Italian Cultural Institute celebrates National Day

The Italian Cultural Institute held a celebration for the Italian National Day on Tuesday June 5th 2012. To commemorate the day the institution held a concert by “Quartetto di Venezia” or “the string Quartet of Venice” that was attended by many people. The Quartet is one of the most famous contemporary string quartets that has performed around the world.

The Quartetto di Venezia was born through the encounter of four Venetian musicians with a common interest in one of the highest expressions of the European musical culture. The same original formation has been active for over ten years which has helped balance the personality of the group’s work.

Their artistic training was influenced by two important schools of quartet interpretation: that of the famous Quartetto Italiano, under the guidance of well-known Piero Farulli at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena (where the Quartetto has obtained the prestigious “Diploma d’Onore”) and the central European school of the renowned Vegh Quartet through many meetings with Sandor Vegh and Paul Szabo.

The performers who came all the way from Italy for the celebration of the Italian National Day expressed their excitement in performing in Addis Ababa. Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia Renzo Rosso also expressed his appreciation towards the performers and to those who attended.

The event was simple and well organized. The large, mostly foreign crowd, seemed mesmerized by the four men sitting comfortably on the stage effortlessly making melodies with their old sturdy string instruments.