Le Dimore del Quartetto

TRIO CHIMERA, ITALY

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Marta Ceretta, piano
Stefano Raccagni, violin
Giorgio Lucchini, cello

The “Chimera” is a creature from Greek mythology, threefold and allegorical, but not only: for the trio it is a tribute to Robert Schumann’s Grillen, precisely “chimeras” (the fourth Fantasiestück op.12), and to the poem La Chimera, by the Italian writer Dino Campana.
Chimera is a recurring figure in Italian culture, from the Etruscan statue in Arezzo to Gabriele d’Annunzio’s poetic collection.

Founded in 2021 and based in Milan, Trio Chimera is one of the most promising young ensembles in Italy. Until 2023 the trio studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern (CH) with Patrick Juedt, and at the Stauffer Center for Strings in Cremona with the Quartetto di Cremona.

Further musical inspiration brought out by their meeting with Mischa Maisky, Amiram Ganz (Altenberg Trio Wien), Antonio Meneses (Beaux Arts Trio) and Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet).

In 2022, they attended the masterclass by Clive Greensmith (Tokyo Quartet) at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, receiving the Diploma of Merit.
In 2023 the trio has been officially admitted to the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), and thus had the opportunity to study with Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet), Minna Pensola (Meta4 Quartet) and Ernesto Molinari (Klangforum Wien).

In 2022 the trio was awarded Best Italian Ensemble at the Filippo Nicosia International Chamber Music Competition (IT). In 2023, they won second prize at the Luigi Nono International Competition (IT), and first prize at the Lancaster International Piano Festival Competition (USA).

In less than two years, the ensemble played in many European cities, such as Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, Bern and Vilnius. In April 2023, they gave a concert in Addis Ababa with Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona), with a masterclass for the students of the Yared University of Music. In Italy, among other engagements, they were invited to the 66th Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the 55th Festival delle Nazioni in Città di Castello and the 25th Viotti Festival in Vercelli.

In October 2022, they were ensemble-in-residence at the University of the Arts in Tirana, for two concerts and a composition masterclass held by Johannes Kretz (MdW Wien), Jana Andreevska (Faculty of Music – Skopje) and Annelies van Parys (Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles).
In September 2023 they were invited by Henk Guittart (Schoenberg Quartet) to a residency programme at the 23rd Festival Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi, and in November 2023 they performed for the First International Composition Competition Finzi Academy at the Teatro dal Verme in Milan.

In December 2023, they will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Budapest, with the MAV Symphony Orchestra.