European project MERITA, of which Europa Nostra is a partner, welcomes 38 string quartets

Thirty-eight emerging professional European string quartets have been selected to join the EU-funded project MERITA – where chamber music, cultural hERItage and TAlent meet, of which Europa Nostra is a partner. The announcement was made today by Le Dimore del Quartetto, leader of this innovative European project, which involves 17 cultural institutions from across Europe. The quartets, selected by the Artistic Committee of MERITA, come from all over the continent: Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, Poland, Serbia, Finland and Greece.

The names of the 38 string quartets selected to join MERITA are:

ADAM Quartet, Quartetto Adorno, Airis String Quartet, Akela Quartet, Akhtamar Quartet, Quatuor Akilone, Alinde Quartett, Amai Quartet, Animato Quartet, Antarja Quartet, Atenea Quartet, Belinfante Quartet, Chaos String Quartet, Desguin Kwartet, Quartetto Eos, Erinys Quartet, Fabrik Quartet, Quartet Gerhard, Quartetto Goldberg, Cuarteto Iberia, Quartetto Indaco, Kandinsky Quartet, Karski Quartet, Kleio Quartet, Malion Quartett, Medea String Quartet, String Quartet Meraki, Quatuor Mirages, Quatuor Mona, Moser String Quartet, Nerida Quartet, New Cretan Quartet, Protean Quartet, PuraCorda Ensemble, Skazka Kwartet, Sonoro Quartet, Viride Kwartet, Quatuor Wassily.

The 38 quartets will be part of the three-year project MERITA – where chamber Music, cultural hERItage and TAlent meet. This is a digital and real-life circuiting platform whose main objective is to increase the visibility and circulation of emerging professional European string quartets through a dedicated platform. MERITA aims to thus improve the sustainability of the music industry, increase access to and participation in cultural activities also outside major cities, promote European cultural heritage and strengthen connections between local and European culture and between online and offline engagement. The platform will also bring new audiences closer to classical music and European heritage sites of cultural interest.

MERITA is a project of Le Dimore del Quartetto, co-funded by the European Union, involving 17 cultural institutions from all over Europe: Europa Nostra, The Hague (The Netherlands), Comitato AMUR, Milano (Italy), B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Atene (Greece), Beogradska Umetnička Nova Teritorija (Belgrade Artistic New Territory – BUNT), Belgrado (Serbia), Cadenza Arts Management Ltd., Budapest (Hungary), EuAbout Lab ASBL – European Association for Research, Educational, Cultural and Social Innovation, Bruxelles (Belgium), European Historic Houses, Bruxelles (Belgium), Experimentadesign – Associação para a Promoção do Design e Cultura de Projecto, Lisbon (Portugal), Julian Cochran Foundation, Warsaw (Polonia), Kolarac – Zadužbina Ilije M. Kolarca, Belgrade (Serbia), Lofoten Internasjonale Kammermusikkfest, Oslo (Norvegia), ProQuartet – Centre européen de musique de chambre, Paris (France), and Qendra EVENT, Tirana (Albania).

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