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Saul Bitran Violin Master Class
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST
Saul Bitran, first violinist from Cuarteto Latinoamericano, will coach UVMC violin students. Program TBA. This event is free and open to observers. Come watch a master teacher as they help student violinists get the most out of their piece.
Organized in partnership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, in conjunction with Bitran’s performance on Feburary 11.
Saul Bitran, first violinist of the award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano, is an Associate Professor of Violin at the Boston Conservatory at Berkeley. Saul has received some of Mexico and Chile’s highest artistic awards, including the Bellas Artes Medal and Order of Merit Pablo Neruda. The Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one of the world’s foremost string quartets and champions of new music from Latin America. Founded in 1982, the Cuarteto has toured extensively throughout Europe, North American, South America, Asia, and Australia, as well as premiering over one hundred new works composed for the quartet. Accolades include winning two Latin Grammy Awards and the prestigious Diapason d’Or. Bitran was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1987 to 2008, and he has taught at numerous music festivals including the Dartington International Summer School, Centre d’Arts Orford, Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross, Grenoble Festival, Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende, and others. Saul is concertmaster of Unitas Ensemble, a Boston-based orchestra committed to introduce Latin American repertoire to US audiences. As a soloist with that orchestra, he made the premiere recording of Paul Desenne’s violin concerto (The Two Seasons of the Caribbean Tropics). Bitran’s noted solo appearances have included the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as with prominent conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gerard Schwarz, Eduardo Mata, and Keith Lockhart, among others. Bitran is a graduate of the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel, under the tutelage of Yair Kless.