Since its creation in 2010, Cuarteto Q-Arte has been characterized by its strong interest towards the knowledge and dissemination of Latin-American music written for string quartets. Its attention focuses particularly on works by contemporary composers, the exploration of new sounds, and the cooperation with other arts.
Thanks to their artistic and academic compromise, Q-Arte has become one of the most interesting and innovative chamber music ensembles in Colombia, and is one of the continent’s most influential musical ambassadors to the world.
Q-Arte is integrated by professors linked to Colombian universities in the music field. As such, the quartet has been able to combine its performance labor with constant research and achieve a work that is fed simultaneously by teaching and working with new generations of professional musicians. Q-Arte recognizes in their projects the value of the Latin–American arts patrimony where diverse and contrasting cultures and traditions come together.
The quartet maintains a busy agenda of seminaries, festivals, master classes and workshops, and through them, they provide an incentive to new generations of chamber music ensembles in Colombia to excel.
Since its inception in 2014, the quartet has managed ‘FestiQ-Artetos’, an international string quartet festival that takes place every two years at the National University of Colombia. In addition to its emphasis towards standard classical music, the festival serves as a space for Latin American repertoire. It features recognized composers who develop workshops of their own compositions enabling stronger collaboration between interpreters and composers.
Q-Arte participates in new composition reading sessions with renowned composers, professors and composition students. Additionally, artists from different fields have collaborated with Q-Arte's concerts.
Q-Arte has taken part in several recording productions of Colombian composers such as a recording dedicated to the composer Luis Carlos Figueroa; Five Chamber Music Works by Germán Darío Pérez; and Five by Damián Ponce de León. Their first released album was Gustavo Leone’s String Quartet, produced by the international recording label Toccata Classics.
Their most recent work is 4+1 Quintets, recorded along with the Colombian clarinetist Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco. Currently Q-Arte is producing three albums dedicated to the music of Colombian composers Blas Emilio Atehortúa and Gentil Montaña with arrangements done by Fernando León.
Due to its multifaceted approach and its mission towards the new generation, Cuarteto Q-Arte has consolidated itself as a pioneering chamber music group both in education and performance.
WHAT THE NOMINATOR WROTE:
Cuarteto Q-Arte has been shaking up the string quartet scene in Latin America by engaging not only in the performance of well-established and already existing pieces for string quartet but also exploring un- and underperformed repertoire as well as establishing bridges between performers, composers and institutions.
These collaborations have produced important recording of works by composers such as Gustavo Leone (Argentina), Miguel del Àguila (Uruguay), Diego Luzuriaga (Ecuador) and Blas Emilio Atehortùa (Colombia), and have resulted in the production of a string quartet festival that has featured Latin American and North American string quartets as well as important concerts with orchestral and chamber music performances of pieces by active Latin American composers such as Gabriela Ortiz, from Mexico.
These artistic projects are accompanied by master classes for composers and young string quartets, as well as public discussions with the featured composers.
Cuarteto Q-Arte has become a catalyst for stronger cross-continental interactions, the discovery of new works and for the renewed enthusiasm and interest in an ensemble format that was born in Europe towards the end of the XVIIIth Century.