Dalí Quartet with Jorge Montilla, clarinet

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Dalí Quartet with Jorge Montilla, clarinet

February 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Thursday, February 3, 2022 – 7:30pm
Voxman Music Building
93 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Recital Hall – 2301
School of Music

Music event type:
Guest Artist(s)

View the program here: https://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/islandora/object/ui%3A29616

This concert will be livestreamed here: https://music.uiowa.edu/about/live-stream-concert-schedule

Dalí Quartet with Jorge Montilla, clarinet
Ari Isaacman-Beck, first violin
Carlos Rubio, second violin
Adriana Linares, viola
Jesús Morales, cello
Jorge Montilla, clarinet


Angelica (2000)
Efraín Amaya (Venezuela, b. 1959)

La historia de un amor “A love story” (Bolero, 1956)
Carlos Almarán (Panamá, b. 1918-2013)
arr. by Javier Montiel

Fuga Criolla (1931) “Creole Fugue”
Juan Bautista Plaza (Venezuela, 1898-1965)

Divertimento Caribeño No 3
Sonia Morales (1961 –  )

Merengue apambichao-
Bolero son-
Merengue apambichao

Tango Ballet (1956)
Astor Piazzolla (Argentina, 1921-1992

La Calle
Encuentro – Olvido
Retorno a Calle


Aires Tropicales
Paquito D’Rivera (Cuba, b. 1948)
arr. Luis Rossi
With Clarinetist, Jorge Montilla


Preludio y Merengue
Paquito D’Rivera (Cuba, b. 1948)
arr. by Gustavo Tavares
With Clarinetist, Jorge Montilla



“… beautifully prepared program … the Latin American program alternately glimmered and blazed.”-The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Dalí Quartet brings its signature mix of Latin American, Classical and Romantic repertoire to stages and audiences of all kinds. The quartet’s passionate energy is poured into everything they do, generating critical and audience acclaim for their Classical Roots, Latin Soul. Its tours include appearances for distinguished chamber music and cultural center series in the U.S., Canada, and South America. Recent engagements include concerts in New York and Philadelphia, on to Portland, Puerto Rico, San Jose, and from Tulsa to Toronto and beyond. The Dalí Quartet’s engaging style reaches across the footlights for an experience which “leaves the audience almost dancing in the aisles.” (Peninsula Reviews)


In addition to works of the masters from Haydn to Brahms and Amaya to Piazzolla, the group’s adventurous and entertaining programming includes new works for quartet with percussionist Orlando Cotto, and quintets both Latin and Classical with the renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with acclaimed pianist Vanessa Perez. The Dalí Quartet has an ongoing collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition’s gold-medal winning pianist Olga Kern, with whom they have toured from coast to coast. Their recording of Shostakovich and Brahms piano quintets live at the Virginia Arts Festival is due for imminent release on the Delos label.The Dalí Quartet is the 2021 recipient of Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Residency, funded by the Sewell Family Foundation, and the 2021 Silver Medal at the inaugural Piazzolla Music Competition. The quartet is also the 2019 recipient of the Atlanta Symphony’s esteemed Aspire Award for accomplished African American and Latino Musicians.

The Dalí is devoted to audience development and to reaching communities of all kinds. The group’s Latin Fiesta Workshops and Family Concerts in both traditional and innovative settings move listeners – literally! The Dalí Quartet is sought after for master classes and professional development workshops for students, (recently at the National Repertory Orchestra, Miami University, Michigan State, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Iowa) and has opened musical vistas for younger kids with its week-long Any Given Child programs (over three seasons for the Tulsa Public School System). In addition, the quartet’s International Music Festival is an admired chamber music and orchestral program founded in 2004 which develops the performance skills of young musicians up through semi-professional level. The Dalí has also served as a guest resident ensemble at Lehigh University.

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have degrees from esteemed institutions including the New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Juilliard, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.

The quartet serves as faculty at West Chester University Wells School of Music as the Quartet in Residence, and is an Iris Orchestra Resident Ensemble.

The Dalí Quartet proudly uses Pirastro Strings and WMutes.

Worldwide representation by Jonathan Wentworth Associates.

The Dalí Quartet residency is supported in part by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program.


Jorge Montilla is internationally considered one of the best clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best E-flat clarinet players. He has an extensive repertoire including the major works for the clarinet, and he has been appointed to premiere solo works by important composers such as Paul Desenne, Diana Arismendi, Roberto Cedeño Laya, Fidel Rodríguez, Mischa Zupko, Alfred Prinz, Ken Froelich, Alexandre Eisenberg, Víctor Varela, and Efrain Amaya.


Montilla is one of the many fine musicians produced by Venezuela’s “El Sistema” founded by José Antonio Abreu, also known as the Foundation for the National Network of Youth and Children´s Orchestras of Venezuela. “El Sistema” is a state foundation which oversees Venezuela’s 125 youth orchestras.Mr. Montilla is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Howard Klug. Other notable teachers include Luis Rossi, Eli Eban, James Campbel, Walter Boeykens, Antony Pay, and Ricardo Morales.

Former principal clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Montilla has appeared as soloist with the most important Venezuelan orchestras, the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, the Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra in Brazil, the Youth Orchestra of Peru, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Nuevo Mundo Festival Orchestra, the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra and the Longy School of Music Conservatory orchestra. He has given recitals in important halls of Venezuela as well as in the USA, Martinique, France, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, China, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and Brazil together with leading important soloists and chamber music groups.

As a founding member and artistic director of the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, Mr. Montilla has concertized extensively throughout the world (South America, Europe, Asia, and the U.S.A.), he has recorded two CDs (the second featuring Paquito D’Rivera) and his many pieces for the CCQ have made him one of the pre-eminent composers/arrangers for clarinet ensemble today.

Montilla’s pedagogical experience includes teaching at Arizona State University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and he has been chairman of the clarinet department at the Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar and clarinet professor at the Latin American Academy of Venezuela. He has also given master-classes, clinics, and workshops for important universities and music conservatories in Colombia, Chile, Barbados, Sta. Lucia, USA, Puerto Rico, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Peru, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the sponsoring department or contact person listed in advance of the event.


February 3
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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University of Iowa, Voxman Music Building
93 East Burlington Street
Iowa City, IL 52240 United States
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