Le Dimore del Quartetto is a creative cultural enterprise that supports international young string quartets and chamber music ensembles at the beginning of their career and enhances the European cultural heritage. Le Dimore del Quartetto has started based on a simple exchange: on the occasion of an artistic commitment, musicians are hosted in a historic house and, during the days of residency, the ensemble offers a concert to the house owners. This creates a circular economy in which the houses become a precious resource for the ensembles, and vice versa. Today, Le Dimore del Quartetto, with a consolidated network of houses, ensembles and partners in the fields of music and of the artistic heritage, is specialized in planning and in the management of diverse projects, such as festivals and travel itineraries, masterclasses and training programs for musicians, educational projects for schools and universities, team-building activities for companies.
In 2017, Le Dimore del Quartetto was presented at the Chamber of Deputies as part of the research “Best practices of cultural diffusion“. In 2018, it won the “Cultural Innovation” call of Fondazione Cariplo. In 2019, it won the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019, in the “Education, training and awareness” category. In 2020, it has been presented as “Project of Influence” by The Best in Heritage. In 2021, it organized the 150th anniversary of the passing of Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso through a cultural itinerary which leads to the placement of the first statue dedicated to a female historical figure in Milan.
Le Dimore del Quartetto has been presented as case study of entrepreneurship and cultural innovation during the courses of Cultural Heritage Management of the Bocconi University, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Cattolica University in Milan and at the Master’s degree in Planning and access to European funds for Culture of Università degli Studi di Perugia.
IED Istituto Europeo di Design is a higher education institution. The Istituto Europeo di Design was founded in 1966, product of the remarkable vision of Francesco Morelli. Today IED is the only Higher Education Institution in the creative field to have maintained a completely Italian identity over time. Every year IED launches innovative training projects in the fields of Design, Fashion, Visual Arts and Communication, developing new forms of learning and designing new models for interpreting the future. According to this philosophy, IED assumes the identity of a research space, an open network, inclusive and active, able to teach and promote design culture for individuals and society, a place where the approach to design becomes a vehicle for social, cultural and economic transformation. The IED students experience is based on the educational concept according to which knowledge and know-how must grow together. A simple and effective idea that distinguishes the entire educational path: training students by combining theory and practice, beginning with the knowledge brought to the classroom by industry professionals and by the research requirements of partner companies. Today IED is committed to ensuring that its students will be the future new interpreters of the universal language of design, professionals able to decipher new complexities and, interacting with all disciplines, identify solutions to enhance the quality of human life.
ASK Centre (Art, Science, and Knowledge) was founded in 2004 at Bocconi University to carry out theoretical and empirical research while promoting cultural planning and cultural institutions’ management activities. The research centre focuses on activities and sectors significantly characterized by the relationship between arts and economics. The main thematic areas of research are the following four:
• Contemporary art: art markets, contemporary art productions and institutions
• Cultural heritage and institutions: policies and management
• Cultural industries: industry dynamics and creativity studies in the fields of publishing, cinema, TV, music, new media
• Intellectual property: rights management for arts, culture, and the knowledge society
Recent research by ASK includes: “Board composition and organizational performance in the cultural sector: the case of Italian opera houses” (2018), “Nessun Dorma: International Strategies For Italian Opera Houses” (2017), “Glass Cliff In Art? An Exploratory Study Of Women Artists’ Careers At Art Basel System” (2017).
experimentadesign is a Portugal-based and internationally recognized knowledge production unit acting as an active communication platform for design, architecture and project culture. experimentadesign’s field of action is contemporary cultural production, practiced from an inclusive, multidisciplinary and transversal perspective. experimentadesign’s activity combines critical thinking, concept development and contemporary creativity, resulting in a consistent and incisive intervention in the social, cultural and economic contexts it engages. Better known for its flagship project—the EXD Biennale—experimentadesign has built an important network of national and international renowned creative practitioners as well an indisputable know-how in strategic design. Strongly committed to innovation and open to new challenges and contributions, it is an enterprising work and discussion platform that views culture as a key element for sustainable development in contemporary society. With a truly international scope and vision, since its inception, experimentadesign has worked with over 50 countries, encompassing a total of 53 projects apart from the EXD Biennale.
For 30 years, ProQuartet has been contributing to the influence of the string quartet and chamber music. As incubator of artists of excellence, ProQuartet introduces young chamber music ensembles in four key areas: concert production and distribution, training, creation and cultural action. ProQuartet program of young French and foreign ensembles, both in emblematic heritage sites (Château de Lourmarin, Orangery Museum, Chateau de Compiègne….….), and in rural areas (south Seine-et-Marne, Provence, Limousin), promoting their professional insertion and allowing the transmission to a renewed public of the classical and contemporary repertoire. Training institution, ProQuartet encourages and supports the vocation of young ensembles in search of an ideal of rigor and musical integrity, based on the idea of filiation and transmission of the grand masters. A large part of ProQuartet’s musical programming is devoted to music creation and innovation: commissions for new works, first world or French audition, exhumation of forgotten repertoires… In this, the association contributes to the enlargement and development of the repertoire of chamber music. Attentive to actions in favor of sensitization to listening and to musical practice, the association aims to make music alive and accessible to all by developing an educational policy aimed at the prevented and remote public.
La Ferme de Villefavard in France’s Limousin region is a superb recording venue endowed with outstanding acoustics. It is located in the magnificent Limousin countryside, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. This unique, serene environment offers musicians the peace of mind necessary for their artistic and recording projects in the best environment imaginable, which provides an ideal setting for deep concentration, total immersion in work and creative activity. The building, a converted granary originally built at beginning of the last century, was renovated by the architect Gilles Ebersolt, and owes its exceptional acoustics to Albert Yaying Xu, an acoustician of international renown whose most noteworthy projects include the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Beijing Opera, La Grange au Lac in Evian and the forthcoming Philharmonic Hall in Luxembourg. La Ferme de Villefavard is supported by the Ministry of Culture/DRAC of Limousin as well as the Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Department of Haute-Vienne and the Community of commune of Haut Limousin en Marche.
KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
“MUSA – European young MUsicians soft Skills Alliance”
Grant Agreement N. 2020-1-IT01-KA202-008397
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