Archipelago Venezia is a series of concert and artistic residences at Giorgio Cini Foundation on Isola di San Giorgio in Venice, which involves excellent young chamber groups together with soloists and represents an important step in their growth path through a period of residence and study at the Venetian Foundation to perfect pieces in new formations and develop new projects.

We use music as a universal language that overcomes the boundaries of space and becomes an intersection point between different worlds, creating a perfect deal among people, places and passions


•   For young ensembles and soloists, who through the artistic residence and the supervision of Giancarlo di Vacri have the opportunity to try different repertories and challenge themselves by working on different formations.

•   For different arts and disciplines such as music and architecture, with the aim of evaluating the artistic and cultural heritage, experimenting the connection between different creative disciplines, and reaching a more and more heterogenous audience.

The project, ideated and organized by Le Dimore del Quartetto under the artistic direction of Simone Gramaglia (Viola of Quartetto di Cremona) in collaboration with Fondazione Gioventù Musicale d’Italia and Fondazione Walter Stauffer. Thanks to the Patronage of Fondazione Italia Patria della Bellezza the 2022 edition has been adopted by Crafted, agency which follows its digital communication.

“The noun pelago derives from the ancient Greek pélagos which means sea.

With ARCHIPELAGO we imagined a “sea for strings” with its island, an ideal place where to dock and express yourself. No place, better than Fondazione Cini with its stunning Auditorium, could have represented this ideal place, this, in fact, is ARCHIPELAGO.
In the latest years the number of young people who pursue the discipline of string quartet has grown a lot, regardless of any crisis.  A strong signal that beauty and quality don’t fear anything and that they can, on the contrary, bring benefits to those who decide to follow, support, and invest in projects that follow these two precious standards.

 – Artistic Director, Simone Gramaglia


Fondazione Giorgi Cini was established in 1951 by Vittorio Cini, in memory of his son Giorgio, with the aim of restoring the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, severely degraded by almost 150 years of military occupation, to reintegrate it into the life of Venice and to make it an international center of cultural activities. Throughout its 70-year history, the Foundation has promoted permanent social, cultural, artistic and research activities (with special reference to Venetian and Veneto civilization), which have been developed with always original initiatives in a constant dialogue with Italian and international culture. In addition to its own research activities, exhibitions and conferences, performances and concerts, the Foundation hosts congresses and conferences of qualified scientific and cultural organizations and hosts initiatives of absolute importance in the field of international relations.


Auditorium “Lo Squero” on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore is an old workshop once used to repair boats, transformed in 2016 into a modern and striking auditorium, thanks to the work of architects Cattaruzza and Millosevich and with contributions from the Interregional Superintendency for Public Works of Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Virginio Bruni Tedeschi Foundation. The setting of the hall was made possible by contributions from the Venice Foundation, Melissa Ulfane and an anonymous donor. Thanks to its exceptional acoustics and its privileged location directly overlooking the lagoon, the Squero on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore is a unique space that perfectly accords music and image.

Gioventù Musicale d’Italia (GMI), founded in Milan in 1952, is the Italian section of JM International (JMI), the world’s largest music NGO, created in Brussels in 1945. More than 40 countries around the world are members, with the common purpose of spreading music to young people, regardless of culture, race or language. Its activities are vast and range from classical music, which is its basis, to jazz, folk, ethnic music, and the most recent musical expressions.
The primary purpose of the Gioventù Musicale d’Italia is to support young musicians in their professional activities, with particular regard to the moment of transition from training to profession.

The National Auditions, the collaboration with World Federation of International Music Competitions (FMCIM), the high number of concerts performed in its national circuit, the vast network of international artistic exchanges, are the means through which the Gioventù Musicale d’Italia has offered and continues to offer young musicians the opportunity to begin, continue, and strengthen their insertion into the world of work.

Gioventù Musicale d’Italia also pursues the goal of spreading music, as an expression of human feeling, at all levels by making up for a lack inherent in the national school system. JM International is a member of the International Music Council (IMC), an organization created by UNESCO in 1949.

Founded in 1985, Accademia Stauffer is among Italy’s most prestigious musical institutions, an international reference point for the advanced training of string instrumentalists (violin, viola, cello, double bass) in solo, chamber and orchestral settings.

