Cuarteto Latinoamericano

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Cuarteto Latinoamericano is a world-renowned, award winning string quartet from Mexico. The ensemble consists of the three Bitrán brothers: violinists Saúl and Arón, and cellist Álvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has recorded most of its Latin American repertoire for string quartet. The sixth volume sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17 quartets cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy. Brasileiro, works of Mignone from the Sono Luminus label, won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording in 2012.  The Cuarteto was in residence at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, from 1988 to 2008.  Under the auspices of the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles of Venezuela, the Cuarteto has created the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, based in Caracas, which serves as an incubator for eight select young string quartets from the Sistema.  Since 2004, the Cuarteto has been a recipient of the México en Escena grant given by the Mexican government through FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts).