Simón Bolívar String Quartet


Askonas Holt extends its successful collaboration with El Sistema from Venezuela to encompass the Simón Bolívar String Quartet. After many successful tours across some of Europe's and North America's most famous concert halls we are busy planning more dates in the future. The 2014/15 season took the Quartet to New York and the 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 the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a concert together with musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as returning to Europe for concerts in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.

In February 2012 the Simón Bolívar String Quartet recorded its first album for Deutsche Grammophon, which was released in early 2013. 

Created from within the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet is composed of principal musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. They have worked with such musical personalities as Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.  The quartet has participated in masterclasses with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet, 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. 

Click here to download the Quartet's full 2015/16 biography.

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Schubert and Ginastera

June 2012

Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre

The Simón Bolívar String Quartet gave an inspirational recital of Schubert and Ginastera

Michael Church, The Independent

September 2010

John Innes Centre

...the quartet electrified its Norwich audience with playing of refreshing sponteneity and, above all, a passionate commitment Eastern Daily Press


September 2010

Queens Hall, Edinburgh Festival

The performance of Brahms's A minor Quartet [...] had real Brahmsian rigour behind its expressiveness, with darkly shimmering tone in the stern quasi- minuet of the third movement The Glasgow Herald



This debut disc by the sensational young Simón Bolívar String Quartet was released in Feb 2013 in Europe. 
Deutsche Grammophon