Embracing tradition and modernity the elegant city of Brussels in Belgium is hosting the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition, 2015 for five days from the 24th to the 28th April 2015. Many of the greatest international guitarists will be performing, some for the very first time. The program has a range of enviable events, with Thierry Bégin-Lamontagne from Canada opening the proceedings. He won first prize at the Brussels International Guitar Competition in 2014 and is about to embark on an international career.
The festival was founded in homage to Maestro Nicolas ALFONSO (1913-2001) and program features classical, baroque, modern, jazz, Spanish and Latin-American guitar compositions, showcasing the multiple facets and varied repertoire of surely the world’s most popular instrument.
Smaro Gregoriadou such a big hit at Hobart Baroque in Australia in 2014 will rediscover baroque, romantic and contemporary works on several new instruments, which have been especially made for her, as a result of her aesthetic research in collaboration with the guitarmaker Kertsopoulos. Her exciting innovative artistic approach is always greeted with great enthusiasm.
Eleven concerts centred on the classical guitar (solo, duo, quartet and ensemble or accompanied by flute, vocals, percussion, piano and cello), a show for children, a theorbo (pictured) and baroque guitar recital. Nicolas Achten a rising star in ancient music will feature on theorbo and baroque guitar. He will play magnificent toccatas, dances and chaconnes. The theorbo is a fascinating instrument, with its poetic timbre and depth of sound.
The exceptional presentation of Romancero Gitano by Tedesco for mixed choir and guitar, will raise the rafters at Espace Magh, sited right in the heart of this vibrant and historic city.
Guitar duo Anabel Montesinos (Spain) and Marco Tamayo (Cuba/Austria) are offering a panaché of celebrated works from the classical, popular and contemporary repertoire. The program will also feature : seven master classes, two lectures (one on the Spanish composer Joaquin Turina, the other devoted to the legendary virtuoso Ida Presti), a Guitarmaker’s Salon and the Brussels National Guitar Competition “Nicolas Alfonso”, the final of which will take place during the festival, which promises to be particularly lavish and innovative.
Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition - 4th edition – Under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, Espace Magh, Rue du Poincon 17, 1000 Bruxelles +32 (0) 2 274 05 10 24th – 28th April, 2014