NEWS: Dalí Quartet names new violinist
The Dalí Quartet -- Classical Roots, Latin Soul -- welcomes Domenic Salerni as its new first violinist. He joins violinist Carlos Rubio, violist Adriana Linares and cellist Jesus Morales. Domenic has been in residence in Atlanta at Emory University where he was the leader of the Vega Quartet. He is a laureate of the 2009 Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, and has recorded for the Innova, Canary Classics, Albany, and Naxos labels. Domenic holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University, and he plays a 2014 Jon Van Kouwenhoven violin. Read more.
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Dalí Quartet - Classical Roots, Latin Soul
The Dalí Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form.
The quartet is comprised of award-winning solo and chamber artists who have appeared at Carnegie Hall, toured widely in Europe and Asia, collaborated with some of the finest composers of our time, and recorded for Dorian, Centaur and Naxos. Based in Philadelphia, the Dalí Quartet has brought the Latin-Classical connection to television, festivals, educational, and presenting organizations on tour in Canada, the U.S., and South America. Recent and upcoming engagements include performances for distinguished chamber music series and major universities in New York, Toronto, Washington D.C., Detroit, Portland (OR), Tulsa, San Jose (CA), East Lansing, Des Moines and beyond.
The group's adventurous and entertaining programming includes new works for quartet with percussionist Orlando Cotto, and quintets both Latin and classical with the renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Dalí Quartet serves as Quartet in Residence for the Arts & Community Network where it hosts the Dali Quartet International Music Festival. The Dalí is also a Resident Ensemble of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, serves as West Chester University's 2015-2016 Brandywine Artist-in-Residence, and IRIS Orchestra Resident Ensemble as well. A part of the Dalí Quartet’s mission includes the presentation of many Latin-Classical educational programs each year – its popular events for students in grades K-12 are complemented by interactive concerts for the entire family. On tour, the group gives master-classes and professional development workshops for students at colleges and universities, has inaugurated a library series for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and has created outreach programming for all the 4th grade students in Tulsa’s Any Given Child program.
Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are products of Venezuela's social and music education movement El Sistema and have studied at esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University, Indiana University Bloomington and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela.
"Each piece was livelier and more uninhibited than the last, as the quartet sunk deeper and with obviously greater pleasure into its dance-band persona, with instruments turned on their sides and strummed like guitars and ratchet percussion imitated by bowing below the bridge."
San Francisco Classical Voice
The Dalí Quartet gave a beautifully judged performance ... They gave the music time to breath; and while each player made the most of the solo turns Mozart gave them, they balanced and blended well as an ensemble."
Classical Voice North Carolina (CVNC.org)
"A new concept in classical music"
"this performance delivered with excellence of expression and ensemble."
"Villa-Lobos is conscientious about spreading his solos around, giving plenty of melodic leads to the deep, rich viola of Adriana Linares and the crisp, vigorous cello of Jesús Morales."
San Francisco Classical Voice
"forged a near-instant rapport with the audience... In no time, the 300-plus audience members were on their feet"
Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet in D Major, op. 44, #1 - Molto Allegro Vivace
Joaquin Turina: La Oracion del Torero (The Bullfighter's Prayer) Op. 34
Any Given Child youth concert in Tulsa
Latin Fiesta youth concert tv feature
Lorenz: Puente Trans-Arabico
Dalí Quartet Camp
Efrain Amaya: Yara's Dream 2nd movement
Villa-Lobos: Quartet #1 "Melancolia"
"The [Dalí] Quartet was truly amazing. Along with being generous, outgoing individuals, they delighted our audiences with their exemplary talent and energy. The Quartet put together both educational concerts for our young audiences and collaborated with conductor Ricardo Lorenz and marimba soloist Orlando Cotto to offer original and breathtaking experiences for our most sophisticated patrons. I would be thrilled to work with the Dali String Quartet anytime again in the future and highly recommend them as performers and people." - Tamara Cass, Executive Director, Meadowlark Music Festival
"They can use Latin American tangos to engage with audiences of varying ethnic backgrounds and then later connect them to the traditional quartet repertoire with an equally entertaining performance of a Mozart string quartet." - Jeri Lynn Johnson, Music Director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
"The key to their success is that the musicians sense the nature of the audience first and then craft a program to meet the specific needs and abilities of that audience. When I have a spot to fill in a school visit, I always look to the Dalí Quartet musicians first, because I know they will always be dynamic, engaging, and fabulous!" - Alice Anne Schwab, Director of Education, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
"The Dali Quartet has a passion for music and a passion for people. They have delighted audiences and are inspiring the next generation to discover the joy and power of music." - Steven Tenenbom, Violist, Orion Quartet; Faculty, Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music