Friday, September 30th 2022, at 7 pm – Auditorium “Lo Squero”, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice


Quatuor Agate (France)
Adrien Jurkovic and Thomas Descamps, violin | Raphaël Pagnon, viola | Simon Iachemet, cello
Eleonora Testa, cello (Italy)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) – The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
V. Contrapunctus 5

György Ligeti (1923 – 2006) – Quartet n. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes

Luigi Boccherini (1743 – 1805) – Quintet in C major, op. 30, n. 6, G 324, “La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid”
I. Ave Maria delle Parrocchie  II. Minuetto de ciechi III. Rosario: Largo assai IV. Los Manolos: Allegro vivo V. Ritirata con variazioni


In this concert, after the visit to the Vatican Chapels inside the park of Giorgio Cini Foundation, the issue of spirituality is faced in some of its declinations.

With the premise that music has always been considered as an expression of the intellect and of the human spirit, and so already sufficient in itself regardless of what you play, we want in this occasion to underlines three different perspectives: that of a spirituality dedicated to the search for and glorification of God through Bach; that of a metamorphosis, fundamental figure of the spirit, always in search and always in progress through Ligeti; finally, the perspective of one of the moments of the spirit, the night, and of one of the states of mind of the spirit, lightness, through the music of Boccherini.

The Vatican Chapels are the first Pavilion of Santa Sede at Biennale International Architecture Exhibition – The Biennale of Venice of 2018: a space of approximately one and a half hectare that hosts 10 chapels designed by 10 international architects, that investigate the possibilities offered by different materials.

The chapels, usually identified as piece of a wide religious space and worship environment, such as a church or a cathedral, are here totally isolated and collocated in a natural and abstract habitat – the wood – metaphor of the wandering of life. A place suspended in the lagoon between water, sky and land, ideal for hosting a pavilion voted to reflection and spiritual experience.

Before the concert, at 5 pm, it will be possible to take part in a guided tour of the Vatican Chapels.


Under 26 Ticket €10 
Full Ticket €20
Supporter Ticket €30
Patron Ticket €50

Guided tour and concert
Full €25 | Under 26 €20
Guided tour, concert and aperitif
Full €35 | Under 26 €30

The ticket office of Cini Foundation will be open on the day of the concert, 27/05, starting from 3pm (for technical reasons it will not be possible to pay by bancomat or credit card).




Currently based in Paris, it is their love for Berlin that first brought together the four passionate members of Quatuor Agate, who founded the quartet in 2016. Back in 2016, they organized the first CorsiClassic Festival in Corsica, with the aim of promoting chamber music in areas of the island where it is rarely available.

After training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris  under Mathieu Herzog, Gabriel Le Magadure and with Luc-Marie Aguera, they continued their studies for two more years in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” with Eberhard Feltz. They join renowned chamber music academies such as the Verbier Festival Academy, the Montreal International String Quartet Academy and the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy with acclaimed teachers such as Günter Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Valentin Erben, Sir András Schiff, Tabea Zimmerman, Christoph Poppen, the Ysaye, Talich and Vogler quartets.

The quartet is quickly invited to perform at numerous international festivals and venues: Verbier Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Les Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Festival La Brèche, Casale Monferrato Festival, Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Hamburg International Chamber Music Festival, Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn, Konzertverein Schwerin, Toulouse d’Eté, with partners such as Frank Braley, Romain Guyot, Marc Danel, Enrico Pace, Mathieu Herzog, Gabriel Le Magadure, Pierre Fouchenneret, Florent Héau, Guillaume Bellom, the Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, and Ivan Karizna. 

Since 2018, the Quatuor Agate has been in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac. In 2019, the quartet becomes resident of ProQuartet and associate-artist at the La Brèche Festival. As of 2021, Quatuor Agate is supported by the Günther-Caspar Stiftung. Quatuor Agate is a prizewinner at the 2019 Verbier Festival Academy and the 2020 Irene Steels Wilsing Competition. The quartet is a finalist in the 2020 Young Classical Artists Trust.

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Eleonora Testa (Italy)

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Eleonora Testa took up the study of the cello with her father at age 5. At age 10, she began her own teaching path with Francesco Pepicelli. She participates in master classes held by Giovanni Sollima, Giovanni Gnocchi, Umberto Clerici, Luigi Piovano, and Enrico Dindo.

She is the overall winner of national and international competitions in which she takes part, including “Marco dall’Aquila” and “Chroma” in 2015, “Riviera Etrusca” and “Anemos” in 2016, “Città di Isola del Liri,” “Dinu Lipatti” and “Melos” in 2017, “Città di Latina” with special prize “Gianni Proietti” to the best cellist, “Luigi Zanuccoli” in 2018, Crescendo Prize “Città di Firenze” in 2019. In February 2020, he won first prize at the prestigious “Janigro Junior Competition” in Croatia with special “Award of the International Cultural Center HGM in Grožnjan”.

When she was only 12 years old, as part of the Ravenna Festival, invited by Giovanni Sollima, she performed in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna the Haydn Concerto in C Major, accompanied by a decimino of cellos.

In September 2019 Eleonora opened the 14th edition of the “Alfredo Piatti” International Cello Festival in Bergamo. In February 2020, she opened with a short recital the concert of the Parma Trio in the project of promoting young talents promoted by the Umbrian Philharmonic Season. Last June Eleonora was invited to inaugurate, with a recital for solo cello, the first edition of the “Antonio Janigro Festival,” in Montagano. 

Eleonora Testa since 2018 has been studying with Antonio Meneses at the Stauffer Center in Cremona and at the Accademia Chigiana master classes, where she is regularly selected for the Academy and final concerts.