Ricardo Morales, clarinet
"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
Lincoln Journal Star
"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
The Morning Call
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."
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
The Morning Call
Dalí Quartet Website
Engagement & Education
Dalí Quartet Camp
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"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
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
and excellence as central to its art form.
The Dalí Quartet has performed with emphasis on the Latin-Classical connection
for television, festivals and presenting organizations in the United States and
abroad. Recent and upcoming 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
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
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
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.
About the Dalí Quartet's Community Engagement Programming
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.
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
- 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