Alice Notarangelo, Violino
Sofia Bandini, Violino
Emanuele Ruggero, Viola
Leonardo Notarangelo, Violoncello
SINCE 2019 THE QUARTETTO ELSA IS NOT ANYMORE PART OF LE DIMORE DEL QUARTETTO’S NETWORK
The Quartetto Elsa was born in the year 2014 within the JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, due to the combined action of Alice Notarangelo (1999) and Sofia Bandini (1999), violins, Emanuele Ruggero (1996), viola, and Leonardo Notarangelo (2000), cello. They all shared an intense symphonic activity which allowed them to approach concert performances; thanks to this experience they discovered in one another a human and an instrumental compatibility linked with a lively feeling of friendship. All this established a breeding ground for a common experience with chamber music.
These four young Roman people are currently students at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia and are regularly coached in their individual studies by G. Crosta, O. Semchuk, L. Sanzò, D. Cianferra, O. Mandozzi.
During the years they all spent at the JuniOrchestra under the supervision of Mr. Simone Genuini, they had the possibility of working together with and getting the valuable example of great musicians like Sir Antonio Pappano, Mario Brunello, Fabio Biondi, Nicola Piovani, Shlomo Mintz, Joel Levi, Francesca Dego, Emmanuel Pahud, Silvia Careddu, Salvatore Accardo, Stefano Bollani, Giovanni Sollima as well as the Professors of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, who are constantly involved in the professional training of the Quartet itself. The latter also owes Mr. Alberto Mina (Principal Second Violin of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) its preparation in chamber music.
During its still brief lifetime, the Quartetto Elsa had the opportunity of performing at: Palazzo Chigi on the occasion of Premio Strega 2014, Villa Madama with the attendance of the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, Castel Sant’Angelo, the French Embassy to the Holy See in Villa Bonaparte, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the churches of San Bernardo, Sant’Agnese in Agone, San Lorenzo in Lucina, the event “Lungo il Tevere” in Rome, the Caetani Castle in Sermoneta, the church of Santa Maria del Riposo in Bracciano, the “Giulanco” Theatre in San Cesareo.
The Quartet won numerous prizes such as the First Prize at the 17° National Contest “Riviera Etrusca”, the First Prize at the 10° International Contest “Città di Tarquinia” and the First Prize in the Chamber Music Section at the 24° International Contest “Anemos”, the First Prize and Special Prize “Piero Farulli” for the most promising young string quartet at the Premio Crescendo 2017.
In September 2016 it was admitted to the Master Course in String Quartet studies at the Accademia W. Stauffer in Cremona; since the year 2017 it has been participating in the project “Le Dimore del Quartetto”.