Eleonora Matsuno, violin
Ida Di Vita, violin
Jamiang Santi, viola
Cosimo Carovani, cello
The Quartetto Indaco was founded in 2007 at the Fiesole Music School, thanks to the impetus of Piero Farulli and Andrea Nannoni, and is now considered one of the most interesting Italian string quartets of its generation.
After graduating in Fiesole, the Quartetto Indaco follows specialization courses with exponents of the major quartets of our time (among others, Hatto Beyerle and Günter Pichler of the legendary Quartet Alban Berg and Rainer Schmidt of the Quartet Hagen) obtains a Master’s in Chamber Music in 2017 at the Musikhochschule of Hannover, under the guidance of Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett) and perfected at the Chigiana Academy of Siena.
After winning the special “Jeunesses Musicales” prize at the 2014 “Premio Paolo Borciani” International Competition, he was among the finalists of the same Competition in 2017 and has won several international awards and scholarships.
Particularly appreciated by the public for its extraordinary communication, the Quartetto Indaco has always received excellent reviews from specialized critics who have defined its performances as “an amazing fireworks display, so brilliant that the walls of the hall barely contained it”.
“Compact ensemble, full of enamel and exuberance”, the Quartetto Indaco highlights its artistic qualities in a vast repertoire, from classical to contemporary, with a particular predilection for 19th and 20th century authors. In addition, the Quartetto Indaco carries out in-depth research on Italian authors and is dedicated to the diffusion of new musical languages.
Guest of prestigious music Festivals and institutions in Italy (among others, I Concerti del Quirinale in Rome with live coverage on Rai Radio3, Music in Tennis at Villa Necchi for the Società del Quartetto di Milano, “Amici della Musica di Reggio Emilia”, Festival ” Paesaggi Musicali Toscani “,”Festival dei Due Mondi “in Spoleto, “Nuova Consonanza” in Rome), the Quartet also regularly performs in Germany (Heidelberger Frühlings, Podium Festival, Goslar Musik Wochen) Switzerland, Ireland, Latvia, Sweden, Portugal, Spain and Holland . In the 2019/20 season he made his debut at the Unione Musicale in Turin and at the Stradivari Festival in Cremona, performing with the pianist Uri Caine in a cross-over concert dedicated to Wagner.
Furthermore, he was among the protagonists of the Beethoven complete “Roll Over Beethoven” promoted by the Accademia Chigiana di Siena: the two concerts held by the ensemble were particularly appreciated by critics who underlined how “the harmony of the execution allowed to the public to feel fully involved… “.
He also actively collaborates with internationally renowned soloists and chamber musicians including Enrico Bronzi, Avi Avital, Julian Bliss, Franziska Pietsch, Josu de Solaun, Bruno Canino, Massimo Mercelli, Claudia Barainsky, Giovanni Scaglione.
The quartet is dedicatee of many works by composers such as Giovanni Sollima, Federico Maria Sardelli, Alessandro Solbiati, Giovanni Bietti, Nicola Sani, Remo Anzovino and in 2020 he performed the piece “Via Lucis delle Ombre” by Andrea Portera for concertante quartet and string orchestra in the orchestral season of Milano Classica.
The quartet also recorded complete quartets of the composer Giovanni Albini for Brilliant Classics and the album “Songs after the Apocalypse” by Andrea Portera for Ema Vinci S.r.l.
In 2020 the release of the cd “Northern Lights” dedicated to nordic composers such as Grieg, Rachmaninov and Sallinen, and containing a piece by Cosimo Carovani, composer and cellist of the quartet.
For 2021 the ensemble is carrying out the publishing and recording of two projects in collaboration with the publishing house “Sconfinarte”: Dante21, which involves 34 living Italian composers for the 34 cantos of Dante’s Inferno and Miniature Vol. 1.
Since 2017 the quartet has been quartet in residence for “HighScore Festival” in Pavia and of the Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra.
In 2017 Indaco has taken part in the Le Dimore del Quartetto’s network
Eleonora Matsuno plays the violin J. B. Villaume 1869
Ida di Vita plays the violin Anonimo 1832
Jamiang Santi plays the viola A. Stalmach 2019
Cosimo Carovani plays the cello C. Claudot 1840
THE QUARTETTO INDACO RECORDINGS
Music by Rachmaninov, Sallinen, Grieg and Carovani
The musical project conceived by the Quartetto Indaco is dedicated to the lights of the North and to the phenomenon of the aurora borealis. The Quartetto Indaco has wisely connected authors and pieces of music through different leading themes that intertwine perfectly, giving the whole project unity and organicity. The musical path outlined here becomes a real journey in the northern hemisphere in search of a privileged point to observe the sublime grandeur of the polar aurora. To show us the way, as mentioned, some thematic “compasses”: the earth and the song are those that emerge in a more predominant way.
Music by Giovanni Albini
Giovanni Albini is a fascinating figure in contemporary art, as he developed a unique and personal compositional technique in which the course of the music is designed by mathematical patterns (Albini is a mathematician as well as a composer).
This new recording presents 9 string quartets, written over a period of 15 years, which serve as a seismograph of his compositional activity. The quartets are partly single-movement and partly multi-movement, averaging 6 minutes in length.
The quartets offer a fascinating listen to the music of a brilliant mind, an original personality, witty and warm. Excellent performances by the Italian Quartetto Indaco.
Music by Giovanni Albini
Seven pieces, each of which starts from the allegorical figure of “the seven seals” of the Apocalypse, which the evangelist John claims to have seen in a vision described in the last book of the Bible. Each movement therefore has an initial section that musically manifests itself as an emblem of archetypal figures and events: the seven seals, as an emblem of modern society. Perhaps our age has within it the seeds of the dogmatic and archetypal Apocalypse described in the Bible. The seven seals are emblematic figures easily recognizable in events that modern society places before our eyes on a daily basis; in their description they appear as follows: at the opening of the first four seals, four knights appear, following the invitation of creatures and cherubs, who, with a voice of thunder, say “Come” (a word that will find musical correspondence as a “signal” that gives the incipit to the structural development).
ELEONORA, IDA, JAMIANG AND COSIMO
Quartetto Indaco was born from the desire of four very different musicians and friends to share their life and musical experiences and put them at the service of an artistic research under a different and fresh point of view. Individual experiences as backs of orchestras, baroque repertoire and praxis, composition, solo career and teaching make their group very heterogeneous, and the clashes-meetings between their different personalities result in the extremely extroverted musical tension that distinguishes their performances, which range from classical to contemporary repertoire, and also include special projects in which the ensemble tries its hand at different performing arts, such as acting, singing and cultural insights to offer a rich and engaging experience.