The call for applications for the European project MERITA – where chamber Music, hERitage and TAlent meet – is now closed.

We have received 61 applications from professional string quartets
coming from 27 European countries:

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine. 

The results of the selection will be announced on Wednesday 1st February 2023.

The MERITA Artistic Committee formed by Le Dimore del Quartetto (Italy), Comitato AMUR (Italy),
B & M Theocharakis Foundation (Greece), Beogradska Umetnička Nova Teritorija (Belgrade Artistic New Territory – BUNT) (Serbia), Cadenza Arts Management Ltd. (Hungary), Julian Cochran Foundation (Poland), Kolarac – Zadužbina Ilije M. Kolarca (Serbia), Lofoten Internasjonale Kammermusikkfest (Norway), ProQuartet – Centre européen de musique de chambre (France), Qendra EVENT (Albania), Stichting Strijkkwartet Biënnale Amsterdam (Netherlands), and University of Arts of Tirana (Albania)
will screen the applications and select the 38 string quartets to take part in the project.

The 38 professional string quartets selected will get the chance to:

  • develop innovative projects
  • be involved in at least 3 paid performances in Europe
  • be part of an international circulation
  • take part in artistic residencies in historic houses
  • network with 17 international cultural institutions
  • showcase the innovative project online with international concert organizers
  • be selected to perform extra-EU concerts in the UK, in Switzerland, China and the USA
  • get access to online trainings
  • and much more!

What is Merita? 

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.


MERITA’s visual identity has been defined thanks to the support of more than 200 people who expressed their preference

A dynamic typographic solution that highlights the reach of the project in the three areas of activity:
Music – cultural h ERItage – TA lent

Elements: acronym 
Keywords: flexibility, expansion

The three elements (M-ERI-TA) in the work-mark are designed to expand over photos or colored backgrounds by sliding to top-left, bottom and right edges.

organizations from 12 european countries
string quartets, 152 musicians
european historic houses
cultural sites in the “7 Most Endangered” Programme of Europa Nostra

Who we are

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)

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