After remaining unplayed for more than one hundred years, Gonzalo Núñez’s String Quartet has been revived by students of the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. Violinists Olga Juliá and Némesis Mangual, violist Yeisa Alejandro and cellist Javier Tirado have recorded the four movements for their chamber music class at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, under the supervision of professor Emanuel Olivieri.
Pianist and composer Núñez (1850-1915) was the first Puerto Rican musician to gain international reputation, lauded by critics worldwide since his debut in 1877 in New York City. He concertized around Europe and America, staying for a while in Mexico City as Porfirio Díaz’s family pianist and music teacher.
We hope this recording helps us to discover to life and work of Gonzalo Nuñez, one of the foremost Puerto Rican musicians of the 19th century Puerto Rico.
Gonzalo Nuñez: Cuarteto de cuerdas