Music in the Park Series concludes with the debut of Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Latin Grammy winning ensemble string quartet from Mexico.  Formed in 1982, Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet.  The Cuarteto has recorded most of the Latin American repertoire for string quartet.  The sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17 quartets cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy.  Their CD, “Brasileiro, works of Mignone”, on the Sono Luminus label, won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording in 2012.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This Latin Grammy winning ensemble from Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has recorded most of the Latin American repertoire for string quartet, and the sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17 quartets cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy. Their CD, “Brasileiro, works of Mignone”, on the Sono Luminus label, won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording in 2012.

They have toured extensively in Europe, the Americas, Israel, China, Japan and New Zealand. The recipient of a Mexican Music Critics Association award in 1983 and “most adventurous programmng” awards from CMA/ASCAP in l997, 1999 and 2000, the group has introduced more than a hundred works written for them and has participated in over a hundred world premieres.

Formed in Mexico in 1981, Cuarteto Latinoamericano was, from 1987 until 2008, quartet-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. They have collaborated with many artists including cellists Janos Starker and Yehuda Hanani, pianists Santiago Rodriguez, Cyprien Katsaris and Rudolph Buchbinder, tenor Ramon Vargas, and guitarists Narciso Yepes, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum and Manuel Barrueco. With Barrueco, they have played in some of the most important venues of the USA and Europe, have two cds, and commissioned guitar quintets from American composers Michael Daugherty and Gabriela Lena Frank. The work by Frank, Inca Dances, won a Latin Grammy in 2009 for Best New Latin Composition.

Under the auspices of the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles of Venezuela, the Cuarteto has created the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, based in Caracas, which serves as a training ground for five select young string quartets from the Sistema. The Cuarteto visits the Academy four times a year. (The Cuarteto Latinoamericano is represented by Sue Endrizzi Morris, at California Artists Management).

 

Date

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 4pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
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Pre-concert Discussion • 3pm

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Program

Castellanos Yumar (Venezula) Fantasia
Francisco Mignone (Brazil) Three Pieces
Domingo Lobato (Mexico) String Quartet
Alejandro Cardona (Costa Rica) Echu
Alberto Ginastera (Argentina) Quartet No. 2

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...any quartet we're likely to hear ... will be hard pressed to equal, much less surpass, the playing of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano...

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