Artist Bio

Ramón Carrero Martínez, viola

Venezuelan violist Ramón Carrero Martínez began his music lessons in Caracas when he was eight years old with El Sistema, the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra Foundation founded by José Antonio Abreu in 1975. He has played with orchestras such as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (Guest Collaborator) and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (Principal Violist), which he performed with in prestigious festivals including Beethoven Fest (Bonn) and the Salzburg Festival. He also has performed in legendary venues including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus of Vienna, and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. Carrero Martínez has had the honor of being conducted by Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Benjamin Zander, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, among others. As a founding member of the Teresa Carreño String Quartet, he studied with professors from Cuarteto Latinoamericano for several years. He also took lessons with José Antonio Abreu and members of the Chilingirian String Quartet and the Borromeo String Quartet. In 2014, the quartet won First Prize in a chamber music competition in Caracas and also played in the String Quartet Festival in Esterházy Palace (Austria). Currently, Ramón Carrero Martínez is an undergraduate at Manhattan School of Music, where he attends on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Daniel Avshalomov.