The Maria Camahort Quintet was born in November 2011 out of the desire to increase the possibilities in chamber music. The originality of the ensemble is given by the intense collaboration between musicians from different musical traditions, providing great charisma and personality to this unique ensemble originally formed by:
The characteristic timbre of the quintet creates a unique and highly original musical experience. They approach the chosen repertoire and present it in a new and innovative way, merging art music with oral tradition in a unique project.
MCQ has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in UK, including: Kings Place, Southbank Centre, Milton Court, Cervantes Theatre and The Sage. Festivals include: London Guitar Festival, Edinburgh Guitar Festival, North-East Guitar Festival, Buxton Festival, Festival Francisco Tárrega (Benicàssim), Clásicos en Verano (Madrid), Festival Áureo Herrero (Ávila), Música a Boqueta Nit (Alicante) etc. As Making Music Selected Artist 2017-2018, MCQ has performed in New Vic Theatre and various UK Concert Societies.
Their debut album ‘Iberian Colours’ (2015, Convivium Records International) was well received by UK audiences and positively reviewed by the press. In Spring 2018 the quintet is releasing their second album “Danzas, Canciones y Nanas” with CD Labell JSM records, which brings their original approach to traditional music from around the peninsula, as well as music with flamenco influences, works by renowned Spanish composers and other contemporary works.
MCQ’s main aim is to create honest and beautiful performances, bringing to the audience the music, stories, and flavor that are essential to Spanish music. Both during the arranging process and during rehearsals, the quintet keeps this pursuit in the forefront of their minds, always searching for a way to achieve it.