Álvaro Bitrán was born in Chile of a family of distinguished musicians. He started playing the cello at the age of seven and concluded his formal studies at Indiana University under the guidance of world renowned cellist Janos Starker.
In 1982 he founded the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, a string quartet that now enjoys world-wide recognition. In addition to frequent tours of both North and South America, the quartet also tours Europe, Israel, Japan, China and New Zealand.
Recent performances have included New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center and Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala.
His recordings (more than 60 in all) have appeared in various labels such as Dorian,New Albion and Urtext and have received several prizes, including Grammy Nominations as Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Classical CD at the Latin Grammys.
Álvaro Bitrán is regularly invited to play as soloist with some of the major orchestras in our continent: Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina and Venezuela symphony orchestras, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle and San Antonio Symphony in the U.S. and Ottawa’s National Arts Center Orchestra in Canada, among others.
Álvaro Bitrán is firmly committed to the creation of new music for his instrument and has premiered and recorded many new works dedicated to him
He has released three solo CD’s featuring new music by Latin American composers, as well as traditional repertoire.
He has devoted much of his energy to teaching and is responsible for the development of an entire generation of cellists in Mexico.
Currently he is a faculty member at the National Conservatory in Mexico City, ENM de la UNAM, and Ollin Yolitzli.
Additionally he offers seminars and master classes in many universities in the US and México and plays in a cello built by Martin Stoss, in 1817, in Vienna.