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Quartetto Prometeo String Quartet

Giulio Rovighi - violin

Aldo Campagnari - violin

Massimo Piva - viola

Francesco Dillon - cello


“Depuis la disparition de leurs illustres aînés du ‘Quartetto Italiano’, on avait rarement entendu une telle sensibilité et telle sincérité”, François Clairant in Sud-Ouest


Winner of the 50th Prague Spring International Music Competition (May 1998), the Quartetto Prometeo, in the same occasion, was awarded the “Special Bärenreiter prize for best performance of Mozart’s Quartet KV590 according with the original score”, the City of Prague Prize as best quartet and the Pro Harmonia Mundi Prize.

The Quartetto Prometeo has been designated resident group at the Britten Pears Academy (1998) in Aldeburgh and was awarded the Thomastik Infeld Prize at the Internationale Sommer Akademie Prag-Wien-Budapest-1999 for “outstanding performance of a chamber music work” and the second prize at the Concours International de Quatuors in Bordeaux. In 2000 the Quartetto Prometeo was awarded the Special Bärenreiter Prize at the ARD Münich Competition. In October 2012 the quartet was honoured with a Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale.

Since the beginning the quartet has received many important scholarships from the Scuola di Musica of Fiesole and from the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, where in August 1995 they won the prestigious diploma of honour. During three years (2013-15) they are quartet-in-residence at the prestigious Accademia Filarmonica Romana.

 Quartetto Prometeo's brilliant international career include performances at the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Wexford Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the BBC, Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, Foundation Royaumont, Auditorium Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Boswil Festival, Schloss-Elmau Kammermusikfest, Würzburg Mozartnacht, Le Printemps Musical de Saint-Cosme, Engadiner Festwochen, Kammermusikfest in Saarbrücken, Rencontres Musicales de Fontainebleau, Colmar Festival, Sanssouci Festival in Potsdam, as well as tours in South America and The Netherlands.


Quartetto Prometeo is used to collaborate with musicians such as Mario Brunello, David Geringas, Veronika Hagen, Alexander Lonquich, Enrico Pace, Stefano Scodanibbio and the Belcea quartet.


One of the characteristics of the Prometeo is their constant research in putting together the classical repertoire and the new musical expressions of our time. Their close collaboration with the acclaimed composer Salvatore Sciarrino led him to dedicate two pieces to the Prometeo, his Esercizi di tre stili and the latest Quartetto n.8 commissioned by Società del Quartetto Milan, MaerzMusik Festival Berlin, Ultima Festival Oslo, Aldeburgh Festival, recently recorded for the label Kairos together with his latest works for string quartet.


Quartetto Prometeo continues to collaborate with Ivan Fedele, and in 2011 premiered Moroloja Kai Erotika for string quartet and voice commissioned by Accademia Filarmonica Romana and dedicated to the Prometeo. In 2012 they were invited by Pierre Boulez to work with him in Paris.


After the successful recording of the complete Schumann String Quartets for Amadeus, the new releases include: for Kairos a monographic CD dedicated to Salvatore Sciarrino, for Brilliant a monographic CD dedicated to Hugo Wolf, for ECM the monographic CD dedicated to Stefano Scodanibbio, for LimenMusic a CD/DVD with works by Beethoven and Schubert as well as a monographic CD dedicated to Ivan Fedele. Quartetto Prometeo has recorded for the German ARD, Saarländischer Rundfunk and Bayerischer Rundfunk, the English BBC, Radio France, the Austrian ORF, and regularly for the Italian RAI Radio 3.

July 2017