Four Aces Guitar Quartet
Classical guitar won’t get more fancy than with the Four Aces Guitar Quartet. Eight years after their debut these four well dressed hot shots have outgrown their flemish roots. Especially their second cd Odyssee was a big succes, even in China. Whilst Bart, Inti, Menno and Stein are now leaving the Odyssee behind, they are eagerly exploring new, unknown territories. On their newest album For Aces you’ll only find compositions written especially for them. The quartet was born in the summer of 2008 during the International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, where they first met. Their first gig was part of a final project at the conservatory of Antwerp. The audience as well as the jury, were immediately impressed with the virtuosity and musical colours the four managed to present. Afterwards the Four Aces Guitar Quartet played concerts in major halls in Belgium. Abroad they performed in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Slovenia, Italy, Georgia and China. The quartet also appeared in live broadcasting shows on the Dutch station Radio 4, on the Belgian tv-channel Canvas and on Belgian classical radio Klara.
In 2013 the Four Aces Guitar Quartet returned to Iserlohn, but now to give masterclasses during the Guitar Symposium. That same year they won Supernova, a Belgian chamber music competition that is supported by the national radio and tv-channel, as well as the Flemish government and numerous cultural partners. As a quartet Bart, Inti, Menno and Stein continued looking for perfection by taking masterclasses with some of the most famous guitarists of the planet. To name a few: Aniello Desiderio, the Katona Twins, David Russel and Johan Fostier. One of their highlights so far remains the common concert with Grammy award winner Andrew York, who also is one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Four Aces Guitar Quartet enjoys concerts that make a combination of classical masterpieces and arrangements of tradional folk and pop music. If Odyssee was the story of the five year journey as an ensemble, then For Aces not only continues that journey, but it chooses a new adventurous path with compositions especially written for this cd. The composers with whom the quartet collaborated are Clarice Assad, Adam Clarke, Nuccio D’Angelo, Nejc Kuhar, Patrick Roux, Harry Sacksioni, Alain Selhorst and Johannes Möller.