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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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Friends and Family Discount Offer: D'Addario Performance Series - Ekachai Jearakul and Liying Zhu at Carnegie Hall

Posted By Erin Young, Sunday, November 1, 2015

Friends and Family Discount

The D’Addario Performance Series presents the US debut of two young award-winning classical guitarists, Ekachai Jearakul of Thailand and Liying Zhu of China.

D'Addario is offering an exclusive discount for the upcoming D'Addario Performance Series. The Performance Series provides the most unique programming and debut performance opportunities for the best emerging talent in the classical guitar world. Join us at Carnegie Hall for the last performance of the year and use the discount code FAM22874 to secure your tickets at the discounted rate of $15.


Purchase tickets here.

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Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, August 13, 2015

The 2016 Miami International GuitART Festival welcomes vendors to register for the 2016 MIGF Luthiers Expo at the Florida International University, where the luthiers and guitar shops will present their guitars, music, and other related products to the festival participants who will be coming from all around the world.

The Luthiers Expo will be held in the Frost Art Museum Café area located next to the FIU School of Music. The museum will also be having a special exhibition "The Shakespeare's First Folio" during the festival and will be attracting even more people to the Expo. 

More info can be found at

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Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The 2016 Miami International GuitART Festival Composition Competition invites composers to submit new works written for solo guitar or two guitars or three guitars by December 15, 2015.
The competition is open to composers of all nationalities in two age categories: Emerging Composers (between the ages of 18 and 30) and Young Composers (from the age of 17 or younger). Multiple works may be submitted.
More info and complete competition guidelines can be found at

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2016 Miami International GuitART FESTIVAL Dates Announced

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF) will be hosted by the Florida International University School of Music between February 24-28, 2016. The festival, under the direction of guitarist/composer Mesut Özgen, will bring world-renowned artists to FIU, led by the great American guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery.
In partnership with the Miami Classical Guitar Society, FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, Miami Turkish Consulate, FIU Stocker AstroScience Center, Savino Music, Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs, Turkish Airlines, and Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, the festival will include eleven concerts, five masterclasses, three lectures, and a composers panel, as well as a composition competition and a luthiers expo, which will be presenting hand-built guitars in the Frost Art Museum, located next to the FIU School of Music.
The festival concerts will feature Benjamin Verdery (Yale University), Stephen Aron (Oberlin Conservatory), Robert Trent (Radfor University), John Schneider (Pierce College), Mesut Özgen (FIU), Celso Cano (Nova Southeastern University), Trio Anka (Turkey) with tenor Ayhan Ustuk, guitarist Kagan Korad, and cellist Demet Kiyici, Miami Guitar Trio with Federico Bonacossa (Italy), Federico Musgrove (Argentina), and Corey Harvin (U.S.), Felipe Carvajal (Costa Rica) and his flamenco group, Duo Con-Trastes (Cuba), and Molina Duo (Miami Dade College).
Masterclasses conducted by Benjamin Verdery, Stephen Aron, Robert Trent, Kagan Korad, and Mesut Özgen, will be open to students of all ages and levels. Among the lectures are the Grammy winner John Schneider’s presentation of music in just intonation by Lou Harrison, the early music specialist Dr. Robert Trent's presentation of 19th century performance practice, and the Spanish luthier Amalia Ramirez's presentation of Segovia and Ramirez Collaboration. The festival will also present many talented young guitarists in a Student Showcase Concert.
The MIGF Composition Competition will be presided by the extraordinary composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia (FIU) and joined by two other distinguished judges: the award-winning composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (University of Miami) and the fulbright scholar/composer Jacob Sudol (FIU). The competition welcomes the young and emerging composers' submissions of new guitar compositions for solo, duo, or trio in two age categories. There will also be a composers panel among the festival events with non-guitarist and guitarist composers discussing various issues of writing for guitar. The Luthiers Expo will be presenting a wide variety of wonderful guitars of the talented luthiers in the Frost Art Museum, which will also be hosting a special exhibition "The Shakespeare's First Folio" during the festival. 

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Sudbury Guitar Trio Headlines Guitars Alive Concert April 12

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Sudbury Guitar Trio headlines the 12th Annual Guitars Alive concert 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Cambrian College Amphitheatre playing traditional classical repertoire with pop, rock and world music arrangements. Opening acts feature the Sudbury Guitar Orchestra and guitar ensembles from Lockerby Composite, Lasalle Sec, Sudbury Sec, St. Charles College, St. Benedict, Chelmsford PS, and Levack PS schools. Featured soloists are 9-year-old Sudbury classical guitar sensations Gillian Zerwer and and 13-year-old Remi Fortin. The Sudbury Guitar Orchestra is a mix of classical, acoustic, finger-style, pick-style, and electric guitars featuring guitar students and enthusiasts from Sudbury district schools, private studios and community at large ages 6 to 60. Guitars Alive Sudbury promotes quality guitar education in our elementary, secondary and post secondary institutions. This event raises funds in support of guitar students and school programs in Sudbury.

Formed in 2011, the Sudbury Guitar Trio (SGT) is an internationally touring, classical guitar trio based in Sudbury, Ontario making its full-concert, Sudbury debut performance for Guitars Alive. The SGT made its international concert debut in 2013 in the United States followed by performances in Amsterdam, the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy and the Festival di Bellagio in the Northern town of Bellagio, Italy. Returning summer 2014 for performances in England, Germany, and Finland. Performances in unconventional local venues and for charitable concert events and fundraisers in Sudbury, the SGT has been featured in newspapers and radio including The Sudbury Star, The Northern Life, The Columbus Dispatch, CBC radio and AMI accessible media. The SGT will feature a commissioned work by Brian Hulse, professor of music composition at William and Mary University in Virginia; who will be attendance at this world premiere in Sudbury.

