Stephen Goss, Carl Herring, Graham Roberts, Stewart French
Formed in 1988, the Tetra Guitar Quartet quickly established a reputation as an innovative and virtuosic ensemble. Their unique repertoire and highly original programming has helped make the quartet one of the most influential and sought-after guitar ensembles on the scene today.
Tetra has toured and recorded extensively, playing at many top venues and festivals in the UK and overseas. The quartet has given numerous recitals at London’s South Bank Centre, St John’s Smith Square and the Barbican; recent tours have included trips to India, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the UAE, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Brunei and Borneo. Tetra has performed Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with some of Britain’s top orchestras and has frequently broadcast on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and Classic FM.
Tetra recordings on the Conifer, Carlton Classics, Cadenza and Hallmark labels have been met with great critical acclaim. Of the quartet’s most recent album BBC Music Magazine said ‘this party-piece disc of the year achieves the impossible’. Tetra’s Vivaldi: The Four Seasons occupied a full display window in Tower Records on Piccadilly in London for four successive weeks, and By Arrangement was described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘one of the best guitar ensemble recordings I have ever heard’.
All four members of Tetra are past winners of the Julian Bream Prize and Honorary Associates of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition to their work with Tetra, Steve, Carl, Graham and Stewart are active in many diverse areas of music-making.
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In 2013/14 the Tetra Guitar Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark this landmark in the ensemble’s history they are releasing a new CD, commissioning several new pieces, and offering a range of anniversary programmes.
About Time is a new disc of premiere recordings, including two new Guitar Quartet works commissioned by Tetra from Roland Dyens (Comme un rond d'eau) and Tim Garland (Canterbury Bells). Also included is Stephen Goss's arrangement of 'Mahler Lieder' and 'Four pieces from the First Book of Consort Lessons' by Thomas Morley – the very first work performed by the group at their debut concert in 1988.
The quartet has given over 500 concerts throughout the world and recorded seven studio CDs since its London debut 1988. Recital programmes in 2013/14 will include some old favourites, such as the Threepenny Opera Suite and the Carmen Fantasy, as well as some new arrangements of Mahler and Gershwin and specially commissioned pieces by Tim Garland and Roland Dyens.