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Eurasian Editions - New Publishing Company Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Saturday, August 6, 2016
Eurasian Editions


Eurasian Editions has offices in Japan and the UK and aims to publish fine music from the West and the East, with a particular focus on the guitar. All our publications are downloadable and some are available in book form. The item would include an appeal to composers of guitar music to submit their work.
Tomoko Katagiri
Eurasian Editions

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Journal of the Lute Society of America requests stories from students helped by Patrick O'Brien

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, July 29, 2016
Journal of the Lute Society of America requests stories from students helped by Patrick O'Brien


Patrick O'Brien, a guitar and lute teacher in New York City who passed away in 2014, was noted for his ability to diagnose and restore normal performance ability in musicians who had lost it due to focal dystonia or related problems. As a young man, he contracted a severe case of tendinitis, but could find no teacher or medical practitioner who could help him. This prompted him to study anatomy and physiology on his own and eventually discover the principles of healthy performance technique for both right and left hands that would resolve and/or avoid injury. 
In the book The Hand (1998) by neurologist Frank Wilson, M.D., Patrick is quoted as
saying that a considerable part of his work was helping musicians who had suffered injury to their hands.
The editors of the Journal of the Lute Society of America are preparing a memorial issue devoted to Patrick, which will present a summary of many of his teachings and technical exercises. We would like to hear from former students of his who had come to him with significant or career-ending disabilities and whose playing ability was restored by the New York maestro.
Please contact the Journal's Consulting Editor, Dr. Douglas Alton Smith, at:



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2nd Korea International Guitar Festival Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The 2nd Korea International Guitar Festival organized by the Korea Guitar Association has been announced. 


August 11th – 15th, 2016 (Thursday-Sunday)
Yangpyeong Hyundai Bloomvista
- International Guitar Competition
- Concerts
- Seminar
- Amateur classes
- Guitar exhibition
Info about the International Competition
Participation fee: 80 US $ (free for full paying participants of masterclasses)
Date: August 12th – 14th 
Application deadline: July 17th 
Please send a completed application form and audio file for preliminary round.
Preliminary round: Per audio, July 17th, 2016
Main round: August 12th, 2PM
Final round: August 14th, 3 PM
Requirements: participants must be born after January 1st, 1983 and before December 31th, 2002 (age 13 to 14)
I. Rewards and Prizes
-First:  6,000,000 KRW (and one handmade classical guitar by Seo Minseog)
-Second:  3,000,000 KRW 
-Third: 1,000,000 KRW 
*Prize money will be paid after tax deduction
Guest Professors:
Benjamin Verdery (USA, Professor at Yale University), hear juror
Leon Koudelak (Czech Republic, Art Director of Thailand Guitar Festival) 
Danny Yeh (Taiwan, Professor of Shanghai Conservatory)
Ian O'Sullivan (USA, Hawaiian Ukuleleist)
Seong Woo Lee, Jangsoo Jun, Manjae Sou (Korea, classical guitarists)

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The Ben Verdery Guitar Project on Vineyard Sounds

Posted By Emma Markham, Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 acclaimed guitarist and teacher Ben Verdery releases his newest album, The Ben Verdery Guitar Project: On Vineyard Sound, via Elm City Records, at

The Guitar Foundation of America Conference.


Free gifts of the album will be given (limited quantity), first come first serve, at the Booths of

D’Addario & Company, Inc.  & Productions d’Oz/Éditions Doberman-Yppan (between 10am and 4pm) AND at Ben’s concert tonight (at intermission)!

Have a business card ready, and in exchange you will receive the CD.


The album features Verdery performing music by his composer colleagues at Yale University's School of Music, where he is Associate Professor of Guitar and Artistic Director of the biennial Yale Guitar Extravaganza. These featured composers include Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, Jack Vees, and Verdery himself. In addition, the album features guest performers Rie Schmidt on flute and Vees on pedal steel guitar. As with his widely praised past discography, On Vineyard Sound showcases Verdery performing on a variety of guitars, ranging from Fender Stratocaster and steel string to baritone and classical.

To accompany the album’s release, Verdery has shared two videos featuring works from the record. The first features the first movement of the title work

Ezra Laderman's On Vineyard Sound, and the second features the final movement of Martin Bresnick’s Joaquin is Dreaming.

For more information visit Elm City Records


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Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin Wins The Respighi Prize 2016

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, June 17, 2016

The Chamber Orchestra of New York, in affiliation with Bologna, Italy, has announced the Winner of 5th edition of the The Respighi Prize: Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin (Russia). Mr. Pakhomkin, the first Russian-born artist to win The Respighi Prize, will be featured during the orchestra's 2017/18 Season "Masterwork Series" at Carnegie Hall.

