THE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL BRNO 2012
Brno is the
second largest city in the Czech Republic. This historical city, nestled in the
surrounding south Moravian hills, boasts a skyline filled with magnificent
church spires, golden domes and an ample supply of 17th/18th century
buildings, to satisfy the most ardent architectural historian.
Wide "pedestrian only” streets lined with sidewalk cafes,
restaurants and endless varieties of shops and stores extend well beyond the
historical district. This year marked the 21st anniversary of this
Festival, under the direction of Vladislav Bláha.
Looking back to past programs and events celebrated here, it
is a virtual who’s who of the guitar world that have participated, no doubt giving it the status as one of
Europe’s most important guitar festivals. Divided into four main parts, the program included: Concerts, Competitions, Master Classes
and afternoon Lectures and Concerts. From the 5th to the 9th of August, six
concerts were presented, each featuring traditional repertoire as well as new
works, often composed by the performers themselves.
The Competition, known as Guitar
Talent, is organized yearly by the Czech Guitar Society. All competitors are divided into two age
groups. Group I is required to
play one round and group II, two rounds.
1st place: Barbora Kubiková, Czech Republic, Vera Danilina, Russia
2nd place: Ronald Janeček, Slovakia
3rd place: Martin Cabá, Czech Republic
A guitar made by Czech guitar
maker Pavel Kriha was presented to 1st place winner Barbora Kubiková,
and a guitar made by the Czech company Strunal, was presented to Vera Danilina.
1st place: Adam Woch, Poland
2nd place: Dimitry
3rd place: Oleg Sergeev,
Czech Republic, Igor Klokov, Russia, Darius Lampkouski, Poland
The first prize winner, Adam Woch,
received a Guitar made by luthier Masaki Sakurai
All competition winners received a
generous supply of guitar strings from Savarez and D’Addario, plus accessories such as guitar
support by FEEL, nail files from SOFIT and handcrafted guitar cases from IKA
Company – Jiri Bednar.
In closing, I say wholeheartedly that
the Brno festival remains one of the biggest and most successful guitar
festivals in Europe. The quality of the performances, staff and students that
attend make this festival one of the most enjoyable experience one can hope