Since their coming together in 1993 Tetraktis has been acknowledged as one of the most brilliant, innovative and forward-looking Italian percussion ensemble by critics and audiences of all different ages and backgrounds. Innovation and diversity of programs, insatiable curiosity, virtuosity, infectious passion and fun, and a substantial history of collaborations and commissions are their distinctive hallmarks.
Tetraktis’ commitment to new music have brought a breath of fresh air to Italian musical life.They have made a substantial contribution to the repertoire for percussion ensemble by commissioning and championing new works by composers such as Giovanni Sollima, Carlo Boccadoro, Paolo Ugoletti, Thomas Briccetti, Tonino Battista, Carlo Crivelli, Alessandro Annunziata, Davide Zannoni, Riccardo Panfili. Tetraktis’ collaborations spans the whole spectrum of today’s music – from Jazz to Pop and Rock, from Dance to Opera. They have featured as guest ensemble or have hosted in their programs artists such as Alessandro Carbonare, Alessio Allegrini, David Brutti, Stefano “Cocco” Cantini, Roberto Laneri, Micrologus Ensemble, Ramberto Ciammarughi, DJ Ralf, Lorenzo Jovanotti, the video-artist Philipp Geist, as well as dance/theatre companies and directors: Moto Armonico, ATMO, Bruno De Franceschi, Maurizio Smith, Kataklò among many others. Those cooperations resulted in several recordings such as: Millennium Bug (Rara 1999), Drama (self produced 2008), Liaisons Dangereuses (Giotto Music 2007), Piazzarama (Giotto Music 2009), Invenzioni (Decca 2013).In 2016 they will present a new CD by Brilliant Classic.
In music education Tetraktis is involved as the only Italian percussion ensemble able to propose workshops for schools, family concerts and concert clinics for audience of different ages. Their highly successful educational programs are requested by important Italian and European associations every year.
Having given more than 300 concerts Tetraktis toured the U.S.A. twice and have brought their infectious playing to major concert seasons and festivals in Germany, Turkey, Nigeria, Sweden as well as all over Italy: Lingotto Musica (Turin), Amici della Musica di Firenze (Florence), Amici della Musica di Perugia, Amici della Musica di Siracusa e Trapani, Amici della Musica di Torino, Società dei Concerti di Trieste, Unione Musicale di Torino, “Musica Insieme” Bologna, Filarmonica Laudamo di Messina, Famiglia Musicale Reggiana (Reggio Emilia), Filarmonica Umbra, Gioventù Musicale d’Italia di Modena, Bergamo, Biella, Chiavari, Festival dei due Mondi (Spoleto), Aosta Classica, Salone della Musica di Torino, Estate Musicale a Portogruaro, Incontri Musicali della Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (Roma), Goethe Institut Roma, Ferrara Musica, Società del Quartetto Milano, Filarmonica Romana, Ravello Festival, Stresa Festival, Scarlatti Napoli.
The Ensemble is regularly involved in live performances in radio broadcast by Radio Rai Tre.
The 4 members of the ensemble are virtuosos alone and bring their individual character and experience to the distinct whole of Tetraktis. They have regularly featured as orchestral percussionists in orchestras such as La Scala (Milan), RAI National Orchestra (Rome), Teatro Regio (Turin) – Teatro San Carlo (Naples) Teatro Comunale (Florence), Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Teatro dell’Opera (Rome), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Luzern Festival Orchestra, under the batons of conductors such as C. Abbado, R. Muti, G. Sinopoli, L. Maazel, D.Harding, G. Prêtre, D.Oren, M. Rostropovic, G. Kuhn, P. Boulez, A. Pappano, Y. Temirkanov.
Tetraktis Percussioni: Gianni Maestrucci, Laura Mancini, Leonardo Ramadori, Gianluca Saveri