Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
Starting at 2:30PM
Michael Baker, Vasilis Bessas, James Jervis, Rory Russell
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol (arr.William Kanengiser)
Clarice Assad: Dancas Nativas
Ariel Ramirez: Alfonsina y el mar (arr. Roland Dyens)
Andrew York: Quiccan
Carlos Rafael Rivera: Cumba Quinn
Alberto Ginastera: Danza del la moza donosa (arr. João Luiz Rezende Lopez)
Inti Illimani: Tarantella (arr. Michael Baker)
Catriona McKay: The Swan LK243 (arr. Michael Baker)
Bireli Lagrene: Made in France (arr. Richard Safhill)
Recognised as one of the world’s leading guitar quartets, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative group known for its extraordinary ensemble in performance and expansive repertoire. Formed originally at the Royal Northern College of Music (in 1999), under the guidance of Craig Ogden and Gordon Crosskey, the quartet went on to study with renowned guitarists such as Sérgio Assad, Oscar Ghiglia and Scott Tennant. Their early successes included winning awards from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Tillett Trust and Tunnell Trust.
In 2016 the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet was invited to perform at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The concert, which also featured Maxim Vengerov, Debbie Wiseman, Laura Wright and Wayne Marshall, was recorded for subsequent broadcast. The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet has performed in many other major concert halls in the UK, including Perth Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Bridgewater Hall. Their engagements have taken them throughout Europe, most recently visiting Germany, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Poland and Ireland. The ensemble made its debut in Asia in 2014 with a series of concerts in Seoul and they returned to South Korea in 2016, this time to perform at the Daejeon International Guitar Festival.
“This British ensemble seems incapable of playing with less than a glorious range of sound, perfect ensemble, and exquisite taste. This is superb playing, and the music is ravishing”
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
“If one guitar quartet can give a traditional string quartet a run for its money in terms of abundant technique and breathtaking artistry, it is the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet”.
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW