Sacconi QuartetString Quartet
The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Formed in 2001, the Quartet continues to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic. The Quartet has given more than twenty world premières and three British premières.
In 2008, the Quartet held the inaugural Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, Kent. Now in its seventh year, the festival is an established event in the cultural calendar and is expanding year on year with challenging programming and exciting collaborations. The Sacconi Quartet has performed at all the major London venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall. They have travelled extensively throughout the rest of the UK and Europe to venues including Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, The Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Musikverein in Vienna, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, L’Auditori in Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid as well as many venues in Europe. The Quartet also toured to the Middle East in 2009, where they were invited by the British Council to give concerts and workshops in Jordan’s capital city, Amman.
As part of Bristol Proms in July 2013, the Sacconi Quartet spent two days experimenting with a variety of creatives and technologists to develop a wide array of possibilities to offer audiences a more engaging chamber music experience. This, with the support of the Arts Council England, led to HEARTFELT: a Sacconi Quartet Digital Performance, during which sound, light and touch combine in a fully interactive performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132.
Audience members are invited to hold a robotic, wireless ‘heart’, which transmits the live heartbeat of a musician in the Quartet directly to an audience member during the concert. This allows them to experience the peaks and troughs their member of the Quartet experiences as the piece unfolds. HEARTFELT moves the concert experience beyond sight and sound, introducing tactility into live performance. HEARTFELT was premiered at the June 2015 Spitalfields Festival.