The Academy selects exceptionally talented young musicians from all over the world, offering them an opportunity for inclusion in an exclusive path of artistic and professional growth. The Academy’s faculty brings together some of the most established and appreciated Italian and international artists, along with specialized chamber ensembles and ensembles, from baroque to contemporary.
Stauffer offers an integrated and diversified teaching program, based on the excellence of the great Italian music school and in connection with the best international training experiences.
The Academy provides annual advanced courses taught by Salvatore Accardo (violin), Bruno Giuranna (viola), Antonio Meneses (cello), Franco Petracchi (double bass) and the Cremona Quartet, an annual professional course for first violinist, taught by the first parts of the most important European orchestras, masterclasses and programs
residency programs, held in collaboration with some of the most prestigious international academic institutions.
All Stauffer students are supported by a full-ride scholarship program, a unique opportunity in the higher music education system. The Academy’s alumni include numerous internationally renowned soloists, established chamber ensembles and first parts of some of the most influential orchestral ensembles.


FRIDAY, MAY 27TH, 2022 | Archipelago #1
Kleio Quartet and Nikolas Altieri, viola

FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2022 | Archipelago #2
Cuarteto Iberia and Claudio Laureti, viola 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022 | Archipelago #3
Quator Agate and Eleonora testa, cello 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2022 | Archipelago #4
Karski Quartet  and Fabrizio Buzzi, double-bass 

The 2022 edition explores the relationship between architecture and music trough itineraries that plan guided tours in the spaces of Cini Foundation and Teatro Verde, and concerts with musical programs inspired by the places visited on Isola di San Giorgio. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2021 | Archipelago #1
Chaos String Quartet and Alexander Ullmann, piano

SATURDAY, JULY 24th, 2021 | Archipelago #2
Atenea Quartet and Virginia Luca, viola

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2021 | Archipelago #3
Echéa Quartet and Vitor Fernandes, clarinet

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9th | Archipelago #4
Zorá Quartet and Luigi Attademo, guitar


Before taking your seat at San Giorgio Cafè, show your Archipelago concert ticket at the cashier to receive a special 20% discount on a cocktail of your choice.
Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm

Tuesday, January 21st, 5.30 pm | Free launch concert Affinity Quartet Music by Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn READ MORE

Saturday, February 22nd, 5 pm | Archipelago #1 Barbican Quartet and Emanuele Ruggero, viola Music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart READ MORE

Saturday, March 21st, 5 pm | Archipelago #2 Quartetto Noûs and Igor Andreev, piano Music by Skrjabin, Mendelssohn, Dvořák READ MORE

Saturday, April 4th, 5 pm | Archipelago #3 Echéa Quartet and Kevin Spagnolo, clarinet Music by Widmann, Haydn, Mozart READ MORE

Saturday, May 16th, 5 pm | Archipelago #4 Leonkoro Quartet and Margherita Succio, cello Music by Cassadò, Haydn, Schubert READ MORE

Saturday, June 6th, 5 pm | Archipelago #5 Behn Quartet and special guest: M° Luigi Attademo, guitar Music by Paganini, Mendelssohn, Brouwer, Boccherini READ MORE

Saturday, July 11th, 5 pm | Archipelago #6 Ruisi Quartet, Gennaro Cardaropoli, violin and Alexander Ullman, piano Music by Haydn, Chausson READ MORE


STUDENT ticket | GENERIC ticket | 15  SUPPORTER ticket | €30 PATRON ticket | €50 GENERIC subscription | €60 SUPPORTER subscription | €120 PATRON subscription | €200 Choosing the “Supporter” and “Patron” tickets and subscriptions, you will contribute to sustain the guest musicians and the activity of the institutions involved in the organisation of the concerts. BE RESPONSIBLE, SUPPORT YOUNG MUSICIANS. SPECIAL OFFER Happy Hour at the San Giorgio Café with Filippo La Mantia With your Archipelago ticket, on the day of the concert you can get exclusive discounts: spritz for €5 and 10% off a dinner.
January 31st, 2019 | 6pm Quartetto Adorno and Simone Gramaglia, viola

February 28th, 2019 | 6pm Quartetto Dudok and Giulia Attili, cello

May 16th, 2019 | 6pm Trio Cygnus and Nicoletta Pignataro, viola

July 25th, 2019 | 6pm Quartetto Tchalik and Viviana Lasaracina, piano

September 12th, 2019 | 6pm Quartetto Akilone and Sae Yoon Chon, piano

October 17th, 2019 | 6pm  Quartetto Furiant and Dina Ivanova, piano

Media partner


Giorgio Cini Foundation hosts the first online format in live streaming signed by Le Dimore del Quartetto. Three episodes dedicated to the string quartet world, discovering composers and repertoire through stories and anecdotes. To enrich the exchange, each episode sees the presence of a guest from a different background: a scholar, a musician, a philosopher.