ESPRESSO MASTERCLASS

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Espresso Masterclass is dedicated to chamber music and it is organised by Le Dimore del Quartetto under the artistic direction of Simone Gramaglia. A full immersion with international Maestros in the special setting of the historic houses. The ensembles, selected by the artistic direction within the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto, participate to the masterclass thanks to a scholarship.

2022 EDITION

The 2022 edition of Espresso Masterclass returns to Cassine (in the province of Alessandria-Piedmont) from September 23rd to September 25th.
The selected quartets, Trio Hermes, Quartetto Alioth e Erinys Quartet will be hosted at Casa Arcasio, Villa Felice and Casa Dapino. 
The classes will be held by  
Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona’s viola and Le Dimore del Quartetto’s Artistic Director), Jennifer Stumm (professor of viola at the University of Music and Arts of the City of Vienna and International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music in London) and Mark Messenger (Head of Strings and professor of violin at the Royal College of Music of London). 

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITES

FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 23

9.30 am Open rehearsals of Quartetto Alioth with Maestro Simone Gramaglia at Chiesa di S. Francesco
10 am Open rehearsals of Quartetto Alioth with Maestro Simone Gramaglia at Oratorio S.S. Trinità
3 pm Open rehearsals of Erinys Quartet with Maestro Simone Gramaglia at Oratorio S.S. Trinità
3 pm Open rehearsals of Quartetto Alioth with Maestra Jennifer Stumm at Chiesa di S. Giacomo
6 pm Concert of the Trio Hermes at Casa Arcasio

SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2022

10 am Open rehearsals of Erinys Quartet with Maestro Simone Gramaglia at Oratorio S.S. Trinità
10 am Open rehearsals of Quartetto Alioth with Maestro Mark Messenger at Chiesa di S. Giacomo
3 pm Open rehearsals of Quartetto Alioth with Maestro Mark Messenger at Oratorio S.S. Trinità
9 pm Concert of the Erinys Quartet at Chiesa di San Francesco

SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2022

10 am Open rehearsals of Erinys Quartet with Maestra Jennifer Stumm at Oratorio S.S. Trinità
10 am Open rehearsals of Quartetto Alioth with Maestro Simone Gramaglia at Chiesa di S. Giacomo
11.30 am Open rehearsals of Erinys Quartet with Maestro Mark Messenger at Oratorio S.S. Trinità
4 pm Concert of Quartetto Alioth at Chiesa di San Francesco
6 pm Concert of Corpo Bandistico Cassinese Francesco Solia at Piazzale della Ciocca 

All the events are open to the public until seats last

MAESTROS

Simone Gramaglia is considered one of the best violists of his generation. A founding member of Quartetto di Cremona, throughout his career he has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and collaborated with influential figures on the international music scene. His chamber and solo repertoire ranges from Bach to the 20th century, with a particular focus on Contemporary Music. Simone Gramaglia combines his passion for music with that for philosophy and literature, through an intense activity as a musician, teacher and artistic director (Le Dimore del Quartetto, MusicwithMasters, Sergio Dragoni Competition) that has allowed him to constantly promote musical culture, doing his best to support young people in particular. He was the first Italian violist to play Stradivari’s “Paganini” viola for an extended period (Nippon Music Foundation). He writes the column “L’Angolo del Quartetto” in Archi Magazine.

Violist and conductor, Jennifer Stumm is known for the “opaline beauty” (Washington Post) of her sound, Jennifer has appeared on the world’s great stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Kennedy Center and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She is a winner of the William Primrose, Geneva and Concert Artist Guild competitions and the prestigious BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti Buitoni Trust awards (she was the first violist ever to win first prize). She is founder and director of Ilumina, an artist collective and social equity initiative based in São Paulo that promotes emerging artists. 

Jennifer Stumm is a professor of viola at the University of Music and Arts of the City of Vienna, holds the International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music in London, gives master classes around the world, and is particularly interested in the interaction between the arts and the field of innovation and technology and how that interaction can impact social progress, productivity, and the world of ideas; her talk on the viola and the fortune of being different “The Imperfect Instrument” went viral on TEDx and was named “editor’s pick.”

Mark Messenger is a violinist, conductor and teacher.
As a soloist, conductor, and chamber musician (a member of the Bochmann and Bingham Quartets since 1984), he has worked internationally with – among others – Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Ivy Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Bernard Greenhouse, Natalie Clein, Raphael Wallfisch, Thomas Carroll, Yonty Solomon, Howard Shelley, John Lill, Dame Thea King, Michael Collins, David Campbell, Chris Garrick, and Sir John Dankworth.
He regularly serves on international commissions as a judge and external examiner and gives master classes and lectures around the world. In 2004 he was appointed artistic director of London String Quartet Week and served on the board of the London String Quartet Foundation. He has worked with Oxford University Press, New Holland Publishing, and the Associated Board, for which he has just completed the edition of the complete works for violin and piano by Edward Elgar.
In addition to being head of strings at the Royal College of Music in London, Mark Messenger is also a consultant to the Norwegian Academy in Oslo.

