‘Four Times a Lady’ refers to the four professional guitarists: Lore Raus, Willemijn Vermeir, An Vlaemynck and Leen Langenbick. They offer an extremely diverse and often less known guitar repertoire originally composed for guitar quartet in the course of the past thirty years. 

Four Times A Lady’ s debut was in February 2008,  when they gave a performance together with the leading Baltic Guitar Quartet. The then guitarists were Tania D’Hoest, Veerle D’Hoest, Sara Vandendriessche and Leen Langenbick. This first performance as a quartet took place in the Bruges Ryelandt concert hall. In May of the same year, the four ladies were guest performers at ‘Klara in de stad’ (Klara in the City) in Izegem. There was a live radio broadcast with compositions by Patrick Roux and Francis Kleynjans and the creation of  Summer Moon Dance by the Belgian composer Gilbert Isbin.

 

In 2011, Sarah Vandendriessche left the ensemble and Willemijn Vermeir joined the ranks. Their first CD “Here and Now” was released in November 2012. They were invited to the International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, Germany in 2013 and 2014, where they gave a number of highly acclaimed concerts. In 2015, the quartet played in the Museo de Bellas Artes in Valencia, Spain and in Wasserburg Haus in Düsseldorf, Germany.

In 2015, Leen Langenbick took her Master’s Degree in Chamber Music summa cum laude with the quartet at the Luca School of Arts, the former ‘Lemmensinstituut’ in Leuven. Some of their concerts in the same year were given in De Grote Post, Ostend. Another famous concert was in the sold-out chamber music hall of Concertgebouw Brugge ( Bruges), where they created Ficciones by the Flemish composer Petra Vermote, a piece written for Four Times a Lady. Next to a large number of performances in various cultural centres, the quartet was heard in a variety of places at smaller events, house concerts and performances for several associations. The latter formula is especially dear to them as it allows for intense and warm contact with the audience.

 

When Tania and Veerle D’Hoest decided to leave the quartet early 2017, Willemijn and Leen were happy to welcome An Vlaemynck and Phyllis Demylle as the new guitarists. Both as a quartet and as individual performers they enrolled in master classes throughout  Europe under world famous guitarists such as John Dearman, William Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Jorge Caballero, Matthew McAllister, Alfonso Montes, Denis Azabagic, Eden-Stell Guitar Duo and Katona Twins.

2018 saw the collaboration of the quartet with visual artists Emma Pollet and Hooman Jeddy, whose video installations reinforce the music. The natural elements represented in the music are given an extra dimension through moving images.

Once more, the quartet was invited to the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in the summer of 2018, where they gave concerts as well as teaching.

Since september 2019 the quartet consists of Lore Raus, An Vlaemynck, Leen Langenbick and Willemijn Vermeir. 

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