Giovanni Battista Cirri：String Quartet in D major Op. 13 No. 2
Giovanni Battista Cirri：String Quartet in b minor Op. 13 No. 6
Mozart：String Quartet in G major K 387
Schubert：String Quartet in D minor “The death and the maiden”
*program is subject to change
We are an Italian string quartet with a French name: “Fauves”, literally means “The wild beasts”. This name was given to a group of French painters that, at the beginning of the 20th century, intended to overcome the traditional way of painting through an innovative use of colors. The most celebrated “Fauve”, Henri Matisse, pushed to the limits the use of pure, vibrant colors in order to define a new painterly technique. Inspired by this idea, the Quartetto Fauves wants to share with the listeners, through musical colors, the most intense emotional experience.
The Quartetto Fauves took part in Festivals of international relevance, and gave concerts for eminent musical Institutions, such as Ravenna Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds), International String Quartet Festival “Paolo Borciani”, International Music Festival Viana do Castelo, Festival Piceno, Ravenna Musica, Hannover Chamber Festival “Think Big”, Fondazione Musica Insieme Bologna, Verdi Festival Parma, Dino Ciani Piano Festival, Amici della Musica Palermo - Politeama Theater, Fondazione Etruria Mater, Pelion Festival, Festival “Sesto Rocchi”, Holdenstedter Schlosswochen Uelzen, Johannes Brahms Kammermusik Festival Hannover, Imola Summer Piano Festival (with Antonello Farulli), Festival Dino Ciani (with Jeffrey Swann), IUC - Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti all’Aula Magna dell’Università La Sapienza (with Gilad Harel and Avi Avital).
The Quartetto Fauves has performed at the Pauline Chapel of the Quirinal Palace for the series “I Concerti del Quirinale”, broadcasted live by RAI Radio3, at the presence of the President of the Italian Republic. On this occasion the Quartetto Fauves gave the Italian Premiere of JagdQuartett by Jörg Widmann.
The Quartetto Fauves has also performed at the German Ministry of Culture, as a representative of the foreign musical excellences operating in Germany. On the occasion of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-2013), it has been invited at the Embassy of Egypt in Rome, to perform the Quartet in E minor by Giuseppe Verdi, in the Hall of the “Sapienza” University in Rome.
The Quartetto Fauves is currently attending a Master in String Quartet Performance, held by the Quartetto di Cremona, at the Accademia “Walter Stauffer” in Cremona.
The Quartetto Fauves holds a Master in String Quartet Performance from Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (Prof. Oliver Wille - Kuss Quartett). Its academic background also includes a Master in Chamber Music Performance from Musik Akademie Basel (Walter Levine - LaSalle Quartet), as well as a Diploma in String Quartet Performance from Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy. It attended string quartet masterclasses with Marco Decimo, Eberhard Feltz, Antonello Farulli, as well as the ECMA - European Chamber Music Academy teachers.
The Quartetto Fauves has been awarded the prestigious three-year scholarship granted by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation that operates internationally to spread the culture of music and for the promotion of the young talents, and, recently, the Special Prize “Radio Classica” during the Sony Classical Talent Scout 2015 competition.
The Quartetto Fauves, in cooperation with The University of Bologna, created the “Cirri Project”, that aims to rediscover works for string quartet by the Italian composer and cello virtuoso Giovanni Battista Cirri (1724-1808). His 6 String Quartets Op. XIII will be released in 2015, as a Quartetto Fauves’ world premiere recording.
In 2015, the Quartetto Fauves commissioned the eminent Italian composer Carmine-Emanuele Cella (composer in residence at IRCAM, Paris; composer in residence at Casa de Velazquez, Madrid; “Una vita per la musica” Prize winner 2014) a series of Compositions for century-old tree and string quartet. Thanks to a dedicated technology, able to grasp every physical signal coming from the tree and turn it into sound, the Quartetto Fauves will play under - and together with - the most beautiful monumental trees. The project is called “Playing the monumental trees of Europe”.