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impuls . 12th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music


Graz, August 16th - 28th, 2021




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Quartetto Maurice


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Quartetto Maurice

Georgia Privitera violin

Laura Bertolino violin

Francesco Vernero viola

Aline Privitera cello



Since its formation, a constant and tireless research on sound has been the trait that has best distinguished the Quartetto Maurice. After an in-depth investigation of the traditional classical repertoire, which has guaranteed a meticulous approach to the score and an extreme attention to the performance’s details, the quartet showed the need to place the music of 20th and 21th centuries at the heart of its repertoire, exploring a great variety of contemporary languages.

Over the years, the Quartetto Maurice carried out an intensive training in the contemporary music repertoire, together with the greatest performers and composers of the international scene like Márta and György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Philippe Manoury, Marco Stroppa, Mauro Lanza, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Marco Momi, Arditti Quartet Quatuor Diotima, Klangforum Wien, etc. It is active in promoting new music through commissions to young composers, keeping an open mind on the complex contemporary music panorama.

The 4+1 project – where “4” stands for the string quartet and “1” for electronics – highlights the will of the Quartet to consider electronics as the full fifth member of the group, and to emphasize its “cameristic” aspect, capturing the suggestions offered by electronics, giving it a new relevance in the acoustic environment, and finally creating a flow of innovations in sound that resonates one with each other. In 2018 the new release for Stradivarius Italian Label with music for string quartet and electronics by Fausto Romitelli, Mauro Lanza, Andrea Agostini, Silvia Borzelli within the project SIAE - classici di oggi was published.

Regularly invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert seasons across Europe, North and South America, the Quartet has performed throughout Italy and abroad, in a number of prestigious venues including the Venice Biennale, November Music Festival in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Biennale Zagreb, the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik 2017, SMC Lausanne, ManiFeste in Paris, the Italian Academy of Columbia University in New York, the Italian Institute of Culture and for ProQuartet in Paris, the Festival Tzlil Meudcan in Tel Aviv, the Distat Terra festival in Argentina, the New Music Festival in Macerata, the International Fajr Music Festival in Tehran, open music in Graz and the New Music Festival in Vancouver. 

The Quartet won the 35th Italian Music Critics Award “Franco Abbiati” dedicated to the memory of Piero Farulli in 2015 and the Kranichsteiner Stipendium Preis at the 48th Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt in 2016.

In 2016 the quartet founded the Association "Metamorfosi Notturne" to organize new events related to the fields of contemporary music, electronic sound and avant-garde research. The Association's institutional goals include promoting and disseminating new musical languages, through the organization of concerts, festivals, conferences and through the production of recording and publishing material. The Association organizes “Musica in Prossimità”, a festival of contemporary music, based in Pinerolo (Italy), and in 2020 the Association proposed the new streaming-project called “Spazio1984 - a Streaming Apology for a Digital Underground”.



Quartetto Maurice will be present at impuls in between August 16th and 25th.