“I don’t think that any musical ensemble has been the subject of more profound musical reflection than the String Quartet. Through it the vessel of music has probed the deepest seas. After a life span of 250 years it still cannot be limited to the sum of its parts and presents itself to us as an “instrument” whose dialogue between individuality and humanity, autonomy and homogeneity, appears as the paradigm of an ideal society.”

Luciano Berio

Founded by Piero Farulli, the Academy offers professional training at an international level to string quartets at the beginning of their career. Members of the Academy have already won many prizes at international competitions, from Melbourne to Moscow, from the Borciani to Prague, from the Haydn of Vienna to the ARD of Munich. The Academy is a member of the European Federation of Chamber Music (ECMA) that includes: Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria), Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (Germany), Conservatoire de Paris CNSMDP (France), Sibelius Academy Helsinki (Finland), Royal Northern College of Music (Great Britain); additional members are: Festival Pablo Casals (France), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (Lithuania), Orlando Festival Kerkrade (Holland).

Founding teachers

Hatto Beyerle - Alban Berg String Quartet

Norbert Brainin - Amadeus String Quartet

Piero Farulli - Quartetto Italiano

Milan Skampa - Smetana String Quartet

Antonello Farulli Director
Andrea Nannoni Assistant Teacher


AUSTRIA, Vienna - mdw - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst

AUSTRIA, Grafenegg - Grafenegg Kulturbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H.
FRANCE, Paris - Conservatoire national supérieur de musique
ITALY, Fiesole - Scuola di Musica di Fiesole - Fondazione O.N.L.U.S.
LITHUANIA, Vilnius - Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija
NORWAY, Oslo - Norges Musikkhøgskole
SWITZERLAND, Bern - Hochschule der Künste
THE NETHERLANDS, The Hague - Koninklijk Conservatorium
UNITED KINGDOM, Manchester - Royal Northern College of Music

Cooperating Partners
AUSTRIA, Großraming - Europäisches Kulturforum Großraming
AUSTRIA, Horn - Allegro Vivo Kammermusik Festival
AUSTRIA, Vienna - isa - International Summer Academy of the mdw
AUSTRIA, Graz - Steirisches Kammermusikfestival

FRANCE, Prades - Festival Pablo Casals
FRANCE, Paris - Centre de Musique de Chambre
ITALY, Ravenna - Ravenna Festival

UNITED KINGDOM, London - Wigmore Hall