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Third Thursday evening of April Brera/Music Online

Program of the second appointment | Thursday, April 20th, 2023, from 6 p.m.
The ensemble that will perform is the Desguin Kwartet from Belgium with
C. Debussy – Quartetto per archi in sol minore, op. 10, L 91
II. Assez vif et bien rythmé

The reference artwork is Marina, Theo van Rysselberghe.

Marina, Theo van Rysselberghe, 1889, olio su tavola
Marina, Theo van Rysselberghe, 1889, olio su tavola

Desguin Kwartet
The Desguin Quartet is a young ambitious quartet from Belgium that is known for its versatility and often interdisciplinary approach. It originated at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, located at the ‘Desguinlei’, where the members of the quartet met and graduated with the highest distinction.
The quartet was shortly afterwards selected for the Orpheus Institute for chamber music in Ghent and is currently a member of the prestigious ProQuartet Academy in Paris. Their quartet playing is greatly influenced by their teachers of the Alban Berg, Danel and Zemlinsky Quartet.
In 2019 they became the ‘Artist in Residence’ of the SWUK Foundation in Belgium and in 2020 they won the SUPERNOVA Classics Competition, along with the audience prize. The quartet appears at various prestigious events, including Klara Festival, Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon, Festival van Vlaanderen, Arte Amanti Chamber Music Festival, La Nuit Européenne des Musées at Château de Compiègne, the EKHO expo in Flagey, among others.
They frequently perform in renowned concert halls such as La Monnaie, Flagey and BOZAR in Brussels, deSingel concert hall in Antwerp and deBijloke and MIRY concert hall in Ghent.
Desguin Kwartet went on tour in Belgium and France and regularly appears live on radio stations Klara and Musiq3.
They’ve shared the stage with renowned artists such as the baritone and Queen Elisabeth Competition laureate Werner Van Mechelen, the Zemlinsky Quartet, pianist Florestan Bataillie, cellist Benjamin Glorieux, saxophone player Kurt Bertels, and actors Stefaan Degand, Ariane Van Vliet and Vic De Wachter.
As a Belgian quartet, they regularly work with contemporary Belgian composers and performed works by Luc Van Hove, Alain Craens, Raoul De Smet, Steven Prengels and Mathias Coppens, who dedicated
a composition to the quartet.
The quartet is currently working on their first official cd-release with Belgian chamber music written by Peter Benoit, Joseph Ryelandt and Mathias Coppens.
In 2021, the quartet has been selected to take part in Le Dimore del Quartetto.


For the first appointment with Third Musical Thursdays, Brera/Musica, under the artistic direction of Maestro Clive Britton, would also like to bring to your doorstep 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.

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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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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