The winners of 11th International Web Concert Hall Competition

WINNER

 
Quartetto di Cremona String Quartet (Italy)

 

"Dynamic contouring was as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit, and it tailored the music to perfection" — The STRAD Magazine

 

 

Cristiano Gualco, violin
Paolo Andreoli, violin
Simone Gramaglia, viola
Giovanni Scaglione, cello

The Quartetto di Cremona was formed in 2000 in Italy. Starting at the Stauffer Academy of Salvatore Accardo in Cremona and continuing at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, they continued to study with Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet. The ensemble won the second prize in the fourth Melbourne Competition, where they were invited to partake in an extended Australian tour. Other prizes include the first prize at the Vittorio Veneto Competition, first prize at the seventh Cremona International Competition, and second prize at the V.Gui International Competition in Florence. The Cremona Quartet received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2005.

They have collaborated with renown artists including Bruno Giuranna, Bella Davidovich, Filippo Gamba, Cedric Tiberghien, Hatto Beyerle, Enrico Bronzi, the Brodsky and Szymanowski Quartet. Last season, the Quartet has performed all over Europe including Wigmore Hall in London and a debut in Sweden at Båstad Chamber Music Festival. Their recordings include Vacchi's String Quartets and for Decca Italia Boccherini's Quintets followed by a recording of Dvorak and Brahms Quintets with Italian pianist Filippo Gamba. www.quartettodicremona.it

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Honorary Mention

Piano Duo Ragazzoni (Italy)
Marzia and Fabiana Ragazzoni

Ragazzoni sisters were born in Caracas in 1977 and 1983. Graduated with honors at the Music Conservatory “Orazio Vecchi”  in Modena (Italy), under the guidance of Professor Enza Lori. Received the Carmen Campori prize as the top graduating students of their own academic year. The Piano Duo has brilliantly concluded the triennial course of Chamber Music held by Master Pier Narciso Masi at the International Perfecting Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola (Italy) receiving the “Master” Diploma. The Duo’s performing career has been enriched with many classes from M° R. Szidon, M° Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl, M° Piernarciso Masi and Lilya Zilberstein. The Piano Duo was invited to play in Italy, Croatia, Norway, Spain, France, Germany, and Venezuela. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela, the Duo played at the Institute of Latin American Institute (ILA) in Rome. Marzia and Fabiana played Mozart’s Concert KV 365 for two pianos and orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfònica de Venezuela in the “Teresa Carreño” theatre of Caracas and again on May 2009 Mozart’s Concert KV 242 for two pianos and orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfònica de la Juventud Venezolana “Simòn Bolìvar” with director M° Christian Vazquez. The Duo partecipated in “Grieg Festival 2007” in Oslo where they gave a recital. Ragazzoni Piano Duet won many national and international competitions, such as, “Concours Grieg” International Piano duo competition in Oslo. The Duo also has recorded for the CRP productions. In 2009, the Duo became Honorary member of COMI (Italian Music Operators Association) project in Milan. In 2010, the duo gave NY debut in Carnegie Hall as a result of winning the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition.

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