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Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet

and James Dick, Piano

The quartet first attracted the attention of international criticism when it was awarded the “Ensemble Prize” at the Havana International Guitar Contest in 1998. Since then, the group has regularly performed in various notable guitar and chamber series in the United States and the world. Following the group’s California debut, the Los Angeles Times wrote: “an aura of purity pervaded the concert of the Brazilian guitar quartet…[it] met all the requirements with equanimity and intelligence.”  


The quartet has performed in fifteen American states, in countries like Portugal, Spain, Australia, Cuba, Uruguay, and Argentina, and in seventeen Brazilian states. Quaternaglia has also conducted Master Classes and lectures at various institutions including Yale University, the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University at Bloomington), and the Coimbra  Conservatory. 


Besides recording twenty five original Brazilian pieces among the nearly fifty dedicated to the quartet, Quaternaglia is especially well known for its interpretations of Villa Lobos and Leo Brouwer, as well as for renditions of Renaissance and Spanish music. 


Based in São Paulo, Brazil, the musicians of Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet use four custom made guitars by the renowned Brazilian guitar maker Sergio Abreu. 


“Quaternaglia is a state of art ensemble; they are melodically and rhythmically vital, virtuosic, and exciting, individually beautiful in sound, and capable of enchanting sonorities. Their performances are preternaturally exact in their synchronization while still sounding spontaneous.” Soundboard,  USA

James Dick remains committed to music education. In 1971, he established The International Festival-Institute at Round Top. This educational project, one of the most distinguished in the United States, welcomes Young Artists looking for developing their skills in solo, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire.

Beethoven Emperor Piano Concerto 3rd movement North Czech Philharmonic with James Dick Piano

Quaternaglia - R.Miranda Suite 3 - Sundin Hall (Minnesota Guitar Society) 

Frevo e Fuga

featuring Paulo Bellinati - Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet

World Premiere 


Quintet n.2 for piano and guitar quartet (2017)

Free admission, complimentary childcare

P L A N  Y O U R  V I S I T


Four for Tango (1988) arrangement: Fabio Ramazzina
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1961) arrangement: Thiago Tavares
1.Prólogo (Allegro moderato)
2.Somewhere (Adagio)
3.Scherzo (Vivace e leggiero)
4.Mambo (Meno presto)
5.Cha-cha (Andantino con grazia)
6. Meeting Scene (Meno mosso)
7.Cool Fugue (Allegretto)
8.Rumble (Molto allegro)
9.Final (Adagio)
Suíte n. 3 (1973) arrangement: Chrystian Dozza
3. Lento
4. Allegro gracioso

An angel (1999) arrangement: Paulo Porto Alegre
On a theme by Gismonti (2012)
Quintet n.2 for piano and guitar quartet (2017) – World Première

Choros n.5 - H.Villa-Lobos – Quaternaglia

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