Baltic Guitar Quartet
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 and Southbank Center in London. 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 Kuncas, 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, and duo of Laura Young and Bandini Chiacchiaretta. The guitarists use guitars custom made by the famous Spanish guitar-maker Manuel Contreras. 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.