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Created from within the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, the SIMÓN BOLÍVAR STRING QUARTET is composed of principal musicians – Alejandro Carreño and Boris Suaréz, violins; Ismel Campos, viola; and Aimon Mata, cello – of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. This group arose from the need of its members to come into contact with chamber music and the wealth of resources it can offer, which benefit not only its musicians, but also the children and young people who make up the Fundacíon, led by José Antonio Abreu.
The Quartet has worked with such musical personalities as Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, and Sir Simon Rattle. The Quartet has participated in master classes with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano; the Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet; the Chilingirian String Quartet; Donald Weilerstein (Cleveland String Quartet); Andras Keller (Keller String Quartet); and Ulyses Ascanio, founding violinist of the Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela. One of the aims of the Simón Bolívar String 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 Simón Bolívar String Quartet has played across Venezuela, throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, performing in concerts as well as taking part in educational and community events. In 2010, the Quartet undertook a major tour of the United Kingdom, appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the Southbank Centre in London, among others. Alongside their concerts, the Quartet often takes part in educational events, bringing their passion for music to children in diverse communities. In 2012, the Quartet embarked upon an intensive touring calendar around Canada and Japan, and returned to London.
In February 2012, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet recorded its first album for Deutsche Grammophon, which was released in February 2013. Riding on the success of their recording, the 2013/14 season has already proven to be a successful season, with concerts at the Salzburg Festival, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Gothenburg’s Konzerhuset. This season’s triumph continues at Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., the brand-new Sam Wanamaker Theatre in London, and Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica. Plans for 2015 include their debut at Wigmore Hall and a residency at the Beethoven festival in Bogotá.