News Archive

Pat Metheny composes major new work for LAGQ!


Living legend and premiere composer, Pat Metheny, has written a major new work for the quartet! Premiere will be in Denver on October 20, 2016. Stay tuned for details!

World premiere of Nico Muhly's "How Little You Are"

Nico Muhly
LAGQ was happy to part of the world premiere of Nico Muhly's "How Little You Are" in Austin, TX April 18. The work featured the acclaimed vocal group Conspirare and three guitar quartets: the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Texas Guitar Quartet and the Dublin Quartet. This is no ordinary work! Based on "Cowboy Poetry" texts, the work masterfully weds guitar and vocal textures, resulting in poignant Western impressions.

Thanks to our New Renaissance backers! (click here for the complete list)

Our most sincere thanks to the following for making our latest release, New Renaissance, a reality. Release date is March 17th!

LAGQ will be in artists-in-residence for the Laguna Beach Music Festival Feb 13-15

We'll be in artists-in-residence for the Laguna Beach Music Festival. Join us February 13-15 for a week of LAGQ & Friends concerts. There's something for everyone: Spanish music with singer and flamenco dancers, contemporary music (with the LA Percussion Quartet), our Don Quixote production, plus other special events. 

Kickstarter campaign launched toward completion of our next recording

We're raising funds for post-production costs. Lots of cool rewards including autographed CD's, hats, shirts, Skype guitar lessons and more. Check it out!…/…/lagq-new-renaissance-cd

Initial tracking done for our next recording!

New pieces by Bogdanovic, Krouse, as well as Spanish Renaissance rep.

LAGQ to play benefit concert February 8th for Austin Classical Guitar Education

LAGQ will be playing a concert February 8th to benefit Austin Classical Guitar Education – a program that has built and supported more than forty, high quality school programs serving over 2,000 diverse young people.

LAGQ to play benefit concert February 9th for the UTSA string project


LAGQ will be playing a concert February 9th to benefit a wonderful project at the University of Texas, San Antonio. The UTSA String project provides string and guitar education majors the opportunity to develop the skills needed to become successful and powerful educators. It offers beginning through advanced level music instruction to community students (grades 3 through 8) on stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar).

LAGQ to play benefit concert for the Hope Institute of Uganda

LAGQ is happy to present a benefit concert for the Hope Institute of Uganda March 10th in Janesville, Wisconsin. This organization helps to provide medical, educational, and other vital services to Ugandans in need.

Nice recent reviews!

"The best guitar quartet in the world."
The West Australian

"After more than three decades, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet remains a formidable ensemble, both in terms of technical bravura and musical personality."
The Baltimore Sun

New book, "My First Guitar", includes the LAGQ

A new book by Julia Crowe, 'My First Guitar', features tales from a wide array of well-known guitarists including the LAGQ (with Andy York - the interviews were done just before Matt joined the group). Here's a blurb: "This entertaining collection of interviews addresses "how guitarists came into owning their first guitar." A broad range of famous, international artists representing almost every area of guitar music." Publisher's Weekly

LAGQ at Guitarraganza September 27-29

LAGQ will be part of Guitarraganza in the Modesto, California area Sept. 27-29. LAGQ will be performing a recital program Sept. 28 including "Shiki" with guitar orchestra. On Sept. 27, Bill Kanengiser and Scott Tennant will be giving solo performances. All members of the quartet will be giving masterclasses and clinics during the festival. Check out the Guitarraganza website for the full schedule.

"Shiki" a huge success

In March 2012, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet played a series of concerts with guitar orchestras, featuring a new work by Kyoto-based composer/guitarist Shingo Fujii.  The piece, entitled “Shiki: Seasons of Japan”, was dedicated to the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Check out this short documentary of the project, featuring performance and rehearsal footage as well as interviews.