Canadian Guitar Quartet with Orchestra

There is something about watching four guitarists playing with orchestra that is very exciting for audiences. Whether it’s from all four guitars strumming in Rodrigo’s “Concierto Andaluz” or from listening to the dramatic rhythmic interplay of Patrick Roux’s latest concerto, the CGQ has received a standing ovation every time they have performed with symphony orchestra.


Concerto Repertoire


Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) Concierto Andaluz (1967)

Tiempo de Bolero / Adagio / Allegretto


Patrick Roux (b.1962) Concerto Tradicionuevo (2008)

Café Gardel / En las calles de Buenos Aires


Louis Trépanier (b.1971) La Madeleine du Saint-Laurent (2014)













An audience favourite, this is quintessential Rodrigo – Spanish passion, rhythmic, energetic with a light, fiesta like finale.


This “tango” concerto begins with a homage to the traditional tango of Carlos Gardel and the moods found in the famous Café Gardel in Buenos Aires. The finale moves the audience into the Tango Nuevo of Astor Piazzolla and was inspired by a harrowing taxi ride the CGQ experienced on their way to their Buenos Aires concert debut.


A delightful and virtuosic medley of well known melodies. It’s all in good fun, with the audience smiling as they try to count the number of tunes they recognize.

Instrumentation, Timings and Premiere

Concierto Andaluz 24’

2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, strings

Premiered by Los Romeros and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Victor Alessandro (November 18, 1967)


Concierto Tradionuevo 21’


CGQ premiere with the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Yves Léveillé (February 20, 2010)

La Madeleine du Saint-Laurent 12’


CGQ premiered with the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra at the Alla Grande Guitar Festival on February 14th, 2014

Conducted by Kevin Mallon