GNU Quartet

Paganini - The Rock Album
Since 2006 GnuQuartet has produced seven albums of original compositions or adaptations, and 
has collaborated in the writing, arranging, and recording of many albums, cinematic soundtracks, 
and television theme songs, such as Pane quotidiano - Rai 3. 
Stefano Cabrera, Roberto Izzo, Francesca Rapetti, Raffaele Rebaudengo have hundreds of 
concerts under their belt, in Italy and all over the world, from Mexico to France, Korea to Spain. 
They have participated extensively in TV and radio programmes: Che tempo che fa, Quelli che il 
calcio, X Factor, Parla con me, Domenica in, Il Tornasole, L'altro lato di Radio 2, Caterpillar, Radio 1 Musica, RMC Classic, MTV Day. 
They have been guest performers at big international festivals, such as the Festival di Sanremo, the European Jazz Expo, the Sildajazz Festival (Haugesund), the Caranthaen Summer Music Festival, 
Venezia Jazz, MITO Settembre Musica, the Festival del Mediterraneo, I Suoni delle Dolomiti, Il 
Concertone del Primo Maggio, OnDance, the Lucca Summer Festival. 
They have collaborated as soloists accompanied by the Rome Sinfonietta, the Toscanini Orchestra, 
the Haydn Orchestra, the Magna Grecia Orchestra, the Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice, the OFT, 
Artem, and the Gaga Symphony Orchestra. 
They have graced the stages of some of the most prestigious Italian theatres, such as La Fenice, 
Bellini, Petruzzi, and Regio, as well as the incredibly picturesque summer stages of Taormina, the 
Terme di Caracalla and the Terme di Ravello, to name a few. They have also performed on massive arena stages such as the Forum di Assago with Ermal Meta and with Negramaro in the Stadio 
Olimpico and the Stadio di San Siro. 
GnuQuartet's curiosity in all genres of music has led to many varied and unusual collaborations 
with artists such as Francesco De Gregori, Bloody Beatroots, Francesco Bearzatti, Afterhours, 
Diodato, Ivan Lins, and Subsonica, to name but a few, and which have been enormously enriching 
and precious experiences both on a musical and human level. 

Paganini - The Rock Album


Paganini - The Rock Album is Gnu Quartet's homage to Niccolò Paganini - the music, the person, the artist. The unparalleled athlete on four strings, gift of nature, and mysterious personality of his time, Paganini made an indelible mark on 19th century music like no other. Bringing Paganini closer to the world of Rock, creates a sound bursting in the rhythmic footstomping tradition of popular music. Caprices and sonatas for guitar and violin shed their virtuosic and formalised 19th century forms to reveal the soul of a simpler and more energetic composition. Melodies written to get stuck in your head and be hummed by the enthusiasts of the day are transformed, almost into song, and given a new electrifying vitality. GnuQuartet has put together a collection of completely original material, taking Paganini's melodies away from virtuosic composition and philology. They are not faithful reproductions or adaptations, but true and original compositions dedicated to the famous caprices, sonatas, and concerti. An unusual and original idea breaking the mould of stereotypes and generalisations - a risky game to play, but one driven by the utmost respect and affection for the first true rockstar of all time