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Schiele Quartet

Matilde Urbani, violin

Anna Avilia, viola

Jacopo Gaudenzi, cello

Federico Pische, piano

Composition: Marco Sebastianelli


> Schiele Quartet in concert on the IIC Melbourne Vimeo channel: click here


The genesis of our program is based on the central theme of the festival: crossings. Crossings of different cultures, between different eras, between apparently contrasting styles and countries which instead blend in harmony with each other in the magic of music. The concert opens with the Brahms quartet op.26, a work of great proportions and inspiration born from the encounter of Brahms himself with chamber music and from the need to continue a Beethovenian chamber music tradition that, after Schubert’s death, had not never again touched those peaks of beauty. Next to Brahms we wanted to combine a new composition, performed as an absolute premiere, by a young Italian composer: the opportunity to be able to play music written today in Italy and to bring it to the ears of the public even outside our country is for us a reason for joy, and in this way the essence of the “crossing” of the great Brahmsian music with contemporary music, of German romantic music with Italian contemporary music and of a great pillar of the history of music with a young composer of our times. (Schiele Quartet )



J. Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Quartet n.2 op.26 in A Major

1. Allegro non troppo

2. Poco Adagio

3. Scherzo. Poco Allegro

4. Final, Allegro. (45 ‘)

Marco Sebastianelli
Novita’ (10 ‘approx.)


Matilde Urbani, violinist, was born on 2 July 2000 and began her training in 2006 at the Perosi Institute in Biella, under the guidance of Paola Giammarinaro. In July 2020 he graduated with a three-year degree with a score of 110 and honors, studying violin with Duccio Ceccanti and chamber music with Edoardo Rosadini and Matteo Fossi.

She attended various quartet masterclasses, held by Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Vera Martínez (Casals Quartet), Vicente Huerta, Lyskamm Quartet and Cristiano Rossi; in 2016 she performed as a shoulder violin and soloist with the Orchestra dei Ragazzi at the Musikverein on the occasion of the World Orchestra Festival in Vienna and in May 2021 she joined the Ensemble D’Accordo, then performing on tour in Zurich, Fiesole, Rome, Bari and Monopoli with Diemut Poppen, Gregory Ahss and students of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

She was part of the 2015 and 2018 Italian Youth Orchestra as an addition, playing under the direction of Nicola Paszkowski and Giampaolo Pretto. Matilde also participated in the project of the Cupiditas orchestra in the role of shoulder and in the Camerata Strumentale Fiesolana, playing with the violinist Enrico Casazza.

At the Livorno Music Festival 2017 she accompanied the pianist Daniel Rivera in the version for quintet and piano of Chopin’s Concerto n2. She is currently attending the second level two-year course in violin at the Fiesole Music School in the classes of Yair Kless and Lorenza Borrani.

Anna Avilia, violist, began her training at the San Felice Academy in Florence, under the guidance of Giovanni Porazzini, and then moved on to study the viola with Martina Chiarugi, at the Fiesole School of Music. She is currently attending the I level three-year academic year, studying viola with Antonello Farulli and chamber music with Edoardo Rosadini and Matteo Fossi. Anna has attended various viola masterclasses, held by Francesca Piccioni, Thomas Selditz, Louise Williams, Danilo Rossi; and various masterclasses in quartet and chamber music, including those held by the Quartetto Klimt, Quartetto Lyscamm, Vincente Huerta, Vera Martìnez (Cuarteto Casals).

In March 2020, invited to Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) with the Shaborùz Quartet (of the Fiesole Music School) by Ricardo Castro, she participated in the BEETHOVEN 250 series with the Neojiba Orchestra. In May 2021 she joined the Ensemble D’Accordo, performing on tour in Zurich, Fiesole, Rome, Bari and Monopoli with Diemut Poppen, Gregory Ahss and students of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Jacopo Gaudenzi, cellist, born in Milan on 7 August 1998 into a family of musicians. His musical training began at an early age at the Claudio Abbado Civic Music School in Milan. At the age of ten he took the entrance exam at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and was placed in the cello class of Maestro Christian Bellisario. He tackles the study of chamber music under the guidance of Professor Emanuela Piemonti and with the formation of a classical trio stands out within the musical youth scene, achieving numerous national and international achievements.

In November 2018 he supports and wins the audition for the Italian Youth Orchestra and thanks to this orchestral experience he has the opportunity to work with great conductors such as Daniele Gatti, Alexander Lonquich, Jeremie Rhorer, Lorenzo Viotti. studies (Bachelor’s degree) with an evaluation of 110 cum laude. He continues his studies for the achievement of a second level degree at the Music School of Fiesole, he is admitted in the class of Maestro Giovanni Gnocchi, Luca Provenzani, Francesco Dillon and Paolo Bonomini. He approaches in a more specific way the study of the string quartet under the guidance of Maestro Edoardo Rosadini. Also in the context of the string quartet he takes part in a Masterclass with Vera Martinez, first violin of the Quartetto Casals. In 2021 he joined the “d’Accordo” Ensemble established by Diemut Poppen and Gregory Ahss.

On 3 July 2021 he obtained his two-year degree at the Fiesole music school with full marks.

Federico Pische was born on 12.6.1996 and began studying the piano at the age of 6, then accessing the “Nino Rota” Conservatory of Music in Monopoli in the class of Maestro Benedetto Lupo and graduating under the guidance of Prof. Stefania Santangelo in March 2017 with 10 cum laude. He took part in various national and international piano specialization courses held by Marisa Somma, Benedetto Lupo, Fedele Antonicelli, Andrea Lucchesini and Sontraud Speidel.

In July 2016 he played Ludwig van Beethoven’s 4th Concerto for piano and orchestra with the “Nino Rota” Conservatory Orchestra of Monopoli, gaining unanimous approval.

In 2018 and 2019 he was a finalist in the “Crescendo” competition organized by the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, finalist in the 28th International Competition for Young Musicians “City of Barletta”, and first prize at the “V International” Giuseppe Tricarico “competition thanks to which he will make his debut in 2021 with a recital in Salzburg.

Lately he performed as part of the ninth piano festival “Città di Corato”, for the Prospero Rendella Civic Library of Monopoli and the “Amici della Musica” association of Monte Sant’Angelo, the “Amici della Musica” Music Association of Monte Sant’Angelo, the Pescara Music Association of Pescara, the “Giovanni Colafemmina” Cultural Association of Acquaviva delle Fonti, the “Devanna” art gallery in Bitonto and the music festival “The concerts of the Tempietto. Currently attends the two-year period of solo piano at the Fiesole Music School under the guidance of Andrea Lucchesini.

Marco Sebastianelli was born in Pesaro on 06/02/1998. Graduated in piano at the G. Rossini Conservatory under the guidance of Professor Maria Picciafuoco. Currently graduating in composition at the Fiesole Music School Foundation with Professor Andrea Portera.

  • Organized by: IIC Melbourne