The Cuarteto Carlos Chavez, over more than two decades continues to perform with the exhilarating energy that initially exemplified the string quartet’s appeal since its inaugural appearance on the Mexico City music scene in 1994 under their original name, the Cuarteto Ruso-Americano. Their commitment to the Mexican and Latin American music string quartet repertoire is underscored by their nine CD recordings of Mexican music as well as exhibited in the incitement of important commissions and premieres of works by some of Mexico’s and Latin America’s most distinguished composers such as, Samuel Zyman, Alejandro Rutty, Jesus Echevarria, Alberto Núñez Palacios and Marco Aurelio Alvirez.
The arrival of Fabian Lopez at the quartet’s helm in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Cuarteto Carlos Chávez. Mr. Lopez, a distinguished soloist, professor and devoted chamber musician, joined the ensemble in its 20th season and has since infused the Quartet with a warm, rich tone enhancing a collaborative joy in the process of music making.
A precursor of the Quartet’s Latin American Heritage on the Anza Trail tour in California (October 2015) commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month came the project “Journeys and Passages”, a Colgate University (NY) tour and residency in the fall of 2011. This project highlighted a commissioned work by Jesus Echevarria entitled, Mictlán; Ceremonial Poem which was the centerpiece of a bi-cultural symposium on American and Mexican cultural traditions designed by the project’s intellectual architect Dr. Laura Klugherz, using music and discourse to illuminate the rituals centered around the remembrance of the dead through the corroboration of common religious significances that strive to preserve those sacraments involving saints (hallows, martyrs) that are collectively accepted by all the faithful, departed believers.
The 2016-17 season marks the Cuarteto Carlos Chavez’s 23rd anniversary and highlights of the season reflect all aspects of the Quartet’s esteemed artistry with high-profile projects, collaborations, and recordings, such as their successful tour of China and a recording project comprised of Argentine composer Alejandro Rutty’s music. Important and notable collaborations in the year include, guitarist Morgan Szymanski; violists Laura Klugherz and Genghis Mamedov; pianists Manuel Delaflor and Wojtek Nycz.
In March of 2017 the ensemble returns to Southern California for a tour entitled, “Life, Death & Dancing” presenting a diverse program of music from Schubert, Gamboa, Echevarría and Rutty.
Among the many accolades and grant awards received by the CCC feature the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) grant (1997) for special projects in chamber music, grants awarded by the National Council for the Arts (FONCA) in 1997, 2000 & 2007 and the Mexican Union of Critics of Theatre and Music Award in 1998. Significantly the CCC was awarded in 2013, a government grant that enabled the quartet to tour Mexico throughout the entire season. The Cuarteto Carlos Chávez has also been an AMEXCID recipient of government financial backing of their international touring.