Cuarteto Latinoamericano (March 23)

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one of the world’s most renowned string quartets and has been a leading proponent of Latin American music for over thirty-five years. Founded in Mexico in 1982, the quartet has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, China, Japan and New Zealand. They have premiered over a hundred works, and they continue to introduce new and neglected composers to the genre. Winners of two Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recordings, they have also been awarded with the prestigious Diapason D’Or, have been recognized with the Mexican Music Critics Association Award, and have received three “Most Adventurous Programming” Awards from Chamber Music America/ASCAP.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano’s members are three Bitran brothers: violinists Saul and Aron and cellist Alvaro, with violist Javier Montiel. They have recorded more than 80 CDs, including nearly the entire Latin American repertoire for string quartet. Volume 6 of their Villa-Lobos cycle of 17 string quartets on Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for Best Chamber Music Recording. Their albums “Brasileiro, works of Mignone” (2012) and “El Hilo Invisible” (2016) won Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recording. Their recording of Inca Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank, recorded with Manuel Barrueco, won the 2009 Latin Grammy for Best New Latin Composition.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano has performed with many orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, Ottawa’s National Arts Center Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Dallas Symphony and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela. They have performed in some of the world’s most distinguished halls and music festivals, including the Concertgebouw, Teatro alla Scala, the Esterházy Palace, the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Ojai Festival.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano served as the quartet-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for 20 years and have been recipients of the México en Escena grants given by the Mexican government through the National Fund for Culture and the Arts.

$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve