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IN BRIEF

 

BGQ

The Baltic Guitar Quartet was formed in 2004 by four young and talented classic guitar performers. The ensemble is appreciated by local classical music lovers and presented to foreign audiences as the leading guitar ensemble in the Baltic States. The quartet has performed in over 20 countries and most prestigious concert halls, among them Japan, Russia, China, Austria, Denmark as well as the renowned Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Castle in Warsaw, Southbank Center in London and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. The present line-up of the quartet was formed in 2008, after a Belgian performer Chris Ruebens joined Zigmas Čepulėnas, Sergej Krinicin and Saulius S. Lipčius. The quartet members are winners of various contests, active solo performers, whose music is sensitive, colorful and subtle without being pretentious. The quartet refined its knowledge on subtleties of chamber music together with the violinist, former member of the National Vilnius String Quartet prof. Petras Kunca, also improved their skills with the help of internationally renowned musicians and ensembles, among them Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Oscar Ghiglia, Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, David Russell, Laura Young and Bandini Chiacchiaretta duo. The guitarists use guitars custom made by the famous Spanish guitar-maker Manuel Contreras.


REPERTOIRE

The Baltic Guitar Quartet‘s repertoire contains various compositions ranging from Renaissance to modern music. The search for unique sound and new compositions results in the musicians‘ own arranged pieces by Bach, Rossini, De Falla as well as variations of the Balkan music or even rock music. The quartet's repertoire is constantly supplemented by Chris Ruebens‘s creative works. The ensemble has had works specifically written for them by the Lithuanian National Prize winner Jurgis Juozapaitis and famous composers Jonas Tamulionis and Giedrius Kuprevičius.

The quartet also enriches its repertoire and programmes by performing together with other musicians. Together with the opera tenor Edmundas Seilius the ensemble prepared a programme of arranged Italian and Lithuanian songs. In Germany and Lithuania the musicians performed a part of their programme together with the double-bass virtuoso Guy D. Tuneh. The ensemble also performed together with St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, M. K. Čiurlionis string quartet and musicians Donatas Bagurskas (double-bass) and Judita Leitaitė (soprano).


ACTIVITY


The Baltic Guitar Quartet actively performs in Lithuania‘s main concert halls and most prominent festivals as well as concerts organized by the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society. The musicians frequently perform abroad. They have already visited Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Germany, and Great Britain. The ensemble has frequented the most famous concert halls: Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Castle in Warsaw, Southbank Center and St. James‘s Church in London, Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing. The quartet has also performed in the most prestigious Europe's festivals, among them Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, Saitenspruenge (Germany), Martsishor International Music Festival (Moldova), Flanders Music Festival (Belgium), Paganini Festival (Italy), Probaltica Festival (Poland), Cyprus International Guitar Festival (Cyprus), Fiesta de la guitarra (Estonia) and others.