LA SCALA STRING QUARTET
Manager: Elisa Patria
Territory: Worldwide with limited exceptions
The first formation of La Scala String Quartet dates back to 1953, when its lead members felt the need to follow the example of the world’s greatest orchestras to develop an important chamber music project. During the following decades, La Scala String Quartet was central in a number of important musical events and recordings. In 2001, after a pause of several years, four young musicians – prize-winners of international competitions and section leaders of the La Scala Orchestra – decided to give new life to this prestigious formation. By further developing their musical affinities, already well established within the orchestra, they elevated these to the maximum expression of chamber music typical of the string quartet.
Riccardo Muti wrote about the quartet: “The quartet stands out for its technical and musical excellence… it ensures beauty of sound, and its performance of the cantabile parts proves that it is very familiar with opera, making listening a joy and pleasure indeed.”
La Scala String Quartet has performed in some of the most important chamber music series and festivals in Italy, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Bellini in Catania, Ravenna Festival, Stresa Festival, MusicaInsieme in Bologna, Serate Musicali, Società dei concerti e stagione “Cantelli” in Milan, Associazione Scarlatti in Naples, Sagra Malatestiana in Rimini, Amici della Musica in Palermo, Estate Musicale in Portogruaro, Asolo Musica, the Malibran in Venice etc.
It has also performed abroad, including in the United States, Croatia, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Japan and several other countries.
The quartet has recorded for DAD, Fonè and Decca, and have collaborated with eminent soloists such as Angela Hewitt, Emmanuel Pahud and José Carreras. In 2008 it made its debut at Salzburg’s Mozarteum, and in 2012 it won the Critics’ Prize as best foreign chamber group in Argentina.
Updated 18 Oct 2018 – please discard earlier versions