Sonido13_Cuarteto_LatinoamericanoCuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in Mexico in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This award-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.

Among many other accolades include:
· 1983 Annual Award of the "Asociación Mexicana de Críticos".
· 2000 Special recognition that this Association gave them its lifetime achievement.
· 2000 the Cuarteto Mozart Medal awarded jointly Domecq Cultural Foundation, the Embassy of Austria and various cultural institutions in Mexico.
· 2007 they were awarded the "Medalla de Bellas Artes".
The Cuarteto has been awarded for the fourth consecutive time the "México en Escena" grant given by the Mexican government through FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts) for the periods from 2005 to 2007, from 2007 to 2009, from 2009 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2013. The project revolves around the Bicentennial Celebrations of the Mexican independence and features Mexican music for string quartet from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The Cuarteto has performed as soloist with many orchestras including:
· The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen.
· The Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz.
· The National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa.
· The Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México.
· The Dallas Symphony.
·  The Símón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela.

The Cuarteto has toured extensively around the world including performances in Europe and the Americas, Japan, China, New Zealand and Israel; they have appeared in a wide range of venues and festivals like:
·  The Concertgebouw.
· Milan’s La Scala.
· The Kennedy Center.
· Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
· Dartmouth College.
· Cornell University.
· Dartington International Summer School.
· The Ojai Festival.

They have collaborated with many artists including:
· Cellist Janos Starker.
· Pianists Santiago Rodriguez.
· Cyprien Katsaris and Rudolph Buchbinder.
· Tenor Ramon Vargas.
· Guitarists Narciso Yepes, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum.

The Cuarteto plays regullary with Mr. Manuel Barrueco, one of the most important guitarrists of our time. Together they have played in some of the most important venues of the USA and Europe, have recorded two cds, and commissioned guitar quintets from American composers Miguel del Aguila, Michael Daugherty and Gabriela Lena Frank.
The Cuarteto was in residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh from 1988 until 2008.
In 2009 it created and is responsible since the Latin American Academy of String Quartets in Caracas, in the framework of the Youth Orchestra System of Venezuela, where it works regularly with 12 young Venezuelan quartet of excellence. The Cuarteto visits the Academy four times a year.

"Matchless in tonal magnitude, tuneful fluency and concentrated teamwork."
 The Washington Post

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Cuarteto Latinoamericano Repertoires

Latin American ClassicsSonido_13_Cuarteto_Latinoamericano_2
Heitor Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 1
Astor Piazzolla Four for Tango
Silvestre Revueltas "Musica de Feria"

Manuel M. Ponce Estrellita and Gavota
Alberto Ginastera String Quartet No. 2

Latin Visions
Astor Piazzolla Four for Tango
Manuel M. Ponce Estrellita and Gavota
Roberto Sierra Mambo 7/16*
Stefano Scodanibbio Canción Mixteca*
Miguel del Aguila Presto II*

Alejandro Cardona Echú*
Gabriela Ortiz "La Calaca"
Javier Alvarez "Metro Chabacano"*
Jorge Torres Saenz "La venus se va de juerga"*
Javier Montiel 24 "Variaciones de Caprice 24" by Paganini*

*Dedicated to the Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Ernst Mahle String Quartet  (1976)
Héitor Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 4 (1917)

Radamés Gnattali Valsa  (1940?)
Edino Krieger "Telas Sonoras" (Sound Fabrics)  (1997)
Francisco Mignone String Quartet No. 2  (1957)

Mexican Romantic Quartets
Gustavo Campa Trois Miniatures
Alfredo Carrasco  String Quartet in E minor

Alfonso de Elías String Quartet No. 2
Domingo Lobato Quartet in G

Mexico/USA: Bridges
Aaron Copland  Two pieces for String Quartet.
Steven Stucky "Nell'ombra, nella luce"*
Silvestre Revueltas "Música de Feria"

David Stock "Sueños de Sefarad"*
Javier Alvarez "Metro Chabacano"*
George Gershwin  "Lullaby"
Carlos Sanchez Gutierrez for "Cuatro"* (Four)

*Dedicated to Cuarteto Latinoamericano


Special projects with guests:

Tango Evening, with the master bandoneon player Daniel Binelli (pieces by Piazzolla, Gardel y Binelli)


Music of the Americas, for guitar and string quartet with guitarist Manuel Barrueco (compositions by Guastavino, Piazzolla, Daugherty and Aguila)


Dansaq, a unique spectacle for string quartet and percussive dance, with Tapage (Fujibayashi/Rosenkranz)