The Dalia Quartet is the confluence of four musicians who have a deep desire to explore the string quartet repertoire, and to share its extraordinary complexity and intimacy with audiences. Founded in 2014, the enthusiastic reception of their initial concerts quickly led to invitations to perform at venues such as the Petit Palau and l'Auditori in Barcelona and the Fundación Juan March in Madrid. Debuts in London, Bulgaria and Germany soon followed. During the 2017-18 season they began artistic residencies both in Cervera and at the Teatre de Sarrià. It was these residencies that allowed them to embark on projects with a longer trajectory, such as performing the six Op.20 quartets by J.Haydn and exploring J.S.Bach's Art of the Fugue.
The Dalia is enriched by their collaborations with living composers, and as such embarked on a project requesting new works for string quartet, inspired by the Art of the Fugue. So far, five compositions, by J.M.Guix, Inés Badalo, Núria Giménez-Comas, Israel Estelche and Miquel Oliu have been written for the Dalias as a result of this project. They gave the premiere of some of these works in Barcelona and Madrid. Oliu's work will premiered during the 18-19 season.
In addition to their performing activities, the quartet enjoys teaching. They have collaborated with JONC Alevins, leading them in their ZOOM project, and with the Conservatory of Cervera, leading a string orchestra project in December of 2017. The quartet has been greatly influenced by the teaching of Ferenc Rados and Antje Weithaas.
Upcoming highlights include their debut at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid and la Sociedad Filharmónica de Bilbao.
Elena Rey is a founding member of the Dalia Quartet and Trio Lorca. Winner of various competitions, she has developed a career that includes both solo and chamber music engagements with a wide range of artists.
Elena is a member of Orquesta de Cadaqués, Orquesta Da Camera and BCN216, has been invited principal second with orchestras such as Orquesta del Palau de les Arts and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León among others. Her interest in other genres has led to her collaboration with Silvia Perez Cruz in “Entre Cuerdas,” a project that encompasses wide ranging styles, from flamenco to jazz.
Born in Barcelona in 1986, she began her musical studies at age nine with Mª Victoria Fernandez, and then continued with Gonçal Comellas, Kai Gleusteen and members of Cuarteto Casals. She later studied with Yuri Volguin and Zakhar Bron at the Escuela Reina Sofía. She plays on a José Contreras (1770), generously on loan to her from Luthiería Tarapiella S.L.
Oleguer Beltran Pallarés (1984) concluye sus estudios en la Universität der Künste de Berlin bajo la tutela de Axel Gerhardt. Ha desarrollado una intensa actividad en le terreno de la música de cámara, de la cual cabe destacar el aprendizaje con los cuartetos Casals y Artemis y numerosos conciertos concursos y grabaciones. Miembro del Natalia Ensemble. Ha colaborado con algunas de las principales orquestas españolas. De 2009 a 2013 fue solista de segundos violines de la Orquesta Gulbenkian de Lisboa. Desde 2013 es asistente de solista de segundos violines de la Filarmónica de Dortmund.
Oleguer Beltran Pallarés is a founding member of the Dalia Quartet and Natalia Ensemble, and is Principal Second Violin of the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, member of Orquesta Da Camera and a regular guest with Orquesta de Cadaqués.
Previously, in addition to his membership in youth orchestras such as JONC, JONDE, EUYO and GMJO, he was a regular collaborator with the most prestigious Spanish Orchestras (ONE, Sinfónicas de Galicia and Navarra) and, from 2009 to 2013, was Principal Second Violin of Orquesta Gulbenkian de Lisboa.
Born in Prat de Comte en 1984, his musical studies began the at the Municipal School of Music in Cambrils, followed by the Vila-Seca Conservatory and ESMUC, where his teachers included Eva Graubin and Cuarteto Casals. He completed his studies at the Universität der Künste de Berlin studying with Axel Gerhardt and members of the Artemis Quartett. He has been awarded fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation and is winner of various competitions. Oleguer performs on a violin made by Peter Westerlund from 2006.
Erica Wise is a founding member of the Dalia Quartet and Funktion, and member of Trio Lorca. As soloist she has worked with conductors Michael Stern and Keith Lockhart, among others, performing at the Aspen Music Festival, and at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA. A passionate chamber musician, she has enjoyed collaborations with artists such as the Quiroga and Henschel Quartets, Anthony Marwood and Antje Weithass.
A strong advocate for music composed in our time, she has given both international and national premiers of works, either as soloist or as part of Funktion. Some of those composers include Yuval Gotlibovich, Joan Magrané, Octavi Rumbau, Tristan Perich, Roger Goula, Jakob Kirkegaard and Hanne Darboven. A highlight of 2015 for Erica was performing all of Darboven’s “Wunschkonzert” for solo cello at “Haus der Kunst” in Münich during their Darboven retrospective.
Erica began her musical studies at the age of five, and the cello at the age of nine, while living in Göttingen, Germany. She received degrees from the Peabody and New England Conservatories before studying baroque cello at CNR in Paris as a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship. Her main teachers included Ronald Thomas, Colin Carr, David Simpson, Larry Lesser and Gary Hoffman. She has also been greatly influenced by the teaching of Ferenc Rados.
The Chinese violist Wenting Kang was acclaimed as an “excellent violist” who “possesses a dark glowing sound” in the New York Times after her performance at Carnegie Hall. Kang’s repertoire covers both solo work as well as chamber music ranging from the baroque period to contemporary compositions.
As a soloist, Kang performed the Walton Concerto for viola with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Don Quixote with Misha Maisky and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2015. She has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Tokyo TOHO Gakuen Orchestra, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Kang was the recipient of the 1st Prize in the Tokyo International Viola Competition in 2012. Previously, she had won a number of prizes in events such as the Johannes Brahms International Competition, the Primrose International Viola Competition.
In recent years Kang has taught masterclasses for viola throughout Europe and Asia. She has been invited to music festivals for chamber music and solo performances internationally. Currently, Kang is active as assistant teacher in the international viola class of Nobuko Imai at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia as well as the Associate Principal Violist of Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid in Spain. Since december 2018 she is also a member of the Dalia Quartet.