- string quartet
Cuarteto Latinoamericano was founded in Mexico in 1982 and in 2012 won a Latin Grammy for their album ‘Brasileiro, Works of Francisco Mignone’. Today, the group represents a unique voice in the international scene, spreading the musical creation of Latin America in the world’s main musical centres. Cuarteto Latinoamericano is made up by three brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón Bitrán, and cellist Álvaro Bitrán, who are joined by violist Javier Montiel. According to ‘The London Times’, they “possess an instinct that places them in the first division of string quartets” and, to quote the Houston Chronicle, “they are one of the best string quartets that we have heard in years”.
Cuarteto Latinoamericano has played a decisive role in the education and training of string instrumentalists in Mexico. They currently teach at Academia Latinoamericana de Cuartetos de Cuerda, a partner of the Youth Orchestra System in Venezuela.
The quartet has recorded with various labels, including Dorian Sono Luminus, with which it recorded all 17 Villa-Lobos quartets. The sixth volume of those quartets was nominated twice for the 2002 Grammy Awards.
Thanks to their contribution to cultural life, in 1991, the mayors of Pittsburgh and Toronto paid tribute to the quartet declaring a “Latin American Quartet Day” in both cities.
They recently performed in concerts in Milan (Teatro alla Scala), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Brussels, Luxembourg, Montreal, São Paulo, Tokyo, Shanghai and New York (Carnegie Hall). Regarding the latter, The New York Times wrote: “…superb artists, extraordinarily versatile when responding to the exigencies of the various musical scores.”