Hailed by the Washington Post for his ‘sophisticated and precise playing’, violist Jaime Amador has distinguished himself among the latest generation of musicians to emerge from Puerto Rico.
Before joining the Harlem Quartet, Mr. Amador has had a successful career as a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra were he won first prize at the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition for his interpretation of Béla Bártok’s concerto for viola and orchestra. The newspaper El Nuevo Día praised his performance as “outstanding, having displayed sound technical mastery and a sobriety most appropriate to the nature of the piece. From the moment the viola alone is introduced, this young musician exuded confidence and aplomb, which was mirrored in the precision of his execution throughout the entire performance.”
Born in San Juan, Jaime Amador began his career at the Children String Program of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Toby Appel and Isaac Malkin.
Mr. Amador is currently a visiting artist at the Royal College of Music in London. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with the Shangai String Quartet, Chick Corea, Ida Kavafian, Fred Sherry, Emanuel Borok, Mikhail Kopelman, Misha Dichter, and Emilio Colón among others.
Mr. Amador has participated in important international music festivals such as the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Santander, Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, and the Carl Flescsh Akademie in Baden-Baden. He is currently the violist of the acclaimed Harlem Quartet.