Saul Bitran, first violinist with the award-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano, was born in Mexico City, to Chilean parents.
The Cuarteto Latinoamericano was established in 1982, and is known worldwide as the main exponent of the string quartet literature by Latin American composers. Winner of the Latin Grammy in 2012, and nominated for two Grammys in 2002, the ensemble was Quartet in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh between 1987 and 2008, where Saul was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at CMU’s School of Music.
The Cuarteto heads now the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, in Caracas, Venezuela, under the auspices of the Sistema.
In addition to the quartet, Bitran is the violinist with the Boston based Trio Tremonti, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Bitran graduated from the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv, Israel, where he studied with Prof. Yair Kless, During his stay in Israel, Saul played in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and was concertmaster and frequent soloist of several orchestras in that country. As first violinist of the Rubin Academy String Quartet, Saul performed throughout Israel and Europe.
Saul Bitran divides his time between Mexico City and Boston.