BIO

Winner of the 50th «Prague Spring International Music Competition» in May 1998, the Quartetto Prometeo was also awarded the «Special Bärenreiter prize for best performance of Mozart’s Quartet K 590 according with the original score», the «City of Prague» award as best quartet and the «Pro Harmonia Mundi» prize.
The Quartetto Prometeo was appointed resident quartet, from 1998 to 1999, at the Britten Pears Academy in Aldeburgh and was awarded the «Thomastik Infeld» prize at the Internationale Sommer Akademie Prag-Wien-Budapest in 1999 for «outstanding performance of a chamber music work». It won second prize at the Concours International de Quatuors of that year in Bordeaux and, in 2000, the Special Bärenreiter Prize at the ARD Munich Competition. Then, in 2012 it was honored to receive the Leone d’Argento, one of the highest distinctions in music in Italy, and at present is quartet-in-residence at the prestigious Accademia Filarmonica Romana.

The Quartetto Prometeo’s brilliant international career has included performances at the Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Società del Quartetto of Milan, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Musica Insieme in Bologna, Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the BBC, Grand Théatre in Bordeaux, Foundation Royaumont, Auditorium Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Boswil Festival, Schloss-Elmau Kammermusikfest, Wurzburg Mozartnacht, Le Printemps Musical de Saint-Cosme, Engadiner Festwochen, Kammermusikfest in Saarbrucken, Rencontres Musicales de Fontainbleau, Colmar Festival, Sanssouci Festival in Potsdam, as well as tours in North and South America, the Netherlands, Russia, Japan, and elsewhere.
The Quartetto Prometeo enjoys performing with their friends and colleagues - Mario Brunello, David Geringas, Veronika Hagen, Alexander Lonquich, Enrico Pace, Stefano Scodanibbio, the Belcea Quartet, and others.
One of the characteristics of the Prometeo is their constant experimentation with interactions between classical repertoire and musical expressions of our time. Their close collaboration with Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino resulted in his dedicating two pieces to them, Esercizi di Tre Stili and the recent Quartetto No. 8, commissioned by the Società del Quartetto of Milan together with the MaerzMusik Festival Berlin, the Ultima Festival Oslo, and the Aldeburgh Festival, recorded for Kairos together with his other recent works for string quartet.
The Quartetto Prometeo collaborates regularly with composer Ivan Fedele and in 2011, premiered Moroloja Kai Erotika for string quartet and voice, commissioned by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and dedicated to them.
After the successful recording of the complete Schumann String Quartets for Amadeus, their new releases include: for Kairos a monografic CD dedicated to Salvatore Sciarrino, for Brilliant a CD, the Opera Omnia for quartet by Hugo Wolf, for ECM a CD dedicated to Stefano Scodanibbio, for LimenMusic a CD/DVD with works by Beethoven and Schubert, as well as quartets by Szymanowski for Brilliant, and a monografic CD dedicated to Ivan Fedele.
In the Spring of 2015 their first recording for SONY Classics, Arcana, was released.
September 2015

Vincitore della 50° edizione del Prague Spring International Music Competition nel 1998, il Quartetto Prometeo è stato insignito anche del Premio Speciale Bärenreiter per la migliore esecuzione fedele al testo originale del Quartetto K 590 di Mozart, del Premio Città di Praga come migliore quartetto e del Premio Pro Harmonia Mundi.Nel 1998 il Quartetto Prometeo è stato eletto complesso residente della Britten Pears Academy di Aldeburgh e nel 1999 ha ricevuto il premio Thomas Infeld dalla Internationale Sommer Akademie Prag-Wien-Budapest per le "straordinarie capacità interpretative di una composizione del repertorio cameristico per archi” ed è risultato secondo al Concours International de Quatuors di Bordeaux. Nel 2000 è stato nuovamente insignito del Premio Speciale Bärenreiter al Concorso ARD di Monaco.
Nel 2012 riceve il Leone d’Argento alla Biennale Musica di Venezia e attualmente è “quartetto residente” all’Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
Ospite al Concertgebouw di Amsterdam, Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Mecklenburg Festival, Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Musica Insieme di Bologna, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Società Veneziana dei Concerti, GOG di Genova, Associazione Scarlatti di Napoli, Amici della Musica di Firenze, Festival Sinopoli di Taormina…
Collabora con musicisti quali Mario Brunello, David Geringas, Veronika Hagen, Alexander Lonquich, Enrico Pace, Stefano Scodanibbio, Quartetto Belcea.
Particolarmente intenso il rapporto artistico con Salvatore Sciarrino che ha dedicato al Prometeo gli Esercizi di tre stili e il nuovo Quartetto n. 8 per archi commissionato dalla Società del Quartetto di Milano, Aldeburgh Festival, Ultima Festival di Oslo e dal MaerzMusik Festival di Berlino e recentemente registrato per Kairos in un CD monografico. Prosegue la collaborazione con Ivan Fedele di cui il Prometeo nel 2011 ha interpretato Morolòja commissionato dall’Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
Dopo l'integrale dei Quartetti di Schumann per Amadeus, le ultime uscite discografiche sono: per Kairos un CD monografico dedicato a Salvatore Sciarrino (premiato con 5Diapason), per Brilliant un CD monografico dedicato a Hugo Wolf, per ECM un disco monografico dedicato a Stefano Scodanibbio, per LimenMusic opere di Schubert e Beethoven nonché un CD monografico dedicato a Ivan Fedele.
Nella primavera 2014 uscirà il primo disco per la SONY CLASSICS.
Giugno 2014

About Us

First Violin
Giulio Rovighi

Giulio Rovighi

Giulio Rovighi, first violin, studied for many years with the great Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo. Leader of major Italian orchestras, Santa Cecilia in Rome and La Fenice in Venice, Giulio has dedicated himself fulltime to the quartet since joining the group in 2008. He loves tennis but can’t play as much as he would like to...

Second Violin
Aldo Campagnari

Aldo Campagnari

Aldo Campagnari is second violin and founder member of the Prometeo. He is active in various chamber ensembles and teaches quartet at the Conservatory of Lugano. He loves his particular role, and from his position “inside” the quartet, checks constantly in rehearsal for harmonic clarity. He is by far the quartet’s best chef – his risotti are a renowned specialty...

Viola
Massimo Piva

Massimo Piva

Violist Massimo Piva from Rovigo is the youngest member of the quartet and the newest addition to the foursome. He has had vast experience as a chamber musician and has played first viola of the La Scala and Santa Cecilia orchestras. He is also interested in period performance on original instruments, adding this special “taste” to the style of the Prometeo. In his free time he composes and has just finished his Op.1, Sinfonia per Archi.

Cello
Francesco Dillon

Francesco Dillon

Cellist Francesco Dillon, founder member of the group, divides his time between quartet playing and a variety of other musical projects... Always on the lookout for neglected and rare (but beautiful!) repertoire, he is responsible for some of the more adventurous aspects of the quartet’s programming. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, he tries to convince his colleagues to mix old and new, exploring bizarre effects on their instruments...