Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Quartetto Lyskamm
String Quartet
BBT Special Chamber Music Award 2016

Quartetto Lyskamm - Biography

BBT Special Chamber Music Prize In Honour of Claudio Abbado

Cecilia Ziano violin
Clara Franziska Schötensack violin
Francesca Piccioni viola
Giorgio Casati cello

The Lyskamm Quartet was founded in 2008 at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire of Milan. It was awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Chamber Music Prize in Honour of Claudio Abbado in 2016.

Prizes since 2014 have included second prize and the ProQuartet special prize at the international competition Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne in Graz, the Jeunesse Musicale Deutschland prize at the International Chamber Music Campus in Weikersheim, the Possehl Stiftung award and the Vittorio Rimbotti award of the European Chamber Music Academy. The quartet recently won first prize at the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano.

The Quartet has performed for many important concert seasons in Italy and Europe, such as the Società del Quartetto of Milano, the Mito Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, the Brahms Festival in Luebeck, the Unione Musicale and the Lingotto Musica of Turin, the Amici della Musica of Florence, Musica Insieme Bologna. It is currently quartet in residence at the Padua’s Amici della Musica. Recent collaborators have included fellow Italian musicians such as cellist Mario Brunello, percussionist Simone Rubino and pianists Gabriele Carcano and Alessandro Taverna. In January 2016, the Quartet was guest artist at Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk, England.

Quartetto Lyskamm is supported by Cidim (Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica) and was supported by the Ad Infinitum Foundation.

Between 2009 and 2011, the Quartet was mentored by the Artemis Quartet, before joining the European Chamber Music Academy circuit, meeting important teachers such as Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Heime Mueller (studying with him at the Musikhochschule Luebeck), Ferenc Rados, Antonello Farulli, Claus Christian Schuster, Jerome Pernoo, Christophe Giovaninetti and Andrea Nannoni.

For the three seasons 2019 to 2021, Quartetto Lyskamm is ‘artist in residence’ at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in Rome and in January 2019 its debut recording for Amadeus, of Bartók’s Fourth and Sixth Quartets, is released.

Last updated: October 2018

If there is one key quality a young quartet needs in order to grow and develop, it is trust and confidence in the ability to discover its identity. With the Borletti Buitoni family, we learnt that Trust is not just a word, but a real tangible support on so many levels. We received this award without needing to apply or convince anyone of our total commitment to the project and since then the trust in our work has helped us make real what was just a dream before.

Photographs by Christian Ruvolo