Cuarteto Q Arte

Juan Carlos Higuita Estrada - Liz Angela García Castro, violins
Sandra L. Arango Calderón, viola - Diego García Castro, cello

“I had the most wonderful time last Monday listening to your fantastic Cuarteto Q-Arte play the music of Atehortua. You introduced me to a new composer as I was previously unaware of his music. And each of you played so beautifully and vibrantly with such commitment and passion! I loved every minute of our time together. You all seem to have a natural ensemble sense and I love the overall sound you make together. What a marvelous group the Cuarteto Q-Arte is!! Have a great time exploring the incredible world of string quartet music.” David Harrington, first violin Kronos Quartet
“I regard Cuarteto Q-Arte as one of the great values of Latin-American music nowadays. Their interpretations, full of rhythmic force, energy and precision make plain justice to the marvelous repertoire they perform. Their compromise with our continent’s composers is profound and their pedagogic labor in their native country of Colombia has generated an activity without precedent with young string quartets. I am certain that Q-Arte’s international projection will grow significantly in the near future.” Aron Bitran, Cuarteto Latinoamericano


Since its creation in 2010, Cuarteto Q-Arte has been characterized by its strong interest towards the knowledge and diffusion Latin-American music written for string quartet. Its attention focuses particularly on works by Colombian contemporary composers and the exploration of new sonorities and scenic profiles. Q-Arte is integrated by professors tied to the most recognized universities in the music field studies in Colombia. For this reason, the quartet has been able to combine its performance labor with constant research, a work that is fed simultaneously by teaching and working with new generations of professional musicians. Thanks to their indefatigable artistic and academic compromise, Q-Arte has become one of the most interesting and innovative chamber music ensembles in Colombia, as well as being one of our continent’s music ambassadors to the world.

By being able to create ties with the academia, Q-Arte is the recognition and outreach leader of projects of the Latin–American chamber musical patrimony. This genre is introduced in a vast tradition where enriching and contrasting cultures and traditions come together. At the same time, Q-Arte maintains a busy agenda of seminaries, festivals, master classes and workshops and through them they provide considerable incentive to the new generation of chamber music ensembles in Colombia. In addition to training instrumentalists and contributing to the chamber music work in Colombia, they participate in new works reading sessions working directly with renowned composers, professors and composition students in Colombia and abroad. Among the most recent pedagogic collaborations it is worthwhile to mention their work at the University of Chicago, Chicago Columbian College, the Kent-Ohio University, the Instrumenta Oaxaca Festival in Mexico, the Contemporary music Journeys at CCMC (Colombian Contemporary Music Circle) and the Pontificia Javeriana University in Bogotá. The quartet also manages FestiQ-Artetos, an International String Quartet Festival that takes place every other year at the National University of Colombia since 2014.

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