Quartetto Nero is a young and dynamically developing string quartet, producing its unique and intriguing sound by playing on the original period instruments (or their copies) as well as using gut strings and various models of bows, appropriate for music of different eras. All this distinguishes the ensemble from other string quartets not only on Polish, but also European musical market. Quartetto Nero is dedicated to exploring and searching for the authentic sound of music written in baroque, classical and romantic times, by using characteristic instruments of those eras as well as through historically informed interpretation of the pieces. The ensemble also reaches for even later repertoire, fully exploring the time frame in which gut strings were in use. What has a very special place in the quartet’s field of interests is Polish music, rarely performed nowadays. The idea of the ensemble is also to bring the audience closer to the history of a string quartet as a chamber music group.
Quartetto Nero is the winner of the 1st and Special prize in the Early Music Ensemble Competition in Poznan in Poland (2016) and also a finalist of an international competition XVIII. Biagio-Marini Wettbewerb in Neuburg in Germany (2017) and the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów in Poland (2019). In 2019 the members of the quartet were awarded the “Young Poland” scholarship for outstanding artistic achievements.
The ensemble already has a very vibrant concert schedule, performing in Poland and abroad – e.g. during the Fringe concert series of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Festival Oude Muziek, Netherlands, 2018) and twice during the International Early Music Festival ECOS (Festival Internacional de Música Antigua de Sierra Espuña, Spain, 2018 & 2019). In 2019 Quartetto Nero established cooperation with Polish early music festival Misteria Paschalia. As a result, the quartet performed a prologue concert to this festival and also participated in the „Misteria Paschalia in tourneé” concert series, which took place during Kromer Biecz Festival and Musica Poetica Festival. In December 2019 the very first CD of Quartetto Nero was released, containing music of Polish romantic composers - S. Moniuszko and K. Kurpiński.
The members of the quartet are graduates of the Academy of Music in Krakow (Poland), Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria) and Conservatory of Music G. B. Martini in Bologna (Italy). The ensemble was established in 2015 in Krakow (Poland) and, since the very beginning, has been tutored by Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch at the Academy of Music in Krakow. The ensemble has also participated in masterclasses with e.g. Manfredo Kraemer and Paolo Pandolfo.
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