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The Dalí Quartet: From Barcelona to Vienna

  • Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy El Cajon, CA, 92019 (map)


String Quartet No. 3

Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga


Giacomo Puccini

Italian Serenade

Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf


String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”)

Ludwig van Beethoven

The Dalí Quartet brings its signature mix of Latin American, Classical and Romantic repertoire to stages and audiences of all kinds. The quartet’s passionate energy is poured into everything they do, generating critical and audience acclaim for their Classical Roots, Latin Soul. Its tours include appearances for distinguished chamber music and cultural center series in the U.S., Canada, and South America. Recent engagements include concerts in New York and Philadelphia, on to Portland, Puerto Rico, San Jose, and from Tulsa toToronto and beyond. The Dalí Quartet’s engaging style reaches across the footlights for an experiencewhich “leaves the audience almost dancing in the aisles." (Peninsula Reviews)

In addition to works of the masters from Haydn to Brahms and Amaya to Piazzolla, the group's adventurous and entertaining programming includes new works for quartet with percussionist Orlando Cotto, and quintets both Latin and Classical with the renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with acclaimed pianist Vanessa Perez. During the 2018-2019 season, selected concert dates are available for performances by the Dalí Quartet with the Van Cliburn Competition’s gold-medal winning pianist Olga Kern.

The Dalí Quartet is devoted to audience development and to reaching communities of all kinds. The group’sLatin Fiesta Workshops and Family Concerts in both traditional and innovative settings move listeners –literally! The Dalí Quartet is sought after for master classes and professional development workshops for students, (recently at the National Repertory Orchestra, Miami Univeristy, Michigan State, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Iowa) and has opened musical vistas for younger kids with its week-long AnyGiven Child programs (over three seasons for the Tulsa Public School System). In addition, the quartet’sInternational Music Festival is an admired chamber music and orchestral program founded in 2004 which develops the performance skills of young musicians up through semi-professional level. The Dalí is an IRIS Orchestra Resident Ensemble and the 2018-2019 Ulrich Quartet in Residence at Lehigh University.

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have studied at esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Following a season as Brandywine Artist-In-Residence, the quartet has joined the faculty at West Chester University's School of Music as the Quartet in Residence, a position commencing in 2018.

The Dalí Quartet proudly uses Pirastro Strings.
Worldwide representation by Jonathan Wentworth Associates.

Adriana Linares

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Venezuelan violist Adriana Linares is one of today's most talented Latin American artists. Her playing has been called "meltingly beautiful" by Naxos label reviewers. Ms. Linares was the first prize winner in the Latin American Music Competition at Indiana University, the Kuttner Quartet Competition and the Solo Viola Competition at Indiana University, which earned her the honor of soloing with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Linares is described by Grammy Award-winning violist Roger Tapping as "a violist of extraordinary merit and ability who is not only excellent but also distinctive, characterful and individual." Highlights of solo engagements include her debut at Carnegie Hall with the US première of Venezuelan composer Modesta Bor's Sonata, as well as solos with Arcos Juveniles de Caracas Orchestra, Virtuosi de Caracas, Middletown Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, with whom she performed the world première of Howard Hanson's Summer Sea Side #2, recorded under the Naxos label.

Ms. Linares is the President, Founder and Artistic Director of ArCoNet, The Arts & Community Network, a nonprofit organization based in North Wales, PA. Ms. Linares has launched many programs under the umbrella of ArCoNet, including a string academy with 120 students, a youth and chamber orchestra, intensive solo boot camps, the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival, community outreach partnerships, college preparation programs for local and international students, junior string camps, concert series, and preschool programs among others.

An active chamber musician and recitalist, she has collaborated with violinists Anthony Marwood and Alexis Cardenas, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, pianists Alessio Bax, Olga Kern, Vanessa Perez, and Gabriela Montero, cellists Natasha Brodsky and Bonnie Hampton, and violist Marka Gustavasson.

Ms. Linares is the founding violist of the Dalí Quartet, with whom she has embarked on recording and performing projects in the US and abroad. She serves on the faculty at West Chester University as part of the Dalí Quartet residency. She is a member of the IRIS Orchestra, SATORI Chamber Players, and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Linares holds a master's degree from Temple University, where she studied with violist and Curtis Institute of Music President Roberto Diaz. She also holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University where she studied with distinguished violist Atar Arad.

Domenic Salerni

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Sought after as a teacher, chamber and orchestral musician, Domenic Salerni is the first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, on faculty at West Chester University, the Arts and Community Network (ArCoNet), and the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival. He is a member of the multi-genre septet Foundry, the Chiarina Chamber Players, IRIS Orchestra, and the Bellingham Festival Orchestra.

