COMMENTARIES

“I had the most wonderful time last Monday listening to your fantastic Cuarteto Q-Arte play the music of Atehortua. You introduced me to a new composer as I was previously unaware of his music. And each of you played so beautifully and vibrantly with such commitment and passion! I loved every minute of our time together. You all seem to have a natural ensemble sense and I love the overall sound you make together. What a marvelous group the Cuarteto Q-Arte is!! I wish you all possible success. Have a great time exploring the incredible world of string quartet music.”

– David Harrington, first violin Kronos Quartet
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“I regard Cuarteto Q-Arte as one of the great values of Latin-American music nowadays. Their interpretations, full of rhythmic force, energy and precision make plain justice to the marvelous repertoire they perform. Their compromise with our continent’s composers is profound and their pedagogic labor in their native country of Colombia has generated an activity without precedent with young string quartets. I am certain that Q-Arte’s international projection will grow significantly in the near future.”

– Aron Bitran, Cuarteto Latinoamericano
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“Dear Young professors and friends of Cuarteto Q-Arte: The beautiful version you rendered of my quartet No.4, Opus 27, at last evening’s performance on June 9th at the UNAB (Autonomous University of Bucaramanga) was full of vigorous technique and considerable skilled performance. It made me experience great emotions as well as to the rest of the audience. Congratulations and thanks for performing my music.”

– Blas Emilio Atehortua, Colombian composer
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“This young Colombian quartet has become one of the examples in Latin America,. Cuarteto Q-Arte has recorded five of my works. These recording contain deep, yet subtle performances. They have a brilliant future ahead of them as an ensemble.”

– Gustavo Leone, Argentinian composer
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“Cuarteto Q-Arte presented and extraordinary performance of Aroma Foliado, one version full of freshness and vitality as if they have been playing my music for several years.”

– Gabriela Ortiz, Mexican composer
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“It is hard to find an ensemble whose performers exhibit such musicality and technical skills…Q-Arte not only produces a spectacular sound, but also invariably captivates their audiences with programs full of adventure…In my opinion, day by day, the Cuanteto Q-Arte is one of the best ensembles in Latin-America…”

– Javier Alvarez, Mexican composer
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Q-Arte is a Young quartet of a high performing level. It is engaged with the music of our contemporary composers. Their performances are warm and fresh and listening to them make us feel an exceptional communication. As an interpreter and orchestrator, I feel very pleased that there is an ensemble with such quality that takes care of the Colombian music repertoire; my compliments to the Cuarteto Q-Arte on a job well done.

– Fernando “El Chino” León, Colombian composer
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“Dear members of the Cuarteto Q-Arte, (...) Thank you so much for your grand concert and for your wonderful readings of pieces by our student composers. What a fabulous experience this was for them! They all understand how fortunate they were to have this amazing opportunity.”

– Frank Wiley, Composition profesor at Kent State University
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“My experience as a composer with the integrants of the Cuarteto Q-Arte has been such as the one of working with high quality musicians. They are committed to the music of their time and Latin-America, as well as to the Western European Tradition music. Without any doubt, this is a quartet of reference in the Latin-American music panorama.”

– Moisés Bertran, Spanish composer
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“The greatness of this quartet, composed by excellent musicians, is not only that they believe in their project with great discipline and seriousness, but also because they develop a repertoire that focuses specially in Colombian and Latin-American contemporary music. Q-Arte’s proper approach makes it a bonding project. For me it has always been and will be an honor to work with these four great musicians”

– Damián Ponce, Colombian composer
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Q-Arte is a quartet that head-on has assumed the challenge to discover through its projects the meaning of being a string quartet in Colombia as well as in Latin-America nowadays.

– Mauricio Peña, Director, Luis Ángel Arango Library's Recital Hall
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“This first CD stands because of the technical ability of the quartet’s members makes us enthusiastically wait for their second album”

– Carlos Barreiro Ortiz, El Tiempo Newspaper.
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“Five years of Cuarteto Q-Arte, not sparing in expense: at the concert “Matices”, the Colombian ensemble celebrated its first lustrum accompanied by great Colombian composers, authors of the works performed. It was a very emotional evening with a merely Colombian environment. Dyes from other parts where included such as jazz fused with Caribbean, Andean rhythms and classical music.”

– Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Theater press
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“Rescuing the Colombian heritage....Q-Arte, a group of utmost importance for the musical development of our country”.

– Alexander Klein, newspaper El Espectador
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“.....Colombian Cuarteto Q-Arte, in recent years has given much to talk about, since it has been able to demonstrate that it is a group of high level, specialized in the contemporary Latin American repertoire ...... we could hear three works commissioned by the Bank of the Republic -, and the experience, far from being disorientating, was wonderful ........ the subtle and effective communication between the performers is the most important aspect to achieve in chamber music, and it is something that is very clear to Cuarteto Q-Arte......”.

– Angélica Daza, Musical critic of the Bank of the Republicbr>................

“....Cuarteto Q-Arte is one of the professional quartets of the city and the country, with the best musical and technical levels ..... Thank you dear friends of Q-Arte for helping and accompanying us in building and strengthening the so longed-for relationship and cooperation between musicians and composers...”

– Carolina Noguera, Colombian composer
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“The constant and dedicated work of this ensemble has positioned it as one of the most representative quartets of contemporary Latin American music. Its understanding and appropriation of the music and its interpretative force, sometimes accompanied together with composers, allows them to create exciting and interesting versions at the same time. This, coupled with their nice human quality makes it always a pleasure to work with them”.

– Marcela Zorro, Sound engineer
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“It is a family that has welcomed the passion to re-evaluate Colombian art from curiosity, research, pedagogy and its incredible talent ......... long live the quartet Q-Arte!!!”.

– Jefferson Rosas, Sound engineer
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"......... For me, (these) are the five musical events that must be highlighted within the vast cultural activity that Bogota had in 2016: Concert Hall of the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango and Auditorio Leon de Greiff, Sunday 25th and Thursday 29th of September .... .... In recent years the Quartet Q-Arte has made its way as one of the heavyweights of Latin American chamber music. Through recordings, concerts, festivals and collaborations with different composers and ensembles of the continent, Q-Arte quartet has done in a very short time an immense work to recover hidden works, to launch new creations, to create links between artists from different countries and to make Colombia open the map of the current music creation in Latin America......"

– By Mauricio Peña, Arcadia Magazine.
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