"Il Quadro Animato" (IQA)* is an Historically Informed ensemble that performs a repertoire that spans from the late Baroque to the early Romantic era, through the galant and empfindsam styles. Flexible in its set-up, the ensemble is enriched by the unusual presence of the viola, that provides it with a peculiar small orchestral sound.

IQA’s interpretations are lively, fresh and exciting, and are characterised by a constant research in the authentic performance practices, based on the critical view of the sources. In addition, IQA discovers and performs pieces now unknown or neglected, often proposing them to the public for the first time after centuries.

The ensemble pays a special attention to the so-called "concertanti” sonatas, in four or five parts (that can be flute, violin, viola, cello and  an obbligato keyboard part). In such pieces, each of the instrumentalists is also occasionally featured as a soloist. This creates in the group a collective responsibility: sharing and dividing tasks becomes crucial and each member is equally challenged and involved.

Founded in Milan, IQA made its debut at the “Musica Antica” Festival in Urbino, in 2013. After that, the ensemble deepened its knowledge at the Institute for Historically Informed Performance Practice of the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, where it received extensive and inspiring impulses from Michael Schneider, Petra Müllejans and Karl Kaiser, among others. Many concerts followed among which: Sonntagsmusiken at Gesellschafthaus in Magdeburg (Germany), Festival di Natale at the Collegio Ghislieri for Pavia Barocca (Italy), Festival d’Ambronay (France), Auditorium of the Orchestre Nationale de Lyon (France), Bad Homburg Schlosskonzerte (Germany), Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival (England).

From 2016 to 2018 IQA took part in the Eeemerging scheme after being selected out of 95 applicants to be one of the six groups. Thanks to this, it has been ensemble in residence at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d'Ambronay, with concerts at the Festival d'Ambronay 2017 and 2018 (France), at the Göttingen International Handel Festival 2018 (Germany), in Bucharest (Romania), and at the National Centre of Early Music in York (England).

IQA is the recipient of several prizes among which 1st prize at  Premio Selífa (San Ginesio, Italy), at the Biagio Marini Competition (Neuburg a. d. Donau, Germany) and the special prize at Gebrüder–Graun–Competition (Bad Liebenwerda, Germany).


*Il Quadro Animato (Italian for “Tableau Vivant”) is a libretto by Pietro Metastasio, set to music as a cantata by Georg Christoph Wagenseil and first performed in 1760.

Il Quadro Animato is member of NOEME (Network Of Early Music Ensembles).