Dalí Quartet - Classical Roots, Latin Soul
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.
"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)
"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