato and the Echo Klassik 2017 prize.  More recently, the Quartet was a winner of the International Classical Music Awards 2018 for the seventh and eighth discs of their Beethoven series. Their latest all-Schubert disc was released in May 2019 on Audite featuring two of composer’s masterpieces - String Quartet 'Death & the Maiden' and String Quintet in C major, with cellist Eckart Runge.

Quartetto di Cremona leads a renowned string program currently in its eighth year for professional and advanced string quartets at the Accademia Walter Stauffer, in addition to conducting masterclasses throughout Europe and tours of the United States.  Awarded with the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2005, the Quartetto di Cremona is also the recipient of the second “Franco Buitoni Award” (2019), in recognition of its contribution to promoting and encouraging chamber music in Italy and throughout the world.  The quartet is supported by the Kulturfond Peter Eckes which provides the musicians with four superb instruments: violin Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1767), violin Paolo Antonio Testore, viola Gioachino Torazzi, cello Dom Nicola Amati.  In 2015, the musicians were awarded honorary citizenship by the city of Cremona.


“It’s a rare blend: breadth of sound and capriciousness combined with perfect tuning and ensemble has the players sounding absolutely of one voice… Nothing less than life-affirming.”  

“The Cremona Quartet completes its Beethoven series with a fine coupling, combining exemplary technique and intonational purity with an interpretive acuity that strips away 19th-century rhetoric while avoiding the pitfalls of sounding merely ‘historically informed’.”
The Strad  

“The Quartetto di Cremona’s magnificent survey of Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets moves securely and unquestionably into mastery... such warm playing; such perfection on a silver disc; what a glory this is.” 
The Herald




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