Since it began touring in
1991, the North Carolina Guitar Quartet has showcased the virtuosic and
intimate sounds of the classical guitar in exciting and innovative ways. The
NCGQ performs music of contemporary classical guitar works, many with
influences of jazz, rock, pop, and world music, along with more traditional
pieces, making their music both unique and widely accessible. The ensemble’s
versatility has allowed them to reach new audiences and play in a broad range
of venues, such as colleges and universities, new music festivals, outdoor
festivals, schools for large and small audiences and various kinds of concert
After a hiatus of a few years, due to NCGQ losing two of its members, Justin Hoke and Chris Wear joined NCGQ’s founding members, Robert Nathanson and Ed Stephenson in 2013. The quartet has since continued touring and delivering novel and riveting performances throughout the eastern United States, especially in North Carolina.
Some of NCGQ’s most notable performances include their Eastern U.S. tour, Raleigh’s Artplosure Festival, Smedes Parlor Concert Series at St. Mary’s College, the North Carolina Bach Festival, Page Walker Concert Series, Craven Art Council’s Young at Heart Series, St. Raphael Catholic Church Concert Series, and performances with the Cleveland Institute of Music, Triangle Guitar Society, Piedmont Classical Guitar Society and Oak Ridge Guitar Society. NCGQ also performs extensively at colleges and universities, including the University of Toledo, University of Akron, Coastal Carolina University, East Carolina University, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State University, NC State, Campbell University, and Coastal Carolina Community College.