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Contact: Joelle Park
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For immediate release:
January 28, 2002

Quartet-in-Residence Nominated For Grammy

PITTSBURGH—The Cuarteto Latinoamericano, quartet-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. The winner will be announced at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 27.

The Cuarteto's " Villa-Lobos: String Quartets, Vol. 6, Nos. 4, 9, 11" was nominated for the Grammy.

"We are very proud of our Villa-Lobos recordings... it is rewarding to see that the last volume of the cycle is recognized with a Grammy nomination," said Saul Bitran, Cuarteto's first violinist. "I am especially pleased to see that four of the five Best Chamber Music nominations contain music of the 20th century."

Carnegie Mellon's quartet-in-residence is celebrating its 20th performance season. The three Bitrans, violinists Saul and Aron, and cellist Alvaro, together with violist Javier Montiel, have spent the last two decades touring extensively in Europe and North and South America.

When the Grammy winners are announced, Cuarteto Latinoamericano will be making their New Zealand debut at the 2002 New Zealand Festival. The event is an international celebration of the arts. Cuarteto will perform alongside major cultural entities, such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

After performing in New York at The Americas Society, a Rockefeller institution promoting outstanding works by Latin artists, the group returns to Pittsburgh to perform in Kresge Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25. They will be joined by brilliant young clarinetist Joaquin Valdepenas, principal clarinet with the Toronto Symphony.

The Cuarteto is responsible for propagating Latin American music in the classical repertoire. Bringing the works of Latin American composers to the world, Cuarteto Latinoamericano carves a critically acclaimed niche. They are the recipients of the 1997, 1999 and 2001 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming.

The 44th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS Feb. 27. Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences select the Grammy Award winners.

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