Given the current emergency sanitary context, in order to ensure for the activities to be carried out under conditions of maximum safety the first program of MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance, in Italy, has been postponed. The first program will be held from September 26th to October 2nd 2021!
There are four selected quartets to participate to the MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance programme in Italy, in Milan on September 26th to October 2nd 2021: a week of workshop curated by IED – Istituto Europeo di Design, artistic Residence and concerts, during which musicians work on their image strategies with professional lecturers, photographers, video makers and stylists.
Find out who they are:
Katarzyna Gluza, violin
Paulina Marcisz, violin
Karalina Orsik-Sauter, viola
Edyta Słomska, cello
The Ãtma Quartet, formed in 2016 by four graduates of Polish music academies, takes its name from the Sanskrit word “Soul”. The quartet has been awarded in several international competitions and studied with highly acclaimed string quartets such as Emerson, Alban Berg, Kuss, Jerusalem, Ysaÿe and Artemis, and with many other renowned ensembles and soloists. Besides an intense concert activity in Poland, the Ãtma Quartet has performed for the Davos Festival in Switzerland, Quatuors à Bordeaux in France, Zeist Music Days in Holland, Musethica in Spain, with the aim of popularizing chamber music and Polish composers. The Quartet has been actively participating in Le Dimore del Quartetto since 2018. The ensemble has also taken part in the French ProQuartet programme.
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.
Anna Kolby Sonstad, violin
Maren Ohm Ballestad, violin
Nora Elida Svendsen Kvam, viola
Iver Bunkholt, cello
The Momentum String Quartet is a Norwegian ensemble composed of four young musicians who started playing together in 2019. The quartet is attending the Norwegian Academy of Music and since its formation it has taken part in numerous masterclasses: the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition Academy, the Voksenåsen Summer Academy, the Young Quartet Series and the UKS Quartet Seminar. The ensemble has played in numerous Norwegian festivals and has won the first prize at the regional rounds of the Music Competition for Youth, as well as the chamber music prize and the Midgard prize at the Midgard Competition.
Nadia Kalmykova, violin
Ljuba Kalmykova, violin
Loredana Apetrei, viola
Loukia Loulaki, cello
The Selini Quartet borrows its name from the Greek Goddess Selini, the Goddess of the moon. Coming from Russia, Romania and Greece, the four musicians met in Vienna, where they formed the Quartet in 2017. They have been invited to perform in some of Vienna’s major concert venues such as the Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Schuberthaus, Beethoven Museum and ORF RadioKulturhaus. Abroad, they have appeared in Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Belgium and Turkey. For the seasons 2020-2022, they have been selected to represent Austria’s music scene across the world, through the NASOM-New Austrian Sound Of Music program. They are also members of ECMA, Le Dimore del Quartetto, Musethica and the Quatuor Diotima’s Academy.
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