Alturas Duo - Strings Experimental
Friday, Jan. 20, 8 PM, Trinity On Main, New Britain, CT

Friday, Jan. 22, 6 PM, First Church of Christ, New London. CT
Carlos Boltes, charango
Scott Hill, guitar
Gonzalo Cortez, pan flute
Adrian Sylveen Mackiewicz, violin
Guitar and charango players join the classical orchestra for the performance of Vivaldi and Chilean composer Horacio Salinas

Concert Program:

Horacio Salinas: Danzas Peregrinas
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Haydn: Symphony No. 70

About Performers:

Hailed as playing with "...marvelous virtuosity..." by the Washington Post, the Alturas Duo is being recognized as one of the most entertaining ensembles in the chamber music world today. Formed with the idea of performing South American and classical music by using the viola, charango, and guitar, these musicians create dynamic programs that move at ease between J.S. Bach, South American folk rhythms and new music commissioned by the duo.

Carlos Boltes, born to Catalan immigrants in Santiago, Chile, began his first studies in music by learning the charango at an early age with his brother Giovanni Vacani. As a member of the Chilean group Barrocco Andino, he mastered the charango, the cuatro and the mandolin, while touring extensively throughout South America. Among his achievements, he has held the position of principal violist with the Orquesta de Cámara del Teatro Municipal de Santiago and presently with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has recorded for MODE and CBS Records. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in viola performance from the Pontificia Universidad de Chile, and a Master's Degree in performance from Carnegie Mellon University. His main teachers have been Enrique López, Atar Arad, Larry Dutton (Emerson String Quartet) and Steve Larson (Adaskin String Trio). Currently, Mr. Boltes is on the faculty at the Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

Scott Hill, a native of Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Lakehead University with Sean Mundy and a Master's Degree in performance from the Hartt School, where he studied under Richard Provost. Mr. Hill has performed throughout Canada and New England as both a soloist and chamber musician and has collaborated with many diverse instrumentalists including flutist Mytrle Thomas, and the Adaskin String Trio. In addition, he has performed in master classes for some of today's finest musicians, including Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, the Miami String Quartet and Roland Dyens. Currently, Mr. Hill is faculty at the Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, Connecticut.