Le Dimore del Quartetto supports young string quartets in the early phase of their career and promotes the cultural heritage of historic houses. In collaboration with ADSI – Association of Italian Historic Houses, FAI – Italian National Trust and EHH – European Historic Houses we have created a network of houses willing to host musicians for free for a period of intensive study in preparation for important artistic engagements. In exchange of hospitality, musicians give back a house concert. Quartets are selected by Simone Gramaglia, violist of the Quartetto di Cremona.
Le Dimore del Quartetto fosters encounters in unconventional and usually inaccessible venues, bringing new audiences to chamber music.
The network also aims to lend logistical support to concert societies hiring young music ensembles taking part in the project.
The project has been selected by Fondazione Cariplo among the 20 winners (out of 321 participants from all over Italy) of the “Cultural Innovation” call.
Moreover, it has been presented at the Chamber of Deputies, upon invitation of the Cultural Commission, as part of the research on “Best practices of cultural diffusion“.
In 2019, Le Dimore del Quartetto is among the winners of the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019, the most prestigious prize in Europe, in the “Education, training and awareness” category.
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Associazione Le Dimore del Quartetto
Corso Magenta 5, 20123 Milan – Italy
cod. fisc. 97765420159
Electronic invoice address: SUBM70N
Francesca Moncada, President and legal representative
Filippo Annunziata, counselor
Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, counselor
Giacomo di Thiene, counselor as ADSI President
Nicolò Dubini, counselor
Paola Dubini, counselor
Antonia Di Bella
After many years of experience in public relations (McCann Erikson, B&B Communications), since 2003 she has dedicated herself to the support of educational and cultural nonprofit organizations. Currently she is the vice-president of the Società del Quartetto di Milano and counselor of Fondazione Giulio e Giovanna Sacchetti. She was vicepresident of the Foundation for the Cultural and Artistic Activities and Properties of the Church, as well as a board member of the Associazione Piero Farulli (named for the celebrated violist of the Quartetto Italiano) and the Association “Diamo il La” which works to promote music appreciation in preschools and kindergartens, with the aim of using music as a tool of integration. She was the director of development and communications in Italy of the Georg Solti Academy of Bel Canto (a masterclass in collaboration with the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice), a member of the Board of Directors of the Music School Foundation of Fiesole and president of the Association of Friends. For the Mission Laique Francaise she was a liaison and director of research in the headquarters of the new French school in Florence, for the development of a new educational approach with a focus on music (2008-2013.) With all these organizations she has tirelessly sought to support the development of projects dedicated to music, young people and culture, continuously creating synergy between diverse partners, raising funds and implementing marketing strategies.
She also participated in a training program dedicated to women board members of the aforementioned Italian organizations, promoted by Valore D (In The Boardroom) and directed by Egon Zehnder and the law offices of Linklaters.
Born in 1970, he graduated in Architecture with a specialization in “Protection and recovery of the historical-artistic heritage”. He began his professional career dealing with both museum exhibits and restoration projects, such as that of the sixteenth-century Palazzo Gussoni.
He later moved to Berlin, where he participated in the project to restore the Town Hall in Alexanderplatz and some siedlungen by Bruno Taut.
From 1997 to 2008 he collaborated in various ways with the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, to which was added a parenthesis at the Polytechnic of Milan; signs some publications on the theme of the protection and recovery of the artistic heritage and is a speaker, on the same subjects, at various conferences.
In 2011 he founded the company Th & Ma Architettura which, with offices in Padua and Venice, is specialized, among other things, in the historic building sector, with projects that combine conservation needs with those of recovery and reuse.
He collaborates on an ongoing basis with the Guggenheim Collection and with some National Pavilions for the preparation of the International Exhibitions of Art and Architecture of the Venice Biennale; has carried out numerous projects related to the conservation and enhancement of monumental complexes as well as for the restructuring of theaters in Italy and abroad.
He is co-curator of the Family Archives kept at the Castello Porto Colleoni Thiene – Thiene, Vicenza.
