Take Four Guitar Quartet
... "one gets the wonderful feeling of having
come really close to the music itself..."
(Badische Zeitung 4/97)
This statement from a concert review reflects the four guitarists'musical
Their playing is characterized by technical brilliance, a vital and
fine-tuned sense of form, admirable expressiveness and a great subtlety
in the use of the right hand.
The guitarists Pia Grees, Johan Fostier, Matthias Kläger and Luc Vander Borght
hail from Germany and Belgium, and have all studied with Alberto Ponce in Paris.
The Take Four Guitar Quartet emerged in 1999 from the Tcherepnin Guitar Quartet,
which was founded in 1994 and which undertook a concert tour to Cairo and
Alexandria in 1998 at the invitation of the Egyptian Cultural Institute.
The Quartet's programme comprises both original works and their own ingenious
arrangements of well-known pieces.
A project featuring tangos from Argentina (Piazzolla, Ginastera, Pujol etc.)
and Europe (Stravinsky, Milhaud) and works especially composed for the
quartet is planned for 2002 onwards.
Pia Grees began her musical training with Professor Hans Gräf at the Folkwang Hochschule
in Essen in 1978. From 1987 to 1994 she studied with Professor Sonja Prunnbauer at
the Freiburg College of Music. There she took her music teacher's diploma and graduated
with distinction in 1994. Since 1998 Pia Grees has been an assistant lecturer at the
Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liège.
She won first prizes at the Federal German Competition "Jugend Musiziert" in 1985
and at the International Competition for Guitar and String Quartet in Schweinfurt in 1990.
In 1991 she won a prize at the sixth International Competition in Mettmann. After both
she and Matthias Kläger had studied with Alberto Ponce in Paris in 1990/91, Pia Grees
received numerous awards for her duo playing with M.Kläger. These include the second
prize at the international Competition for Guitar Duos in Montélimar, a bursary from
European trade and industry and a scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Arts Foundation.
As a duo, Pia Grees and Matthias Kläger have so far made three CDs, all of which have been
greatly praised by reviewers.
Visit Pia Grees and Matthias Kläger's website
Matthias Kläger took up studies in 1984 with Ihsan Turnagoel and Professor Sonja
Prunnbauer at the Freiburg College of Music. There he received his music teacher's
diploma and graduated, and in 1994 received his soloist's diploma with distinction.
From 1988 to 1992 he held a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutsche
He won the International Guitar Competition Freiburg/Strasbourg/Basle and the fifth
International Guitar Competition in Mettmann. In 1992 he was awarded a scholarship
from the German Music Competition in in the national selection of the "Konzerte Junger
Künstler" series in the 1993/94 season.
Matthias Kläger gives recitals and also performs in several chamber groupings,
examples being the guitar duo with Pia Grees, with the mezzo-soprano Ruth Sandhoff
and with the tenor Hans Jörg Mammel, with whom he recorded Schubert's Die Schöne
Müllerin on CD for Ars Musici in 1999 He has been teaching the guitar at the
College of Music and Drama in Munich since 1997.
Luc Vander Borght began his training with Patrick Van Netelbosch and Annie
Cattelain before taking up studies with Ilse and Nicolas Alfonso at the Brussels
Conservatory, where he received the Diplôme Superieur for guitar and chamber music.
He attended the master classes of Alberto Ponce in Portugal and Paris and of John
Williams in Córdoba.
In 1983 he won first prize in both guitar and chamber music at the National
Belgian Competition, reached the finals of the International Competition for
Guitar Duos in Berlin in 1987 and won the third prize at the International
Guitar Competition in Carpentras in 1989.
In addition to his activities as concert artist and arranger (several of his
transcriptions are in the Take Four repertoire), he has held a chair at the
Conservatoire Royal in Liège since 1994 and at the Académie Prince Rainier III
in Monaco since 2001.
NEW PROGRAMME :
THE DEVILS'DANCE OR TANGO BESIDE ITSELF
The devils's dance or tango beside itself
revisited by the four guitarists of Take Four Guitar Quartet.
Surprising journey towards dramatic Argentinian tango,
celebrating Brazilian rhythms and tender irony of European classics.
Energy, sensuality, humor feed this fire sonorous colours.
Henri Purcell 8 dances from "The Fairy Queen"
Prelude - Rondeau
Dance for the Followers or the Night
Hornpipe - Entry Dance - Air
Dance for the Fairies - Jig.
Jean Sébastien Bach Sonate n°1
Allegro moderato - Adagio - Allegro
Joseph Haydn Quatuor en ré Majeur
Allegro - Minuetto alternamente - Adagio
Minuetto alternamente - Presto
Luigi Boccherini Introduction et Fandango
George Gershwin Three Preludes
Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Andante con moto e poco rubato
Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Gabriel Fauré Pavane op. 50
Alexander Tcherepnin 10 Bagatelles
Benjamin Britten Simple Symphony
Boisterous bourrée - Playful pizzicato
Sentimental saraband - Frolicsome finale
John W. Duarte Concerto Democratico
Ritmico - Adagio - Con brio
Léo Brouwer Paisaje Cubano con Rumba
Tran Vuong-Thach Quatuor pour quatre guitares
Paul Desmond Take Five
Giacomo Puccini Crisantemi
Máximo Diego Pujol Grises y Soles