The first formation of the La Scala String Quartet is historical and dates back to 1953 when its lead members felt the need to follow the example of the world’s greatest orchestras and work on developing an important chamber music project.
In the course of the following decades, La Scala’s Quartet was the leader of important musical events and recordings. After a pause lasting some years, four young musicians, prize-winners of international solo competitions as well as section leaders of the Theatre’s Orchestra, decide to give new life to this prestigious formation. By further developing their musical affinities, already well established within the Orchestra, they elevated themselves chamber music typical of the String Quartet.
The La Scala String Quartet has been invited to some of the most important chamber music festivals in Italy (MusicaInsieme in Bologna, Serate Musicali, Società dei Concerti e Stagione “Cantelli” in Milan, Associazione Scarlatti in Naples, Sagra Malatestiana in Rimini, Amici della Musica in Palermo, Estate Musicale in Portogruaro, Asolo Musica, Ravenna Festival, Festival Galuppi and Teatro Malibran in Venice, Stresa, Teatro alla Scala in Milan etc.) as well as abroad (Brasil, Perù, Argentina, Uruguay Japan, United States, Croatia, Germany, France etc. ).
In 2008 they made their debut with a concert at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg and in the same year they have been awarded with the prize “Città di Torino” for their artistic commitments.
They have been recording for the label DAD, for the music magazine Amadeus, for the national radio network Radio 3, for the local newspaper in Cremona La Provincia where they had the opportunity to play on the historic precious instruments preserved at the Stradivari Museum. At present they are recording with the Labels Fonè and Concerto.
Maestro Riccardo Muti wrote about them: “the Quartet stands out for its technical and musical excellence …the quartet ensures beauty of sound while its performance of the cantabile parts proves that it is very familiar with opera music, making listening a joy and pleasure indeed”.