A project of the Pinacoteca di Brera in collaboration with Le Dimore del Quartetto

The ensemble performing this month is Trio Cygnus from the UK, with Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 by Felix Mendelssohn.
The work of art they are inspired by is Bernando Bellotto’s ‘View of the Gazzada(click here to find out more about this work of art).

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trio Cygnus

César Saura, piano
Javier Montañana, violin
Hannah Lewis, cello

Cygnus Trio demonstrates the ability of music to transcend physical and geographical boundaries, uniting the cities of Valencia and London.
In Valencia, Javier Montañana and César Saura initially studied together, forming a duo, before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Music, where they respectively specialised in violin with Richard Deakin and in piano with Daniel Ben-Pienaar and William Fong. In London, Hannah Lewis won a scholarship to continue her cello studies with David Smith, also at the Royal Academy. In 2012, the three musicians formed Cygnus Piano Trio, based between Valencia and London.
They are currently enrolled in the advanced course at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona, where they are followed by Quartetto di Cremona Quartet, while also following the teachings of Richard Deakin, Michael Dussek and Nicholas Roberts. They also participated in masterclasses with musicians such as Pascal Devoyon, Raphael Walfisch and Alfred Brendel.



Brera/Musica is the project of the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan that explores and deepens the relationships between visual art and music, an integral part of the development of the academic, intellectual and artistic dimension of the Pinacoteca’s works.

From 16 March to 21 December, the musicians of Le Dimore del Quartetto, in dialogue with curator and art historian Alessandra Montalbetti, introduce the public to the atmospheres of the pictorial and musical landscapes that are the protagonists of this edition.

Concerts are online on the third Thursday of each month, starting at 6 p.m., on the website of the Pinacoteca di Brera and Le Dimore del Quartetto.

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