Dali Quartet

The members of Dali Quartet pose with their instruments

“The Latin American program alternately glimmered and blazed." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Featuring Miami professors Jaime Morales-Matos, trombone, and Sarah Kim, cello

Back by popular demand! The group's adventurous and entertaining programming brings the Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing alongside the Classical and Romantic canon. The award-winning Dalí Quartet will perform a rarely heard repertoire featuring trombone as well as the incredible Schubert String Quintet in C Major.



String Quartet No. 5 (1931) by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil, 1887-1959)

Fuga Romántica (1950) by Juan Bautista Plaza (Venezuela, 1898-1965)

Che Tango for Trombone and String Quartet by Noelia Escalzo Robles (b. 1979)

with Trombonist Jaime Morales-Matos

Tico Tico no Fuba by José Gomes Zequina de Abreu (1880-1935) (arr, Bellini-Morales)

with Trombonist Jaime Morales-Matos


String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op. posth. 163 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

with Cellist Sara Kim


The Dalí Quartet is acclaimed for bringing Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing alongside the Classical and Romantic canon. The award-winning Dalí Quartet tours Classical Roots, Latin Soul programming to enthusiastic audiences across the U.S., Canada and South America. Its fresh approach has been sought out by distinguished series in New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, San Juan and countless communities beyond. The quartet has been called upon for return engagements at the National Gallery of Art, Friends of Chamber Music in Portland, and Chamber Music at Beall, among others. This season the Dalí tours from Philadelphia and DC all the way to Oaxaca, Mexico, and partners with the National Repertory Orchestra to give the Guarneri String Quartet Residency, awarded by Chamber Music America.

In addition to works of the masters from Haydn to Brahms and Amaya to Piazzolla, the group's adventurous and entertaining programming includes new works for quartet with percussionist Orlando Cotto, and quintets both Latin and Classical with the renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with acclaimed pianist Vanessa Perez. The Dalí Quartet has an ongoing collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition’s gold-medal winning pianist Olga Kern, with whom they have toured from coast to coast and recorded the piano quintets of Brahms and Shostakovich released on the Delos label.

The Dalí Quartet is the 2021 recipient of Chamber Music America's Guarneri String Quartet Residency, funded by the Sewell Family Foundation, and the 2021 Silver Medal at the inaugural Piazzolla Music Competition. The quartet is also the 2019 recipient of the Atlanta Symphony's esteemed Aspire Award for accomplished African American and Latino Musicians.

The Dalí is devoted to audience development and to reaching communities of all kinds. The group’s Latin Fiesta Workshops and Family Concerts in both traditional and innovative settings move listeners – literally! The Dalí Quartet is sought after for master classes and professional development workshops for students, (recently at the National Repertory Orchestra, Miami University, Michigan State, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Iowa) and has opened musical vistas for younger kids with its week-long Any Given Child programs (over three seasons for the Tulsa Public School System). In addition, the quartet’s International Music Festival is an admired chamber music and orchestral program founded in 2004 which develops the performance skills of young musicians up through semi-professional level. The Dalí has also served as a guest resident ensemble at Lehigh University.

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have degrees from esteemed institutions including the New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Juilliard, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.

The quartet serves as faculty at West Chester University Wells School of Music as the Quartet in Residence, and is an Iris Collective Resident Ensemble .

The Dalí Quartet proudly uses Pirastro Strings and WMutes.

Worldwide representation by Jonathan Wentworth Associates.

Dr. Sarah Kim leads a vibrant and diverse career as a cellist, professor, and arts leader. Named the 2016 Ohio String Teachers Association Studio Teacher of the Year and recipient of a Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Educator Award, Dr. Kim currently serves on the full-time music faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Previous teaching appointments include the string faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

As a solo artist and chamber musician, Dr. Kim has performed extensively in North America, Europe, and South America. She has been broadcast on WGN Chicago, Vermont Public Radio, and WGUC Cincinnati. Dr. Kim is also a performing artist and teacher at the Festival de Music de Santa Caterina in Jaragua, Brazil and the Aronson Cello Festival at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also been on faculty at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Aria International Summer Academy, and the Brancaleoni International Music Festival.

A sought-after clinician, Dr. Kim has been featured in master classes at the American String Teacher’s Association National Conference as well as numerous cello festivals and workshops at universities. She has adjudicated national competitions such as the National Schadt String Competition preliminary round and the Music Teacher’s National Association National Finals.

Dr. Kim regularly presents at conferences such as the American String Teachers Association. She has directed and developed pre-college programs at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, Roosevelt University, and Northern Kentucky University.

As the co-founder of Ascent Music, Dr. Kim promotes the advancement of music education and community outreach through the direction of internationally attended chamber music and cello festivals.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Kim's primary studies have been with Peter Howard, Steven Doane, and Hans Jørgen Jensen.

Jaime Morales-Matos, a member of the Miami University brass faculty, has conducted ensembles in the U.S. (Jacksonville Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Bangor Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony), Germany (Munich Philharmonic), Spain (Galicia Symphony), Austria (Tokyo Symphony in Tour), Bulgaria (Varna Philharmonic, National Radio Symphony, Sofia), Ecuador (Guayaquil Symphony) and Venezuela (Venezuela Symphony), as well as in his native Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Symphony). He made his conducting debut in 2003 at the prestigious Casals Festival with members of the New York Philharmonic; the concert was recorded and broadcast on public television. In 2007 he was selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League as one of its most promising young conductors and participated in the Bruno Walter Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony. He was appointed Music Director of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra in June 2002, and in 2008 he became Music Director of the Clermont Philharmonic.

Morales-Matos has wide-ranging experience as a trombonist, having performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, Casals Festival Orchestra, Florida Music Festival Orchestra, and New World Symphony in the United States, and with the Asturias, Granada and Galicia Symphony Orchestras in Spain. He has performed solos with several orchestras, including the Puerto Rico Symphony (twice), Bangor Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Southeast Texas, Guayaquil Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony and Clermont Philharmonic. Morales-Matos has extensive chamber music experience, including performances with the Gabrieli Brass Quintet, Top Brass, Upbeat Brass and concerts with members of the brass section of the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra. He has premiered various concertos and other works written especially for him.

He has taught trombone as a faculty member the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the Conservatorio Superior de Asturias in Spain, and CCM, and he has been involved on the faculties of several summer festivals in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Spain. He also was an assistant instructor at Indiana University. He is very active as a masterclass artist in the U.S. and Latin America. His principal trombone teachers have included Keith Brown, Tony Chipurn, M. Dee Stewart, and John Swallow. He has also studied privately with Joseph Alessi and Arnold Jacobs.

Morales-Matos received the Bachelor of Arts, Performer’s Certificate, and Artist Diploma from Indiana University, and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His DMA in performance and conducting from CCM is in progress

This show has been presented with support from the following people and organizations.

PAS Staff

Patti Liberatore, Director
Gwenmarie Ewing, Assistant Director
Jack Troiano, Program Coordinator


Student Assistants:
Jenna Burke
Valerie Do
Grace Mattina
Mireille Uwase Cyuzuzo
Caitlin Zook