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  Dalí Quartet - Classical Roots, Latin Soul

    With an artist's grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dalí Quartet is today's freshest voice in Classical and Latin American music. This exciting young ensemble, anchored in both El Sistema and classical conservatory traditions, combines the best of both worlds.

    Programming an enticing mix of classical/romantic string quartet repertoire with Latin American chamber music - including popular danzons and more, the Dalí Quartet creates an extraordinary concert experience which promises to take 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's current schedule includes engagements for distinguished concert series in Portland, Eugene, Philadelphia, Tulsa, Toronto, Des Moines, Iowa City, San Jose and beyond. On tour, the group gives master-classes and professional development workshops for students at major universities this year (including Michigan State and the University of Wisconsin). Dalí Quartet has has just inaugurated a new library series for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and last season created outreach programming for all the 4th graders in Tulsa’s Any Given Child program.

    The Dalí Quartet has performed with emphasis on the Latin-Classical connection for television, festivals and presenting organizations in the United States and abroad. Past seasons engagements include appearances on distinguished series in New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Temple, Corpus Christi, Lincoln, Brownsville, Wilmington, NC and beyond. The Dalí Quartet has appeared at the Wildflower Music Festival, the Meadowlark Music Festival, the Venezuelan Sounds Festival in New York, and at a wide range of other venues from Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, to the Americas Society in New York, Michigan State and Penn State to the University of Texas.

    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.

    The group's adventurous and entertaining programming on tour includes new works for quartet with percussionist Orlando Cotto, and quintets both Latin and classical with Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

    As passionate and committed teachers the Dalí Quartet offers workshops and community enrichment activities while on tour. A part of the Quartet's mission includes the presentation of many educational concert activities each year - its popular events for students in grades K-12 are complemented by interactive concerts for the entire family.

    The Dalí Quartet serves as Artists in Residence at the Community Conservatory of Music in Doylestown, PA and as Quartet in Residence of the Elite Strings Program where it hosts the Dalí String Quartet Summer Music Camp and Festival. The Dalí is also a Resident Ensemble of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, dedicated to normalizing minority participation in classical music.

    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, Indiana University Bloomington and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela.

    "the Dalí Quartet's Latin American program alternately glimmered and blazed".... [A] beautifully prepared program".
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    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."

    "forged a near-instant rapport with the audience... In no time, the 300-plus audience members were on their feet"
    Killeen Daily Herald

    "stunningly played"
    Lincoln Journal Star

    “...a remarkable ensemble; it’s a true crossover group in the best sense of the word. Made up entirely of Hispanic musicians who are proud of their roots, they bring together the best music by Latin American and European composers. The result is a rare treat for everyone… a spectacular performance of works by the Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and the German Felix Mendelssohn. They also threw three shorter pieces by two other 20th century Latin American composers into the mix that turned this program into an evening of musical magic.”

    "Dalí has a big, lush sound. They captured the elegance and lightness of the Haydn quartet and did not have any difficulty in switching to the dissonant drama of one of Beethoven's most stormy chamber music works. As expected, they handled the Latin American music with authoritative ease.
    The Morning Call

    "The Dali is known for its emphasis on Latin music, and the playbill was filled with works from south of the border...a strong appearance...gathering heavy applause at the end of the first half...This great effort brought Meadowlark patrons to their feet with approving cheers and whistles."
    Lincoln Journal Star

    "The deep, plush sound of the viola and cello supported a gorgeous, singing first violin melody in the second movement. Their playing of the third movement brought out its sparkling quality as well as the special tone generated by canonic writing. The Dalí players made the most of the vivid rhythm of the czardas dance Brahms used in the finale."

    "four young players - one originally from Cuba and the others from Venezuela....The program they performed would have challenged any ensemble: Turina's "La oracion del torero", the Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428 by Mozart; Shostakovich's Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110, and Piazzolla's "Four, for Tango.
    "The quartet already has achieved a rich, highly integrated and balanced sound. ...their playing exhibited a high level of technical competence and musical understanding..."
    The Morning Call

    "They were wonderful! Not only were the members of the Dali Quartet excellent musicians, they were a delight to work with. Friendly, unassuming, and extremely talented."
    Joan Gillner, Wildflower Music Festival

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      Efrain Amaya: Angelica

      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

     La Cumparsita

     Lorenz: Puente Trans-Arabico

     Dalí Quartet Camp

     Efrain Amaya: Yara's Dream 2nd movement

     Villa-Lobos: Quartet #1 "Melancolia"

    The Dalí Quartet is well-known for its community outreach and educational programming and has designed successful programs for performing arts centers, arts councils, colleges, universities, chamber music societies and symphonies. The Annual Dalí Quartet Chamber Music Camp & Festival is a hugely successful event reaching hundreds of junior, youth and pre-college level participants, now entering its second decade.

    "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

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