Created from within the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, the SIMÓN BOLÍVAR STRING QUARTET is made up of principal musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Each player brings a strong personality and individual musical character to the group, combining to create a thrilling and multifaceted ensemble with a unique flair. The Quartet arose from the need of its members to explore chamber music and the wealth of benefits it can offer, not only to its musicians but also to the children and young people who make up the Fundacíon, led by José Antonio Abreu.
The Simón Bolívar String Quartet has given concerts across Venezuela, throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, performing in concerts as well as taking part in education and community events. One of the aims of the Quartet is the development of a network of string quartets in Venezuela and South America, with the purpose of propagating chamber music among children and young people in Latin America.
The 2014/15 season took the Quartet to New York and Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, Boston, Bogotá’s Festival Internacional de Música, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum. The current season sees the Quartet return to Walt Disney Concert Hall for this concert with musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as returning to Europe for concerts in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The Simón Bolívar String Quartet records for Deutsche Grammophon. Their first album, a disc of works by Ginastera, Dvorˇák and Shostakovich, was released in 2013.
Simón Bolívar String Quartet
Alejandro Carreño, violin
Boris Suárez, violin
Ismel Campos, viola
Aimon Mata, cello