Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

with Sally Pinkas
February 23, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

The piano quintet delivers sublime contemporary Latin American music interlaced with 17th-century influences.

21/22 Hop Presents

The Latin Grammy-winning quartet, which celebrates their 40th anniversary this year, performs alongside the Hop's pianist-in-residence. You'll hear the poignant Two Fantasias by Baroque composer Henry Purcell and the rhythmic String Quartet No. 3 by Cuban Leo Brouwer. The program includes signature works by Uruguayan musician Miguel del Águila including the nostalgic Concierto en Tango and Boliviana which shows elements from Andean folklore. They will also perform a dazzling account of Águila's new work, Tamboreño, which is commissioned by the Hop and dedicated to Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Sally Pinkas.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with the artists and composer Miguel del Águila. 

Cuarteto Latinoamericano is supported by Mexico's National Endowment for Culture and the Arts

Generously supported by the Aires Family Fund for the Performing Arts, the Frank L. Harrington 1924 Fund No. 3, the C. Henry Hathaway 1907 Memorial Fund No. 3, the Nathan W. Pearson 1932 and Sons Fund, and Linda and Frederick A. Roesch '60, T'61, P'88, P'90

Photo: Sergio Yazbek

Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Composed of Saul, Aron and Alvaro Bitran and Javier Montiel, Cuarteto Latinoamericano has been the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet for almost 40 years. Founded 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 and 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 three times received Chamber Music America/ASCAP's "Most Adventurous Programming" Award. They collaborated with world-class artists such as Janos Starker, Eduardo Mata, Rudolf Buchbinder, Manuel Barrueco and Itamar Golan. The group is active with teaching and mentorship activities at multiple music schools, universities and conservatories as well as numerous international festivals.

Sally Pinkas
Following her London debut at Wigmore Hall, Israeli-born pianist Sally Pinkas has garnered acclaim for her performances as soloist and chamber musician. Among highlights are performances with the Boston Pops, the Aspen Philharmonia and New York's Jupiter Symphony, and at the festivals of Marlboro, Aspen, Rockport (USA), Pontlevoy (France), Havana (Cuba) and HCMC Conservatory (Vietnam). From a first-ever performance of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in Bandung, Indonesia, to premieres of George Rochberg's monumental Circles of Fire for two pianos in Russia and Nigeria, and a revival of rarely-heard 19th-century Filipino Salon Music in its birth city Manila, Pinkas commands a wide repertoire and shares it enthusiastically with young pianists through masterclasses and workshops. Pinkas holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D. in Composition from Brandeis University. Her principal teachers were Russell Sherman, George Sebok, Luise Vosgerchian and Genia Bar-Niv (piano), Sergiu Natra (composition), and Robert Koff (chamber music). Pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, she is Professor of Music at Dartmouth's Music Department.

 “...vital, fresh, imaginative music and sensitive, brilliant performances.”

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