Festival Firsts: Sacconi Quartet

Ahead of their upcoming performance of Heartfelt at Village Underground this summer, we’d like to introduce you to the Sacconi Quartet, one of our new exciting collaborations.

Who are Sacconi Quartet?

Formed in 2001 by four Royal College of Music graduates, the Sacconi Quartet is an award-winning classical string quartet. Inspired by Italian luthier and restorer Simone Sacconi, they rose to fame in 2009 after performing the solo string quartet on Paul McCartney’s song Come Home. You can find out more about their project in this YouTube video:

What have Sacconi been up to lately?

Recent highlights with the Sacconi Quartet include performances in the UK and Europe, including their debut in Italy. They also marked their 10th birthday with a sold-out concert at Kings Place, performing piano quintets with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips. This year they’re collaborating with Miloš Karadaglić, Ksenija Sidorova and the Vertavo Quartet.

What else does Sacconi Quartet get up to?

When they’re not on the road, Sacconi run a busy education programme. Leading workshops for the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival and the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, they also perform school and family concerts. Their latest project is The String Thing, was scripted by Matthew Sharp.

What is Sacconi up to at this year’s Summer Festival?

This summer, the Sacconi Quartet pushes the boundaries of chamber music with Heartfelt, a unique collaboration with roboticist Silas Adekunle and interactive lighting designer Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn. Combining their musical virtuosity with audience-responsive lighting, they revisit Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 in a performance allowing you to hold the performers’ heartbeats in your hand.

In the meantime, you can check them play some Dvorak and Beethoven here:

Heartfelt
6.30pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 10 June
Village Underground
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