About Us


Duo46 is an international touring ensemble founded by guitarist Matt Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould in 1994 and now based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Their repertoire includes over 400 works.  They specialize in new classical contemporary music, have commissioned over 100 duets, trios, double concertos with orchestra, perform Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th-Century works and present masterclasses, reading sessions and lectures.

The duo’s performance of new music has been described as "cutting edge" by the Cincinnati Enquirer and "brilliant and breathtaking" by American Record Guide. Ongoing collaborations with American composers inspired their “Untaming the Fury” record, described as "spontaneous and fresh" by Strad with "fiery performances" by Gramophone. "Aires de Sefarad," 46 Spanish Songs by Jorge Liderman made the 2007 Grammy entry list for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" and their trio's CD "Fables, Forms and Fears" received four 2008 Grammy Contentions.

Duo46 has performed in Austria, Canada, England, Chile, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the USA, conducting ensemble residencies at Harvard, Florida State, UC Berkeley, the Hochschule for Musik Würzburg the Landesmusik Akademie Shlitz, Germany, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Uludag University in Turkey, and the American Composers Forum.  Honors include Barlow and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Commissioning Grants, sponsorship from the American Embassy for concerts in South America, and a featured ensemble with Chamber Music America.

They have been broadcasted via European Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and New Zealand Radio, with Recordings on Albany, Beauport Classical, Centaur, Guitar Plus, Kyra, Meyer-Media, NEOS, and Summit. Scores available in a Duo46 Collection with Productions D’Oz and Sconfinarte.

Duo46 is on the music faculty of Cambrian College and the annual summer music festival soundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy. Matt and Beth are traditional and Suzuki music educators.  Beth also teaches the Mark O'Conner method.

Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould has been described as "a prodigious talent, poised and introspective, and very impressive" by the Los Angeles Times. Making her soloist debut at the age of 16 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beth has since performed throughout the United States including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and Europe with Sir George Solti and the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra.  She has performed chamber music with many renowned artists including Lynn Harrell and Yefim Bronfman, and has worked under conductors including, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Jarvi, and Christoph Dohnanyi.  Her primary teachers have included Linda Cerone and Victor Danchenko at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eugene Gratovich at University of Texas Austin, Conny Kiradjieff, Andreas Reiner of the Rosamunde String Quartet, Mark Rush at the University of Arizona, and Nelli Shkolnikova at Indiana University. Her Chamber Music coaches have included Henry Meyer from the Lasalle Quartet, Paul Katz from the Cleveland Quartet and Phillip Setzer from the Emerson Quartet.  Beth is a former member of the San Antonio Symphony and a former Senior Lecturer of Violin, Viola and Chamber music at Eastern Mediterranean University in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Classical guitarist Matt Gould, described by his mentor, Manuel Barrueco, as "a guitarist capable of giving performances of great beauty, enthusiasm and control" is active as a performer, scholar and teacher. As a scholar, Dr. Gould has given lectures on twentieth-century chamber music for guitar at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival in Los Angeles and composing for guitar at the University of California Berkeley, California State University Fresno, Harvard University, Florida State, the Vittadini School of Music, Italy among others.

Dr. Gould works closely with composers in the creation and performance of new chamber works for guitar, and in 1998, Dr. Gould established Guitar Plus International, an organization whose mission is to establish the guitar as a viable and thriving chamber instrument in the 21st-Century. Besides providing a database of repertoire and established ensembles, GPI organizes concerts, residencies, and reading sessions of new chamber works for guitar.

Dr. Gould (B.M. Peabody Conservatory, M.M. University of Arizona, and D.M.A. Arizona State University) has taught at Eastern Mediterranean University, Arizona State University, University of Memphis and Paradise Valley Community College.  Currently, he is Director of Guitar Studies at Cambrian College.

photo tim fuller 2010