He is Honorary Archives Inspector from 2019 for the Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige regions. Since 2013 he is also a member of the Veneto University of Sciences, Letters and Arts in Venice, and Vice President of the Italian Institute of Castles, Veneto Section.
From June 2019 he is National President of the Italian Historic Houses Association, after having held the position of Vice President (from 2013 to 2016) and then President (from 2016 to 2019) of the Veneto Section.
Violist of the Quartetto di Cremona, Simone Gramaglia is considered one of the best Italian violists of the modern era.
During his career, Simone has collaborated with such artists as Antonio Meneses, Lynn Harrel, Lawrence Dutton (Emerson String Quartet), Angela Hewitt, Bella Davidovich, Cho Liang Lin, Lilya Zilberstein, and Bruno Giuranna. He has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Lincoln Centre in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, NCPA in Beijing, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
As a soloist Simone regularly performs with numerous orchestras and pianists and frequently collaborates with the Italian guitarist Luigi Attademo. Both his chamber and solo repertoire includes works from the Classical and Romantic period, as well as 20th century composers, with special attention given to rarely-performed and contemporary Italian composers.
As a soloist and with the quartet he has recorded for Decca, Brilliant and Genuni. His concerts have been broadcast worldwide.
Since 2011, he has been String Quartet Professor at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona. With the Quartetto di Cremona he also gives masterclasses in Europe, Asia and the USA. Simone is a member of the European Chamber Music Academy, a member of the European Chamber Music Teachers Association and an ambassador of the worldwide “Friends of Stradivari” project.
In 2006 Camilla Torna founded the graphic design studio ICASTIC, which specializes in visualizations. She is director of the MFA program in Communication Design at SACI College of Art and Design in Florence. Creator and curator of the Visualizing Time project, an online collection of images on the perception of the passing of time, which was featured in the interdisciplinary conference “Archetime” in New York and the book Infinite Instances curated by Olga Ast.
A background of studies in Graphic Design and Art History at the University of Florence, and years of working experience in the United States, Austria and Italy in the field of visual identity and editorial activities, have led her to her current specialization as a strategic project manager for the development of metaphorical visualizations for companies, universities, cultural institutions, professional coaches and trainers. She also acts as a visualizer during meetings and conferences, a new key figure that creates a product and a process at the same time.
Alice Bovone earned a diploma in Piano from Conservatorio Vivaldi in Alessandria (Piedmont), her hometown, in 2012. She continued playing and teaching children while studying Management for the Arts at Bocconi University in Milan and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Passionate and curious about every form of art, Alice coordinates Le Dimore del Quartetto since January 2017. She dreams of living and working in Italy in her future, to help her wonderful country promote the precious cultural heritage that makes it unique all over the world.
Chiara Fabbris attends the last year of the course “Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication” at the Bocconi University, in Milan. She loves travelling, discovering the beauties of our world and singing. She has always been keen on music of any genre, and what fascinates her the most is the emotions conveyed by an artist in connection with his/her art. Chiara’s wish is that of letting more and more people rediscover the beauties of the arts and of our culture, through the creation and promotion of cultural projects.
Ended the studies of Flute at the Conservatory of Music, Alessandra Origani graduates in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice). She made her first working experience at the Mantova Chamber Music Festival for three years. She won a Scholarship for the first Generazione Cultura project held by MIBACT at the Luiss Business School (Rome) thanks to which she had the opportunity to work in the Artistic Direction of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Her passion for Music leads her to continue her studies in Musicology at the Pavia University where she’s now attending the last year of master.
Camilla Pontillo, born in Milan in 1994, has a special inclination and interest in science, but at the same time she is fascinated by art and culture in its various forms. After graduating from classical high school, she is now studying chemistry, a subject that has won her since she first met her. She has been close to classical music for some time thanks to the influence of her best friend, who immediately shared her main passion with her. For the Dimore del Quartetto it deals with administration and accounting, the most similar to its schematic and precise mentality.