The Amai Quartet was formed by four young students of the University of Music and performing arts Vienna (MDW). Janela Nini (Violin), Chiara Siciliano (Violin), Michaela Kleinecke (Viola) and Anna Tonini-Bossi (Violoncello) started to share their passion for chamber music in 2021.
Their enthusiasm quickly led them to important achievements. In May 2021 they were selected to take part in the projects of the Yehudi Menhuin-Live Music Now Vienna.
In June 2021 the Quartet was chosen as Finalist of the Pakosky Competition and performed the finale live in Piacenza winning the third prize.
In October 2021 they were awarded the first prize, as well as the audience prize in the First Edition of the "Concorso per Quartetti d’Archi Pietro Marzani" in Rovereto. After this successful result the ensemble was invited by prestigious Italian festivals and concert seasons, such as Settenovecento (Rovereto), Classiche Frome (Lecce), FFF Fortissimissimo Firenze Festival, Musica con Vista - Comitato Amur, Pianodrom (Tirana), Lingotto Musica (Torino).
In march 2021 the Amai Quartet started its studies with Peter Matzka (Wiener Streichsextett, concertmeister of ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna) at the University of Music and performing arts Vienna, and it is now under the wing of Florian Schötz (Goldmund Quartet).
In the academic year 2021/2022 they were also selected for the Stauffer Artist Diploma at the Stauffer Center for Strings, in the class of the Quartetto di Cremona.
The ensemble received inspiring impulses by participating to masterclasses with the musicologist Clive Brown, with Xiang Lu and Danfeng Shen (Simply Quartet) and with Mark Messenger (Royal College of Music). Moreover the Amai Quartet was among the groups chosen for the Chamber Music Course at the festival Zeister Muziekdagen 2022, where they had the chance to work with Alexander Pavlovsky (Jerusalem Quartet), Marcin Sieniawski ( Szymanowski Quartet) and Cuarteto Quiroga.
Various collaborations with renowned artists such as the Mezzosoprano Manuela Leonhartsberger (Wiener Volksoper), the clarinettist Gianluigi Caldarola (Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liège) and the composers Michael Publig, Rainer Bischof and Aleksandër Peçi enrich the repertoire of the young quartet.
In December 2021 the ensemble was selected to join the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto and in summer 2022 it was quartet in residence at the International Music Academy Orpheus in Vienna.