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Dalí Quartet - Classical Roots, Latin Soul
The Dalí Quartet brings its signature mix of Latin American, Classical and Romantic repertoire to stages and audiences of all kinds. The quartet’s passionate energy is poured into everything they do, generating critical and audience acclaim for their Classical Roots, Latin Soul. Its tours include appearances for distinguished chamber music and cultural center series in the U.S., Canada and South America. Recent engagements include concerts in New York and Philadelphia, on to Portland, Park City, San Jose, and from Tulsa to Toronto and beyond. The Dalí Quartet’s engaging style reaches across the footlights for an experience which “leaves the audience almost dancing in the aisles." (Peninsula Reviews)
In addition to works of the masters from Haydn to Brahms and Amaya to Piazzolla, 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, and with acclaimed pianist Vanessa Perez.
The Dalí Quartet is devoted to audience development and to reaching communities of all kinds. The group’s Latin Fiesta Workshops and Family Concerts in both traditional and innovative settings move listeners – literally! The Dalí Quartet is sought after for master-classes and professional development workshops for students, (recently at Michigan State, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Iowa) and opens musical vistas for younger kids with its week-long Any Given Child programs (over three seasons for the Tulsa Public School System). In addition, the quartet’s International Music Festival is an admired chamber music and orchestral program founded in 2004 which develops the performance skills of young musicians up through semi-professional level. The Dali was selected as the 2015-2016 Brandywine Artist-In-Residence at West Chester University, and has been an IRIS Orchestra Resident Ensemble since 2015. Just this year, the Dalí Quartet was named the Horger Artists-In-Residence at Lehigh University.
The Dalí Quartet announces a new collaboration with the Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo in mixed programming for quartet, bandoneón and guitar. Decca recording artists Giampaolo Bandini, guitar and Cesare Chiacchiaretta, accordion & bandoneón, will join the Dalí for programs that include Piazzolla's and Vivaldi's "Eight Seasons", and a "Folias de Tango" program of works by Gardel, Molinelli, Piazzolla, Iannarelli, Brouwer, Pujol and Paquito D'Rivera. More Information...
Composers Now is commissioning a new work for the Dalí Quartet from acclaimed composer Nkeiru Okoye. The work will have its premiere performances in New York and Philadelphia. More about Composers Now here.
WHYY-TV features the Dalí Quartet on Friday Arts, a regular program on the Philadelphia PBS station's commitment to the arts. Hear the quartet perform and talk about its varied repertoire and its work with youth at the Dali Quartet International Music Festival. The program, titled "The Dalí Quartet: Classical Roots, Latin Souls" was produced by Karen Smyles and is available here.
"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"
"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 Dalí 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
The Dalí Quartet's programs include these collaborations:
Pianist Olga Kern (courtesy of Columbia Artist Management Inc. - CAMI)
Clarintetist Ricardo Morales
Percussionist Orlando Cotto
Pianist Vanessa Perez (courtesy of Cadenza Artists)
Bandini-Chiachiaretta Duo (courtesy of Aranjuez Artists)