Click the link below to see Piotr Pakhomkin playing Francisco Tárrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" at The Kennedy Center:

Finalists: Emanuela Battigelli (harp, Italy), Elisabeth Plank (harp, Austria), Christopher Goodpasture (piano, USA).

For more information on Piotr Pakhomkin visit his website here:
For more information regarding the Respighi Prize click here:

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International Conference at the University of Melbourne Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, June 13, 2016

Instrument of Change, the International Rise of the Guitar (c.1870-1945).

Keynote speakers are Prof. Walter Aaron Clark (University of California, Riverside), Prof. Kevin Dawe (University of Kent), Dr Melanie Plesch (University of Melbourne) and Prof. John Whiteoak (Monash University). The schedule will include concerts and an exhibition of instruments at the Grainger Museum. See the website for more details, including the deadline for abstracts:

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Application for a Master's programme in Greece with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, June 7, 2016

This years Master’s programme in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, will start in October 2016.



Here is a preview of the application requirements. The requirements will be updated on this link soon. 

- Candidates must prepare a program of 40 minutes’ minimum duration, which will include at least one work (or movements of a work) from each one of the following four groups of composers:

1.   Luys de Narvaez, Luis Milan, Alonso de Mudarra, John Dowland, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Gaspar Sanz, Robert de Visée, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Silvius Leopold Weiss.


2.   Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Nicolo Paganini, Dionisio Aguado, Luigi Legnani, Napoléon Coste, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Giulio Regondi, Francisco Tárrega.

3.   Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Agustin Barrios, Heitor Villa – Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, Federico Mompou, Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman, Joaquín Rodrigο, Antonio José, Astor Piazzolla.

4.   Frank Martin, William Walton, Lennox Berkeley, Goffredo Petrassi, Elliot Cook Carter, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ohana, Alberto Ginastera, Malcolm Arnold, Stephen Dodgson, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Toru Takemitsu, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leo Brouwer, Carlo Domeniconi, Francis Kleynjans, Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, Nuccio d’ Angelo, Roland Dyens, Nikita Koshkin.


- The program must include a substantial work, for example a complete Lute Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, or a complete Sonata (Nicolo Paganini, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio José, Alberto Ginastera, Hans Werner Henze, Leo Brouwer, Nikita Koshkin).

- The program must be played from memory.


You may also visit the Facebook event and click GOING or INTERESTED in order to get updates:

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Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano at Lake Garda in Italy

Posted By Erin Young, Saturday, May 21, 2016

Though not officially announced yet, the dates and rules for the Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano at Lake Garda in Italy with Oscar Ghiglia, Massimo Lonardi and Elena Papandreou have been released in advance. 

The dates will be as follows:

July 15th, 2016 is the deadline for sending the youtube video for the eliminatory round of the competition by e-mail, as well as all the required documents (see the attached rules for details).

August 26th and 27th, 2016 semi-final and final of the competition.

August 27th auditions for the course will take place.

The course will take place from the 28th of August to the 5th of September.

The rules for the International Gargnano Competition can now be found in these links:

English: Here.

Italian: Here. 

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Master in Classical Guitar Performance 2017 in Alicante, Spain

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, May 16, 2016
   Applications are already being accepted for the V Edition of Master in Classical Guitar Performance 2017 organized by the University of Alicante from January to June.

  A unique opportunity to improve knowledge and practice of the instrument with professors selected from the most renowned virtuosi in the world, The ASSAD BROTHERS, Manuel BARRUECODavid RUSSELL, Pepe ROMERO, Ignacio RODES, etc.

 Visit our website at and Facebook:

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Boston GuitarFest 11 "Viva España!" Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, May 16, 2016

Boston GuitarFest 11: Viva España!
June 15-19
Boston, MA
New England Conservatory and Northeastern University


Eliot Fisk, New England Conservatory, and Northeastern University host a week of concerts, classes, competitions, and expos, this year on a Spanish theme. Full participants, auditors, and competitors can receive earlybird rates by registering before May 30, 2016. 


Classes. Each full participant receives 2 lessons with faculty, with the possibility of one being a masterclass with Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, or Joaquin Clerch.


Competitions. Performance competition winners receive a cash award, a prize guitar by Noe Zalapa, and a concert at the next year's festival. 


Concerts. Nightly concerts celebrating the Spanish theme, including appearances by Anabel Montesinos, Grisha Goryachev, Zaira Meneses, Joaquin Clerch, Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, and more. 


Activities. From a luthier's expo to round-table discussions to a museum visit, there are plenty of options to experience Boston and enjoy the GuitarFest community. 
A full schedule and registration options are available at

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