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 series.
After a hiatus of a few years, due to NCGQ losing two of its members, Justin Hoke has joined the quartet with founding members Elliot Frank, Robert Nathanson and Ed Stephenson. 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.