Georgia Privitera, violin
Laura Bertolino, violin
Francesco Vernero, viola
Aline Privitera, cello
Winner of the XXV Music Critics Award “Franco Abbiati” in 2015, dedicated to Piero Farulli, and of the best interpreters’ award at 48 Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt in 2016, the Maurice Quartet focuses its artistic experience on XX century and contemporary music.
The Quartet was founded in 2002, after a brilliant course of studies at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. During those years, they have engaged with the traditional string quartet repertoire under the guidance of the best teachers of chamber music on the international scene (Hatto Beyerle, Christophe Giovaninetti, Piero Farulli, Andras Keller and Andrea Nannoni among others). The Maurice Quartet has then continued to delve into today’s music, together with the most important musicians active in the contemporary sector: Helmut Lachenmann, Philippe Manoury, Irvine Arditti, Lucas Fels, Graeme Jennings, Francis Dillon, György and Márta Kurtág, Roham de Saram, and Franck Chevalier.
The Maurice Quartet has developed a deeper understanding of the twentieth century’s musical language through the study of XX century and contemporary repertoire, performing works by Ligeti, Xenakis, Bartok, Shostakovich, Schnittke, Lachenmann, Scelsi and Fedele among others.
The Quartet believes in promoting new music by commissioning works from young composers, and therefore encouraging a fresh, rich and multifarious musical production, projected into the future. Many emerging composers on the international scene have chosen to dedicate their work to the Maurice Quartet: Marco Momi, Silvia Borzelli, Luiz Casteloes, Andrea Portera, Ryan Carter.
A special project, “4 + 1”, is meant to deepen the quartet’s relationship with electronic music and the exploration of the new possibilities it offers to the ensemble. At the Festival ManiFeste 2015 (IRCAM Centre Pompidou, Paris), the ensemble performed “Tensio” by Philippe Manoury, one of the most avant-garde compositions in the field of new music technologies, with the help of the French association Pro Quartet.
The Quartet has performed throughout Italy and abroad, in a number of prestigious venues including the Venice Biennale 2013, the season music@villaromana and the festival Playit! in Florence, the festival Minifest De Musique de Demain in Strasbourg (France), the Italian Academy of Columbia University in New York (USA), the Festival Tzlil Meudcan in Tel Aviv (Israel), the New Music Festival in Macerata (Italy), the festival New Music of Treviso (Italy), the festival Encontres Compositores de Mallorca (Spain), All frontiers of Gradisca d’Isonzo (Italy) in featuring with Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), the International Fajr Music Festival in Tehran (Iran), and La Ferme de Villefavard (France).
They have also performed in Vienna and Graz (Austria) for Jeunesse exhibitions and Open Music, at the Maramotti of Reggio Emilia, at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, at the Piccolo Regio in Turin, at Teatro Bibiena of Mantua, at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, at the Press Club of Turin and at Teatro Vittoria in Turin. The Maurice Quartet has been selected to take part in the project Le dimore del Quartetto. It is supported by CIDIM, Italian National Music Committee, and by the De Sono Association for music.
The Maurice Quartet is also artistic director of several cultural events and collaborates with the association Terra Galleggiante in the artistic direction of the festival of theater, music and dance “In Prossimità” in Pinerolo (Italy).