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International String Quartet of Yucatan | BIO

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El Cuarteto Internacional de Cuerdas de Yucatán (ISQY), fundado en 2011 en Mérida Yucatán, está dedicado a acercar al público tanto el repertorio mas clásico como a la literatura contemporánea para cuarteto de cuerdas.

Los miembros que componen el cuarteto han estudiado en las principales instituciones de todo el mundo, incluyendo la Juillard School of Music y el Instituto Curtis en los Estados Unidos, Trinity College en Inglaterra; Academia Nacional de Música de Bulgaria y en el Conservatorio de san Petersburgo, en Rusia.
Además de pertenecer a la Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, los miembros aportan una gran experiencia de música de cámara al conjunto.

El ISQY es el cuarteto de cuerda residente de la Hacienda Xcanatun, presentando regularmente una seria de conciertos de música clásica de septiembre a junio cada año.
En Enero de 2016 fueron seleccionados para el estreno mundial de la obra de Michael Nyman “Cine Mérida” junto al compositor en la Hacienda Ochil.
Ganadores del Fondo Municipal para las Artes Escénicas y la Música 2015 y 2016 se han presentado en foros como el Teatro Olimpo, en el centro histórico de Mérida, para acercar la música a la sociedad Yucateca.
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Christopher Collins Lee, violinist, became a protégé of Zino Francescatti at the age of sixteen, traveling with him throughout Europe on his final tours. He studied violin and composition at Curtis and Juilliard, earned a Doctorate degree, was a Fulbright Scholar, and has been awarded four Honorary Doctorate degrees. His other principal teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Arthur Grumiaux, Henryk Szeryng and Nathan Milstein.
He has received top prizes in the Carl Flesch International Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition, The Lion D’or of the French government, a Guggenheim Grant, the Belgian American Award, and The Fritz Kreisler Prize. As an Official Musical Ambassador of the U.S. Department of State, he has played thousands of concerts worldwide under their auspices, including forty solo concert tours of Asia. In his youth, he introduced the violin to parts of Tibet, Singapor and the island of Macao. It is interesting to note that one of his recordings was chosen to represent human culture on the Voyager Time Capsule, which is now leaving our solar system.
Christopher Lee has long been a favorite at the Marlboro, Aspen, Mozarteum, Maggio Musicale and other celebrated music festivals around the world. Ian Hodgson wrote in Strad Magazine, “He is a communicator. He draws each listener into the world of each composer, and distills a kind of musical essence”. The New York Times termed Christopher Lee “an impressive, stylish violinist with something special to say,” The Daily News, “His playing was a joy as always.” The Tass News Agency praised him for an “expressive big technique, with musical insights to match… placing him in the front rank of today’s top violinists.”  Musical America twice listed him on their annual “Ten Young Musicians to Watch”, and Nathan Milstein once said, “Christopher Lee has the most beautiful violin sound of his generation.” 
Christopher Collins Lee has performed violin concerti with Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Commissiona, Lucas Foss, and Arthur Fiedler among many other conductors. Works which have been premiered by him, some also in their first recording, include Aaron Copland’s Ballades for Violin and Piano with Leonard Bernstein playing the piano; Variations from the opera, “Daphne” by Richard Strauss; Darius Milhaud’s “Second Sonata”;“Final Alice” by David del Tredici; and the Concertino by Xavier Montsalvadge at an internationally televised gala attended by the octogenarian composer and the King of Spain, still frequently rebroadcast in Latin American countries. Christopher Collins Lee has recorded for CBS, Desto, Everest, Delos, Arista and the Quattro Corde labels.  His popular concert and lecture series on Mozart’s Life and Times are in great demand. He plays the celebrated 1771 “Accardo” violin made in Turin, Italy by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini.
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Timothy Myall was born in England and he carried out his studies at Trinity College of Music in London under the direction of the teachers Dona Lee Croft and Ester Wedding Katona. Tim graduated in 1994 and subsequently won a scholarship to continue his studies with the master violinist Detlef Hahn. During this time he was the winner of numerous awards, including the Sir John Barbirolli Prize for String Quartet, The Byram Jeejeebhoy prize for 'Outstanding Performance' and the Alfred Gibson Memorial Prize; since then he has worked with various orchestras such as The Brunel Ensemble, The BBC Concert Orchestra and Doyle Carte Opera. Tim also participated in Musicals of West End such as The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast.
Between 1997 and 2003  Timothy Myall worked for Millenia Strings recording albums and sound tracks for movies and television. He is a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan and the International String Quartet of Yucatan.
Nikolay Dimitorv, violist, was born in Sofia, Bulgaria into a family of musicians and began studying violin at the age of 4 years with the Teacher Anna Georgieva. He earned his Master's Degree in Viola with Professor Dimitar Chilikov in the National Academy of Music. His orchestral experience began at the age of 12 years participating in the Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the famous director Vladi Simeonov.
During and at the end of his studies at the National Academy of Music of Bulgaria 'Niko'participated as principal violist in several orchestras, such as, the "New Young Philharmonic Orchestra" (working in Valencia, Spain with the maestro Manuel Palau). He was admitted to the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Bulgaria, where he worked as violist until 2002 under the baton of Maestro Emil Tabakov. Nikolay was the winner of the Special Prize of the International Competition of Chamber Music in Sofia, Bulgaria in the year 1998 with a string quartet. In his musical career he has performed concerts and tours in countries such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, San Marino, Yugoslavia, Morocco, Mexico and the United States.
Nikolay Dimitrov is principal viola of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan and a member of the International String Quartet of Yucatan.
 
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Nadezda Golubeva was born in the ancient Russian city of Kostroma. Began her musical studies at the age of 7 years at the school of music specializing on violoncello. At the age of 14 she entered the college of music in Kostroma and studied with Professor V. V. Diomin. During the next 4 years participates in national level competitions and obtained second and third place and earned her diploma. In 1994 she entered the St Petersburg Conservatory to study with cello master S. Roldugin.
 
In the 1999 'Nadia' performed with the Theater Orchestra of Mariinsky Opera and Ballet of St. Petersburg. Subsequently she joined the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg where she remained for 3 years. In 2003 she traveled to Peru to perform as a soloist with the National Symphony. In the same year she traveled to Mexico to join the newly formed Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan Se currently serves as cellist with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, the UADY Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of Merida and the International String Quartet of Yucatan.