For over three decades on the concert stage, the members of the Grammy® Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have continually set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in their musical explorations. Popularly known as the LAGQ, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles. As one of the most charismatic groups performing today, their critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground.The LAGQ has given recitals in many of the world’s top venues, including Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Tokyo Opera City, and New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. They have toured extensively in Europe and Asia, where they were featured at the Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila International Arts Festivals, and have performed with orchestra and in recital in Australia.
Highlights of The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s 2018-19 season include making their Philadelphia Orchestra debut performing Rodrigo’s “Concierto Andaluz,” a work they have previously performed for the composer’s official centenary in Spain, as well as for a “Live with the Boston Pops” television feature, and to a crowd of thousands at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition they tour to venues in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and return to New York’s fabled Town Hall continuing to premiere “Road to the Sun,” the new work by guitar legend Pat Metheny, commissioned specifically for them.
Among past seasons’ highlights are the world premiere performance and recording of the Metheny, and the reprisal of their beloved “Nutcracker Suite” for the holidays. Continuing to grow the repertoire for guitar quartet and guitar orchestra, the LAGQ toured “By Chants” throughout Arizona to audience and critical acclaim. This new work, based on Native American themes, was written for them by composer and longtime LAGQ member, Andrew York. Their 2017-18 season also included tours to China, Norway and Sweden.
Additional highlights include LAGQ’s role as Artistic Directors of the 2015 Laguna Beach Music Festival. As the focal point of the festival, they treated audiences to four days of performances, outreach activities and celebrations including: a joint concert with the LA Percussion Quartet in which the combined octet premiered a new work by composer Jeff Holmes; a “Latin Romance” Valentine’s program with mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano and L.A. Flamenco; and a closing performance of “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes” with guest artist, Firesign Theatre veteran and voiceover actor, Phil Proctor. This last work was captured live at St Louis’ historic Sheldon Theater and released on DVD in March 2012. This multi-disciplinary project was originally developed and premiered in collaboration with the British actor John Cleese in Santa Barbara.
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