The Great Necks Guitar Trio has enchanted audiences across the United States with its whimsical, interactive, and daring performances. Founded by guitarists Scott Borg, Adam Levin, and Matthew Rohde, the trio — through its original madcap arrangements — stretches at the conventions — and at times, the physical limits — of the guitar with what American Record Guide calls “some of the most inventive artistry you are likely to find in today’s guitar world.”
The trio’s debut album, Original Arrangements for Three Guitars, released in November 2018 on the Frameworks label and reached the top 10 in the Traditional Classical Billboard charts. Praised as “supremely satisfying and original…a wonder to behold” (Classical Guitar Magazine) the album is an exuberant romp through several centuries of orchestral and keyboard repertoire.
Recent and upcoming concert appearances by The Great Necks include The Guitar Foundation of America, Arizona Bach Festival, The Boston Classical Guitar Society, Yale Extravaganza, the New Mexico Guitar Festival, the Troy University Guitar Festival, “Sunday Chatter,” The Austonian, Colorado State University, Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival, University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival, Trinity-By-The-Cove, the Knoxville Guitar Society, and the Aguado Guitar Series.
As soloists, educators, and composers, Borg, Levin, and Rohde have distinguished careers of their own, marked by regular festival and concert appearances across five continents and a growing solo discography on the Naxos and Odradek labels. Levin has been praised by The Washington Post for his “visceral and imaginative performances.” Of Borg’s Carnegie Hall debut, New York Concert Review wrote: “each note was purposeful and focused.” As a composer, Rohde completed the score to the “beautifully executed” (Los Angeles Times) 2018 HBO documentary It Will Be Chaos.
The Great Necks are Augustine Artists and perform on Augustine Regals. The trio performs on instruments by Dominique Field and Stephan Connor.