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Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space
between W 94th and W 95th 2537 Broadway New York City, NY 10025
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“How wonderful to hear four young musicians be such good ambassadors for music.” -Yo Yo Ma
“La Catrina Quartet brings a distinctly new salsa flavor to the genre, spotlighting rhythmic dance-dominated music we’re more used to hearing from mariachi or the Ballet Folklorico. The audience might well have lept up and begun whipping through heel-flashing zapateados in the aisles.”* *


Hailed by Yo Yo Ma as wonderful ambassadors for music, the La Catrina String Quartet is one of the most sought after ensembles on tour today. Their unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proved enormously entertaining for its diverse audiences, catering to the more traditional concertgoers while still attracting the next generation of listeners. Their infectious personalities infuse their playing, creating truly compelling performances. The La Catrina Quartet has a triple mission: to perform the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, to promote Mexican and Latin American art music worldwide and to work closely with composers in order to promote the performance of new music.

Currently Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at New Mexico State University, the La Catrina Quartet tours regularly throughout the US and Mexico, and has received important awards and recognitions, such as Western Michigan University’s All University Research and Creative Scholar Award, the Bascom Little Fund Grant ( and the North Carolina Arts Council cARTwheels 2009 and 2010 touring program. They have also premiered works by composers Thomas Janson and John Ferrito at the Kent Blossom Music Festival and Zae Munn at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Some of the quartet highlights include their participation in the highly competitive Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Young Performers Career Advancement program in New York City, which concluded with a showcase performance of “next generation’s classical music star performers” in Carnegie Hall.  For two years, they were the Quartet-in-Residence of the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina. The La Catrina Quartet was also in residence at the Chamber Music Festival of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they collaborated with the Brentano Quartet, the Poulenc Trio and The Miami Quartet. The Quartet is currently String Quartet in Residence at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.

This season they will be featured in concert series throughout the US and Mexico and will conduct several quartet residencies during the summer of 2011. Upcoming concerts include performances in Ohio, Kentucky, New York State, and California. Recently, the quartet has been granted a commission of a brand new string quartet from Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. This commission was funded by Symphony Space in New York City where it will be premiered in May of 2011.

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