On Plan BE, the Four Aces Guitar Quartet takes you on a journey through Belgian music history and presents its own arrangements of music by some iconic composers who have put Belgium on the international map. From Josquin Desprez’s subtle polyphony to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt, brought to you on four classical guitars by the internationally acclaimed ensemble Four Aces Guitar Quartet.
For many years now, the Four Aces Guitar Quartet has stood for four men, four guitars and all that entails. Whether playing in America, Asia or Europe, time and again these four gentlemen show what the magical combination of at least 24 strings can bring about.
The Four Aces Guitar Quartet was formed in 2008 when four guitarists met at the International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn. Their first ever concert was part of a graduation project. Audiences and judges were immediately impressed by the foursome's bold programme, great virtuosity and rich musical palette. Since its debut, the Four Aces Guitar Quartet has given performances in the country's major venues such as Flagey, Bozar, the Concertgebouw Brugge, deSingel and numerous cultural centres.
Abroad, the quartet played concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Slovenia, Italy, Georgia and China. A first concert series in the US followed in 2018. Another tour in China is planned in summer 2019. In 2013, the ensemble became the laureate of Supernova, a Belgian chamber music competition supported by the national radio and television network, the Belgian government and numerous cultural partners. In 2017, the quartet won the Paola Ruminelli international chamber music competition in Ossola, Italy.
Four Aces Guitar Quartet are: Menno Buggenhout, Inti de Maet, Maarten Vandenbemden and Stein Verrelst.