Re-live with us the 2021 edition

PAST EDITIONS

Espresso Masterclass 2021 has taken place in Cassine (Province of Alessandria) from September 24th to26th, 2021
The selected quartets, Azalaïs QuartetMoser String Quartet and Zorà Quartet have been hosted at Casa Arcasio and Villa Felice.
The classes have been held by Simone Gramaglia (coordinator, violist of Quartetto di Cremona and artistic director of Le Dimore del Quartetto), Jana Kuss (violin) and Martti Rousi (cello).

CONCERTS | 2021

Friday, September 24th Moser String Quartet at Oratorio della S.S. Trinità, Cassine (AL)
Saturday, September 25th Zorá Quartet at Chiesa di San Francesco, Cassine (AL)
Sunday, September 26th Azalaïs Quartet at Chiesa di San Francesco, Cassine (AL)

MAESTROS

SIMONE GRAMAGLIA
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 (Le Dimore del Quartetto, MusicWithMasters, Sergio Dragoni Competition) allowing him to constantly promote musical culture and supporting in particular young people. 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 was the first Italian violist to play for a long time the viola “Paganini” by Stradivari (Nippon Music Foundation).

JANA KUSS

Jana Kuss, Primaria of the Kuss Quartet, was born and grew up in East Berlin and received her first violin lessons at the age of six. She studied with Prof. Eberhard Feltz at the special music school Hanns Eisler (the “Carl-Philipp-Emanuel Bach Gymnasium”) who also became later the mentor of the quartet founded in 1991 with Oliver Wille. Jana Kuss was awarded a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and studied violin with Prof. Adelina Oprean in Basel, with Prof. Thomas Brandis in Berlin and together with the quartet at the New England Conservatory Boston with Prof. Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet). She received other important impulses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág. The successful career of the Kuss Quartet continued to develop as the ensemble won both the German Music Council Prize and the coveted Quartet Award “Premio Paolo Borciani” in 2002. Since then, they perform on all important national and international podiums of concert halls and festivals, passing on their experience and knowledge in masterclasses. Jana Kuss’ duo partner has been pianist Eric Schneider since season 2013/14.

She plays a violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi (Milan 1756).

MARTTI ROUSI

One of Finland’s leading instrumentalists, Martti Rousi began his studies in his hometown of Turku in 1968 and studied with Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen and then with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy. Already in 1982 he won first prize in the Turku cello competition, after which he played with all the major Finnish orchestras. In 1986 Rousi won the silver medal at the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. Since then he has performed with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras. Since 1993 Rousi has been the artistic director of the Turku music festival, and in 1995 he became a professor at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

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The masterclass #2 was held at Villa Valvitiano in Perugia (Italy) from September 14th to 16th, 2020, by Maestros of exception such as Simone Gramaglia, Jana Kuss, Enrico Bronzi and Vanessa Benelli Mosell. The ensembles selected to participate are the Trio Bohémo, Chaos String Quartet and Quatuor Tchalik.

The 2020 masterclass has been organized with the fundamental support of Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, president of the Borletti Buitoni Trust and creator of the Franco Buitoni Award.

MAESTROS

SIMONE GRAMAGLIA
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 (Le Dimore del Quartetto, MusicWithMasters, Sergio Dragoni Competition) allowing him to constantly promote musical culture and supporting in particular young people. 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 was the first Italian violist to play for a long time the viola “Paganini” by Stradivari (Nippon Music Foundation).

JANA KUSS

Jana Kuss, Primaria of the Kuss Quartet, was born and grew up in East Berlin and received her first violin lessons at the age of six. She studied with Prof. Eberhard Feltz at the special music school Hanns Eisler (the “Carl-Philipp-Emanuel Bach Gymnasium”) who also became later the mentor of the quartet founded in 1991 with Oliver Wille. Jana Kuss was awarded a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and studied violin with Prof. Adelina Oprean in Basel, with Prof. Thomas Brandis in Berlin and together with the quartet at the New England Conservatory Boston with Prof. Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet). She received other important impulses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág. The successful career of the Kuss Quartet continued to develop as the ensemble won both the German Music Council Prize and the coveted Quartet Award “Premio Paolo Borciani” in 2002. Since then, they perform on all important national and international podiums of concert halls and festivals, passing on their experience and knowledge in masterclasses. Jana Kuss’ duo partner has been pianist Eric Schneider since season 2013/14.

