Conformado por miembros de la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela, el Cuarteto de Cuerdas Simón Bolívar surge para estudiar, desarrollar y promover la música de cámara en Venezuela, así como para implementar actividades didácticas con niños y jóvenes.
Made up of members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela —Alejandro Carreño (violin), Boris Suárez (violin), Ismel Campos (viola) and Aimon Mata (violoncello)—, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet (SBSQ) was formed to help promote chamber music in Venezuela by means of artistic and academic activities.
The SBSQ has shared stages with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Chilingirian Quartet, and the Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet; and has studied with maestros Donald Weilerstein, Andras Keller, Ulyses Ascanio, David Ascanio, Frank Di Polo, Wolfram Christ, Marilou Speaker Churchill, and Pinchas Zukerman.
In 2010, the quartet toured the UK. They appeared at the South Bank Centre in London, the Saint George’s Hall in Liverpool and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.
In 2011 they toured Venezuela and conducted master classes on chamber music aimed at children and young people. That same year, the SBSQ served as ensemble in residence at the Saint Denis Festival in France; and participated in the Ravello Festival, where the quartet shared the stage with the Teatro alla Scala String Quartet.
In 2012, the SBSQ appeared at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the University of Toronto’s Walter Hall, and at a special ceremony at Carleton University that honored maestro Abreu. That year, the SBSQ made a seven-city tour of Japan and released its debut album under Deutsche Grammophon.
In April 2013, the SBSQ participated in the 1st Internacional Music Festival of Bogotá with a program made up of works by Brahms, Beethoven and Ginastera. In autumn of that year, the quartet appeared at the Salzburg Festival, along with other El Sistema ensembles.