"The quartet’s playing as an ensemble was exquisite. The music they chose spanned the centuries of music history and was thoroughly engaging and captivating. The audience was riveted to their every note throughout their performance." Spotlight May 2014
The Artesian Guitar Quartet was founded in 2010 and currently features guitarists James Erickson, Michael Roberts, Laura Lessard and Harris Becker. The programs the quartet presents are highly innovative and eclectic. Although much of the music they perform was originally written for four guitars, the quartet also uses the rich and varied tones of the guitar to bring transcriptions of orchestral and piano music to life in an intimate setting. The programs can include works by Bach, Tchaichovsky, Dvorak and Faure as well as arrangements of songs by the Beatles or traditional folk songs. The quartet is committed to exploring new works by contemporary composers as well. Most recently they gave premiere performances of two pieces written for them: Guitar Quartet No. 1 by Vincent Muscarella and Canon Redux by John Meschi.
The Artesian Guitar Quartet has performed at The Dickens Festival, The Art League of Long Island, The Rensselaerville Historical Society, the Babylon Arts Council, The Long Island Guitar Festival, The Suffolk Guitar Festival, The Steinberg Museum of Art and at the Songe D’été en Musique festival in Quebec. In September 2013 the quartet did a tour of Quebec with performances for Quebec Rural University, Sainte-Agnès in Lac-Mégantic and St. Vital in Lambton, Quebec. Individually the members have played concerts and given master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. As guitar instructors they are or have been affiliated with Long Island University, Nassau Community College, Queens College, The Bronx House Music School, Usdan Center for the Performing Arts and The Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich.