CUARTETO DE CUERDAS Q-ARTE

The Q-ARTE Quartet emerged as part of the project of artistic research "Latin-American Chamber Music", attached to the  creative workshop of the Faculty of Arts of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (National University of Colombia); It is formed by four professors from the university’s Conservatory of music: Juan Carlos Higuita (violin), Liz García (violin), Sandra Arango (viola) and Diego García (cello), who after having completed their studies in Europe and the United States are interested in the knowledge and dissemination of the Latin American music written for String Quartet, focusing mainly on contemporary domestic composers and in the exploration of new sounds and scenic profiles. Thanks to their commitment, domain and trust in the repertoire they interpret, the quartet has quickly become one of the most interesting and innovative groups of Colombian Chamber music.

Q-ARTE has worked with prominent Colombian soloists, with quartets of international prestige as Kronos Quartet, Borodin Quartet, Miami String Quartet, among others, and with national composers as Blas Emilio Atehortua, Francisco Zumaque, Rodolfo Acosta, Harold Vasquez, Johann Hassler, Gustavo Parra, Germán Darío Pérez, Fernando Leon, Damian Ponce de Leon and Luis Carlos Figueroa; also with international composers as Gabriela Ortiz (Mexico), Albert Guinovart (Spain) and Gustavo Leone (Argentina).  

Of particular note are the premieres at the national level of various works such as "Ñerunfen Gorsobico # 3" of Gustavo Parra; "Senza tempi Quartet, Op. 18B" by Johann Hassler (both Colombians); " Aroma foliado " by Gabriela Ortiz (Mexico); "string quartet" by Roberto Valera; "Habanera sensual and contradanza capricious" by Guido Lopez-Gavil ab (both Cubans) and "Portrait V" Eddie Mora (Costa Rica), among others. The work "Scenes" by Gustavo Leone was composed and dedicated especially for Q-Arte in 2011.

At the national level Q-ART has been on the payroll of guest artists in the VII and VIII Festival International Music Festival of Cartagena; the Festival of Quartets Central Bank of Colombia 2012; the Season of Contemporary Music CCMC-2012; the Fourth International Festival of clarinets Bogota 2013; the first National  Meeting of Harpists 2013; the Fourth week of the music by the UPTC Tunja 2013; the Festival of Bowed Instruments of  Bucaramanga 2013; the I Bogota Philharmonic’s Festival of Chamber Music 2013; the XX National Festival of Colombian music; the XII National Contest Song Princes of duet 2014; Week IIIM Filmmakers from Germany and musicians from Colombia of the ICCA Sprach Institut 2014.

At the international level the group has been a special guest in the I Catalunya-America Week 2013, held in Sitges, Barcelona (Spain); in the Chicago Latino Music Festival 2013, where they participated in activities such as lectures and readings of new works with students at the University of Chicago, in addition they appeared in a special program of the festival held by the local television station. They have also given recitals in the Fine Arts Theater in Miami-Florida and at the University of Kent-Ohio.

After their first album “Resonancias” (Resonances), recorded in 2008, the quartet has taken part in several productions with music by Colombian composers as “Luis Carlos Figueroa: Orquesta y Música de Cámara” (Luis Carlos Figueroa: orchestra and chamber music), a production of the National University of Colombia; “Cinco Obras de Cámara” (Five Chamber Works) with music by Germán Darío Pérez and “Cinco” (Five) by Damian Ponce de Leon. The most recent album of the Quartet Q-ART is "Gustavo Leone: String Quartets" with the production of the recognized international record label Toccata Classics in England.

In 2014 Q-ART has integrated to its work the realization of the first International Festival of String Quartets, which was carried out at the National University of Colombia and different venues of Bogota.

Members

JUAN CARLOS HIGUITA

Violin

LIZ ÁNGELA GARCÍA

Violin

SANDRA LILIANA ARANGO

Viola

DIEGO GARCÍA

Cello

Contact

Sandra Liliana Arango Calderón (Coordinator)

E-mail

fiorella_77@yahoo.es

Phone

+571 8003279

Mobile

+57 3114428391

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