donated by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Cecilia ZIANO – Violin (Italy), 23
Clara Franziska SCHOETENSACK – Violin (Italy), 26
Francesca PICCIONI – Viola (Italy), 30
Giorgio CASATI – Violoncello (Italy), 30
The Quartetto Lyskamm was founded in 2008 at the G.Verdi Conservatoire in Milan, by four young Italian music students. The quartet is part of the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), and worked with musicians such as, Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Heime Mueller, Ferenc Rados, Antonello Farulli, Dirk Mommertz, Christoph Richter, Claus Christian Schuster, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Christophe Giovaninetti and Andrea Nannoni.
In 2008, Lyskamm participated in the Fine Arts Quartet master class at Fondazione Stradivari in Cremona, as well as at several national and international competitions like the Luigi Nono international chamber music competition at Venaria Reale in 2008 and at the Guido Papini – Città di Camaiore international chamber music competition in 2009. The quartet won third prize and the prize for best execution of Schumann’s Quartet op. 41 n. 2 at the Città di Pinerolo international chamber music competition in 2009. In 2010 the quartet was finalist at the Vittorio Gui international chamber music competition and was winner at the “Premio Rimbotti” competition in 2014. The Quartetto Lyskamm was invited by Società Filarmonica di Trento, Amici della Musica di Padova, Amici della Musica di Trapani, Associazione Etnea di Catania, Filarmonica Laudamo di Messina, Associazione Amici di Campolofeno to the Isle of Elba, Società Umanitaria di Milano and CIDIM’s Nuove Carriere festival. Besides their regular concert activities, Quartetto Leyskam have recorded for RAI Radio 3 and others, and was selected by the Italian National Music Committee (CIDIM) in 2014 to give concerts in Italy, performing in the country’s most prominent chamber music cities.
Cecilia ZIANO, Violin
Cecilia Ziano was born in 1991 in Ciriè, Italy, and received her first violin lesson at the age of four in Turin under maestro Fabrizio Pavone. She studied with Dora Schwarzberg and Adrian Pinzaru and graduated from Turin Conservatoire with top marks under the guidance of Christine Anderson.
Cecilia is currently studying with Salvatore Accardo at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona, at Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she received the Diploma d’Onore for artist merit, and with Guy Braunstein at the Hulencourt Academy in Brussels. In 2014 she graduated under Kolja Blacher at Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin (the only Italian in the string department). Cecilia holds a Fondazione CRT “Masters of Talent” scholarship and a scholarship from the Associazione DeSono. In 2012, she was invited to take part in a chamber music project of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Since October 2013, she has been an auxiliary at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Clara Franziska SCHOETENSACK, Violin
Clara Franziska was born in 1987 in Assisi, Italy. She studied violin at Milan Conservatoire under Daniele Gay, where she graduated in 2007 with top marks and honours. She participated in advanced courses and master classes with Salvatore Accardo, Shlomo Mintz, Altenberg Trio, Debussy Trio (Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo) and Giuliano Carmignola (Accademia Chigiana di Siena). Clara is leader of Orchestra Cherubini, directed by Riccardo Muti.
Francesca PICCIONI, Viola
Francesca was born in 1984 in Siena, Italy. She graduated in viola from Bologna Conservatoire with top marks under the guidance of Antonello Raulli. She continued her studies with Hatto Bayerle, Wilfried Strehle and Tabea Zimmermann. Since 2009, she has been a student of Pauline Sachse at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. She has been a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. Francesca is currently a member of the Mozart Orchestra and plays the 1st viola at the Orchestra Cherubini.
Giorgio CASATI, Violoncello
Giorgio was born in 1984 in Milan, Italy and studied cello with Marco Bernardin at the Milan Conservatoire. He graduated in 2002 with honours. Since 2010, he has continued his studies with Mario Brunello at the Fondazione Romanini di Brescia, also taking lessons with Enrico Dindo, Enrico Bronzi and Frans Helmerson. Giorgio is the founder of “mdi ensemble”, a sextet dedicated to contemporary chamber music. In 2009, he was awarded the “Premio Internazionale Amici di Milano per i Giovani” (silver plate bestowed by the President of the Republic and the Lombardy Region).
Live recording during the FS&MM 2015
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet op. 33/1
1st Mov.: Allegro moderato
2nd Mov.: Scherzo
3rd Mov.: Andante
4th Mov.: Presto