Faculty

Saul Bitran

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General Info

Titles

Associate Professor of Violin

Saul Bitran joined the Conservatory in 2019 and is an associate professor of violin. First violinist of the award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Bitran has received some of Mexico and Chile’s highest artistic awards, including the Bellas Artes Medal and Order of Merit Pablo Neruda.

Bitran is the leader of Cuarteto Latinoamericano, one of the world's foremost string quartets and champions of new music from Latin America. Founded in 1982, the Cuarteto has toured extensively throughout Europe, North American, South America, Asia, and Australia, as well as premiering over one hundred new works composed for the quartet. Accolades include winning two Latin Grammy Awards and the prestigious Diapason d'Or.

Bitran was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1987 to 2008. Bitran has taught at numerous music festivals including the Dartington International Summer School, Centre d'Arts Orford, Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross, Grenoble Festival, Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende, and others.

Bitran’s noted solo appearances have included the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as with prominent conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gerard Schwarz, Eduardo Mata, and Keith Lockhart, among others.

Bitran is a graduate of the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel, under the tutelage of Yair Kless. Currently, Bitran divides his time between Mexico City, Mexico and Boston, Massachusetts.

Reviews

"Bitran's staggering virtuosity in the live violin part was jaw-dropping"–Florida Sun-Sentinel