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The Quartet

The Werther Piano Quartet, one of today's best Italian chamber music ensembles [...], is a combination of very interesting different personalities. Their performances of the piano quartet repertoire demonstrate a rare maturity and emotion. [...]

I am very pleased to guarantee the high artistic standard of their interpretations and the serious, passionate approach to music of the Werther Quartet. (Enrico Bronzi, cellist)

Winner of the XXXIX Franco Abbiati Prize, Piero Farulli Prize 2020, third prize at the "Pinerolo" International Chamber Music Competition and at the "Trio di Trieste" International Chamber Music Competition, the Quartetto Werther is currently one of the emerging Italian chamber music ensembles with a remarkable rise on the national and international concert scene. They also won second prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera - Premio Luigi Boccherini di Lucca and at the Concorso Internazionale Luigi Nono. In 2019 the quartet won the Alberto Burri prize promoted by the 52nd Festival delle Nazioni.

The quartet obtained its diploma in 2022 from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with a "special mention for exceptional chamber music skills", a recognition never before awarded to a chamber music ensemble since the courses were established in 1939.

The Quartetto Werther  has already participated in numerous concerts and collaborated with important festivals and concert associations, including the Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Bologna Festival, the Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica, the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti, the Amici della Musica di Firenze, the Moscow International House of Music, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Musikàmera, the Teatro Ristori di Verona, the Associazione Angelo Mariani di Ravenna, the Teatro Sociale di Como, the Associazione Chamber Music di Trieste, the Festival Bartolomeo Cristofori di Padova, the Amici della Musica di Palermo, the Accademia Filarmonica di Messina, the Festival delle Nazioni, the Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia di Portogruaro, the Società dei Concerti di Parma,  the Ente Concerti di Pesaro and the Festival Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland).

 

In 2021, in collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, a programme dedicated to the Quartetto Werther was broadcast live on RaiRadio3 and RaiReplay including the piano quartets of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss.

In 2022 the Quartetto Werther was invited at the Festival Trame Sonore in Mantua, where they participated in a master-class concert with Maestro Alfred Brendel.
After having won Second Prize both at the International Chamber Music Competition 'L. Boccherini' in Lucca and at the international competition 'Luigi Nono', in 2019 the Quartet won the 'A. Burri' Prize of the 52th Festival of the Nations.

They are extraordinary young people who can have a significant impact on the Italian performance tradition, too often neglected. In my life I have had more than 600 students, and I  have been deeply moved twice: the first time during the final of the"Vittorio Gui" International Competition won by the Trio di Parma, a formation which I had been very eager to found; the second time during the final Master exam of the Quartetto Werther who played Schumann's Piano Quartet op. 47.
(Pierpaolo Maurizzi, La Gazzetta di Parma).

Founded in Rome in 2016, the Quartetto Werther has been a member of the "Le Dimore del Quartetto" cultural enterprise since 2018. The ensemble studied at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and at the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito di Parma with members of the Trio di Parma and with Pierpaolo Maurizzi, teachers who are still an important reference point for the quartet. They have fostered advanced study of the quartet’s repertoire during important festivals and campuses including the International Chamber Music Campus organized by Jeunesse Musicale Deutschland and the Sessions of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA).

 

Of great importance for the Quartet are also the advice and reflections on music and performance from Rainer Schmidt (second violin of the Hagen Quartet, professor at the Music Academy Basel) and Patrick Jüdt (Director of the Bern European Chamber Music Academy Session).

 

In 2021, the ensemble’s first CD "Fauré Piano Quartets" was released for the Dutch label Brilliant Classics, dedicated to the integral recording of Gabriel Fauré's piano quartets and supported by the Musica con le Ali association. The CD immediately received excellent reviews from the critics and was broadcast on Radio della Svizzera italiana as part of the programme “La Recensione” and on RAI Radio3 in the programmes "Primo Movimento" and "Radio3 Suite".

The Quartetto Werther play with a warm and beautifully blended tone and a sense of total immersion in each other. (Herny Foegel, Fanfare Magazine, 2021)

This young and very inspired ensemble is playing on a high professional level, always showing their great passion and profound interest in music. The prizes they won and the big experience they have already due to their very active concert career, prove a great potential. (Patrick Jüdt, Director of Bern ECMA Session).

The Werther Quartet proved to be full of vigour, vitality and depth, thanks to the cohesion of the four players and an approach that was both crisp and vibrant. (Gianni Villani, The arena, 2018)

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