Brian Bolger

Brian is a classical guitarist based in Dublin. He studied guitar at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2004. He continued his at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he was awarded an MA in Composition in 2005. 

 Brian is artistic director and performer with the Dublin Guitar Quartet. Noteworthy activity with this group includes an album release on Philip Glass’ own record label Orange Mountain Music in 2014, a premiere performance of ‘How Little You Are’ by Nico Muhly in Austin, Texas in 2015 and a four-night run of a 25-minute commission by Michael Gordon at the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Next Wave Festival in December 2016. 

Brian has undertaken seven tours of the US with the group, performing at many leading venues including Lincoln Centre NYC, Rockefeller Centre NYC, Celebrity Series of Boston, Shalin Liu in Rockport, Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, Phillips Collection and Dumbarton Concerts in Washington DC, the Orlando Museum of Art, John Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

On the invitation of the Banco de la República the quartet undertook a four-city tour of Colombia which included dates in Bogota, Barranquilla, Medllín and Cali. Brian has also performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Norderzon festival in the Netherlands and Moordale Concert Series in Canada. 

In 2008, the quartet was honored to share the stage with legendary American composer Philip Glass in St. Patrick's Cathederal, Dundalk. The quartet’s 2014 release of the full set of Glass quartets on the composer's own label Orange Mountain Music peaked at No.8 in the US iTunes classical charts in 2015.

Brian’s guitar quartet transcription of Summa by Arvo Pärt was published by Universal Edition. Between their 2011 performance film and NPR ‘Tiny Desk' concert the DGQ have received over 628K views on YouTube and their work in this area continues with the release of ‘Aheym’ by Bryce Dessner in January 2018. 

Brian also plays electric guitar and he began performing with Crash Ensemble in the summer of 2017 during their ambitious Crashlands tour of remote locations around Ireland, performing in premieres by Gerald Barry, Julia Wolfe, Peter Adriaanz, Kate Moore and Ed Bennet.