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Is it possible to reach perfection? From what the concert panorama offers us lately, the answer would seem to be no. The Quartetto Prometeo however seems to be born in order to turn every assump...

Is it possible to reach perfection? From what the concert panorama offers us lately, the answer would seem to be no. The Quartetto Prometeo however seems to be born in order to turn every assumption upside down; thus it was at the concert of the 59th Sienese Settimana Musicale where the Quartet gave a memorable performance to the enthusiastic approval of the audience. The Quartetto Prometeo has demonstrated not only its greatness but also the adamantine coherence of its own philosophy Alberto Corrado, "Vinile.com

Winner of the 50th Prague Spring International Music Competition May 1998, the Quartetto Prometeo, in the same occasion, was awarded the Special Bärenreiter prize for best performance of Mozart"s Quartet K 590 according with the original score , the City of Prague prize as best quartet and the Pro Harmonia Mundi prize.In 1998 the Quartetto Prometeo was chosen as the resident chamber group at the Britten Pears Academy in Aldeburgh and in 1999 it received the Thomas Infeld prize of the international Prague-Vienna-Budapest Summer Academy for its "extraordinary interpretive ability of a composition within the repertoire for chamber strings . Iit was placed second in the international Quatuors a Bordeaux competition and in 2000 it was again awarded the Special Bärenreiter Prize at the ARD competition in Munich.

In 2012 they received the prestigious "Leone d"Argento (Silver Lion) at the Biennale Musica in Venice. Since the beginning, the quartet have received many important scholarships from the Scuola di Musica of Fiesole and from the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, where in August 1995 they won the prestigious diploma of honor. In the next three years 2013-15 they will be quartet-in-residence at the prestigious Accademia Filarmonica Romana.

Quartetto Prometeo's brilliant international career include performances at the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma, Società del Quartetto in Milano, Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the BBC, Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, Foundation Royaumont, Auditorium Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Boswil Festival, Schloss-Elmau Kammermusikfest, Würzburg Mozartnacht, Le Printemps Musical de Saint-Cosme, Engadiner Festwochen, Kammermusikfest in Saarbrücken, Rencontres Musicales de Fontainebleau, Colmar Festival, Sanssouci Festival in Potsdam, as well as tours in South America and The Netherlands.

One of the characteristics of the Prometeo is their constant research in putting together the classical repertoire and the new musical expressions of our time. Their close collaboration with the acclaimed composer Salvatore Sciarrino led him to dedicate two pieces to the Prometeo, his Esercizi di tre stili and the Quartetto n.8 commissioned by Società del Quartetto Milan, MaerzMusik Festival Berlin, Ultima Festival Oslo, Aldeburgh Festival, recently recorded for the label Kairos together with his latest works for string quartet.
Quartetto Prometeo continues to collaborate with Ivan Fedele, and in 2011 premiered Moroloja Kai Erotika for string quartet and voice commissioned by Accademia Filarmonica Romana and dedicated to the Prometeo.

After the successful recording of the complete Schumann" String Quartets for Amadeus, the new releases include: for Kairos a monographic CD dedicated to Salvatore Sciarrino, for Brilliant a monographic CD dedicated to Hugo Wolf, for ECM the monographic CD dedicated to Stefano Scodanibbio, for LimenMusic a CD/DVD with works by Beethoven and Schubert as well as a monographic CD dedicated to Ivan Fedele.
Quartetto Prometeo has recorded for the German ARD, Saarländischer Rundfunk, WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the English BBC, Radio France, the Austrian ORF, and regularly for the Italian RAI Radio 3.