Quinteto Latino is a San Francisco Bay Area wind quintet with a mission to build community through Latino Classical Music: performance and advocacy. Founded in 2004 by French horn player Armando Castellano, this unique ensemble aims to expand the boundaries of a classical music tradition, commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American, by performing works exclusively by Latino composers. Through our varied and innovative work in venues both traditional and nontraditional, we strive to make this music available, relevant, and inspiring to audiences across cultural, class, and ethnic lines. In addition, we use our organization as a tool to advocate on behalf of Latino composers and classical musicians through mentoring, commissioning, hiring and being a voice, both regionally and nationally, for issues around diversity and classical music.
We are committed assembly and teaching artists, having worked with students of all ages and ability levels in both English and Spanish. 2015-2016 residencies include San Rafael’s Enriching Lives through Music Program (funded by Chamber Music America), an instrumental based program serving the Canal District, as well as a Spanish language residency at San Jose’s River Glen (Spanish Immersion).
Our debut CD was released in 2011, Cien Años de Música Mexicana para Quinteto de Alientos/100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet. In October 2013, we hosted a Festival of Latin American Chamber Music, which involved concerts & community events in 4 San Francisco Bay Area cities where over 100 students and 17 professional chamber musicians, composers and musicologists participated from all over the world. Recent tours include Bronx NY, Tulsa OK and Virginia Beach VA. 2016-17 tours include Iowa, Illinois and Maryland. 2017-18 major projects include collaborations with San Juan Based Chicano theatre company Teatro Campesino and a commission by Latina composer Gabriela Lena Frank.
Quinteto Latino champions Latino/a and Latin American composers as an essential part of a classical music tradition commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American. Through commissioning and research, we advocate for more awareness and performances of new and existing works.
SUPPORTING EMERGING LATINO CLASSICAL MUSICIANS
As mentors and partners, Quinteto Latino works with other arts and educational organizations to help address ongoing racial and economic disparities within the professional classical music field. Young players of color need to know they’re not alone.
BUILDING BRIDGES IN THE COMMUNITY
Beyond performing formal chamber music recitals, Quinteto Latino also regularly engages culturally and economically diverse audiences in community centers from East San Jose to the South Bronx. They have performed literally hundreds of school assemblies in San Francisco and throughout Northern California.
To disrupt racial and economic disparities within the classical music field by championing past, present, and future contributions by Latinx composers and musicians
Promote classical music by Latino and Latin American composers through performances, commissions, mentoring, and child and adult education
Expand the boundaries of a classical music tradition, commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American, by normalizing equity and inclusion in all our work
We realize this through:
- performances by our professional, multi-racial wind quintet,
- commissions of contemporary Latinx composers and research of contemporary and classical Latin American composers
- culturally competent music education and educator professional development
- support for emerging Latinx musicians