Duo46 is an international touring ensemble of guitarist Dr. Matthew Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould. As artists living in the 21st-century, they embrace music by living composers and their performances and recordings celebrate new chamber music for guitar often composed specifically for them; including double concertos with orchestra, electro-acoustic music and trios with Mandolin (B.A.M. with Grammy nominated DeutscheGramophone Recording artist Avi Avital, Israel), Clarinet (with Dr. Jana Starling, Western University, Canada), Cello (Erich Oskar Huetter, Austria), and Piano (The Strung Out Trio with Dr. Nathanael May, USA) among others. More than 100 works have been commissioned with selected scores available at Les Productions D’Oz (Canada) and Sconfinarte (Italy).
Awards and honors include two commissioning grants from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University (Michael Quell, Germany and Geoffrey Gordon, USA), a CBC Radio 2 Commission Grant (John Oliver, Canada), an American Composers Forum ENCORE Performance Grant (John Mayrose, USA), a Feline Shouse Fellowship at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Showcase Ensemble for Chamber Music America, touring sponsorship by the American Embassy in Chile, and radio broadcasts on Bayrak, European Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, British Broadcasting Corporation, New Zealand Radio and KPFK North Hollywood Global Village, among others. Most recently Duo46 made the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine (United Kingdom) with an interview on the current state of guitar in chamber music.
Duo46 has performed primarily in Austria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, and Turkey with notable appearances at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Guitar Foundation of America International Festival (Oberlin, San Francisco, Georgia, Los Angeles), New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes (USA), Entrecuerdas International Guitar Festival (Chile), X-Fest Experimental Arts Festival (USA), California State University Fresno New Music Festival (USA), Hermopoulis International Guitar Festival (Greece), International Spring Concerts and International Bellapais Music Festival (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), Steirisches Kammermusik Festival (Austria) and soundSCAPE Music Festival (Italy). The 2014 season will mark the 20th Anniversary of Duo46.