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GUEST ARTISTS

SA'OAXACA 2024
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Andrés Sánchez

Honduran-Venezuelan cellist Andres Sanchez, born in Allentown, PA, began his cello studies at the age of eight under the wing of current Puerto Rico symphony cello principle Miguel Rojas. After two years, he moved his studies to the cello studio of Jesus Morales, cellist of the Dali Quartet and past principle of the Puerto Rico Symphony. At age 10, Andres made his first solo debuts with the Midwest Clinic of Chicago and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, which was followed by his Carnegie Hall debut alongside the Arconet Chamber Orchestra three years later. Andres has also appeared as a soloist with the Kutztown Univeristy Chamber Orchestra, Kennet Square Symphony, Central Jersey Symphony, and the Summit Symphony, PA Sinfonia and with the Waterbury Symphony as part of the AYA Trio Beethoven Triple Concerto. Andres is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with cellist Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. Andres served as the associate principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and as principle of the Curtis Opera Orchestra during the 2016-17 season, and during Curtis on Tour, Andres played at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, Dresdner Philarmonie, and Weiner Concert Hall. Andres has participated in several competitions including Fischoff, M-Prize, Hudson Valley, Greenfield, and the Carlos Prieto International Cello competition. In 2018, the AYA piano trio won 1st prize in the WDAV competition, and the trio also won joint first prize in the 2020 Yellow Springs Competition.

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Carlos Rubio

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.  He is a founding member of the Dalí Quartet, which is the leading classical and Latino string quartet in the United States. 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.  

With the Dalí Quartet, Carlos was awarded Chamber Music America's 2024 Ensemble of the Year, and was the recipient of the 2023 ACMP Foundation's Susan McIntosh Lloyd Award for Excellence and Diversity in Chamber Music. In addition, the quartet was awarded Chamber Music America's 2021 Guarneri String Quartet Residency, and the 2021 Silver Medal at the inaugural Piazzolla Music Competition. The quartet is also the 2019 recipient of the Atlanta Symphony's esteemed Aspire Award for accomplished African American and Latino Musicians. The quartet’s latest CD is Voces Latinas is now available on Centaur Records. In addition, 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 a member of the Iris Collective and performs regularly with the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies. 

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Adriana Linares

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. 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.

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