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Third Thursday evening of July Brera/Music Online

Veduta di Gazzada
View of Gazzada, Bernardo Bellotto, 1744, oil on canvas

Program of the fourth appointment | Thursday, July 20th, 2023, from 6 p.m.
The ensemble that will perform is the Trio Cygnus from England with
F. Mendelssohn – Trio n. 2 in do minore, op. 66
II. Andante espressivo

The reference artwork is View of Gazzada , Bernardo Bellotto.

Trio Cygnus
The Cygnus Trio was formed in 2012 by three students at the Royal Academy of Music. Having played together as a duo in Spain, violinist Javier Montañana and pianist Cesar Saura met cellist Hannah Lewis, with whom they discovered a like-minded approach and a shared enthusiasm for chamber music.
Over the last ten years, the trio has studied with internationally famous performers, competed successfully in various competitions, and performed widely in Europe and the UK. From 2017 to 2020 they participated in the specialised chamber music courses run by the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona (Italy), working closely with members of the Quartetto di Cremona. They have attended many other chamber music courses and masterclasses in the UK and Europe, and have been coached by world renowned musicians such as Pascal Devoyon, Raphael Wallfisch, Krzyzstof Smietana and Sergei Bressler. In 2019 and 2020 the trio was invited to take part in a series of masterclasses with Alfred Brendel in Pistoia (Italy).
The trio has received received prizes in various international competitions including the Anton Garcia Abril chamber music competition and the Ecoparque de Trasmiera competition. In the summer of 2022 they were awarded the Recording Prize at the Filippo Nicosia Award, in Italy, and in 2023 will be recording their first commercial CD for Da Vinci Records with an accompanying programme of concerts. The trio has also performed in numerous festivals and concert series, including the Santander International Festival, the Panticosa International Festival (as resident ensemble in 2017), the Archipelago series at the Auditorium Lo Squero in Venice, and the Omaggio a Cremona series at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona. In 2018, the trio was invited to join as members the Dimore del Quartetto organisation, providing them with an opportunity to perform all over Italy.
Following an invitation to participate at the opening of an art exhibition in Spain, where they paired a Schubert programme with illustrations of Winterreise, the trio has become fascinated with linking music to other art forms, and sometimes use art and poetry to shape their concert programmes. Over the last few years, the trio has fully relocated to London, and is now focused on expanding its performance opportunities in the UK while maintaining its activities in Europe.


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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View of Gazzada

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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