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Third Thursday evening of October Brera/Music Online

Veduta del Canal Grande verso Rialto con Palazzo Grimani e Palazzo Manin
View of the Grand Canal towards Rialto with Palazzo Grimani and Palazzo Manin, Francesco Guardi, 1756-1760, oil on canvas

Program of the eighth appointment | Thursday, October 19th, 2023, from 6 p.m.
The ensemble that will perform is Akhtamar Quartet from Belgio with J. Haydn – Quartetto op.20 n.6 IV. Fuga a 3 soggetti. Allegro

The reference artwork is View of the Grand Canal towards Rialto with Palazzo Grimani and Palazzo Manin, Francesco Guardi.

 
Akhtamar Quartet
Akhtamar, an Armenian legend. The name of the quartet is a reference to the Armenian Miniatures by Komitas/Aslamazyan, which the ensemble has performed with passion since its foundation. Formed in Brussels in 2014, the ensemble was one of the six quartets selected for the “tremplins jeunes quatuors” of Paris’ Philharmonie in 2016 and in the same year won the second prize in the Musiq’3 festival.
In 2021 the quartet was awarded the third prize of the International Johannes Brahms Competition.
The Akhtamar Quartet performs in prestigious concert halls and festivals all around Europe: Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Concertgebouw in Bruges (Be), the MonteLeón Festival (Sp), as well as venues in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Baltic States… and of course in Armenia.
In 2020, the quartet released its first CD: légende arménienne. The label Cypres Recordsproduced the recording of Komitas’ miniatures and “un quatuor arménien” by Eugenie Alecian, dedicated to the Akhtamar Quartet. Regularly broadcast on national radios (Musiq’3, France Musique, SWR2 in Germany…), légende arménienne has been rewarded with four stars by the prestigious BBC Music Magazine and Classica Magazine, four diapason, a silver medal from the Global Music Awards and is one of the five nominees in the classical music category of the Octaves de la Musique 2021.
The Akhtamar Quartet is very keen on working with contemporary composers. Several composers such as Roger Boutry, Eugénie Alécian, Jan Kuijken and Judith Adler de Oliveira have asked the musicians to create and record their works.
The quartet attaches great importance to bringing classical music everywhere and to everyone. They have several sets which they perform in establishments like schools, hospitals, homes and psychiatric institutes. This activity has also won recognition since The Dream Makers, a show for young audiences, is a finalist in the YAM awards 2021 (Young Audiences Music). From this impulse were born several solidarity projects that received important support: Music 4 Armenia, a tour of twenty free concerts in Armenia after the war in the fall of 2020; Harmonies of Dreams, a series of concerts and shows for patients in psychiatric hospitals in Belgium, organized in collaboration with the health care professionals and Music 4 Lebanon in September 2022.
The ensemble is part of ProQuartet before joining the ECMA. It also has the privilege of attending courses at the Joseph Haydn Institut at the University of Music in Vienna.
The Akhtamar Quartet is supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie Bruxelles International, the Concertgebouw Bruges, Le Dimore del Quartetto, the Boghossian Foundation, and the Centre National de Musique.

 

Brera Musica returns in 2023 with 10 new appointments to discover some of the most evocative views of the Pinacoteca di Brera.
From March to December 2023, the musicians of Le Dimore del Quartetto, in dialogue with the curator and art historian Alessandra Montalbetti, will introduce the public to the atmospheres of the pictorial and musical landscapes that are the protagonists of this edition.
The concerts are online on the third Thursday of each month, from 6 pm, on the website of the Pinacoteca di Brera and Le Dimore del Quartetto.

 
 

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Francesco Guardi

 
 
Alessandra Montalbetti
In 1982, she joined the didactic section of the Soprintendenza ai Beni Artistici-Storici e demo-etno-antropologici in Milan; she elaborated didactic paths for schools and, specialised in contemporary art history, she took part in the refresher course for teachers with lessons on contemporary art. From 1983 to 1990, she developed the first didactic itineraries for schools for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cimac) for the Directorate of Civic Museums. In 2000, he took part in the Superintendency’s working group for the preparation of intercultural routes for primary and secondary schools, and since 2012 he has collaborated with the Guggenheim Museum.
Since 1983, she has collaborated with important associations for all contemporary art exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 1995, he has accompanied groups organised by these associations to the Venice Biennale. To his credit are numerous art publications.

 
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.

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