Massimo Quarta |
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Massimo Quarta |

Massimo Quarta

Date of birth
conductor, instrumentalist

Massimo Quarta |

Famous Italian violinist. Favored by the audience and the press, Massimo Quarta enjoys well-deserved popularity. Thus, the specialized magazine on classical music “American Record Guide” characterizes his playing as “the embodiment of elegance itself”, and music critics of the famous magazine “Diapason”, talking about his performance, note “the fire and sensuality of the game, the purity of sound and the elegance of intonation.” Particularly popular is Massimo Quarta’s cycle of recordings “Paganini’s Works Performed on the Paganini Violin”, released by the Italian record company “Dynamic”. In the performance of this Italian violinist, quite famous works of Paganini sound completely new, whether it is a cycle of six violin concertos by Niccolò Paganini performed with an orchestra, or individual works of Paganini performed with piano accompaniment (or in orchestral arrangements), such as the Variations ” I Palpiti” on a theme from the opera “Tancred” by Rossini, Variations on a Theme by Weigel, the Military Sonata “Napoleon”, written for one string (sol), or the well-known Variations “Dance of the Witches”. In the interpretations of these works, the truly innovative approach of Massimo Quarta is always noted. All of them are performed by him on the Cannone violin by the greatest master Guarneri Del Gesù, a violin that belonged to Niccolò Paganini, the legendary virtuoso from Genoa. No less famous is the recording of Massimo Quarta performing Paganini’s 24 Caprices. This disc was released by the famous British record company Chandos Records. It should be noted that Massimo Quarta’s bright and virtuoso playing style quickly won the recognition of the audience and was repeatedly noted for excellent reviews in the international press.

Massimo Quarta was born in 1965. He received his higher education at the famous National Academy of Santa Cecilia (Rome) in the class of Beatrice Antonioni. Massimo Quarta also studied with such famous violinists as Salvatore Accardo, Ruggiero Ricci, Pavel Vernikov and Abram Stern. After victories in the most important national violin competitions, such as the “Città di Vittorio Veneto” (1986) and “Opera Prima Philips” (1989), Massimo Quarta attracted the attention of the international community, winning in 1991 the First Prize at the prestigious international violin competition named after Niccolò Paganini (since 1954 it has been held annually in Genoa). Since then, the already successful career of the musician has gone uphill and acquired an international dimension.

The result of his international popularity was performances in the largest concert halls in Berlin (Konzerthaus and the Berlin Philharmonic), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Paris (Pleyel Hall and Chatelet Theatre), Munich (Gasteig Philharmonic), Frankfurt ( Alte Oper), Düsseldorf (Tonhalle), Tokyo (Metropolitan Art Space and Tokyo Bunka-Kaikan), Warsaw (Warsaw Philharmonic), Moscow (Great Hall of the Conservatory), Milan (La Scala Theatre) , Rome (Academy “Santa Cecilia”). He has performed with such renowned conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Myung-Wun Chung, Christian Thielemann, Aldo Ceccato, Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Yurovsky, Dmitry Yurovsky, Daniel Oren, Kazushi Ono. In a short time, having established the status of “one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation”, Massimo Quarta became a welcome guest at once at many famous international music festivals held in Potsdam, Sarasota, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Lyon, Naples, Spoleto, as well as Berliner Festwochen, the Chamber Festival music of Gidon Kremer in Lockenhouse and other equally well-known music forums.

Recently, along with an intense solo career, Massimo Quarta has established himself as one of the most dynamic and exciting young conductors in Europe, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Swiss Symphony Orchestra (OSI – Orchester d’Italia Switzerland, based in Lugano), the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, the Carlo Felice Theater Orchestra in Genoa and other ensembles. Conductor Massimo Kwarta made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in February 2007 at the Musikverein in Vienna, and in October 2008 with the Netherlands Symphony at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam). As a conductor, Massimo Quarta has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Mozart’s Concertos for two and three pianos and orchestra, as well as Mozart’s Piano Rondo. As a soloist and conductor with the Haydnian Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, he recorded the Concertos No. 4 and No. 5 of Henri Vietain. These recordings were released by the Italian record label Dynamic. In addition, as a soloist, he also recorded for Philips, and also recorded Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Konstantin Orbelyan. The disc was released by the sound recording company Delos (USA). Massimo Quarta is the winner of the international award “Foyer Des Artistes”, the owner of the honorary international prize “Gino Tani”. Today Massimo Quarta is a professor at the Higher School of Music in Lugano (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana).

According to the press service of the Russian Concert Agency

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