Quentin Bryan Angus (born 17 August 1987) is a guitarist from Adelaide, South Australia.
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Now living in New York, he has produced three independently released albums, 'Retrieval Structure' (2011), 'Perception' (2013) and 'In Stride' (2017). He is the inaugural winner of the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence In Jazz in 2012.
Quentin originally studied at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide, becoming the youngest person to complete the Certificate IV in Jazz in 2004. In 2008, he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance (First Class Honours). He subsequently moved to the United States to study at Purchase College, NY. He graduated from Purchase with an MA (Summa Cum Laude) in 2012.
Since moving to New York, Quentin has formed his own band, "The Quentin Angus Quintet", which has now appeared at various shows and festivals worldwide. This has included appearances at Jazz Hoeilaart in Belgium and Europafest in Romania where they received the Directors award for "Most Popular Band". Other performances, tours and festival appearances have seen Quentin perform in the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Europe and Turkey.
Quentin has received numerous awards and scholarships since he began studying and performing. These have included The Helpmann Academy's Keith Michell Award in 2010, The first time a jazz musician had ever won the award. He has also won Downbeat Jazz Awards for 'Jazz Soloist' (2012) and 'Jazz Composition' (2011 and 2012). He has also been part of The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in 2011 and 2013.
Quentin is the author of three transcription books of Gilad Hekselman's Improvisations from all of his albums; 'Split-Life', 'Words Unspoken' and 'Hearts Wide Open', has been published by MelBay Publications, JazzHeaven, the NZMiC music journal, and has presented research papers on his transcriptions of Hekselman and John Abercrombie at music conferences in New Zealand and Australia.