String Quartet

Simón Bolívar String Quartet

Alejandro Carreño, violin
Boris Suarez, violin
Ismel Campos, viola
Aimon Mata, cello

© Harald Hoffmann/DG


Askonas Holt extends its successful collaboration with El Sistema from Venezuela to encompass the Simón Bolívar String Quartet. The Simón Bolívar String Quartet has given concerts across Venezuela, throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, performing in concerts as well as taking part in education and community events.

In February 2012 the Simón Bolívar String Quartet recorded its first album for Deutsche Grammophon, which was released in early 2013.

Created from within the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet is composed of principal musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. They have worked with such musical personalities as Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.

Click here to download the Quartet’s full 2017/18 biography.



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    Ginastera, Dvořák & Shostakovich: String Quartets

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 31 Jan 13

    Violinists Alejandro Carreno and Boris Suarez, violist Ismel Campos and cellist Aimon Mata breathe new life into three gems of the string quartet repertoire, performed with the perfect balance of classical refinement and South American panache.

    A debut recording that musically and thematically reflects the young ensembles extraordinary story and progressive pursuits.

    This is DGs first recording of Argentine composer Alberto Ginasteras particularly difficult 1948 String Quartet No. 1, inspired by the vivacious dance rhythms of his homeland.

    Shostakovich’s deeply personal String Quartet No. 8 is dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, a theme which particularly speaks to the SBSQ.

    In another DG first, the SBSQ adds South American flavor to the American String Quartet, one of Dvořák’s celebrations of his visit to the New World.

    The SBSQ comprises key players of DG exclusive recording artist Gustavo Dudamel’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.


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    24 Jun 12 Schubert and Ginastera June 2012
    Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre

    “The Simón Bolívar String Quartet gave an inspirational recital of Schubert and Ginastera.”
    Michael Church, The Independent 

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    04 Sep 10 Brahms September 2010
    Queens Hall, Edinburgh Festival

    “The performance of Brahms’s A minor Quartet […] had real Brahmsian rigour behind its expressiveness, with darkly shimmering tone in the stern quasi- minuet of the third movement.”
    The Glasgow Herald

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    15 Sep 10 September 2010
    John Innes Centre

    “…the quartet electrified its Norwich audience with playing of refreshing sponteneity and, above all, a passionate commitment”
    Eastern Daily Press