After graduating with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Salerni went on to study at the Yale University School of Music where he won the Yale Chamber Music Society competition and the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Award. He was a finalist and laureate of the first inaugural M Prize at the University of Michigan in 2016, a laureate of the 2009 International Sion-Valais Violin Competition, and a semifinalist in the 2015 Schadt International Violin Competition.

Domenic can be found on a number of recordings including the Dalí Quartet’s Classical Roots, Latin Soul CD, Andy Akiho’s debut album No One to Know One, Gary Motley’s albumDepartures, his father Paul Salerni’s album Touched: A Decade of Chamber Music, and his own self-produced album Atmospheric Lines.

Highlights from this past season include performances with the Dalí Quartet at the NationalGallery and Puerto Rico’s Centro de Bellas Artes, collaborations with omnivorous bassist,composer, and CAG competition winner Sam Suggs and mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis in performance of the Juliet Letters presented by Musicians of Yellow Barn’s Music Haul. In addition to his freelance work this season with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, and Annapolis Symphony, Salerni also performed with the Chiarina Chamber Players in the final concert of their third season, and joined the League of Composers for recording projects and performances.

Domenic looks forward to a robust touring schedule this season with the Dalí Quartet which includes a US and Canadian tour with pianist Olga Kern, and performances and a recording project with clarinetist Ricardo Morales. As part of the Dalí Quartet residency at West Chester University, Salerni will be a featured faculty soloist with the West Chester University Orchestra and will appear in his first faculty recital with guest pianist Efi Hackmey, as well as chamber music collaborations with WCU faculty.

Carlos Rubio

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Violinist Carlos Rubio began his musical career as a member of Venezuela's famous Youth Orchestra System ("El Sistema"). As a member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, he toured France, Japan, USA, Mexico, Spain and participated in seven CD recordings under the Dorian Records label.

Mr. Rubio has taught master classes and performed at Miami University, Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, University of Tennessee, Drake University, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Festival de Música Latinoamericana in Colombia, Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo, the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela, Colorado State University, and is a founding member of the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival.

Mr. Rubio was awarded grand prize in the Spanish and Latin American Music Competition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and was distinguished as the Ohio Latino Arts Association's Performing Artist of the Year. Mr. Rubio has soloed with the Middletown Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic, and the Oxford Chamber Orchestra. His chamber music partners have included the Colorado, Oxford, Penderecki, DaPonte, and Amernet string quartets, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, pianists Alessio Bax, Olga Kern, Vanessa Perez, Pamela Mia Paul, and cellist Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. Additionally, he has collaborated with such composers as Joan Tower, Joel Puckett, Edward Thomas, Susan Botti, Ricardo Lorenz, Efrain Amaya, and Manena Contreras. He has also premièred works by composers Roland Vasquez, Paul Salerni, Terry Vosbein, Diana Arismendi, and Arcangel Castillo-Olivari.

Carlos is a founding member of the Dalí Quartet and is on faculty at West Chester University as part of the quartet's residency. He is also the Principal Second Violinist of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and performs with the Philly Pops, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the IRIS Orchestra.

Carlos lives near Philadelphia with his wife Julia and sons Javier and Miguel.

Jesús A. Morales Matos

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Jesús A. Morales Matos was born into a prominent musical family and is an active soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. He currently serves as cello professor with ArCoNet and Temple University, and has an active private studio. As a member of the Dalí Quartet, Jesus is on faculty at West Chester University as part of the quartet's residency. His students have been accepted into esteemed music schools such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, and Temple University.

As a concert artist, Fanfare Magazine wrote, “not since DuPre’s or Starker’s performances of the Saint-Saëns Concerto have I heard such miraculous playing: clean as a whistle, impassioned, technically adept, andexhibiting extraordinary control.” The Salt Lake Tribune added, “his sound has an assertive, gorgeous quality, from the cello’s brusque low notes to its sweet upper range.” The New York Concert Review hailed him as a soloist “in a category above many cellists of today ... inspired and captivating.” The Caribbean Business declared, “...he is already talked about as a soloist of potential international stature.”

Mr. Morales solo appearances include the Philharmonia Bulgarica, the San Bernardino Symphony, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, the Camerata Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Starling Chamber Orchestra, and the Festival de Orquestas Sinfonica Juvenil de las Americas.

As a recording artist, Mr. Morales’ recordings of the Saint-Saëns and Lalo cello concertos on the Centaur label, were received with rave reviews.

Mr. Morales has participated in summer festivals including, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Banff Centre for the Arts, Grand Teton Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and Música Rondeña in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Morales has also performed in recitals and chamber music concerts in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and St. Thomas, VI.

Mr. Morales holds a bachelor’s degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music and has done postgraduate work at The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Dr. Ronald Crutcher, Alan Harris, Helga Winold, and Yehuda Hanani. He studied chamber music with Peter Oundjian among others.

Mr. Morales resides in Philadelphia with his wife, violinist Dara Morales, and daughters Isabel and Karina.