Le Dimore del Quartetto is a creative cultural enterprise that supports international young string quartets and chamber music ensembles at the beginning of their career and enhances the European cultural heritage.
Born in 2015 out of the idea of Francesca Moncada, Le Dimore del Quartetto has started based on a simple exchange: on the occasion of an artistic commitment, musicians are hosted for maximum one week in a historic house and, during the days of residency, the ensemble offers a concert to the house owners. This creates a circular economy in which the houses become a precious resource for the ensembles, and vice versa: it gives life to new occasions of encounter in unusual locations and decentralized territories; it brings back to life places that are not fully used; it brings a new audience closer to chamber music.
Today, Le Dimore del Quartetto, with a consolidated network of houses, ensembles and partners in the fields of music and of the cultural heritage, is specialized in planning and in the management of diverse projects, such as
• festivals and travel itineraries aimed at discovering and enhancing the territories’ heritage and chamber music
• masterclasses and training programs for musicians
• educational and awareness projects for schools, universities, jails and hospitals
• team-building activities for companies
• residencies and concerts in historic houses and other places of cultural interest
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The ensembles are selected by Simone Gramaglia, violist of Quartetto di Cremona. In addition, Le Dimore del Quartetto collaborates with renowned European music academies and some of the most prominent Italian concert societies, with the aim of employing a new generation of musicians in their music seasons. The network of houses has been created in partnership with Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane, Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian National Trust), European Historic Houses, Fundación de Casas Históricas y Singulares and Historic Houses UK, in addition to embassies and Institutes of Culture in the world.
Le Dimore del Quartetto distinguishes itself thanks to its ability of networking with local, national and international actors while generating a shared value. Through diversified and innovative activities, Le Dimore del Quartetto is able to transform itself and meet the ever-changing needs that arise in the cultural (and not only) field, while being consistent with its mission of supporting young ensembles, spreading chamber music and enhancing the cultural heritage.
In 2017, the activities of Le Dimore del Quartetto were 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 won the “Cultural Innovation” call by Fondazione Cariplo.
In 2019, Le Dimore del Quartetto was 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, won Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in the area “Strategic partnership to support innovation”. In the same year, Le Dimore del Quartetto was presented as “Project of Influence” by The Best in Heritage.
In 2021 Le Dimore del Quartetto organized the 150th anniversary of the passing of Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso through a cultural itinerary which leads to the placement of the first statue dedicated to a female historical figure in Milan.
In 2022, the project Archipelago was adopted by Crafted within the Fondazione Italia Patria della Bellezza’s call.
Le Dimore del Quartetto has been presented as case study of entrepreneurship and cultural innovation during the courses of Cultural Heritage Management of the Bocconi University, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Cattolica University in Milan and at the Master’s degree in Planning and access to European funds for Culture, Creativity and Multimedia of Università degli Studi di Perugia.
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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 Communication (McCann Erikson, B&B Communications), since 2003 Francesca Moncada has dedicated herself to the support of educational and cultural nonprofit organizations. In 2016 she founded the social enterprise Le Dimore del Quartetto. of which she is sole director. In 2020 she has actively promoted Comitato AMUR of which she is now president, a network of the major Italian concert societies for the ideation, co-production and virtuous circuitry of artistic projects with the aim of consolidating a national and international activity in synergy with the territory. She is the creator of the international project The String Circle, launched on April 22nd 2022 in collaboration with Museo del Violino in Cremona to promote high quality craftsmanship and the art of violin making, and co-creator of MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance, a European professional training project for young string quartets aimed to provide them with entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and competences that are fundamental for their professional career. Francesca Moncada is also counselor of Europa Nostra, Gioventù Musicale d’Italia, counselor of Associazione Piero Farulli, member of the committee Farulli 100 and counselor of Associazione Diamo il La.
She was vice president of Società del Quartetto di Milano, 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 a member of the Board of Directors of the Music School Foundation of Fiesole, president of the Association of Friends and counselor of Fondazione Giulio e Giovanna Sacchetti. 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.
For all these institutions she has tirelessly sought to support the development of projects dedicated to music, young people and culture, connecting resources and needs in a circular economy between the different actors, raising funds and implementing marketing strategies. Francesca Moncada also participated in a training program dedicated to women board members of listed companies, promoted by Valore D (In The Boardroom) and directed by Egon Zehnder and the international 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-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.
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.
Maddalena graduated in Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage and Performing Arts in 2016 and obtained a Master in Performing Arts Management at Accademia Teatro alla Scala in 2018. She deepened her studies thanks to two internships in opera houses between Milan and New York. Back in Milan, she started working in local organizations related to music and performing arts fields. Being passionate about music and theater and naturally curious when it comes to discovering new places and making new experiences, for Maddalena joining the team of Le Dimore del Quartetto is a valuable opportunity to foster her passions and curiosity and at the same time to share them by working to make them accessible to a broader audience.
In 2016 Eugenia graduated in Economics & Management in Arts Culture and Communication at Bocconi University in Milan; having decided to pursue her studies to deepen her knowledge in the economic-cultural field in the same university, in 2018 she graduated in Economics & Management in Arts Culture Media and Entertainment.
Passionate about dance and art since a young age, she started to work in organizations related to these fields between Turin and Milan. Joining Le Dimore del Quartetto’s the team, she hopes to support the realization of projects enhancing the youth, that will bring an ever-growing audience to discover the Historic Houses and their beauties.
Margherita Leonardi was born in Milan in 1998 and she adores her city, but she loves even more leave it to discover the other wonders that Italy and the world have to offer. That is why she attended her fourth year of high school in the USA and, once graduated the Artistic High School, she moved for six months in Austria as an au-pair. Margherita today studies Economics and Management of Art, Culture and Communication at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, with the dream of being able to contribute to the enhancement of Italian cultural heritage. A dream that, thanks to Le Dimore del Quartetto and their incredible work, she has already started to realize.
Accountant, registered since 1998 in the Order of Chartered Accountants of Milan and member of the Tax Litigation Commission of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Milan. She has gained a consolidated professional experience in important Milanese firms dealing mainly with accounting, administrative, fiscal and tax consultancy aimed at professionals, artists, corporations and non-profit organizations. Since 2016, she has also been holding the position of public administrator with technical functions in an important municipality in the Milan hinterland and has joined the Commission for Public Entities and Public Companies of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Milan, roles that allow her to complete her professional experience.
She dedicates herself with genuine passion to her work, which she carries out by combining the necessary technical rigor with a dynamic ethical and aesthetic vision of professional commitment. These are values that she is happy to share today with Le Dimore del Quartetto.
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.
Simone Mazzucconi, who studied to become a Cultural Anthropologist, approaches the alien world of information technology out of intellectual curiosity in the mid-1980s. Since that day, he has been wrapped in a cloud of buzzing bytes and never came out. He worked for 10 years in a Florentine software house specializing in cutting-edge projects in the field of cultural heritage and for which he created interactive multimedia applications and hypertexts. He saw the web phenomenon arise from those offices close to him and immediately understood the liberating aspect of working on the Net, without being tied to a place. In fact, in 1999, the millennium, but also personal, turning point, he embarked on the career of freelance professional with his own web services agency, offering his services remotely (he lived for many years in France) to companies, cultural institutions, small and large clients, and as a trainer, to schools and universities.