Terra Nostra Ensemble aims to perform, promote, and preserve music of all ages written by composers from Latin America and the Iberian peninsula.
Terra Nostra Ensemble was born out of the necessity to establish a Houston-based musical group that would speak to the heritage of the area’s sizeable Latino population. In early 2016, founding Terra Nostra members Mauricio Oliveros and Jackson Guillén discussed the possibility of creating a Latin-American string quartet which would focus on performing music composed by Latin-American composers. After further research and meetings with different art entities in the city, the idea evolved to encompass a larger ensemble that would focus on music from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.
In its first year, the group captivated the audiences with vibrant performances that included works by Villa-Lobos, Turina, Atehortua, Anton Garcia Abril, Abelardo Valdez, and the premiere in the United States of the Piano Trio by Honduran composer Jorge Santos. Terra Nostra also performed educational concerts at institutions such as the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School. Additionally, Terra Nostra presented with great success a Latin American Arts Festival at the Wharton Dual Language Academy.
In the summer of 2017, the ensemble was invited to participate as Guess Artist the Festival South Chamber Music and Orchestral Academy in Hattiesburg Mississippi working alongside with the Grammy-Award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
The second season will continue to provide innovative programs that aim to promote the rich cultures of Iberoamerica expressed through the vast repertoire available by composers of all eras. The ensemble also plans to release their first album by the end of 2018.
Past Events at MATCH
- November 2017: Dia de los Muertos