presents the 14th annual
Cleveland International
Classical Guitar Festival
Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2014
in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music
About Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival 2014

The fourteenth annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival - one of North America’s oldest, most respected classical guitar events - will take place Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Please join us in welcoming this spring’s roster of internationally acclaimed artists in a concentrated series of recitals, debut performances, world premieres, master classes, lectures, and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new. All recitals will take place in Mixon Hall, CIM's award winning new concert hall.

Our reasons for presenting these events are five fold: (1) to help increase the awareness and respect due artists whose exemplary work has enhanced our lives and the lives of others; (2) to entertain; (3) to educate; and (4) to encourage deeper thought and discussion about how we listen to, perform, and evaluate fine music.

Above all else though, our primary reason for presenting these events is to help facilitate shared moments of human awareness. In our experience, participation in the live performance of fine music is potentially the highest end towards which we can strive as performers, music students, and audience members. For often it is in live, heightened moments of musical magic—when time stops and egos dissolve—that we become most aware of our shared humanity. I hope you enjoy this year’s Festival. 

Armin Kelly, Artistic Director
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival

Performing Artists:
Jason Vieaux (CIM Guitar Department Head), guitar (USA)
    Among the elite of today's classical guitarists (Gramophone)

Robert Gruca, guitar (USA)
    Robert Gruca is a brilliant player with gorgeous tone and a flawless sense of rhythm. (

Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano
Shaw emerged as the concert's major musical force (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Julien Labro, bandoneon (France)
    What accordionist Julien Labro does is fly, launching a solo that simply bubbles with joy. (All About Jazz)

Krystin O'Mara, guitar
Krystin’s breath-taking command of this early, epic proto-sonata is simply awe inspiring. (Ian Krouse, composer)

Nigel North, lute (England)
    Perhaps he is the greatest performer on the instrument of all time. (Birmingham Post)

Petra Polácková, guitar (Czech Republic)
    First Prize, 36th International Guitar Competition Gargnano, Italy

SoloDuo (Lorenzo Micheli & Mateo Mela), guitars (Italy)
    Unforgettable musicianship of the highest order (The Washington Post)


Brad DeRoche, guitar (USA)
    Stirring and Evocative (Michigan Classical Guitar Society)

Jeffrey R. Elliott
, master guitar maker (USA)

Cyndy Burton
, master guitar maker (USA)