September Third Thursday evening Brera/Music online
For the third musical Thursday of September, Brera/Music, under the artistic direction of Clive Britton, would like to bring to your home this online concert in collaboration with Le Dimore del Quartetto, a creative cultural enterprise that supports the careers of young international chamber music ensembles and enhances European cultural heritage.
Program of the ninth appointment | Thursday 15th September, from 6 p.m.
The ninth Ensemble that will perform is the Belinfante Quartet (Netherlands) with
Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges – Quartetto n. 4 in do minore, op. 1 I. Allegro moderato
The reference artwork is Portrait of a woman, Filippo De Pisis.
The Belinfante Quartet is quickly becoming known as one of the most innovative Dutch string quartets. With the aim of sharing a passion for music with the wider public, they perform works from the core of the string quartet repertoire and combine them with lesser-known masterpieces. They are currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Oliver Wille, and taking lessons with Marc Danel and other teachers of the Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie as part of their postacademic programme. The Belinfante Quartet has been selected to take part in MUSA (European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance), a European professional training project for young string quartets supported by Erasmus+, and they are currently one of the young Quartets in Residence of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.
The quartet has performed at festivals throughout Europe including the String Quartet Biënnale Amsterdam, International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Stift International Music Festival, the Grachtenfestival, Beethoven und wir! Festival in Hannover and the Tiberius Festival in Romania. Recent engagements include performances in TivoliVredenburg, the Concertgebouw de Vereeniging, Nijmegen, Theatre de Veste with pianist Nino Gvetadze and in MuziekHaven Zaandam, where they played a live recital on NPO Radio 4 ‘Avondconcert’. They recently gave the world premiere of a new string quartet by Mathilde Wantenaar commissioned by the String Quartet Biënnale Amsterdam in a performance at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, which was broadcast live on radio. The quartet has also performed on Dutch television shows ‘Podium Witteman’ and talkshow ‘M’. Upcoming engagements in 2022/23 include performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, de Doelen, Zeister Muziekdagen and Wonderfeel.
In addition to these activities, the Belinfante Quartet enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with other artists. During the Delft Fringe Festival in June 2019, they worked with visual artist Jordi Cárdenas Lozano to create ‘Tchk-Tsjech!’, a performance in which the fairytale-esque music of Léos Janácek was accompanied by poetic and abstract slide projections. Their performance won them the Delft Chamber Music Festival Award 2019. In 2020, they gave workshops and performances in secondary schools in Almere (NL) together with over 150 teenagers, in collaboration with urban dance group Static and Who’s Next. This year the quartet will collaborate with vocal ensemble Consensus Vocalis and actor Matthijs van de Sande, in a number of performances of ‘Schumann & Zoon’, exploring the life and work of Robert Schumann.
With their name, the quartet would like to honour Frieda Belinfante, being a cellist and the first professional female conductor in Europe. Her sincerity, perseverance and fervour, in music as well as in other aspects of her life, form a magnificent source of inspiration.
Belinfante Quartet, their education and their projects receive financial assistance from Kersjesfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Anja Fichte Stiftung, and Heij Konijnfonds.
Le Dimore del Quartetto
Le Dimore del Quartetto (go to website to learn more +)is a creative cultural enterprise that supports young international string quartets and chamber music ensembles in launching their careers and enhances European cultural heritage, in a circular economy.
Born in 2015 from an idea of Francesca Moncada, Le Dimore del Quartetto develops from a simple exchange: on the eve of an artistic engagement, musicians are hosted free of charge in a mansion for up to a week and, in return, they offer a concert to the owners during their residency period. In this circular economy, the residences become a precious resource for the quartets and vice versa: opportunities to meet in unusual places and often decentralized territories are created, bringing back to life spaces that are not fully used and bringing a new audience to chamber music.
Today, Le Dimore del Quartetto, counts the participation of 91 chamber music ensembles (string quartets and trios, and with piano) with musicians from 41 different countries, 280 historical residences in 17 countries.
With a consolidated network in the field of music and cultural heritage, it deals with projects through the organization of festivals and travel itineraries, masterclasses, master classes and training courses for musicians, educational projects for associations, schools and universities, training and team-building activities for companies, residencies and concerts in historic houses and other places of cultural interest.