On Jan. 22, the Canadian Guitar Quartet (CGQ) will come to the FirstOntario Centre to entertain local audiences with their unique music and exciting performance.
Since debuting in 1999, the CGQ has been touring heavily worldwide and are continually well received by audiences, garnering standing ovations worldwide, and earning themselves the reputation of being one of the most highly revered concert hall guitar ensembles in the world.
The quartet consists of members Julien Bisaillon, Renaud Côté-Giguère, Bruno Roussel, and Louis Trépanier. Each of the quartet’s members has an extensive history in music, providing them the experience needed to rule the guitar quartet world.
Bisaillon is currently a professor at Carleton University and teacher at l’École de musique de l’Outaouais. He also maintains a private music studio outside of his CGQ duties. Côté-Giguère holds a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is researching the contemporary music of Toru Takemitsu as part of a doctorate degree at the University of Montreal. Roussel is a founding member of the Trio Alla Grande and has won multiple music competitions including the coveted Eliot Fisk Prize of the Yale School of Music. Trépanier is a member of the Donkin/Trépanier piano-guitar duo, with his wife Catherine Donkin and is currently Coordinator of the Guitar Sector at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music.
The quartet has recorded three studio albums, Portrait 1 (2001), Les Scènes de Quartiers (2004), and Orchestral Works for Guitar Quartet (2011), each of which have garnered high praise from critics.
They have also racked up a number of radio and television credits both nationally and globally, including their own feature TV performance.
The CGQ performed their first concert in New York as part of the Art of the Guitar series, and was met by rave reviews applauding their artistry. Many critics have praised the CGQ with having one of the greatest debuts of any concert hall group in the past 10 years.
In addition to the impressive reception the CGQ has received, they have also been privileged to perform in some of the most famous venues in Canada. The quartet boasts performances in famed concert halls such as the Winspear Center, the Palais Montcalm, the Glenn Gould Studio, and National Gallery of Canada, as well as their performances in seminal events such as the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual convention, Yale’s Guitar Extravaganza, and the Norfolk and Ottawa chamber music festivals.
These festivals and performances have allowed the CGQ to develop an international reputation.
St. Catharines audiences can look forward to this internationally revered group on Jan. 22 when the CGQ visit the FirstOntario Centre. The mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an exciting and memorable experience.
Assistant Arts & Culture Editor