Dublin Guitar Quartet
The Dublin Guitar Quartet are Ireland’s leading guitar ensemble. Their programmes are a very entertaining and palatable mix of music by the world’s leading composers, and music inspired by indigenous music from around the globe. The quartet are entirely unique in their field and have been impressing audiences with their original arrangements of modern masterpieces by popular composers such as Philip Glass, Arvo Part and Steve Reich.
In April 2010, Dublin Guitar Quartet performed the entire set of Philip Glass' quartets at St. Ann’s church in Dublin. They had previously shared the stage with the legendary American composer at a concert in Dundalk where the quartet performed arrangements of two of Glass' string quartets, Mishima and Company.
Their debut album, Deleted Pieces, was released in March 2005. The disc includes works by Henryk Gorecki, Kevin Volans, Leo Brouwer and the Redneck Manifesto. They are currently working on two new releases. The first is a Music Network/Arts Council funded recording of works by established and emerging Irish composers for classical guitar quartet. They have also recently completed mixing a recording of arrangements for electric guitar quartet by internationally established composers.
In March of 2004, RTÉ lyric fm broadcast their Mermaid Arts Centre concert over two installments of the ‘Horizons’ programme. This concert included a world premiere of Four Guitars by internationally acclaimed composer Kevin Volans. The composer became interested in the group on hearing their arrangement of a work he originally composed for New York’s Kronos Quartet and this inspired him to compose a radical new work for their repertoire.
The quartet have been successful in bringing new music to unlikely audiences, having played as guests of rock groups such as The Redneck Manifesto (Dublin) and Final Fantasy (Canada). They also gave the opening concert at the inaugural Guitar Festival of Ireland which included performances by John Williams and Louis Stewart. The quartet have performed in The National Concert Hall, Dublin City Hall and throughout the country.
The group was recently awarded €28,000 by the Arts Council of Ireland to facilitate commissions by international composers including New York’s Michael Gordon.
"This is a quartet with a difference."Michael Dervan - The Irish Times
"Strange that one of the best underground releases of the year in Ireland is the work of a quartet of classically trained guitarists. Strange, but true."Bob Black- Foggy Notions Magazine