November 4, 2018 at 4pm

Musco Center Presents

Quartetto di Cremona

International chamber ensemble plays the “Paganini Quartet” Stradivarius

ORANGE, Calif. – Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Quartetto di Cremona on November 4 at 4pm in the Salmon Recital Hall. This intimate performance by one of Italy’s most celebrated classical ensembles, exhibits stylistic versatility and exemplary string technique.

In a rare convergence of music, history, and personal connectiveness to Chapman University, the Quartetto di Cremona will perform on perhaps one of the most famous collections of instruments of all time – the “Paganini Quartet” – four Stradivarius instruments worth millions of dollars on temporary loan to the group by the Nippon Music Foundation of Japan. One of the instruments – a violin – was the very instrument played by Henri Temianka, the indefatigable virtuoso artist whose international legacy lives on, burnished by Chapman and Musco Center through a professorship, scholarship, and bronze portrait bust in the Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza.

“The return of the quartet of Stradivarius instruments owned by Paganini, and now magnificently played by the Quartetto di Cremona marks the return of my father’s beloved Stradivarius violin,” said Dr. Daniel Temianka, son of the famed violinist and donor of his father’s artifacts to the Henri Temianka Archives at Chapman’s Leatherby Libraries. “Quartetto di Cremona will no doubt give a stunning performance with these spectacular instruments.” This concert is made possible by Zeinab Dabbah and Daniel Temianka.

Described as exuding “phenomenal energy and momentum” by BBC Music Magazine, Quartetto di Cremona has garnered immense praise from critics and audience members alike for their high level of interpretive artistry. The quartetto comprised of Cristiano Gualco, Simone Gramaglia, Paolo Andreoli, and Giovanni Scaglione have been featured globally on radio and television broadcasts, performing music from their extensive repertoire that encompasses styles ranging from classical to contemporary.

Quartetto di Cremona is an ambassador for the international “Friends of Stradivari” project. Acting as custodians for these rare instruments; which are only one of six known Stradivarius sets in the world.

Since their formation in 2000, Quartetto di Cremona has released their recordings of the complete Beethoven string quartets, receiving immediate acclaim and earning them Pizzicato Magazine’s prestigious Supersonic Award. This immense success has led to tutelage of exceptional instruments like the “Paganini Quartet,” and an outpouring of invitations to perform at prominent festivals and concerts around the world – often in collaboration with other internationally renowned artists.

Tickets for November 4 are on sale now for $40 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif. 


Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times.

Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California.

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