Noûs Quartet @ Conway Hall, London [15 October]

Noûs Quartet

18:30 - 20:30

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Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL London, United Kingdom
This evening at Conway Hall, we take a trip to Italy as the Noûs Quartet performs an all-Italian programme with string quartets by Boccherini, Verdi and Resphigi.

Free entry for under-26s courtesy of Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.

Tiziano Baviera (violin)
Alberto Franchin (violin)
Sara Dambruoso (viola)
Tommaso Tesini (cello)

Boccherini | Quartet in D Op. 8 No. 1 G. 165
Verdi | Quartet in E minor
Respighi | Quartet in D minor P.91 (“Ernst ist das Leben heiter ist die Kunst”)

— Pre-concert recital by Anna Quiroga (harp) and Valentina Ciardelli (double bass) 5:30pm in the Main Hall

Granados | Intermezzo! From Goyescas
Puccini | Questo Amor, Vergogna Mia
Bottesini | Fantaisie sur un Tema Della Sonambula
Rachmaninov | Vocalise
Albeniz | Asturias — Prelude I
J.S. Bach | Jesus Maine Freude
V. Ciardelli | Fermo Che Fai — Opalamonio
Frank Zappa | Blessed Relief

— Noûs (nùs) is an ancient greek word whose meaning is mind and therefore rationality, but also inspiration and creativity.

The Quartetto Noûs, composed of four young Italian musicians, was founded in 2011 at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. The quartet received its training at the Accademia “Walter Stauffer” in Cremona in the class of the Quartetto di Cremona, at the Musik Akademie in Basel in the class of Reiner Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and also studied with internationally renowned teachers like Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet). They are currently attending the Musikhochschule Lübeck in the class of Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet) and the Escuela Superior de Música “Reina Sofia” in Madrid where they are studying with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet).

The quartet won first prize at the “Luigi Nono” International Competition in Venaria Reale, Turin, and at the XXI “Anemos International Competition” in Rome. In 2014 it was awarded an honorable mention at the “Sony Classical Talent Scout” in Madesimo, Italy.

They received the “Arthur Rubinstein – Una Vita nella Musica 2015” Award by La Fenice Theatre in Venicefor, revealing itself in a few years as one of the most promising Italian chamber music groups and for showing in a still brief career to be able to approach the great literature for string quartet in a mature manner, seeking a reasoned and not ephemeral interpretation in the masterpieces of the classic-romantic period and of the twentieth century, continuing at the same time a serious and not episodic research even within the language of the contemporary music.

In 2015 the quartet was awarded the “Piero Farulli” Prize, given to the best emerging chamber music group in the current year, as part of the XXXIV “Franco Abbiati” Award, the most prestigious Italian music critics award.

The Quartetto Noûs has performed for important italian concert seasons such as Società del Quartetto in Milan, Bologna Festival, Unione Musicale in Turin, I Concerti del Quirinale in Rome (broadcast live on Rai Radio3), GOG in Genoa, Società Veneziana dei Concerti in Venice, Acm Chamber Music in Trieste, Amici della Musica in Palermo, Associazione Musicale Lucchese, Stradivari Festival in Cremona.

The quartet is regularly invited to perform in Germany and Switzerland; in 2013, after being selected among 74 groups coming from all over the world, it performed at Monteleón Chamber Music Festival in Leòn (Spain). In the same year it was “quartet in residence” at Festival Ticino Musica in Lugano (Switzerland).
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