JINGZHI ZHANG, VIOLIN
GIACOMO LUCATO, VIOLIN
MATILDE SIMIONATO, VIOLA
MARTINO SIMIONATO, CELLO
The Quartetto Goldberg was founded in 2021 during the second pandemic wave as a study group while concerts and growth opportunities were rare and weak. The name is an homage to Bach’s Variations, a piece that embraces the whole quartet’s way of making music, following landmarks such as refiniment, simpleness and communicateveness. In October, the Quartet entered the Stauffer Center for Strings in the class of Quartetto di Cremona, one of the greatest international chamber music realities. Afterwards, the Quartet is invited to take part in the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto.
Jingzhi Zhang, born in 2001, started her violin studies with her parents, both musicians. At the age of seven she made her debut as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Beijing and in 2010 won first prize at the Andrea Postacchini International Competition. She lives in Milan, attends the Novara Conservatory in Ivan Rabaglia’s class and studies with Pavel Berman at the Accademia Perosi in Biella. In 2019 she won the National Arts Award, violin section.
Jingzhi Zhang plays a Carlo Testore violin from the ProCanale Foundation in Milan.
Giacomo Lucato was born in 1998 and graduated in violin at the Conservatory of Turin in 2017, under the guidance of Maestro Piergiorgio Rosso. He followed the master classes of the Fondazione Santa Cecilia in Portogruaro, studying with Ilya Grubert and Eliot Lawson, and those of the Accademia di Musica in Pinerolo, attending the quartet classes of Maestro Adrian Pinzaru. Enrolled in the two-year course in viola at the Conservatory of Milan, in 2021 he won the first prize at the Conservatory Prize in the chamber music section and the second prize with first unassigned at the World Chamber Music E-Competition 2021 (Associazione Napolinova).
Matilde Simionato was born in 1997 and began studying the violin at the age of four at the Suzuki school in Milan. Enrolled at the Conservatory of Milan, she obtained the First Level Academic Diploma in violin with Mauro Loguercio. In 2021 she obtained the Second Level Academic Diploma in viola with a score of 110 cum laude, under the guidance of Maestro Claudio Pavolini, performing the sonata for viola and piano by D. Shostakovich Op. 147. In 2019 she was appointed best student by the Conservatory of Milan, to represent Italy at the International Students Festival in Kyoto. In August 2021 she won a scholarship offered by the Conservatory, thanks to which she attended Maestro Bruno Giuranna’s lessons at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In October she is chosen by Maestro Bruno Giuranna as an effective student of his class for the academic year 2021/2022, at the Stauffer Center for Strings in Cremona.
Martino Simionato, born in 1995, began studying the cello at the age of five at the Suzuki school in Milan. After obtaining the First Level Academic Diploma at the Conservatory of Milan, he moved to Novara, where in July 2020 he obtained the Second Level Diploma, under the guidance of Maestro Andrea Scacchi. He specializes at the Milan Master School with Maestro Luca Magariello, first cello of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, and collaborates with numerous orchestras, including the OGI (Orchestra Giovanile Italiana), the Orchestra dell’Accademia alla Scala and the Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi.
JINGZHI, GIACOMO, MATILDE and MARTINO
Jingzhi embraces Art in its entirety. As she draws and paints, she is inspired by the notes of F. Schubert’s String Quintet in C major for two cellos, her musical dream.
Giacomo grew up in a small village near the Monferrato, where the air smells of hay and jasmine and the memory of the futurist painter Carlo Carrà is alive. Fascinated by the lives of classical composers, he tells the story of music through articles and drawings for the weekly newspaper La Voce Alessandrina while listening to the notes of the quartets of Haydn.
Matilde transmits with joy and happiness her passion for music. She is a teacher at the Ricordi Music School in Milan, where she tries to instill in adults and children the sensitivity to listening. She lives high-speed emotions, which travel to the rhythm of the fourth tempo of the Sonata for viola solo op. 25 No. 1 by Paul Hindemith.
Martino is dedicated to Knowledge in its entirety. His intellectual curiosity leads him to investigate music on a daily basis by reading biographies and treatises. Every moment is good to let himself go to the listening and execution of J. S. Bach, getting lost among the counterpoints of the Goldberg Variations and the dances of the six Suites for solo cello.