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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Biography

Active: 1980 - ; Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the few successful multi-guitar ensembles regularly performing today. It is known for its variety of repertory, mixing various genres in concert and on recording, from classical to jazz, flamenco to new age, and bluegrass to rock. But the group's music takes in even more: in the classical realm alone it plays Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern works, often in transcriptions fashioned by Read more the members. Former member Andrew York wrote a fair number of works performed by the LAGQ. The Grammy Award-winning album Guitar Heroes featured two of his compositions, along with a hodgepodge of others from all walks of music: Sergio Assad, Chet Atkins, Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, and others. The group has made numerous recordings over the years for a variety of labels, including Telarc, DG, Delos, Sony, and Gha.

The LAGQ was founded over the period 1979-1980 at the USC Thornton School Music by Anisa Angarola, with guidance by guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero. The four current members of the group are John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Matthew Greif, and Scott Tennant. Angarola left the group in 1990 and was replaced by Andrew York, who in turn departed in 2006, with Greif as his replacement.

Members also teach guitar at various prestigious schools on the West Coast and are involved in performance and recording activity apart from that of the group. Scott Tenant, for example, has been busy with a project that involves recording the complete guitar works of Rodrigo on the Gha label.

The LAGQ was quite active throughout the 1980s but did not become a major force on the music scene until the following decade. Its first recording did not appear until 1993, with a Gha album of arrangements of works by Stravinsky, Rossini, Holst, and others. A second was issued later that year, Dances from Renaissance to Nutcracker, on the Delos label.

By the early years of the new century the ensemble had achieved international acclaim. It received a Grammy nomination in 2003 for the Telarc album Latin. Two years later it received the Grammy for Best Classical Crossover recording for the aforementioned Guitar Heroes, also on Telarc. The 2008-2009 concert schedule included an extensive tour of the U.S. and among its recordings is the 2007 Telarc CD Brazil, which features works by Villa-Lobos, Sergio and Odair Assad, Marco Pereira, and others. Read less
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    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakhamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  John Aler,  Grant Gershon  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Anatoly Lapunov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Style of Five,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet  ... 
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    Lagq Latin
    Label: Lim   Catalog: 670 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sting,  Eduardo Martin,  Bill Kanengiser,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Timmermans,  John Dearman,  Matteo y Memo,  Scott Tennant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Classical Caffeine
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1628 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Darius Milhaud,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Svetlana Safonova,  Rouben Aharonian,  Gerard Schwarz,  Eugenia Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Constantine Orbelian,  Anatoly Lapunov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Shanghai Quartet  ... 
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    Interchange - Rodrigo, Assad: Concertos / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 31754 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Sérgio Assad
    Conductor:  David Amado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delaware Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Mozart Variations: A Windham Hill Collection
    Label: Windham Hill Records   Catalog: 21012 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Verdery,  Michael Manring,  Andrew York,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Benjamin Verdery,  Michael Manring,  Daniel Seidenberg,  Daryl Silbermann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Free Klassik,  Flute Force Inc.
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    Brazil! / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80686 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Baden Powell,  Jorge Ben,  Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Golijov: Oceana, Etc / Spano, Atlanta SO & Chorus
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000906902 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov
    Performer:  Luciana Souza,  Jeffrey Zeigler,  David Harrington,  Hank Dutt  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Spano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Kronos Quartet,  Gwinnettt Young Singers  ... 
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    Spin / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80647 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Kanengiser,  Andrew York,  Joe Duddell,  Bryan Johanson  ... 
    Performer:  Colin Currie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Spin / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 60647 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Kanengiser,  Andrew York,  Joe Duddell,  Bryan Johanson  ... 
    Performer:  Colin Currie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Bella España - Music Inspired By Spain
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80662 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Celedonio Romero,  David Russell
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  Naples Philharmonic Florida
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    Breathe - The Relaxing Guitar
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80512 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Maxwell Davies,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sting,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  David Russell,  Angel Romero,  William Kanengiser,  Scott Tennant  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Naples Philharmonic Florida
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    Guitar Heroes / Lagq
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80598 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John McLaughlin,  Boudleaux Bryant,  Chet Atkins,  Evan Hirschelman  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew York,  Bill Kanengiser,  John Dearman,  Scott Tennant  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - Latin
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80593 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Georges Bizet,  Andrew York,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Scott Tennant,  Andrew York,  John Dearman,  William Kanengiser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Baby Needs Guitar - Classical Guitar For Little Ears
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1620 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Carlos Gomes,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew York,  Scott Tennant,  John Dearman,  William Kanengiser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet
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    The Best Of Classical Guitar Vol 3
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126050 Release Date: 06/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wayne Siegel,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Isaac,  David Russell,  Costas Cotsiolis,  Roland Dyens  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Le Trio de Cologne
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    A Day In The Life Of Leo - Music For You & Your Cat
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1616 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Helmrich,  Allan Vogel,  Eugenia Zukerman,  Malcolm Hamilton  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    A Day In The Life Of Lucky - Music For You & Your Dog
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1617 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Aaron Copland,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Wendy Kerner Lucas,  Elmar Oliveira,  János Starker,  Leonidas Kavakos  ... 
    Conductor:  James DePreist,  Constantine Orbelian,  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Air & Ground / Lagq - Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89100 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sérgio Assad,  Benjamin Verdery,  Andrew York,  Miroslav Tadic  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew York,  Scott Tennant,  William Kanengiser,  John Dearman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 20.
    Baby Needs Bach / Orbelian, Galbraith, Rosenberger, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1613 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Paul Galbraith,  Tatiana Zavarskaya,  Anthony Newman,  Eugenia Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Shanghai String Quartet,  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 21.
    The Best Of Lagq / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1607 Release Date: 09/22/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Jean Jacques Perrey,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  John Dearman,  Andrew York,  Scott Tennant,  William Kanengiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 22.
    Engineer's Choice 2
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3512 Release Date: 11/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Tylman Susato,  George Gershwin,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Eugenia Zukerman,  Allan Vogel,  Donald Fraser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis Keene,  Vincent Cichowicz,  Andrew Litton,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voices of Ascension,  Millar Brass Ensemble,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    The Best Of Classical Guitar Vol 2 / Russel, Aussel, Et Al
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126038 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sérgio Assad,  Fernando Sor,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Sérgio Assad,  Odair Assad,  David Starobin,  Eduardo Isaac  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 24.
    Classical Princess - Music For Dress-up
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3215 Release Date: 10/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Reinhold Gliere  ... 
    Performer:  Mona Golabek,  Jeffrey Solow,  Andrés Cárdenes,  Carol Rosenberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Zdenek Macal,  Donald Fraser,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    For Thy Pleasure / Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3205 Release Date: 09/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  John Dearman,  Andrew York,  Scott Tennant,  William Kanengiser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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