The European String Quartet Academy

Project Outline

Project Outline
The project includes a summer session to be held at the Fiesole Music School; other sessions will be held throughout the year by the various Institute partners. 

The main points of the project are:

• Performance styles. Future meetings between quartets and theorists are planned where the different violin school styles will be compared. Work will also be carried out between musicians and modern-day composers.

• In-depth study text analysis.

• Acquisition of materials and original scores.

• Performance Technique, with the possibility of performing in public concerts and then studying the audio and video recordings.

Execution Time 
“Nec manus, nisi intellectus, sibi permissus, multam valent: instrumentis et auxilibus res perficitur/La mano nuda e l’intelletto abbandonato a se stesso servono poco. Per compiere le opere sono necessari strumenti e mezzi d’aiuto” “Human hand and intelligence, alone, are powerless: what gives them power are tools and assistants provided by culture”.
Execution time is a tool inspired by this enlightening phrase by Francis Bacon. Proficiency can be improved only through practice. Therefore every day 15 - 19 July 2019 on there will be musical interludes at Villa La Fonte (100 meters from the School) during which each group can ascertain the progress made during their lessons.

Peer education
“Music is an asset to be shared” Piero Farulli. The best groups will be asked to hold lessons for young ensembles of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in order to share with them the notions and indications they acquired, seeing that all are inspired by the same enthusiasm for music.

The European String Quartet Academy

“I don’t think that any musical ensemble has been the subject of more profound musical reflection than the String Quartet. Through it the vessel of music has probed the deepest seas. After a life span of 250 years it still cannot be limited to the sum of its parts and presents itself to us as an “instrument” whose dialogue between individuality and humanity, autonomy and homogeneity, appears as the paradigm of an ideal society.”

Luciano Berio

Founded by Piero Farulli, the Academy offers professional training at an international level to string quartets at the beginning of their career. Members of the Academy have already won many prizes at international competitions, from Melbourne to Moscow, from the Borciani to Prague, from the Haydn of Vienna to the ARD of Munich. The Academy is a member of the European Federation of Chamber Music (ECMA) that includes: Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria), Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (Germany), Conservatoire de Paris CNSMDP (France), Sibelius Academy Helsinki (Finland), Royal Northern College of Music (Great Britain); additional members are: Festival Pablo Casals (France), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (Lithuania), Orlando Festival Kerkrade (Holland).

Founding teachers

Hatto Beyerle - Alban Berg String Quartet

Norbert Brainin - Amadeus String Quartet

Piero Farulli - Quartetto Italiano

Milan Skampa - Smetana String Quartet

Antonello Farulli Director
Andrea Nannoni Assistant Teacher


AUSTRIA, Vienna - mdw - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst

AUSTRIA, Grafenegg - Grafenegg Kulturbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H.
FRANCE, Paris - Conservatoire national supérieur de musique
ITALY, Fiesole - Scuola di Musica di Fiesole - Fondazione O.N.L.U.S.
LITHUANIA, Vilnius - Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija
NORWAY, Oslo - Norges Musikkhøgskole
SWITZERLAND, Bern - Hochschule der Künste
THE NETHERLANDS, The Hague - Koninklijk Conservatorium
UNITED KINGDOM, Manchester - Royal Northern College of Music

Cooperating Partners
AUSTRIA, Großraming - Europäisches Kulturforum Großraming
AUSTRIA, Horn - Allegro Vivo Kammermusik Festival
AUSTRIA, Vienna - isa - International Summer Academy of the mdw
AUSTRIA, Graz - Steirisches Kammermusikfestival

FRANCE, Prades - Festival Pablo Casals
FRANCE, Paris - Centre de Musique de Chambre
ITALY, Ravenna - Ravenna Festival

UNITED KINGDOM, London - Wigmore Hall












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