LA Percussion Quartet
Since 2009, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ) has established itself as a one of the leading ensembles of its kind, dedicated to commissioning, presenting, and recording new works for percussion quartet. Members Nick Terry, Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, and Cory Hills formed the group to embrace West Coast musical traditions of artistic independence and cultural inclusion. In doing so, LAPQ has forged meaningful connections with contemporary audiences while broadening its mission through educational initiatives.
LAPQ has earned widespread recognition for its dynamic and captivating recordings. The group’s seminal album Rūpa-Khandha, recorded in 2012, pioneered a new level of sonic achievement as the first 7.1 surround-sound high-fidelity recording of percussion chamber music. It received multiple nominations in the 55th Grammy® Awards, including the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. In 2014, LAPQ released its second album, The Year Before Yesterday.
Spotlighting music by three generations of Los Angeles composers, the album was hailed by The New York Times as “atmospheric and... supremely melodic music.” LAPQ’s latest two-disc set, Beyond, was selected as one of NPR’s Top 10 albums of 2017 and captured riveting performances of works by composers from Reykjavík, New York, and Los Angeles.
The quartet performs widely throughout the West Coast, appearing on Monday Evening Concerts and the Piano Spheres series, guesting as concerto soloists with various orchestras, and collaborating with organizations such as The Industry, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Long Beach Opera. LAPQ is committed to sharing its deep knowledge of percussion music with young composers and performers through commissioning projects, master classes, LAPQ’s Composer Initiative program, workshops, and direct creative collaborations. LAPQ’s members are proud Yamaha Performing Artists and endorsers of Innovative Percussion, REMO, Black Swamp Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.