Simone Gramaglia


Marc Danel

Chamber Music

This masterclass will be taught by both Marc Danel and Simone Gramaglia


This masterclass will be taught by Marc Danel


This masterclass will be taught by Simone Gramaglia

"Il Solista e l'Orchestra

This option is available for students to perform a concerto with the Orchestra Filarmonica del Mediterraneo

The Masterclass will take place from 24 to 28 April 2024 in Trani (Italy, Puglia). The program for the lessons of the masterclass is free.

The Masterclass is open to violinists, violists and chamber groups of any age and nationality.

Every student can choose between the categories listed below:

1. Chamber Music:

– inscription fee: 150 euros
– masterclass tuition fee: 350 euros

– Each chamber group will have lessons with Marc Danel and Simone Gramaglia

2. Violin

– inscription fee: 150 euros
– masterclass tuition fee: 350 euros

3. Viola

– inscription fee: 150 euros
– masterclass tuition fee: 350 euros

4. “Il Solista e l’Orchestra”

– inscription fee: 150 euros
– masterclass tuition fee: 350 euros
– Optional addition to the masterclass, cost for playing as soloist with orchestra: 600 euros

In addition to the masterclass, every student has the possibility to play a concert as soloist with orchestra. The students can choose among various concerti with a Mozart Organic


The deadline for sending an application to the Masterclass is the 2nd of April 2024.

The organization of the Masterclass will give you the possibility to sleep and have full meal with
very cheap costs.

– Airport in Bari (40 km far from Trani) and transfer to Trani with train

– Rome airport and train from Roma Termini station to Trani

All the payment fees must be made when you send your application to attend the Masterclass by transfer to this account
IBAN IT79 C360 9201 6000 9579 9232 960

For other information you can call
+39 3468296657
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Simone Gramaglia

“Gramaglia is clearly the star, and his playing is hard to fault – intonation as well as interpretation. Violists will want this one[..]” American Record Guide, July/August 2015

“Excellent performances by violist Simone Gramaglia, a seasoned soloist and violist of the famous Quartetto di Cremona[..]” Prestoclassical UK.

“The deep, plush sound of Simone Gramaglia’s viola and his ardent playing constantly impressed” ConcertClassics NY – Lincoln Center concert review

A versatile instrumentalist and an intellectually curious artist, Simone Gramaglia is considered one of the finest violists of his generation. He combines his passion for music, philosophy and literature with an intense activity as a musician (both in chamber music and as a soloist), as a teacher and as an artistic director. His teachers were L. Brusini, B. Giuranna, Y. Bashmet and M. Kugel. His studies with Piero Farulli and H. Beyerle were fundamental to his education in the art of chamber music.
He began studying the viola at the age of 16, after having previously studied the piano and recorder. He earned his diploma six years later, and immediately embarked on an international concert career.
As a founding member of the Quartetto di Cremona, founded in 2000, Gramaglia is passionately dedicated to chamber music and collaborates with numerous artists including Antonio Meneses, Lawrence Dutton, Jamie Walton, Eckart Runge, Giovanni Sollima, David Orlowsky, the Pavel Haas String Quartet and the Emerson String Quartet, and performs in the most prestigious concert halls in the world (including Lincoln Center in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Santa Cecilia, NCPA Beijing, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires).
Since 2012 he has performed in a duo with guitarist Luigi Attademo, with whom he recently recorded an album dedicated to the works of Niccolò Paganini, which was very well received by critics. It included Gramaglia’s own transcriptions of the six Op. 2 sonatas, the famous Sonata Concertata and the original version of the Sonata per la Gran Viola, which he has also performed with numerous orchestras.

His chamber and solo repertoire ranges from Bach to the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the contemporary music of today. He has recorded for the Decca, Audite (Echo Prize 2017, ICMA 2018) and Brilliant record labels, both as a soloist and with the Quartetto di Cremona.
His performances are regularly broadcast on major radio stations around the world (ABC, BBC, Rai Radio 3, Deutschland Radio, WQXR New York.) He is a member of the faculty of the string quartet program at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, as well as the viola and string quartet teacher at Music With Masters, a summer masterclass of which he is the founder and artistic director.
He is regularly invited to hold masterclasses across the globe.
In addition to his teaching activities, he is intensely dedicated to supporting young musicians, in particular young string quartets, string trios and piano quartet and trios, through the international initiative “Le Dimore del Quartetto.”

He serves as artistic director of the project and has selected over ninety young ensembles from all over the world as participants.
He is the artistic director of the Filippo Nicosia International Chamber Music Award. He is regularly invited to sit on the juries of international string quartet and chamber music competitions (including the Premio Paolo Borciani, the Concorso Gianni Bergamo, Premio Trio di Trieste next September 2022). He has also served as a member of the faculty at the Niccolò Paganini Conservatory of Music in Genoa, Italy. 

At the moment he teaches Chamber Music for Strings at the Reggio Emilia Conservatory.

He plays a viola by G. Torazzi from circa 1680, generously made available to him by the Kulturfonds Peter Eckes (Germany.) He was the first and only Italian violist to play the Stradivarius “Paganini” viola for a prolonged period, kindly loaned to him by the Nippon Music Foundation (Tokyo).
He writes the column “L’Angolo del Quartetto” (Quartet Corner) for Archi magazine.
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Marc Danel

Marc Danel grew up in Lille, France, where both he and his sister learned violin with Jezdimir Vujicic. He continued his studies with Prof Igor Ozim in Cologne graduating with high hours in 1992. In 1991, he founded the Danel Quartet, studying extensively with the Amadeus and Borodin Quartets, as well as with Pierre Penassou, Hugh Maguire, Walter Levin and Fiodor Druzhinin.

As leader of the quartet, he was major prizewinner of all the six competitions they entered between 1991 to 1995, including Evian, London and St Petersburg.

Since 1991, Marc Danel has performed 2500 concerts with the quartet including 25 performances of the complete cycle of Shostakovitch quartets and numerous performances of the Beethoven, Weinberg and Bartok cycles in the major halls in Europe, USA, Russia, China, Japan, Taiwan, South America and Central Asia. The quartet have recorded more than 20 CDs, garnering numerous awards in Europe and the US.

The quartet have championed the great but neglected soviet composer Mechtislav Weinberg, playing his quartets extensively since the ‘90s and recording the all of his 17 string quartets, (2009). For Weinberg’s centenary this year, the quartet will give 7 performances of the complete cycle of quartets, some of which the quartet have premiered.

The quartet residence at Manchester University.

Marc Danel is artistic leader of the Dutch National String Quartet Academy (NSKA), many students of which have won major competitions. A highly sought-after teacher, he teaches at CNSDM Lyon and IMEP Namur, and at Manchester University where the quartet are artists in residence. He has also given Masterclasses in Europe, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Bielorussia and has a regular collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra of Chile.