Constantly in search of new music and eager to collaborate, the Alturas Duo has performed with a variety of artists from around the world all while developing an exciting new repertoire for choral ensembles and orchestras in addition to their own unique instrumentation by working with a diverse group of composers.
Since the inception of Alturas Duo, Carlos Boltes and Scott Hill have been working with composers. These collaborations have seen them premiere dozens of pieces for viola and guitar and many for the unusual pairing of charango and guitar. (At least in the classical world!) In addition, they have taken these two instrumental combinations and commissioned works for choir, orchestra, singers, and a myriad of other instruments. They look forward to many more premieres in the future!
The award winning Alturas Duo takes its name from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's poem "Alturas de Macchu Picchu." Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes' performances move from beautiful and serene to fiery and pulsating. Known for their humorous and entertaining stage manner, the Duo explains the provenance and imagery of the music they perform as well as the instruments and underlying rhythms that make it so unique. This fusion of entertainment and education makes for an unforgettable concert experience and brings audiences on a musical journey through their unique blend of classical and South American music.
Scott Hill, guitar and Carlos Boltes, viola and charango
Praised by The Washington Post as playing with "marvelous virtuosity," Alturas Duo is recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing chamber music today. Bringing together the worlds of South American folk, western classical, and contemporary music, guitarist Scott Hill and violist and charango player Carlos Boltes have performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as Central and South America to great acclaim. As Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director of the Fairifax Symphony, notes that Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes as the Alturas Duo are the quintessential 21st century artists."
The 2020-21 concert season will be...interesting. Alturas Duo will be giving lectures on South American folk music and perform online and at socially distanced outdoor concert series. They will premiere pieces by; Sergio Berchenko, Guillermo Zalcman, Esteban D'Antona, Povilas Syrrist-Gelgota, Arild Jensen...and Scott Hill!
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Collaborations with Composers