Le Dimore del Quartetto

QUARTETTO GOLDBERG, ITALY

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JINGZHI ZHANG, VIOLIN
GIACOMO LUCATO, VIOLIN
MATILDE SIMIONATO, VIOLA   
MARTINO SIMIONATO, CELLO

The Quartetto Goldberg is “Artist in Residence” of Fondazione Società dei Concerti of Milan for the 2022/2023 season, winner of the Jury Special Prize at the “Marcello Pontillo 2022” Competition and of the two-year “Young talents of the Stauffer Academy” scholarship 2020-2022. Invited by ProQuartet Association, it was one of the ten quartets featured at the Nuit du Quatuor 2022 in Paris. The quartet is “Quartet in Residence” at the Ticino Festival 2022. It is selected by the Quatuor Zaïde for the International String Quartet Academy 2022, meeting artists such as Johannes Meissl, Jovan Markovitch, Quatuor Zaïde and Gilles Apap. Participates in the Zeist Music Days Festival 2022, working with Alexander Pavlovsky (Jerusalem Quartet), Cuarteto Quiroga, Marcin Sieniawski (Karol Szymanowski String Quartet) and Quartetto di Cremona. 

The ensemble is part of Le Dimore del Quartetto, for which it played at the inauguration of The String Circle project at the Arvedi Auditorium in Cremona and for the musical review “Musica con Vista 2022“, in collaboration with Comitato Amur and artistic societies such as the Filarmonica Laudamo, Musica Insieme Bologna and Fondazione Società dei Concerti of Milan. He recently collaborated for ABITO, a civic education course for lower secondary school students.

The Quartetto Goldberg was born in 2021, during the second wave of the pandemic, as a study group at a time when concerts and growth opportunities as musicians were reduced to the bone. The name is a tribute to the Variations by J. S. Bach, a piece that deeply binds the four components and expresses the key ideals of their making music: refinement, simplicity and communicativeness. Since October 2021, the quartet has been admitted to the Stauffer Center for Strings, where it regularly follows the Artist Diploma course in the class of the Cremona Quartet and has the opportunity to attend masterclasses and lessons by musicians such as Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet), Kyril Zlotnikov ( Jerusalem Quartet), Sarah McElravy (Linden Quartet), Mark Messenger (Royal College of Music), Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley (Improvisation workshop).

Jingzhi Zhang plays a Carlo Testore violin, from Pro Canale Foundation, Milan
Giacomo Lucato plays a Dante Regazzoni violin, from Collezione Regazzoni 
Matilde Simionato plays a Dante Regazzoni viola, from Collezione Regazzoni
Martino Simionato plays a Dante Regazzoni cello, from Collezione Regazzoni

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.