The International Guitar Quartet

The International Guitar Quartet

Music Network Artist Residency in partnership with The National Opera House and Wexford County Council

Tour Dates

Sat 18 Nov, 8pm National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford

For the Music Network Artist Residency in partnership with The National Opera House and Wexford County Council, Redmond O'Toole has selected a truly worldwide quartet bringing guitarists from the four corners of the globe together to reflect the diversity of guitar music

For over ten years, Derek Gripper has produced some of South Africa’s most extraordinary musical works by fusing the country’s disparate creative traditions with styles throughout the world. His music draws on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian works, Malian kora works, Cape Town’s folk styles such as ghoema/goema and vastrap, and even Indian classical music, all the while synthesising them into a style uniquely his own. His ninth album, 'One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali', recorded at an all-night session, magically conjures a new a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage. “Gripper is able to transcend the instrument with his performances…” Guitar International

Mexican guitarist Rosa Maria Robinson is acclaimed for her powerful interpretation and incomparable stage presence. Presenting contemporary to traditional classical guitar repertoire including Mexican and Latin American music, she has deeply moved audiences wherever she has performed. As soloist and chamber musician, Robinson has performed on important stages and festivals in Mexico and abroad: Art Centre Guarnerius Belgrade Serbia, IX Festival GuitarISTRA 2011 Croatia, International Festival of Pescara, Italy 2011 and Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico. She was awarded a scholarship to the famous Segovia class at Academia Chigiana at Siena, Italy with Professor Oscar Ghiglia where she was the recipient of the Diploma di Merito 2006.

Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. In the 2017-2018 season, Levin makes several debut solo, chamber and orchestral appearances in China and Finland as well as return appearances in Brazil and Spain. Adam Levin’s live performances have been featured nationally numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today, the nationally syndicated Classical Guitar Alive, and studio performances on top radio stations including WFMT Chicago and WCRB Boston. “Plays with a loose-limbed, easy virtuoso 'cool' and beguiling tonal warmth that combines laid back intuitiveness with classical sophistication." BBC Music Magazine on Adam Levin

Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s ‘Brahms guitar’. This ground-breaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello. He has performed at major concert halls and events throughout Europe such as Passau International Guitar Festival, Germany, the National Concert Hall and Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Ireland, and Hallein Guitar Festival, Austria. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as BBC Ulster and the Irish Baroque and has toured extensively as guitarist for legendary Irish group The Chieftains. He teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. 

Sat 18 Nov National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford 8pm , €20 053 9122144

Programme:

George Philipp Telemann - Concerto in D major TWV 40:202
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Allegro

Augustín Mangoré Barrios – Danza Paraguaya (solo guitar, Adam Levin)

Joseph Williams - London Fog
I. Prelude
II. A Stranger in the Home
III. Daisy and the Bath
IV. A House in the Arms of Dread
V. The Accusations
VI. The Riot

Toumani Diabaté – Kaira: A Suite for Kora (solo guitar, Derek Gripper)

Derek Gripper – Untitled composition, world premiere

Mauro Giuliani – "Garyowen", from Six Airs Choisi Irlandais (solo guitar, Redmond O’Toole)

Redmond O'Toole – Two Irish Tunes for Guitar Quartet, world premiere
I. Taimse in Codhladh
II. The Butterfly

Heitor Villa-Lobos – Prelude No. 1 (solo guitar, Rosa Maria Robinson)

Arturo Márquez – Danzon No. 2, Irish Premiere

Derek Gripper: Salama / Jarabi - Fanta Sacko / Toumani Diabaté