Born in Mexico City of Chilean extraction, Saul Bitran has served as the first violinist with the world-renowned, Latin Grammy winning, Cuarteto Latinoamericano since 1986. This Mexico-based string quartet tours regularly around the globe, bringing the concert music of Latin America to world audiences. Their extensive recordings of this repertoire (over 60 CDs) include the complete works for string quartet by most Latin American composers.
The Cuarteto Latinoamericano is the winner of the Latin Grammy in 2012, the nominee of two Grammys in 2002, and the former Quartet in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (1987-2008), where Bitran was an Associate Professor and Artist in Residence. The Cuarteto currently heads the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, in Caracas, Venezuela, under the auspices of the Sistema.
Prof. Bitran studied in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, and earned his B.Mus cum laude at the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv, Israel, studying with Prof. Yair Kless. During his stay in Israel, Bitran played in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and was concertmaster and frequent soloist of several orchestras in that country. He performed in master classes for Isaac Stern, Joseph Gingold, the Amadeus Quartet and André Gertler. As first violinist of the Rubin Academy String Quartet, Professor Bitran performed throughout Israel and Europe.
Saul Bitran has played as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa among many other orchestras, under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gerard Schwarz, Eduardo Mata, Keith Lockhart, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Kery Lynn Wilson, among others.
Saul Bitran divides his time between Mexico City and Boston, where he plays with the Trio Tremonti and gives regular master classes at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University.