EUROPEAN GUITAR QUARTET

EUROPEAN GUITAR QUARTET
                                                    Dukić/Steidl/Fellow/Reentko

“Two legends of the classical guitar meet two virtuosos of modern fingerstyle to
create an innovative new sound for the instrument.”
“Don’t think of classical guitar – expect a new experience in concert guitar
music.”
“The birth of a sparkling new star in the concert sky.”

These were the words Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten used to describe the ensemble’s debut concert in Dresden in the spring of 2012. The meeting between two global stars of the classical guitar and two of the most outstanding protagonists of the acoustic guitar scene was accompanied by enthusiastic appreciation from both critics and audience alike. It was therefore no surprise that their debut was followed by invitations to festivals around the world, which include major international festivals (a.o. Ravinia Festival Chicago, Bergen Music Festival) as well as other prestigious events in Mexico, USA, France, Spain, Columbia, Austria and Switzerland. Fellow musicians such as Klezmer legend Giora Feidman have also been quick to voice their admiration for their music.

Danza is the title of the quartet’s current program, as it combines the intense, virtuoso, spirited music of South America and Europe to take listeners on a thrilling musical journey. Unique interpretations of pieces by Astor Piazzolla and the dances of the Paraguayan guitar legend Agustín Barrios mingle with the melodious compositions of the masterly Niccolò Paganini and the complex rhythms of Balkan dances (Dušan Bogdanović). Works by Thomas Fellow and Reentko also feature, and present concert music, world music and jazz in a contemporary embrace.

Zoran Dukić (Croatia) is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, as a soloist as well as with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on both audiences and critics. Presently he leads major classes at a number of European colleges, including the Universities of Barcelona (Spain) and The Hague (Netherlands), where he could establish one of the most successful soloist classes for this instrument worldwide.

Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic) is a true legend of the classical guitar. Since he won the first prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris in 1982, he has become one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. His unrivaled ability to create sounds on the guitar make his interpretations a class of its own.

Thomas Fellow (Germany) is a first-rate acoustic guitarist, a stunning virtuoso and is considered one of the best musical collaborators in the world. His Duo “Friend ‘n Fellow” ranks after more than 1500 concerts worldwide (with legends such as Ray Charles, Al Jarreau and Luther Allison) as one of the leading projects of this kind.

Reentko Dirks (Germany) is an awarded and highly acclaimed guitarist and composer. He wrote music for artists of the Cirque du Soleil and the Semperoper Ballet. He is one of the few guitarists who is as much in demand in the classical world as in the pop and world music scenes.