Vida Guitar Quartet Biography.
The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry and “unerring musical
VIDAʼs ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects” (Classic FM) combined with their “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with “vitality and spontaneity” (Acoustic).
VIDAʼs seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. Thereʼs only one word for it: magic” (Gramophone).
Since forming in 2007, VIDA has performed to critical acclaim in major UK venues including Kingʼs Place (London), London’s Southbank Centre, The Sage (Gateshead), and St Georgeʼs (Bristol). They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK, Europe, North America, and China.
Since making their U.S. debut in 2011 in Los Angeles and NYC, the VIDA Guitar Quartet has appeared on some of North America’s most prestigious stages for classical guitar including the Long Island Guitar Festival, the Allegro Guitar Series in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Las Vegas, and were selected by LIVE on Stage for tours in 2015-16. They have been chosen as the keynote performers for the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America in Oklahoma and more recently in 2017 performed at the Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92Y in NYC as part of their ‘Art of the Guitar’ Series.
2017 marked the quartet’s debut in China as part of the Changsha International Guitar Festival where they were invited to perform at the closing night’s concert.
The VIDA GQ have recorded 4 CDs on the BGS label: Love, the Magician BGS118, a Spanish fare of Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina, and George Bizet’s Carmen Suite. Rhapsody featuring works by George Gershwin (Rhapsody in blue), Malcolm Arnold and Adam Gorb. The Leaves be Green is an all English music program of Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, Stephen Dodgson, Timothy Bowers, and Warlock. Their latest CD, Bachianas, is a homage to Johann Sebastian Bach with works by Howard Skempton, Laura Snowdon, Felix Mendelssohn, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, all of whom have been influenced by the great composer, whilst also featuring Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No.3 as a centralising theme.
VIDA are D’Addario string classical artists.