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.
The group has captivated audiences with vibrant performances that included works by Villa-Lobos, Turina, Atehortua, Anton Garcia Abril, Abelardo Valdez, Manuel Ponce, Gabriela Ortiz, Bernal Jimenez, Enrique Granados, Jorge Santos, and original arrangements of traditional songs by founding member violinist Mauricio Oliveros. 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 ensemble has recently been appointed Ensemble in residence at Houston Baptist University and will travel to New York City next season to participate in the 14th Annual Latin American Cultural Week.