The Prague Guitar Quartet was founded at the Prague Conservatory of Music in 1984, and before long it won the acclaim of audiences both at home and abroad. As a first-class ensemble whose individual members are laureates in international competitions, the Quartet has appeared successfully in numerous music and guitar festivals throughout Europe, USA and the Middle East. During it’s thirty years existence the PGQ has made many radio and TV recordings and several CDs.

Reviewers have been unanimous in their praise of the virtuosity of the Quartet’s individual members, but above all of their homogeneity of sound, unanimity, attractive and tasteful repertoire, and their musical expressivity. These qualities have prompted outstanding composers including John W. Duarte, Štěpán Rak and Jorge Morel to dedicate works to the Quartet. Another rich source of repertoire is their own arrangements of music of various periods and styles.

The current members of the Prague Guitar Quartet are:

Marek Velemínský
Leader of the Quartet, student of Prof. Jiří Jirmal and Prof. Štěpán Rak, a graduate of the Prague Conservatory (1985) and Academy of Musical Arts (1992), a prize-winner in the competition in Kutná Hora (1984), and finalist in the Radio France competition in Paris (1985).

Matěj Freml
Graduate of Musical High School in Prague, student of Václav Kučera (2002), graduate of the Conservatory in Pardubice with Petr Saidl (2004) and one year internship at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar in the class of Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering. In 2009 he completed his master degree at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno under Prof. Martin Mysliveček and doc. Vladislav Bláha and in 2012 he completed there his PhD. degree under Prof. Barbara Willi.

Václav Kučera
Graduate of the Prague Conservatory (1975), student of Prof. Milan Zelenka, graduate of PhD. degree at the Acadamy of Musical Arts in Bratislava under Prof. Jozef Zsapka (2014), finalist in the Radio France competition in Paris (1974), professor of the guitar at the Musical High School in Prague and at the Prague Conservatory, head of its guitar department.

Patrick Vacík
Student of Václav Kučera at the Prague Conservatory, graduate of the Conservatory in Pardubice (2006), where he was a student of Petr Saidl. Graduate of the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar (2010), where he studied with Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering und Ricardo Gallén. Graduate of PhD. degree at the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague under Prof. Štěpán Rak (2015).

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