Since its creation in 2010, Cuarteto Q-Arte has been characterized by its strong interest towards the knowledge and diffusion 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. For this reason, 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 with the academia, Q-Arte is the recognition and outreach leader of projects of the Latin–American chamber musical patrimony. This genre is introduced in a vast tradition where enriching and contrasting cultures and traditions come together. At the same time, Q-Arte maintains a busy agenda of seminaries, festivals, master classes and workshops and through them they provide considerable incentive to the new generation of chamber music ensembles in Colombia. In addition to training instrumentalists and contributing to the chamber music work in Colombia, they participate in new works reading sessions working directly with renowned composers, professors and composition students in Colombia and abroad. Among the most recent pedagogic collaborations it is worthwhile to mention their work at the University of Chicago, Chicago Columbian College, the Kent-Ohio University, the Instrumenta Oaxaca Festival in Mexico, the Contemporary music Journeys at CCMC (Colombian Contemporary Music Circle) and the Pontificia Javeriana University in Bogotá. The quartet also manages FestiQ-Artetos, an International String Quartet Festival that takes place every other year at the National University of Colombia since 2014.
Q-Arte constantly maintains an artistic reflection process. With the intention of continuing an academic dialogue process and ongoing improvement, the quartet has taken classes with members of renowned ensembles at the national and international level. Among those ensembles are the Cuarteto Lationamericano, Kronos Quartet, the Borodin Quartet, the Avalon Quartet, the Miami Quartet, Casals Quartet and the Quiroga Quartet. Presently, the members of the quartet are being trained under the guidance of Richard Young, a member of the renowned U.S.A.’s Vermeer Quartet as well as one of the most influential personalities of chamber and instrumental music education nowadays. Additionally, Q-Arte has maintained a collaborative work with renowned composers and instrumentalists that have allowed the continuation of an immersion process in the international music vanguard. .
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Q-Arte has taken part in several record productions of Colombian composers like "Luis Carlos Figueroa: Orchestra and Chamber Music", dedicated to the composer Figueroa; "Five Chamber Music Works" with music by Germán Darío Pérez and "Five" by Damián Ponce de León. His first album was ¨Gustavo Leone: String Quartet¨, with Works of the Argentine composer Leone produced by international record label Toccata Classics of England and his most recent work 4+1 Quintets jointly with the Colombian clarinetist, Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco.
Next recordings will include string quartets of colombian composers Blas Emilio Atehortúa, Rodolfo Acosta, Francisco Zumaqué and Colombian Suites by Gentil Montaña with the arrangements of Fernando "El Chino" León. Due to its multiple fields of action and its projection towards the new generations, Cuarteto Q-Arte has consolidated itself as a pioneering chamber music group working both in education and musical diffusion at present.