Guitar Extravaganza’s  NZ Guitar Quartet share some thoughts about their lives and also about their concert with us in June

“This concerto for four guitars is a celebration of virtuosity and Spanish temperament”

We are excited to present the DSO première of Joaquin Rodrigo’s joyful Concierto Andaluz, under the experienced baton of Kenneth Young. Written in 1967, this concerto for four guitars and orchestra is inspired by Andalusian folk music and will delight fans of flamenco by referencing several dance forms including the sevillanas and zapateado. The concerto is a celebration of virtuosity and Spanish temperament, and was dedicated to the legendary guitar quartet Los Romeros. The work is distinguished by immense passion and festivity.

Our Quartet first came together in 2010. With classical guitarists Owen Moriarty, Jane Curry, John Couch and Vladimir Gorbach, we are now a trans-Tasman ensemble, with two members currently based in Australia.  Recent performances include concert tours in China, Australia and Canada. Nationally, the Quartet has toured  several times through both Chamber Music NZ and Arts on Tour (most recently completing a 17 concert tour in 2017). 2018 is a busy year for the NZGQ with concerts in Australia, Mexico and the USA, including the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America, Louisville Kentucky in June.