Artists in Residence

INTAKE is pleased to announce that the Alturas Duo has been invited to serve as INTAKE’s Ensemble-In-Residence, an artistic commitment to be musical ambassadors for this organization. In each of their artistic performances, the duo will represent the organization’s mission, and INTAKE will also feature them throughout their programming.

The Alturas Duo is very motivated this nomination since, like INTAKE, they pursue similar interests in music and art. «We have been fusing classical music with native instruments as a Duo for the past twelve years, and now that we’re supported by INTAKE, we believe we can empower the arts together», said the Duo members, Carlos Boltes and Scott Hill.

Recently named INTAKE’s Ensemble-In-Residence, the Alturas Duo is comprised by Carlos Boltes, of Chilean origin, and Canadian guitarist Scott Hill. They perform classical music and South American music using viola, charango and guitar. Their performances are dynamic and range from Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart, and folk rhythms of South America combined with universal contemporary music. Awarded the 2010 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming presented at the CMA’s National Conference in New York City, the Alturas Duo were appointed as goodwill ambassadors by the Chilean-American Foundation. For additional information, visit:

alturas-duo_carlosCarlos Boltes, was born in Santiago, Chile where he began his musical studies by learning the charango from his brother Giovanni Vaccani, later mastering that instrument while touring extensively throughout South America as a member of the Chilean group Barrocco Andino. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University both in viola performance. His main teachers have been: Enrique López, Atar Arad, Larry Dutton and Steve Larson. He has been principal violist of the Orquesta de Cámara del Teatro Municipal de Santiago and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and has recorded for Naxos, Brioso and CBS Records. Mr. Boltes is a recipient of the Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship and an Andes Foundation Performance Grant. He is currently on the faculty of the Eleazar de Carvalho Music Festival in Fortaleza, Brazil and the Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, in West Hartford, Connecticut.



alturas-duo_scottScott Hill, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada, earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Lakehead University with Sean Mundy. He has a Masters degree in guitar performance and a Graduate Professional Diploma in chamber performance from the Hartt School of Music where he studied with Richard Provost. Mr. Hill has performed and lectured throughout Canada, the United States and South America as both a soloist and chamber musician. He collaborates with many diverse instrumentalists including: flutist Myrtle Thomas, the Adaskin String Trio and, most recently, premiered Thomas Schuttenhelm’s «Balada» for soprano and guitar. He has performed in master classes for some of today’s finest musicians including Oscar Ghiglia, John Williams and the Miami String Quartet. Mr. Hill is a Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient. Currently, he is on the faculty at the Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut.