Daniel Vega-Albela

Intermezzo
6:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Mozart’s love of the viola and the violin: A conversation with Daniel Vega-Albela

Violinist Daniel Vega-Albela
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Though Mozart was one of the foremost pianists of his time and a virtuoso violinist, another instrument he truly adored was viola. He wrote his Sinfonia Concertante to showcase both violin and viola, but gave special attention to the lower instrument, which he himself most likely played in performances of the piece. Daniel Vega-Albela, first violinist and founding member of La Catrina Quartet, talks with KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the work, which he and violist Jorge Martinez will perform this weekend in concert with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra.

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Intermezzo
3:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

La Catrina Quartet: From Haydn to the Day of the Dead

Violist Jorge Martinez-Rios and violinist Daniel Vega-Albela, founding members of La Catrina Quartet.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Violinist Daniel Vega-Albela and violist Jorge Martinez-Rios named their string quartet “La Catrina” to give it an immediate Mexican association, and to draw on the iconic skeletal image’s message that life is fleeting. In this conversation with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, they talk about the quartet’s name and its association with the upcoming “Dia de los Muertos” holiday, and the music that they love to play, from Haydn to Mendelssohn to signature pieces by Mexican composers such as Emmanuel Arias y Luna, Eduardo Gamboa and Manuel Ponce.

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