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20th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
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7 concerts, 8 master classes, 1 youth competition, 3 lectures, 4 pre-concert talks, private lessons, 1 exhibition of fine classical guitars from around the world, 4 post concert dinners. Most Festival events are open to guitarists of all ages and levels and to non-guitarists. Many events are free.

 Export to Your Calendar 6/4/2020 to 6/7/2020
When: Thursday, June 4, 2020
11:00 AM
Where: Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland,, Ohio  44106
United States
Contact: Armin Kelly, Artistic Director

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Featured artists:


Jason Vieaux (USA), guitar - Grammy Award Winner

[He is] perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.... (NPR)


Colin Davin (USA), guitar

[He is a] player with a virtuoso's technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination. (American Record Guide)


SoloDuo (Italy), guitars

Unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.... (The Washington Post)            


Nigel North (England), lute - Gramophone Award Winner

Perhaps he is the greatest performer on his instrument of all time.... (Birmingham Post)


Daniel Lippel (USA), guitar

Guitarist Dan Lippel was simply brilliant, knowing exactly when to thrust above the string quartet and when to melt into its textures. (Boston Musical Intelligencer)


Petra Poláčková (Czech Republic), guitar

[Her] playing was so technically secure and musically insightful, it was unimaginable that anything she played could possibly be difficult. (Cleveland Classical) 


Lynn McGrath (USA), guitar with spoken word

[W]onderful timing, poise, wit, and grace…. (Soundboard)


Escher String Quartet (USA)

[E]loquent, full-blooded playing.... The four players offer a beautiful blend of individuality and accord.  (BBC Music Magazine)


Emily Levin (USA), harp

Emily Levin was a standout. Levin...drew nuanced timbres and textures while making the mechanics of her instrument disappear. (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Dashon Burton (USA), bass baritone - Grammy Award Winner

The solo portions were sung by bass-baritone Dashon Burton, whose dark, velvety voice, perfect throughout his range, was suffused with emotion.... (The Reading Eagle)


Kolya Panhuyzen (Germany), master guitar maker

I have played Kolya Panhuyzen's beautiful cedar guitar for over 25 years now. It is the finest instrument I have ever played.... (Laura Young)


Childbloom Youth Ensemble (USA), guitars

Brian Kozak, Director


Suzuki Youth Ensemble (USA), guitars

Robert Gruca, Director

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