Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
With imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. Through the foursome’s extraordinary and equally matched abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines, and laser-like purity. “More than a guitar quartet, more than superb musicians, and more than a great chamber group,” says composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain. “They are ambassadors of sound, style, and substance.”
One of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory, the MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music by such composers as Ginastera, Piazzolla, Debussy, and the Finnish folk-based music of Maria Kalaniemi. New arrangements showcase music by Jazz pianist Hiromi, Prince’s Purple Rain, and The Easy Beats’ Friday on My Mind. These ventures represent the quartet’s intention to bring its audiences distinctive and imaginative experiences such as collaborations with flamenco dancer Sachiko “La Chayí”—including Ben Abrahamason’s new Iberian Quartet—and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong.
The guitar’s accessibility makes it a natural for the MGQ’s programs like “Guitar Talk” and its new hands-on “Guitar Ensemble Crash Course.” As sought-after teachers and collegiate faculty members, they conduct frequent master classes and workshops. The MGQ has been heard on national radio programs and on the Albany, GSP, and innova labels.