The Georgia Guitar Quartet (Kyle Dawkins, Brian Smith, Phil Snyder, and Jason Solomon) are a pioneering ensemble on the American chamber music and classical guitar scenes. These four musicians from the southeastern United States deliver a high-energy blend of breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative programming while taking an adventurous approach to classical music. Borrowing from both the past and present, the Georgia Guitar Quartet (GGQ) draws inspiration from the ever-evolving palette of music that has influenced them: classical masters such as Bach and Brahms, experimentalists in the vein of Cage and Stockhausen, and contemporary rock icons like Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. Audiences at a GGQ concert experience an exciting musical journey through an expansive array of genres, continents, and time periods. Accomplished composers themselves, the Quartet members frequently incorporate their own unique works into their dynamic concert programs.
Formed in 1996 and hailing from Athens, Georgia, the Quartet performs throughout the nation in venues ranging from concert halls to popular music clubs. Recent concert highlights include performances in New York, Los Angeles, and a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. The GGQ has been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today on dozens of occasions. Their five critically acclaimed albums include their own arrangements and compositions.
A review of their Piccolo Spoleto Festival performance in Charleston, South Carolina, described the concert as “a dazzling display of technical prowess, versatile programming, and audience rapport.” The town of Athens, which boasts a rich musical heritage including R.E.M. and the B-52’s, has honored the ensemble by awarding them “Best Classical Artist” in Athens five years in a row at the Athens Flagpole Music Awards.