TERRA NOSTRA ENSEMBLE is Houston's innovative new ensemble dedicated to the performance, promotion, and preservation of music by Latin-American and Iberian composers. The music we play pays homage to our heritage and fills a void in the traditional classical chamber music repertoire.
Terra Nostra Ensemble was born out of the necessity to establish a Houston-based musical group that would speak to the heritage of the area’s sizeable Latino population. In early 2016, founding Terra Nostra members Mauricio Oliveros and Jackson Guillén discussed the possibility of creating a Latin-American string quartet which would focus on performing music composed by Latin-American composers. After further research and meetings with different art entities in the city, the idea evolved to encompass a larger ensemble that would focus on music from Latin America and the Iberian peninsula.
Encouraged by this impulse, five musicians got together in an apartment in the Montrose area to begin the planning of what would become Terra Nostra Ensemble. There was no name, no venue, no repertoire – just five excellent musicians from five different countries and backgrounds, with the common goal of jumpstarting something new and exciting for the musical and artistic life of the Houston community.