Askonas Holt extends its successful collaboration with El Sistema from Venezuela to encompass the Simón Bolívar String Quartet. 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. Venues at which they have performed include Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Lincoln Center’s Walter Reader Theater in New York, the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hal in London, Philharmonie Berlin, Musikverein Vienna, Gulbenkian Auditorium in Lisbon and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. They have also visited festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Salzburg Festival.
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.
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