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Sandra Arango 

Sandra Arango was born in the city of Ibague, Colombia and graduated from the Tolima Conservatory. She finished her studies in the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg with the renowned violist Thomas Riebl. She recently earned her masters degree in chamber music from the Pontifical Xaverian University of Bogota under the direction of Richard Young, violist with the Vermeer Quartet. She has taken master classes with world-class violisits such as Veronica Hagen, Joseph de Pasquale, Diemut Poppen, Wilfred Strehle, and Predrag katanic. 

During her 10 years living in Austria she played with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Junge Philarmonie Salzburg, the Salzburg Kammer Philharmonie, and the Camerata Salzburg. She was invited as a special guest performer by the Prague Kammer Philharmonie (Czech Republic), Cascais e Oeiras Kammer Orchester (Portugal), the Koreanischen Philharmonie (Korea), and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss (Germany). With these orchestras and ensembles she had the opportunity to participate in concerts and festivals across Europe, Japan, China, Russia, Lebanon, and the United States. In Colombia she has performed as a soloist accompanied by some of the country’s most prestigious orchestras including the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colombian Symphonic Orchestra, the Cali Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tolima Symphonic Orchestra, and the Symphonic Orchestra Foundation of Bogota. Sha has also performed Chamber Music with world-class soloists like Julian Rachlin, Alexander Buzlov, Alissa Margulis, Sara McElravy, Daniel Muller Schot, and the Avalon String Quartet (USA) as well as the Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Mexico).   

She strives continually to perfect her craft and to engage in academic dialogue. Alongside the Q-Arte String Quartet, in which she has been a member since 2010, she has studied chamber music with members of world-renowned quartets like the Kronos Quartet, the Borodin Quartet, the Avalon String Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, the Casals Quartet, the Quiroga Quartet, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. She is also an active performer in a variety of festivals and concerts in Colombia, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador. 

During the last few years she has performed with the Q-Arte String Quartet in numerous recordings including: “Gustavo Leone: String Quartets”, “4+4: Quintets with Clarinet Q-Arte and Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco”, “Tango Sacro: Q-Arte y Rodolfo Mederos”, “Luis Carlos Figueroa: Orquesta y Música de Cámara”, dedicated to the composer Figueroa, "Cinco Obras de Cámara" with music by Germán Darío Pérez, “Cinco” by Damián Ponce de León, “Legados: Música de Camara" with works by composers from the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia, “Tinnitus" with music composed by Kike Mendoza, "Francisco Zumaque: Música de Cámara”, “Johann Hasler: Música de Cámara”, “Pedro Sarmiento: Música de Cámara”, "Gentil Montaña: Suites Colombianas”, “Blas Emilio Atehortua: Música de Cámara", “Música y Poesía": dedicated to the works of the composer Pedro Ramírez with the baritone Valeriano Lanchas y pianist Alejandro Roca. 

She has taught master classes in many of Colombia’s most prestigious institutions and events like the Conservatory of Tolima, the EAFIT University, the Viva la Viola Festival, the Bowed Instruments Festival of Bucaramanga, the International Cartagena Music Festival, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Cartagena. Outside of Colombia she has taught master classes in Missouri State University (USA), Jacobs School of Music (USA), Indiana University (USA), and the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico. Among the collaborative teaching events held with the Q-Arte quartet are events held in the University of Chicago, Chicago Columbian College, the University of Kent (USA), and the Instrumental Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico.  

Sandra Arango is the creator and founder of the Interviola Festival of Bogota, which began in 2010 with the “Viola Night” which served as the festival’s precursor, and with the International String Quartet Festival “FestiQ-Artetos” founded at the same time as the Q-Arte String Quartet. At present she is temporarily performing with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and is viola lecturer at the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia and the Pontifical Xaverian University of Bogota.