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The Harlem Quartet is very much a quartet of the 21st century. They are at home with many genres of music while not drifting far at all from the essential core string quartet repertoire. Standing backstage before their concert here at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, I heard the players warming up on excerpts from Beethoven Op. 59 No. 1. Then, they went on stage with a program of jazz that included new compositions by Aldo Lopez-Gavilan. Here at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, they have provided us with many fantastic musical moments and have proven themselves able and enthusiastic when visiting our schools as part of our outreach activities. Their artistry and energy fills any concert hall!

Tony Beadle, Executive Director, Rockport Chamber Music Festival

The combination of Aldo López-Gavilán with Harlem Quartet was one of the highlights of our artistic season. Aldo’s virtuosity and soul meets the quartet’s energy to create a passionate, uplifting concert experience. And the story of two brothers reuniting on stage had great resonance with our audience.

Deborah Sunya Moore, VP & Director of Programming, Chautauqua Institution
Aldo López-Gavilán and the Harlem Quartet at the Kennedy Center

Monday's concert of the Harlem Quartet with pianist-composer Aldo López-Gavilán was lively and engrossing, becoming stronger as it went along .... each of the Harlem players can solo and riff, with violist Jaime Amador's sophisticated and precise playing standing out .... [López-Gavilán] is a terrific composer, with range, imagination and technique ... Some of the dreamier portions [of his arrangements] had a decidedly French feel — Saint-Säens meets Legrand — and elsewhere the febrile Cuban rhythms were further refracted in surprising combinations, López-Gavilán's superb pianism rocking the house as well. 

Robert Battey, The Washington Post

A rare glimpse of Cuban pan-musicality is on view this weekend as the López-Gavilán brothers — pianist Aldo and violinist Ilmar, with the Harlem Quartet — make their West Coast debut in a program of jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban music for piano and string quartet.

Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times
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