Winner of awards such as the 2007 Itaú Directions and the XIII Carlos Gomes Award as best chamber ensemble of Brazil in 2009, nominated for the 2012 Latin Grammy, the 2013 Award of Brazilian Music and the 2012 and 2013 Culture of the Government of Rio de Janeiro Award, the Radamés Gnattali Quartet emerged as the world’s first to record the 17 String Quartets, by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos on DVD and Blu-ray.
The group’s discography includes the following albums: The Four Carioca Stations, Prelude no. 21 – String Quartet, and Brazil Picture. Radamés Gnattali’s and Ricardo Tacuchian’s full releases are planned for 2014.
With their repertoire basically dedicated to Brazilian music, the Quartet has regularly performed at festivals such as the Olinda International Music Show (MIMO), Villa-Lobos Festival, International Festival of Campos do Jordão, Funarte’s Biennial of Contemporary Music, among others, as well as touring Europe, Africa, South America and North America.
In the educational field, the Radamés Gnattali Quartet recorded 13 television programs dedicated to the Heitor Villa-Lobos’ quartets and for the sixth consecutive year, has carried out the Brazil of Tuhu project, taking music of that Brazilian composer to children attending public schools in Brazil.
“The Radamés Gnattali Quartet performance left me with tears in my eyes. Don’t miss it” (Opera Today website-US).
“The interpretations are marked by an intense energy, colored by a touch of nostalgia” (The Strad magazine-UK).
“The Radamés Gnattali Quartet captures all the poignancy and vibrancy of this monumental work of Villa-Lobos: The Full of the 17 String Quartets. The results are spectacular.” (All Strings Magazine-US).
“Radamés Gnattali Quartet, (…) goes on in their effort to inventory the string quartets of the main Brazilian composers” (Continente-Recife-Pernanbuco Magazine).
“The full of the string quartets by Villa-Lobos has been released, recorded by the Radamés Gnattali Quartet. It’s a recording of the best technical and musical quality (…) They have a high load of expressiveness and deserve a quiet visit ” (O Globo Newspaper – Rio de Janeiro-RJ).
“Villa-Lobos to Listen and View on your knees … The Blu-ray and DVD release of the Full of String Quartets by Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed by the Radamés Gnattali Quartet of Rio de Janeiro, is something of such importance, which itself only ever deserves high praise. The production is so carefully made that we have to hold on to some details, all of them fascinating.” (Gazeta do Povo Newspaper- Curitiba-PR).
“It is impossible not to admire the work of the Radamés Quartet; the executions are homogeneous, striving for high technical quality and rare artistic awareness.” (A Gazeta Newspaper- Vitória-ES).