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10 March 2016, 8pm, at the Old Divinity School

Schubert: Quartettsatz
Ginastera: String Quartet No.1
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.2

Simón Bolívar String Quartet

“…the quartet electrified its Norwich audience with playing of refreshing sponteneity and, above all, a passionate commitment”

Eastern Daily Press

Violins: Alejandro Carreño, Boris Suárez

Viola: Ismel Campos

Cello: Aimon Mata

Created from within the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet is made up of principal musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.  This group arose from the need of its members to explore chamber music and the wealth of resources it can offer, which benefit not only its musicians, but also the children and young people who make up the Fundacíon, led by José Antonio Abreu.

The Simón Bolívar String Quartet has worked with such musical personalities as Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.  They have participated in masterclasses with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet, Chilingirian String Quartet, Donald Weilerstein (Cleveland String Quartet), Andras Keller (Keller String Quartet) and Ulyses Ascanio, founding violinist of the Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela.  One of the aims of the Simón Bolívar String Quartet is the development of a network of string quartets in Venezuela and South America, with the purpose of propagating chamber music among children and young people in Latin America.

The Simón Bolívar String Quartet has given concerts across Venezuela, throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, performing in concerts as well as taking part in education and community events.  Venues at which they have performed include Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Southbank Centre (London), Philharmonie Berlin, Musikverein Vienna and Palau de la Musica (Barcelona).  They have also visited festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Salzburg Festival.  The 2014/15 season will take the Quartet to New York (Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater), Boston, Bogotá (Festival Internacional de Música), London (Wigmore Hall) and Madrid (Reina Sofia Museum).