- Tiziano Baviera e Alberto Franchin, violins
- Sara Dambruoso, viola
- Tommaso Tesini, cello
Noûs (nùs) is an ancient Greek word whose meaning is ‘mind’, and thence ‘rationality’, but also ‘inspiration’ and ‘creativity’.
The Noûs Quartet, composed of four young Italian musicians, was founded in 2011 at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. The quartet received its training from the Quartetto di Cremona at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, at the Basel Musik Akademie with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), at the Escuela Superior de Música ‘Reina Sofia’ in Madrid and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet). It has also studied with Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet) and Aldo Campagnari (Quartetto Prometeo) and it is currently attending the Lübeck Musikhochschule with Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet).
In 2015 the Noûs Quartet won a scholarship thanks to the Associazione ‘Le Dimore del Quartetto’ and the Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane. During the same year it was awarded an important scholarship offered by the Foundatión Albeniz of Madrid.
The Noûs Quartet won the first prize at the Luigi Nono International Competition in Venaria Reale, Turin, as well as the XXI Anemos International Competition in Rome. In 2014 it was awarded an honourable mention at the Sony Classical Talent Scout in Madesimo, Italy.
In 2015 the quartet was awarded the Piero Farulli Prize, given to the best emerging chamber music group in the current year, as part of the XXXIV Franco Abbiati Award, the most prestigious Italian music critics’ award.
It received from La Fenice Theatre, Venice, the Arthur Rubinstein – Una Vita nella Musica 2015 Award …for establishing itself in a mere few years as one of the most promising Italian chamber music groups and for displaying early in its career its maturity of approach to the great string quartet literature; for seeking a reasoned and lasting interpretation of the masterpieces of the Classical-Romantic period and of the twentieth century, together with a determined and ongoing exploration into the language of contemporary music.
The Noûs Quartet has performed for important Italian concert seasons such as Società del Quartetto in Milan, Unione Musicale in Turin, Amici della Musica in Florence, Bologna Festival and Musica Insieme in Bologna, Società del Quartetto in Bergamo, Società Veneziana dei Concerti, Associazione Chamber Music in Trieste, Associazione Musicale Lucchese, I Concerti del Quirinale in Rome, Stradivari Festival in Cremona and Settimane Musicali in Stresa.
The quartet is regularly invited to perform in Germany, Switzerland, England, France, Spain, South Korea and China. In 2013 it was quartet in residence at Festival Ticino Musica in Lugano and the April of the same year it performed at IBK Camber Hall of the Seoul Arts Center.
- Eliecer Caro Gomez e Manuel Latorre Rocamora, trumpet
- Miguel Angel Martinez Antolinos, horn
- David Andreu De La Torre, trombone
- Jose Manuel Lopez, tuba
The Thinking Brass Quintet was established in 2016 by a group of young musicians from Vega Baja, south of the valencian community. Thinking Brass originated from the passion of its members for music, and with the objective of promoting a highly varied brass quintet repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music.
All members of the quintet graduated, or are about to finish their studies, from the conservatories in Murcia and Alicante. They have collaborated with many orchestra, among which the Orchestra of the Marinsky Theatre at St. Petersburg, Orchestra del Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia, Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, Symphony Orchestra of the of Murcia , Symphony Orchestra of the Principate of Asturias, Murcian Youth Orchestra, National Catalonian Youth Orchestra, Generalitat Valenciana Youth Orchestra, Freixenet Reina Sofía Youth Orchestra, Spanish National Youth Orchestra, World Orchestra of Jeuneisses Musicians and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
The quintet has performed all throughout Spain, always obtaining good reviews, and has collaborated with the foundation ASPANION (for children with cancer). Recently, Thinking Brass obtained the second place at the Second Brass Quintet National Competion in Ondara (Alicante) and has future plans for releasing its first CD in autumn 2017.