She plays a violin by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi (Milan 1756).

ENRICO BRONZI

Cellist and conductor. As soloist, Enrico Bronzi has won the most prestigious international competitions and has collaborated with great artists such as Martha Argerich, Alexander Lonquich, Gidon Kremer, and ensembles like Hagen Quartet, Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Salzburg and Tapiola Sinfonietta. Bronzi has coupled his soloist activity with his career with Trio di Parma, founded in 1990. Since 2007, he has been teaching at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

VANESSA BENELLI MOSELL

Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell is a rising star on the international music scene, continuously praised for her dazzling virtuosity, technical brilliance and the sensitivity of her musical insight that she brings to her piano playing , as well as to her conducting and directing from the keyboard. Benelli Mosell’s charismatic artistry and natural leadership are quickly establishing her as one of the most interesting personalities in the young conductor’s generation. Combining sheer power and boundless imagination, her electrifying musicality has been shaped significantly in mentorships with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Yuri Bashmet. As a chamber music performer she collaborated with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Massimo Quarta, Daishin Kashimoto, Radovan Vlatkovich, Henri Demarquette.

The masterclass #1 was held at Villa Valvitiano in Perugia (Italy) from October 4th to 6th 2019, by Maestros of exception such as Simone Gramaglia, Sergei Bresler and Jamie Walton. The ensembles selected to participate are the Quatuor Bergen, Quartetto Eos and Trio Immersio.

The 2019 masterclass has been organized with the fundamental support of Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, president of the Borletti Buitoni Trust and creator of the Franco Buitoni Award.

MAESTROS

SIMONE GRAMAGLIA
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 (Le Dimore del Quartetto, MusicWithMasters, Sergio Dragoni Competition) allowing him to constantly promote musical culture and supporting in particular young people. 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 was the first Italian violist to play for a long time the viola “Paganini” by Stradivari (Nippon Music Foundation).

SERGEI BRESLER

Sergei Bresler was born in Ukraine in 1978 and immigrated to Israel in 1991. He is the second violin and founding member of the internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet which performs regularly in the most famous venues in the world including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Berlin Konzerthaus. Sergei has performed as a soloist with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Young Philharmonic Orchestra and Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber music teacher Sergei has given masterclasses in lots of famous venues as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Young Philarmonic Orchestra, the Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

JAMIE WALTON

A powerfully versatile cellist and somewhat of a maverick, Jamie Walton combines a career in both chamber and solo capacities, appearing throughout much of Europe, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and the UK. Having performed with many of the British finest orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia, Jamie has also recorded thirteen concertos: three with the RPO and ten with the Philharmonia which include the Dvorak and Schumann under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Further to this, Jamie’s discography with Signum Classics extends to much of the sonata repertoire and the complete works for cello by Benjamin Britten.

The masterclass #1 was held at Villa Valvitiano in Perugia (Italy) from October 4th to 6th 2019, by Maestros of exception such as Simone Gramaglia, Sergei Bresler and Jamie Walton. The ensembles selected to participate are the Quatuor Bergen, Quartetto Eos and Trio Immersio.

The 2019 masterclass has been organized with the fundamental support of Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, president of the Borletti Buitoni Trust and creator of the Franco Buitoni Award.

MAESTROS

SIMONE GRAMAGLIA
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 (Le Dimore del Quartetto, MusicWithMasters, Sergio Dragoni Competition) allowing him to constantly promote musical culture and supporting in particular young people. 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 was the first Italian violist to play for a long time the viola “Paganini” by Stradivari (Nippon Music Foundation).

SERGEI BRESLER

Sergei Bresler was born in Ukraine in 1978 and immigrated to Israel in 1991. He is the second violin and founding member of the internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet which performs regularly in the most famous venues in the world including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Berlin Konzerthaus. Sergei has performed as a soloist with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Young Philharmonic Orchestra and Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber music teacher Sergei has given masterclasses in lots of famous venues as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Young Philarmonic Orchestra, the Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

JAMIE WALTON

A powerfully versatile cellist and somewhat of a maverick, Jamie Walton combines a career in both chamber and solo capacities, appearing throughout much of Europe, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and the UK. Having performed with many of the British finest orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia, Jamie has also recorded thirteen concertos: three with the RPO and ten with the Philharmonia which include the Dvorak and Schumann under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Further to this, Jamie’s discography with Signum Classics extends to much of the sonata repertoire and the complete works for cello by Benjamin Britten.

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