The Irish Guitar Quartet is drawn from some of Ireland’s most talented and versatile classical guitarists and is sure to be recognized as one of Ireland’s premier instrumental ensembles.
IGQ members Jerry Creedon, David Keating, Colin McLean and Aengus Kirakowski have garnered acclaim as soloists on concert stages around the world, with each member contributing their individual strengths toward creating an exciting, dynamic and engaging ensemble.
The Programme including Latin, Folk and American Classics transports listeners around the world in a single concert experience.
Recent Performances have included St. John’s Arts Arts Centre, Listowel, Fota House, Cork, RTE Lyric FM, National Concert Hall, Dublin and a 10 School Recital Series for West Cork Music. Forthcoming concerts include a series of concerts at prestigious arts festivals in County Cork, Boyle Arts Festival, Clifden Arts Week and UCC.
The lrish guitarist JERRY CREEDON was born in Cork and has studied guitar from a young age. After graduating from University College, Cork, he studied with the famed German guitarist Siegfried Behrend in Germany; a Spanish Government Scholarship enabled him to study at the Andres Segovia Summer School in Santiago de Compostela; the Irish Arts Council grant-aided him to attend master classes given by world-famous virtuoso John Williams in Cordoba.
Irish guitarist David Keating was recently awarded a First Class Honours MMus Degree in classical guitar performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he studied with Craig Ogden. Previously David studied in Dublin with John Feeley and in Cork with Jerry Creedon. He achieved a First Class Honours degree at the CIT Cork School of Music, where he now teaches classical guitar.
David has won many of the important music prizes in Ireland including the John Vallery Memorial Prize in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition, the CIT CSM Senior Recital
Colin McLean is one of Ireland’s leading Classical Guitarists. He has studied with some of the most prestigious teachers including Jerry Creedon, Fabio Zanon and Tilman Hoppstock. He has received master classes from Paul Gregory, David Leisner, Magnus Anderson and Craig Ogden. Some of his achievements include winning Feis Maitiu two years running for solo Classical Guitar and being the first ever guitarist to win the Senior Recital Competition in the CIT Cork School of Music. He has an Honours Degree and an Honours Masters from the CIT Cork School of Music, which he completed with the great virtuoso Fabio Zanon.
Aengus Kirakowski is a Cork-born guitarist and music educator. Beginning his studies at UCC, he then furthered his studies in musical performance at the CIT Cork School of Music. Aengus has participated in master classes with international names such as Johann Fostier, Remi Boucher, Xuefei Yang and Arturo Tallini in various locations around the world.
After spending a year at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, studying with Estonian virtuoso Heiki Matlik, Aengus then completed his studies with Jerry Creedon in Cork. As a classical guitarist Aengus has performed at the RDS, as well as Musgrave Park, the City Hall, and participated in the Cork Jazz Festival. However, Aengus has also presented his views on the current state of music and education to the International Society for Music Education, as well as to the Society for Music Education in Ireland.