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Third Thursday evening of August Brera/Music Online

Paesaggio (Il bosco)
Landscape (The wood), Giorgio Morandi, 1914, olio on canvas

Program of the fifth appointment | Thursday, August 17th, 2023, from 6 p.m.
The ensemble that will perform is Amai Quartet from Austria with
S. Prokofiev – Quartetto n. 2 in fa maggiore op. 92 “Su temi della Kabardia”
I. Allegro sostenuto

The reference artwork is Landscape (The wood), Giorgio Morandi.

Amai Quartet
Formed at the end of 2020, The Amai Quartet gathers four musicians graduated at the University of Music and performing arts Vienna (MDW): Murasaki Fukuda (Violin), Chiara Siciliano (Violin), Weronika Izert (Viola) and Anna Tonini-Bossi (Violoncello).
Soon after its foundation, the group gets important achievements. In May 2021 it was selected to take part in the projects of the Yehudi Menhuin-Live Music Now Vienna. In June 2021 the Quartet was chosen as Finalist of the Pakosky Competition and performed the finale live in Piacenza winning the third prize.
In October 2021 they were awarded the first prize, as well as the audience prize in the First Edition of the “Concorso per Quartetti d’Archi Pietro Marzani” in Rovereto. After this successful result the ensemble was invited by prestigious festivals and concert seasons, such as Settenovecento (Rovereto), Classiche Forme (Lecce), FFF Fortissimissimo Firenze Festival, Musica con Vista – Comitato Amur, Pianodrom (Tirana), Lingotto Musica (Torino), Musica con le Ali (Venice), Kultursommer Wien (Vienna).
In march 2021 the Amai Quartet started its studies with Peter Matzka (Wiener Streichsextett, concertmeister of ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna) at the University of Music and performing arts Vienna, and it is now under the wing of Florian Schötz (Goldmund Quartet). In the academic year 2021/2022 they were also selected for the Stauffer Artist Diploma at the Stauffer Center for Strings, in the class of the Quartetto di Cremona.
The ensemble received inspiring impulses by participating to masterclasses with the musicologist Clive Brown, with Xiang Lu and Danfeng Shen (Simply Quartet) and with Mark Messenger (Royal College of Music). Moreover the Amai Quartet was among the groups chosen for the Chamber Music Course at the festival Zeister Muziekdagen 2022, where they had the chance to work with Alexander Pavlovsky (Jerusalem Quartet), Marcin Sieniawski (Szymanowski Quartet) and Cuarteto Quiroga.
Various collaborations with renowned artists such as the Mezzosoprano Manuela Leonhartsberger (Wiener Volksoper), the clarinettist Gianluigi Caldarola (Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liège) and the composers Michael Publig, Rainer Bischof, Paolo Marzocchi and Aleksandër Peçi enrich the repertoire of the young quartet. In December 2021 the ensemble was selected to join the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto and in summer 2022 it was quartet in residence at the International Music Academy Orpheus in Vienna.
In January 2023 it has been selected to join the MERITA Platform.


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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Landscape (The wood)

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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