Simón Bolívar String Quartet

Simon Bolivar String Quartet


‘An exciting young ensemble of the highest order.’ Limelight Magazine

A product of the internationally renowned El Sistema (The System) program, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet is storming the bastions of classical music with their virtuosic and startlingly fresh readings of iconic quartets and rarities.

Each player brings a strong personality and individual musical character to the group, together combining to create a thrilling and multi-faceted ensemble with a unique flair. The young quartet is comprised of the section leaders in Venezuela’s famed Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the centrepiece of El Sistema’s remarkable array of hundreds of youth orchestras and chamber music ensembles which have changed the lives of poor children across the country. By creating a community united by a love of music, and building children’s self-esteem, El Sistema nurtures people with resilience, capability, confidence and passion. As Alejandro Carreno, the quartet’s First Violin says, ‘Music is made with passion, love and all your heart. Music is music, and art is art. For us, it’s not separated’.

This vibrant ensemble makes its Melbourne debut with iconoclastic readings of the Classical wit of Haydn’s Op.33 and Beethoven’s profoundly playful second ‘Razumovsky’ quartet, a telling contrast to the bleak, war-torn landscape of Shostakovich’s chilling String Quartet No.8 Join the Simón Bolívar String Quartet to discover a new way to hear the classics in the hands of four brilliant young musicians.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre



Joseph Haydn
String Quartet in B-flat, Op.33, No.4, Hob.III:40

Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59, No.2


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


Join us for a post-concert talk in the Ground Floor Foyer following the concert.