“The trio did an excellent job covering and doing their own take on a wide variety of music ranging from classic rock, western and music of the Americas. There was something for everyone and everyone had a great time!” – SNAP Sudbury

The SGT are Allan Yzereef (BA Laurentian University, MM Ottawa University) is from Sudbury and a member of Dokis Bay First Nation. He is the guitar instructor at Laurentian University and Cambrian College, and the guitar representative for Kiwanis Music Festival in Sudbury. Keenan Comartin (BA Laurentian University, MM Ottawa University) is from Windsor. He is especially interested in arranging and performing new music and chamber works for guitar. Dr. Matthew Gould (DMA Arizona State University, MM University of Arizona, BM Peabody Conservatory) is the Director of Guitar Studies at Cambrian College. He is currently active performing internationally with Duo46 (Violin and Guitar) and the Strung Out Trio (Duo46 with piano) embracing music by living composers.

Since 2002, the mission of Guitars Alive has been to promote quality guitar education in our district elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions. For more than 12 years, GA has provided Sudbury area guitar students with high profile performance opportunities, scholarship monies for post-secondary and/or post-graduate studies and additional funds to purchase quality musical equipment and supplies. To date, Guitars Alive has awarded over $14,000.00 in scholarships, grants and donations to Rainbow D.S.B., Cambrian College and Laurentian University guitar students; to Rainbow D.S.B. elementary schools who are developing guitar programs, and to the Kiwanis Music Festival. In 2013, Guitars Alive Sudbury along with the Joan Mantle Music Trust helped Lockerby Composite purchase guitars for its new guitar program and Cambrian College purchase special orchestral guitars for the Sudbury Guitar Orchestra.

The concert takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:00pm at Cambrian College Amphitheatre (Rm.2226) – 1400 Barrydowne Rd, Sudbury. Tickets are $20 and available at the door and Cosmic Dave’s, Dupont’s Guitar Emporium, Guitar Clinic, Jett Landry Music, and Prom Music Centre. Seating is limited. For more information or reserve tickets contact Dr. Gould directly at (705) 923- 3546 or email at

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Sharon Isbin tours 'Guitar Passions' to 18 Cities

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 27, 2014 – by Jim Bessman

Grammy-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is teaming up with jazz guitar greats Stanley Jordan and Brazil’s Romero Lubambo for an 18-city GUITAR PASSIONS tour, which kicks off Jan. 30 at the Center for the Arts in Buffalo, N.Y., and runs through Feb. 27, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Key tour stops include the Lehman Center in New York City (Feb. 9), The Music Center at Strathmore in Washington DC (Feb. 13), the Music Hall in Detroit (Feb. 18), Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis (Feb. 19 and 20), Valley Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (Feb. 23), and San Francisco (Feb 25). For details and cities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, Virginia and New Hampshire, see:

The tour takes its name from Isbin’s 2011 album SHARON ISBIN & FRIENDS: GUITAR PASSIONS, which showcased her duets with friends including Jordan and Lubambo. The concerts will mix acoustic and electric guitars and feature music from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Venezuela, as well as works by Jordan and Lubambo.

"It’s really thrilling to see people from different genres come together and create an entirely new voice, and a new concept, and a new style of playing,” says Isbin. "I’m looking forward to sharing the exciting alchemy of sounds and styles with Stanley and Romero in this tour and to ignite guitar passions across the country!”

Meanwhile, Isbin, who has recorded over 25 albums ranging from Baroque and Spanish/Latin music to crossover and jazz fusion, is the subject of a one-hour documentary, SHARON ISBIN: TROUBADOUR, which will debut later this year. Screenings include a New York City premiere April 10 at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium.

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Soloduo premieres Alexandre Tansman's "Sonatine" (1952) on Feb. 22, 2014

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, January 23, 2014

TANSMAN REDISCOVERED: Soloduo premieres Alexandre Tansman's "Sonatine" (1952) on Feb. 22, 2014


Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela will give the world premiere of Alexandre Tansman's newly discovered "Sonatine" at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco CA, USA, on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

This four-movement work was written by Tansman upon request of Andres Segovia one year after the composer's most famous guitar piece, "Cavatina". The Sonatine was originally composed for one imaginary guitar with extended polyphonic and harmonic resources: the use of a second guitar seems therefore more suitable to render its thick musical texture.

The Sonatine – edited by Angelo Gilardino, Luigi Biscaldi, and Frédéric Zigante – will be published by Bèrben Editions in 2014.

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Johannes Moller at Carnegie Hall

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, January 6, 2012
2010 GFA International Concert Artist Competition Winner Johannes Moller will be performing at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on February 2, 2012 as a part of the D'Addario Pro Arte Guitar Series.  For tickets and information, please see the D'Addario website here.

The D'Addario Music Foundation is a major sponsor of GFA, and this is the second year that it has sponsored a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the ICAC prize.  The D'Addario Concert Series took place over a 12 year period and was funded, promoted and organized solely by D'Addario and Company and the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts. After many years of hosting these concerts, the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts decided to take a more philanthropic approach and began to donate funds to support classical guitar societies and other schools that were already producing their own concert series. Today, in addition to honoring our mission by continuing to support music education-related organizations, D'Addario and Company in conjunction with the D'Addario Music Foundation has re-established the D’Addario Concert Series, now named the D’Addario Pro-Arte Guitar Series. The winners of some of the top classical guitar competitions in the world once again will be provided unforgettable performance opportunities. The reincarnation of the concert series is a tribute to the D'Addario family's commitment to giving back and staying engaged with the artistic community.

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