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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

The BB Trust has been for us a real change in our quartet life. In Italy, where chamber music and particularly string quartet playing is neglected, and where there are very few possibilities for a young group to develop and start a good career, winning the Fellowship enabled us to continue more serenely with our artistic development with the artists we really needed to work with throughout Europe. If we can now be appreciated as a quartet internationally it is very much because of the help we have received from the Trust and also the human contact that we get, which is normally lacking in these kind of organisations.

Quartetto di Cremona"

Quartetto di Cremona received support from BBT between 2005 and 2008, as well as for the release of its Beethoven complete string quartet cycle box set on Audite in 2018. For an up to date biography, go to

Cristiano Gualco violin
Paolo Andreoli violin
Simone Gramaglia viola
Giovanni Scaglione cello

Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on stage, on air and on CD. Appearing across Europe, South America, the United States and the Far East, the Quartet has garnered universal acclaim for their extensive repertoire which ranges from early Haydn to contemporary music.

After a number of international competition successes, the Quartetto di Cremona received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2005. The Quartet regularly appears at such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Stockholm Concert Hall and Copenhagen’s Black Diamond and has collaborated with the likes of Lawrence Dutton, Edicson Ruiz, Andrea Lucchesini, Antonio Meneses and Emerson String Quartet.  Frequently giving masterclasses, since 2011 the Quartet has directed the Master’s programme for professional and advanced string quartets at Cremona’s Accademia Walter Stauffer.  In November of 2015 the Quartet was awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Cremona.

Completed in 2017, the Quartet’s complete cycle of Beethoven’s quartets, on the German label Audite, has continued to garner awards from the first volume’s five-star review in BBC Music Magazine to the final volumes.  The seventh was given both the Supersonic Award by Pizzicato Magazine and the Echo Klassik 2017 prize, while in April 2018 the last two volumes won the ICMA 2018 award, citing the Quartet’s “overwhelming technical capacity and fantastic musicianship.”  The complete cycle is issued in a box set by Audite in June 2018, with support from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Other recordings include the complete quartets of Fabio Vacchi (Decca, 2011) and Italian Journey, dedicated exclusively to Italian composers (2012).

The Quartetto di Cremona is kindly supported by the Kulturfond Peter Eckes, and is an ambassador for the international “Friends of Stradivari” project, through which its current instruments are the Stradivarius “Paganini Quartet” on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Photographs by Nikolaj Lund

  • Study costs
  • Travel costs
  • New concert clothes
  • Purchasing of music
  • Website costs
  • Contribution to the release of complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle on Audite, June 2018
Beethoven Complete String Quartets

Beethoven Complete String Quartets

Beethoven: Vol 1: Quartet in F minor Op 95 I Allegro con brio

Beethoven: Vol 2: Quartet in E flat Op 127 III Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile (opening)

Beethoven: Vol 3: Grosse Fuge Op 133 (ending)

Beethoven: Vol 4: Quartet in F Op 18/1 II Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato

Beethoven: Vol 5: String Quartet in C Op 29 (with Lawrence Dutton viola) IV Presto (opening)

Beethoven: Vol 6: Quartet in B flat Op 130 IV Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

Beethoven: Vol 7: Quartet in C Op 59/3 IV Allegro molto

Beethoven: Vol 8: Quartet in E flat Harp I Poco Adagio - Allegro (ending)

Originally released in eight volumes from 2013, the Quartetto di Cremona’s acclaimed Beethoven string quartet cylce is now available in an Audite box set, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.  The set also includes Beethoven’s Op 29 String Quintet, where the Quartetto di Cremona is joined by Lawrence Dutton from the Emerson String Quintet.

Quaretto di Cremona
Ludwig van Beethoven Complete String Quartets and String Quintet Op 29
Lawrence Dutton viola (Emerson String Quartet)*

Vol 1 Opp 18/6 • 95 • 135
Vol 2 Opp 59/2 • 127
Vol 3 Opp 18/4 • 133 • 59/1
Vol 4 Opp 18/1 • 131
Vol 5 Opp 29* • 132
Vol 6 Opp 18/5 • 130
Vol 7 Opp 18/2 • 59/3
Vol 8 Opp 18/3 • 74

Audite 21454 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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