Funding for this international cultural exchange is provided by the MacArthur Foundation through an International Connections grant for 2016.
Avalon String Quartet
The Avalon String Quartet has performed in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St Y, Merkin Hall, and Bargemusic in New York; the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London; and Herculessaal in Munich. Other performances include appearances at the Bath International Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Caramoor, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Dame Myra Hess Concerts, Los Angeles Music Guild, and the Ravinia Festival. The quartet performs an annual concert series in historic Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it has presented the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Bartok, and Brahms in recent seasons. The Avalon is quartet-in- residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, a position formerly held by the Vermeer Quartet. Additionally, they have given numerous performances and presentations to youngaudiences in under-resourced schools and communities.
Since its creation in 2008, Cuarteto Q-Arte has been characterized by its strong interest of the knowledge and diffusion of Latin-American music written for string quartet. Its attention focuses particularly on works by Colombian contemporary composers and the exploration of new sonorities and scenic profiles. Q-Arte is integrated by professors tied to the most recognized universities in the music field studies in Colombia. In this way, the quartet has been able to combine its performance labor with constant research, a work that is fed simultaneously by teaching and working with new generations of professional musicians. Thanks to their indefatigable artistic and academic compromise, Q-Arte has become one of the most interesting and innovative chamber music ensembles in Colombia, as well as being one of our continent’s music ambassadors to the world.By being able to create ties from academia, Q-Arte is the recognition and outreach leader of projects of the Latin–American chamber musical patrimony.