Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman
Austin, TX 78712
Sunday, July 23 at 3:00 pm
Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman
Montuno Fever | Dan Roman (Puerto Rico, 1974)
Metro Chabacano | Javier Alvarez (Mexico, 1956)
Lullaby | George Gershwin (USA, 1898-1937)
Echú | Alejandro Cardona (Costa Rica, 1959)
Anticueca No. 2 (arr. Javier Montiel) | Violeta Parra (Chile, 1917-1967)
Estrellita and Gavota | Manuel M. Ponce (México, 1882-1948)
Presto No. 2 | Miguel del Aguila (Uruguay, 1957)
Andante cantabile | Francisco Mignone (Brasil, 1897-1986)
Volver (arr. Enrique Lopez) | Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
Por una cabeza (arr. Enrique Lopez) | Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
Four for Tango | Astor Piazzolla (Argentina, 1921-1992)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one of the world’s most renowned classical music ensembles, for more than thirty years the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. Founded in Mexico in 1982, the Cuarteto has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, China, Japan and New Zealand. They have premiered more than a hundred works written for them and they continue to introduce new and neglected composers to the genre. Winners of the 2012 and 2016 Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recordings, they have been recognized with the Mexican Music Critics Association Award and have received Chamber Music America/ASCAP’s “Most Adventurous Programming” Award three times.
Cuarteto Latinoamericanos members are three brothers – violinists Sau and Aron Bitran and cellist Alvaro Bitran – with violist Javier Montiel. They have recorded more than 70 CDs, including nearly all the Latin American repertoire for string quartet. The Cuarteto has performed as soloist with many orchestras, and has collaborated with celebrated artists over the years, including conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, cellist Janos Starker, pianists Rudolph Buchbinder and Cyprien Katsaris, clarinetist Paul Meyer, guitarists Narciso Yepes, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum, and Manuel Barrueco.
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 eight select young string quartets from the Sistema. For twenty-one years they were quartet-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Since 2004, they have been recipients of the México en Escena grant given by the Mexican government through FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts).