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Tiziano Baviera – violin
Alberto Franchin – violin
Sara Dambruoso – viola
Tommaso Tesini – cello

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Tiziano Baviera – violin

Alberto Franchin – violin

Sara Dambruoso – viola

Tommaso Tesini – cello

Noûs (nùs) is a Greek word whose meaning is ‘mind’, and thence ‘rationality’, but also ‘inspiration’ and ‘creativity’.

Quartetto Noûs , formed in 2011, has established itself in a short time as one of the most interesting chamber music ensembles of its generation. Its immersive performances are the result of a professional training where the Italian tradition and the most influential European schools are combined.

The quartet studied with the Quartetto di Cremona at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, at the Basel Musik Akademie with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), at the Escuela Superior de Música ‘Reina Sofia’ in Madrid and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) and at the Lübeck Musikhochschule with Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet).

In 2014 Quartetto Noûs was selected to take part in the project ‘Le Dimore del Quartetto’ thanks to which it won a scholarship. During the same year it was awarded another important scholarship offered by the Foundatión Albeniz of Madrid.

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.

It received from La Fenice Theatre, Venice, the Arthur Rubinstein – Una Vita nella Musica 2015 Award …for establishing itself in a mere few years as one of the most promising Italian chamber music groups and for displaying, early in its career, its maturity of approach to the great string quartet literature; for seeking a reasoned and lasting interpretation of the masterpieces of the Classical-Romantic period and of the twentieth century, together with a determined and ongoing exploration of the contemporary music language.

The versatility and the interpretative originality of the ensemble appear in the quartet’s whole repertoire and the attention to the new compositional languages drive it to experiment with innovative concert formats like performing by heart in complete darkness.
It has worked with several contemporary composers and took part in many cross-cutting projects with renowned theatre and dance companies.

It collaborated with renowned artists like Tommaso Lonquich, Andrea Lucchesini, Alain Meunier, Giovanni Scaglione, Sonig Tchakerian, Bruno Canino, Boris Petrushansky.

Quartetto Noûs has performed for important Italian concert seasons such as Società del Quartetto in Milan, Unione Musicale in Turin, Amici della Musica in Florence, Bologna Festival and Musica Insieme in Bologna, Società del Quartetto in Bergamo, Società Veneziana dei Concerti, Associazione Chamber Music in Trieste, Associazione Musicale Lucchese, Associazione Scarlatti in Naples, I Concerti del Quirinale in Rome, Stradivari Festival in Cremona, Ravenna Festival and Settimane Musicali in Stresa.

The quartet is regularly invited to perform in Germany, Switzerland, England, France, Spain, Canada, United States, South Korea and China.

The performances have been broadcasted on several radio stations such as Venice Classic Radio, Radio Clásica, RSI and Radio 3.

In 2013 and 2017, it was quartet in residence at Festival Ticino Musica in Lugano.

Quartetto Noûs has recorded its albums with important music labels like Brilliant Classics, Tactus, DaVinci Edition and Warner Classics.

In 2021, the quartet will start a project that consists in recording all the Shostakovic’ string quartets with the label Brilliant Classics.

Reviews

Decisive and unanimous, the Noûs had the measure of the piece, as well as energy and clear heads.
— The Strad

Superlative interpretation of Debussy’s Quartet, ... the Noûs totally captured and wowed the audience.
— Eco Risveglio Verbania

The renaissance of the string quartet in Italy: among the most important successful groups, we certainly point out the “Quartetto Noûs”.
— Archi Magazine

The talent and the skill of the 4 elements, expressed in unison, gave emotions and moments of rare technical mastery.
— Etruria News

Superb and thrilling performance of Shostakovich’s Quartet op.73 n°3: during the touching Adagio and Moderato ... not everybody was able to hold back the tears.
— Matthias Posch, Bad Reichenhall

The impeccable harmony suggests a group that has been playing together for a few decades, besides the well motivated self-confidence, which also concerns the technical side, transposes entirely the admirable virtuosity into a natural and spontaneous skill.
— Dejan Bozovich, Circuito Música

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Studied with the Quartetto di Cremona
at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona
at the Basel Musik Akademie with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet)
at the Escuela Superior de Música ‘Reina Sofia’ in Madrid
Studied with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena
Studied with Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet) at the Lübeck Musikhochschule
2014 Selected to the project Le Dimore del Quartetto
2021 Start a project that consists in recording all the Shostakovic’ string quartets with
the label Brilliant Classics

Awards and Prizes
2017 Residence at Festival Ticino Musica in Lugano
2015 Awarded the Piero Farulli Prize
2015 Received Una Vita nella Musica Award
2013 Residence at Festival Ticino Musica in Lugano

Repertoire

Thomas Adès
“Arcadiana” (22 min)
Antonio Bazzini
String Quartet in C minor op. 80 n° 5 (24 min)
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in C minor op. 18 n° 4 (25 min)
String Quartet in F major op. 59 n° 1 (38 min)
String Quartet in B flat major op.130 (37 min)
String Quartet in A minor op. 132 (40 min)
String Quartet in B flat major op. 133 (18 min)
Luigi Boccherini
String Quartet in D major op. 8 n° 1 (15 min)
String Quartet in F major op.64 n°1 (18 min)
Silvia Colasanti
“Due destini” (2017) (10 min)
Claude Debussy
String Quartet in G minor op. 10 (25 min)
Gabriel Fauré
String Quartet in E minor op. 121 (20 min)

Joseph Haydn
String Quartet in D minor op. 42 (15 min)
String Quartet in G major op. 77 n° 1 (30 min)
Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn
String Quartet in A minor op. 13 (30 min)
String Quartet in F minor op. 80 (25 min)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet in G major kv 80 (18 min)
String Quartet in C major kv 465 (30 min)
Giacomo Puccini
“Crisantemi” (7 min)
Maurice Ravel
String Quartet in Fa major (30 min)
Ottorino Respighi
String Quartet in D minor P. 91 (37 min)
Dmitrij Šostakovič
String Quartet in F major op. 73 n° 3 (35 min)
String Quartet in C minor op. 110 n° 8 (23 min)
String Quartet in A-flat major op.118 n°10 (24 min)
Giuseppe Verdi
String Quartet in E minor (23 min)
Anton Webern
“Langsamer Satz” (10 min)



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