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, EHH – European Historic Houses, Fundación de Casas Históricas y Singulares and Historic Houses UK 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 our artistic director Simone Gramaglia, violist of the Quartetto di Cremona.
Le Dimore del Quartetto fosters encounters in unconventional and usually inaccessible venues, bringing a new public closer to chamber music.
In 2017, the organisation has been presented at the Chamber of Deputies, upon invitation of the Cultural Commission, as part of the research “Best practices of cultural diffusion“.
In 2018, it has been selected by Fondazione Cariplo among the 20 winners (out of 321 participants from all over Italy) of the “Cultural Innovation” call.
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.
In 2020, the project MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance of Le Dimore del Quartetto, aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of musicians, has been selected for Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in the area “Strategic partnership to support innovation”.
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Francesca Moncada, sole director
Simone Gramaglia, artistic director
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 advertising communication (McCann Erikson, B&B Communications), since 2003 Francesca Moncada has dedicated herself to the support of educational and cultural nonprofit organizations. Currently she is sole director and founder of Le Dimore del Quartetto, and vice-president of Società del Quartetto di Milano. In 2020, Francesca Moncada led the creation of the Comitato AMUR of which she is president. Comitato AMUR is a committee of 9 major concert societies in Italy, which intends to create opportunities for the ideation, co-production and virtuous circulation of artistic projects with positive effects on the promotion, economy and quality level of the musical seasons. Francesca Moncada is also counselor of Gioventù Musicale d’Italia, counselor of Fondazione Giulio e Giovanna Sacchetti, counselor of Associazione Piero Farulli and member of the committee Farulli 100, and counselor of Associazione Diamo il La.
She was vice president of the Foundation for the Cultural and Artistic Activities and Properties of the Church, as well as 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). She has also been 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.
Francesca Moncada 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. She is also an ambassador alliance member of the Design Foundation for Women and Crafts of Lisbon, an organisation aimed at strengthening and developing women’s-led artisanal centers, some of which are facing a serious risk of extinction, through the introduction of new design strategies.
“Gramaglia is clearly the star, and his playing is hard to fault – intonation as well as interpretation. Violists will want this one[..]” American Record Guide, July/August 2015
A versatile and intellectually curious musician, Simone Gramaglia combines his passion for music, philosophy and literature with an intense activity as a musician (both in chamber music and as a soloist), as a teacher and as an artistic director (Dimore del Quartetto, MusicwithMasters, Sergio Dragoni Competition) allowing him to constantly promote musical culture and supporting in particular young people. A Founder member of the Quartetto di Cremona, during his career he has performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world and has collaborated with influential figures on the international music scene. He plays a 1680 Torazzi viola (Kulturfonds Peter Eckes) and was the first Italian violist to play for a long time the viola “Paganini” by Stradivari (Nippon Music Foundation). He writes the column “L’Angolo del Quartetto” (Quartet Corner) for Archi magazine.
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 was born in the province of Varese in 1997. She graduated at 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.
Chiara joined the team of Le Dimore del Quartetto in March 2018, during her second year of bachelor, and since then she discovered her interest for communication, strategy development and event management.
With Humanities and Musicology backgrounds, Chiara Lijoi has experience in communication, social media strategy and digital marketing in the classical music industry. After having worked for Teatro alla Scala, MITO SettembreMusica, Il Corriere Musicale, she decided to complete her profile with an international Master in Arts Management and Administration at SDA Bocconi. Beside this, she graduated in Classical Mandolin and developed musical and educational projects as classical musician and music teacher. She believes that beauty and creativity are pillars of innovation.
Naomi Pedri Stocco made her first steps into the performing arts world studying contemporary dance since she was 10 years old. Recipient of the ISU Bocconi Scholarship, she graduated with honors at Bocconi University in a Master of Science in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment. In collaboration with ASK Research Center, for her master research thesis she investigated the role of culture as a fundamental resource for sustainable urban development. Passionate about research, she continued collaborating with Bocconi University as Teaching Assistant. After gaining work experience both in Italy and abroad in various cultural and creative sectors, she fell in love with Le Dimore del Quartetto and joined its team.
Sofia Eleonora Pizzo was born in the province of Varese in 1998, lulled by jazz and flamenco music. Her father, drummer and trade unionist, conveys her the two passions that will accompany her during her life: music – she will be a dancer for six years – and Politics. Grad student in Politics and Economics at the University of Milan, activist for two antimafia associations and “legality” contact person for her university, Sofia travels Italy and the world looking for Beauty. Le Dimore del Quartetto combines harmoniously her passions; indeed, she believes that music is the most universally comprehensible instrument of cultural politics, that eases cohesion among citizens.