The new European international project MERITA comes to life and, starting from July 28th 2023, the official website of MERITA - where chamber Music, cultural hERItage and TAlent meet  is available online. Its main objective is to increase the visibility and mobility of emerging professional European string quartets, thus representing an important step forward for the European music industry. 

The digital platform is the heart of all MERITA activities, becoming a reference area and promotional showcase for artists, presentation of cultural sites and historical houses, mapping of professionals in the sector, dissemination of training materials and content for the public, networking between cultural organizations across Europe.

MERITA responds to the new needs of the music industry by increasing access to and participation in cultural activities outside major cities, promoting European cultural heritage and strengthening the connections between local and international cultures, bringing new audiences closer to classical music in venues of high artistic interest.

Discover more about MERITA, its quartets and historic houses!





A Platform supporting the European circulation of the new generation of professional string quartets: opportunities of paid concerts and videos, development of outreach / special projects through online trainings and artistic residencies, networking with 17 international cultural institutions.



In numbers


MERITA – where chamber Music, cultural hERI tage and TAlent meet is an online and offline platform that increases the visibility and circulation of emerging European string quartets by innovating and improving the sustainability of the music industry increasing access and participation in cultural activities promoting European cultural heritage strengthening connections between local and European culture, and between online and offline engagement.

Winner of the Creative Europe – European Platforms 2021 and co-funded by the European Union, the project’s development lasts 3 years and is run by 17 cultural institutions from 12 European countries. It involves 38 string quartets for a total of 152 artists.

Through the digital platform, MERITA will showcase artists, present cultural sites and historic houses, educational materials, networking and content for the public, panel of online and on-site activities, i.e. trainings, artistic residencies, transnational and international circulation of young artists, studies and research.

The platform also allows new audiences to be brought closer to classical music and places of historical interest. It aims to become a reference point for (young) chamber musicians and practitioners, forming the basis for a new and lasting business model.



The consortium is represented by Le Dimore del Quartetto, based in Italy, as lead and coordinator of 17 organizations from 12 European countries:
Comitato AMUR, Milan (Italy)

European Historic Houses, Bruxelles (Belgium)

EuAbout Lab ASBL – European Association for Research, Educational, Cultural and Social Innovation, Bruxelles (Belgium)

ProQuartet – Centre européen de musique de chambre, Paris (France)

Theocharakis Foundation, Athens (Greece)

Stichting Strijkkwartet Biënnale Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Europa Nostra, The Hague (Netherlands)

Traces&Dreams AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

Lofoten Internasjonale Kammermusikkfest, Oslo (Norway)

University of Arts of Tirana (Albania)

QEndra Event, Tirana (Albania)

Julian Cochran Foundation, Warsaw (Poland)

Beogradska Umetnička Nova Teritorija (Belgrade Artistic New Territory), Belgrado (Serbia)

Kolarac – Zadužbina Ilije M. Kolarca, Belgrade (Serbia)

Cadenza Arts Management Ltd., Budapest (Hungary)

Experimenta – Associação para a Promoção do Design e Cultura de Projecto, Lisbon (Portugal)




The results of quartets selection for MERITA – where chamber Music, hERitage and TAlent meet are now online!

The 38 professional string quartets have been selected by the Artistic Committee among 61 applications received from 27 different countries and they will now have the opportunity to take part in MERITA activities!



ADAM Quartet

Quartetto Adorno

Airis String Quartet

Akela Quartet

Akhtamar Quartet

Quatuor Akilone

Alinde Quartett

Amai Quartet

Animato Quartet

Antarja Quartet

Atenea Quartet

Belinfante Quartet

Chaos String Quartet

Desguin Kwartet

Quartetto Eos

Erinys Quartet

Fabrik Quartet

Quartet Gerhard

Quartetto Goldberg

Cuarteto Iberia

Quartetto Indaco

Kandinsky Quartet

Karski Quartet

Kleio Quartet

Malion Quartett

Medea String Quartet

String Quartet Meraki

Quatuor Mirages

Quatuor Mona

Moser String Quartet

Nerida Quartet

New Cretan Quartet

Protean Quartet

PuraCorda Ensemble

Skazka Kwartet

Sonoro Quartet

Viride Kwartet

Quatuor Wassily



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