MUSA | THE QUARTETS SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM IN PORTUGAL

Four quartets have been selected to participate in the MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance programme in Portugal, in Mafra and Lisbon on October 24th to 30th 2021: a week of workshop curated by experimentadesign, artistic residency and concerts, during which musicians work on cross-fertilization among the arts.

Find out who they are:

ALINEA QUARTET

GERMANY

Fanny Anaïs Schell, violin
Mario Sögtrop, violin
Raphael Maria Schönball, viola
David Fuchs, cello

In typography, the “Alinea” symbol means the beginning of a new thought. In a more literal sense, it also means the deviation from the norm and the established standard.

The young Alinea string quartet, founded in 2019, has set out to break away from the norms of both how and where to perform the great quartet repertoire. The four musicians, based in Munich in Germany, aim to give concerts not only in traditional venues, but also in places as diverse as parishes, schools, and retirement homes. Whenever possible, their concerts do not have a fixed price of admission – instead, anyone can choose to donate as much as they feel they can give.

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ANTARJA QUARTET

POLAND

Barbara Mglej, violin
Maria Nowak, violin
Magdalena Chmielowiec, viola
Martyna Sołtys, cello

A dynamically developing, young Polish string quartet. Their concert repertoire is many-sided and interesting for the audience to hear Antarja Quartet offer both classical and contemporary pieces, also premieres by contemporary composers. The main aim of the group is to promote Polish chamber music abroad. The Antarja Quartet has played over 100 concerts in 11 years of its activity.

The string quartet “Antarja Quartet” was formed in 2009. The members of the Quartet are graduates of the Academy of Music in Cracow and Poznań. They improved their solo skills in the classes of remarkable Polish instrumentalists: Kaja Danczowska, Janusz Pisarski, Dominik Połoński and Marcin Baranowski. Until 2015 the Antarja Quartet worked under the name: Amber Quartet.

BELINFANTE QUARTET

OLAND

Olivia Scheepers, violin
Fiona Robertson, violin
Sophie Vroegop, viola
Pau Marquès i Oleo, cello

The Belinfante Quartet was formed in 2016 and is currently Quartet in Residence at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam. They have performed at festivals throughout Europe including the Strijkkwartet Biënnale in Amsterdam, the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht and the Tiberius Festival in Romania. Recent engagements include a performance in the Spiegelzaal of the Concertgebouw. During the Delft Fringe Festival 2019, they collaborated with visual artist Jordi Cárdenas Lozano to create a performance in which music of Léos Janácek was accompanied by poetic and abstract slide projections, thanks to which they have won the Delft Chamber Music Festival Award 2019. The quartet’s name honors Frieda Belinfante, a cellist and the first professional female conductor in Europe.

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QUATUOR MALINCONIA

FRANCE

Lucile Dugué , violin
Siméon Labouret, violin
Oriane Lavignolle, viola
Carolane Gonin-Joubert, cello

Quatuor Malinconia was born in September 2016, after a meeting during an internship with Quatuor Debussy. Then, they moved in Yannick Callier’s chamber music class in CRR de Lyon. In July 2017, 2018 and 2019, they took part in the Académie des cordes en ballade, at Bourg Saint-Andéol (Ardèche).

Since 2016, they have had the opportunity to perform in several french venues. In November 2018, they were invited to join the Notenspur Project, wich allowed them to perform in Leipzig, Germany. During January 2020, they joined the Tremplin pour jeunes quatuors, organized by Philarmonie de Paris.

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