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New England Guitar QuartetWest Hartford, CT
The New England Guitar Quartet Has been stunning audiences since their debut performance at The Hartford Women’s Composers Festival in 2010 with their dynamic virtuosity, inventive programming and artistic interpretations. The quartet has played for sold-out audiences all over New England. Recent performances have included the “Music at the Meeting house” concert series for the Simsbury, CT Historical Society, University of Connecticut, The Connecticut Guitar Society and The 2013 Hartt School Guitar Festival.
The quartet delivers an eclectic mixture of fiery latin american rhythms, exotic modalities and complex baroque counterpoint in their performances.
Their concert programs bring to life both historically significant repertoire and newly composed works for the guitar.
Jeremy Milligan received his Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Keene State College in 2001, where he performed in masterclasses for such renowned guitarists as Ben Verdery and Antigoni Goni. He graduated with honors and was awarded the KSC ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ award for 2001.
Immediately following school he began work for Royal Caribbean Intl. as the guitarist for the ‘Enchantment of the Seas Orchestra’. In this group he performed nightly in a wide range of music from Motown and Country to Broadway, Jazz, and Classical music. After leaving Royal Caribbean he relocated to the Pioneer Valley in Western MA. He has been a freelance guitarist and drummer in the Valley since 2002, performing with Michael Gregory, Leah Randazzo, Celia Miller, Bathtub Mary, Phil DaRosa, Somebody’s Closet, David Weidenfeld, and others, as well as organizing numerous instrumental groups ranging from Jazz and Funk to Classical and contemporary acoustic music.
In 2008 ‘The Jeremy Milligan Quintet released Still Moving, an independent release of original instrumental music written and arranged by Jeremy. Integrating Classical, Jazz, Latin, and Folk music, the Valley Advocate described it as “…a sound not like anything you’ve heard before.”
Jeremy recently received his Masters Degree in Classical Performance from the prestigious Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT, where he studied with Richard Provost and performed in masterclasses for such guitarists as Ana Vidovic and Oscar Ghiglia. During his studies, Jeremy specialized in the teaching of the Suzuki Method of instrumental teaching, and has since started the Suzuki Guitar programs at Pakachoag Community Music School and Northampton Community Music School, where he is currently teaching.
Daniel Hartington is a highly sought after classical guitarist as both a performer and teacher. He performs regularly as a soloist and extensively as part of a number of chamber ensembles.
Daniel also serves as director of the Connecticut Guitar Society’s Guitar Ensemble. Under his direction, this group of amateur guitarists has performed on stage with William Kanengiser (2009) and the Mark and Beverly Davis guitar duo (2010) and presented a series of concerts throughout central Connecticut. In recent performances the ensemble has performed in pre-concert events at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, CT before renowned guitarist John Williams (2011), and before the Brasil Guitar Duo (2010).
As a teacher, Daniel maintains several studios, serving on the faculty of the Hartt Community Division at the Hartt School, Miss Porter’s School, The Music Academy of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and as director of the Connecticut Guitar Society’s Classical Guitar Ensemble.
He completed graduate studies at the Hartt School with Richard Provost and undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island with Daniel Salazar Jr. He has performed in many master classes including classes with world-renowned guitarists William Kanengiser, David Russell, David Tannenbaum, and Oscar Ghiglia.
Known for being a “communicative player with natural musicality,” Nick Cutroneo is an up and coming classical guitarist of the new generation. As an active performer, Mr. Cutroneo has performed extensively throughout the United States and Italy. Pervious concert seasons have included performances at the Pozzo Alfredo in Montecatini Val di Cecina, Italy; The Juilliard School of Music; The Hartt School; for The Long Beach Classical Guitar Society; at Yale University’s Guitar Day; and several performances for the Connecticut Guitar Society.
Not only a soloist, Mr. Cutroneo is a highly sought after chamber musician. During his time at The Hartt School, Mr. Cutroneo was a member of the prestigious Performance 20/20 honors chamber music program. As part of this program Mr. Cutroneo had the opportunity to perform with a wide range of different chamber groups from string quartets, ensembles with Trombone and Piccolo, Percussion and Trumpet, and Saxophone. Currently he’s involved with the New England Guitar Quartet, and previously toured extensively with Tempo del Fuoco, a Violin/ Guitar duo with violinist Sarah Larsen. Mr. Cutroneo has perviously been involved with Blackledge Music Inc and the Northeast New Music Collective.
Devoted to the not only the standard repertoire, Mr. Cutroneo has premiered many new works for the classical guitar by Thomas Schuttenhelm, Frank Wallace, Sean Pallatroni and including a Guitar Concerto written and dedicated to him by Dan Lis. Mr. Cutroneo was featured in the Miami String Quartet Competition Winners’ Concert. He has also been named finalist in the Hartt School’s 2008 Paranov Concerto Competition and Semifinalist in the Boston GuitarFest 2008 adult competition.
As a high school senior, Mr. Cutroneo attended the Pre-College division at the Juilliard School of Music and studied with Antigoni Goni. He completed his both his Masters in Classical Guitar Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Guitar Pedagogy, the first first person in the country to hold such a degree. He also received Bachelors in Classical Guitar Performance at The Hartt School of Music studying with Richard Provost and Christopher Ladd.
Mr. Cutroneo maintains an active private teaching studio in Connecticut and is currently on faculty at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT; the University of Connecticut’s Community School of the Arts in Storrs, CT; and at Suffield Academy in Suffield, CT.
Award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd is rapidly becoming known throughout the country as one of the most promising young classical musicians. Fingerstyle Guitar hails his performances as being “… rendered confidently and expressively.” Praised as “… an exercise in extremes.” by Soundboard Magazine, he is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician. Performances of note as a soloist or as part of an ensemble include the DiMenna Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Viennese Opera Ball hosted by the Austrian Embassy, the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, NY and for former vice-president Al Gore at his residence in Washington, D.C. Active also as a chamber musician, Mr. Ladd is a founding member of the New England Guitar Quartet and the Pandora Duo featuring acclaimed flutist Janet Arms.In addition to performing pieces of standard repertoire, Mr. Ladd has premiered numerous new works by composers such as Robert Carl, Nolan Stolz, Lief Ellis, Kathryn Swanson, Ty Alan Emerson, Ernst Bacon and Phillip Houghton. Most recently he has had the opportunity to work with Grammy and Academy Award winning composer John Corigliano, in a performance of his work Troubadours for guitar and chamber orchestra conducted by Edward Cumming.Mr. Ladd has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Solo Competition, American String Teachers Association Competition and was twice a semi-finalist in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. During which he studied with Glenn Caluda, Joseph Mayes and Guy Bacon. He received the highly coveted Artist Diploma from The Hartt School where he studied with Richard Provost where he received a full scholarship as a member of the prestigious 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program.He has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned guitarists including Julian Gray, Raphaella Smits, Elena Papandreau, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, David Tanenbaum and John Williams. Mr. Ladd currently serves on the faculty of The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University and the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.