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Alturas Duo
Scott Hill - Carlos Boltes

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 and promoting South American and classical music by integrating the strengths and beauty of the viola, charango, and guitar, the Alturas Duo musicians have combined their talents to craft a seamless blend specializing in the rhythms and dances of the Andes.

Constantly looking for new materials and collaborations, they have performed with many diverse artists including the Chilean flutist and folkloric instrumentalist Gonzalo Cortés, charango virtuoso Ernesto Cavour, cellists Jennifer Combs and Jason Duckles as well as violinist Anthea Kreston. They form a part of the Atacama Ensemble that performs folk and classical music with wind and percussion instruments from the Andes. Strong proponents of new music, the Duo has worked closely with many composers and have recently premiered pieces by Tom Schuttenhelm , Jaime Romero , Dan Román, Garry Antonio, Alberto Cumplido , Javier Farias and James Argiro.

The duo has performed and lectured extensively throughout, the U.S., Canada, Bolivia and Chile including concerts for The Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C., the Evanston Unitarian Church concert series, the Hartt School International Guitar Festival, The Latin American Folk Institute in Maryland, the Chilean Embassy in Washington D.C., The Museum of Bolivian Instrumetns in La Paz, Bolivia, The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C, The International Guitar Festival "Entre-Cuerdas" in Chile and the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society.

They have held residencies at the Lyrica String Festival, the Hartt School of Music, are founders and artistic directors of the Simsbury Chamber Music Festival. In Addition, they have recorded for Brioso and Naxos records have been featured as performers on NPR and Radio Beethoven in Chile. The name Alturas (Spanish for 'heights') is derived from the poem, " Alturas de Macchu Picchu" by the Chilean Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).


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