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 award-winning pianist Olga Kern.
During the 2018-2019 season, selected concert dates will be available for performances by the Dalí Quartet with the Van Cliburn Competition’s gold-medal winning pianist Olga Kern. First up on the menu will be the towering Shostakovich piano quintet, a good fit for these five passionate musicians. Programs suggestions here. Inquire about date availability here.
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.
“the Dalí Quartet’s Latin American program alternately glimmered and blazed”…. [A] beautifully prepared program”.
“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”
Killeen Daily Herald
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
Peninsula Reviews “glowing warmth…expressive vocal style”
Park City Daily “passionate, moving… a wonderful evening”
Killeen Daily Herald “a near-instant rapport with the audience”
The Morning Call “a talented young chamber music ensemble”
Chestnut Hill Local “played with passion and precision”
Lincoln Journal Star “stunningly played”
Chamber Music Magazine “Hello Dalí”
Symphony Magazine “the only high-school string program within the 10,000 student district”
El Popular (Toronto) Canadian Debut/Debuta en Canada “Mooredale Concerts presentará una de las más frescas voces en música clásica y la música latinoamericana”
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 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 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.
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. A part of the Dalí 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.
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 SimÃ³n Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela.
The Dalí Quartet is a roster ensemble of Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour (PennPAT). PennPat offers support for tour engagements to presenters in DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To learn more visit www.PennPAT.org
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)
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 Dali Quartet International Music 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 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