Guitars International
Presents the 15th Annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31, 2015
in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music
 
[Among] two of the most important annual American classical guitar events.    
(Classical Guitar)


Welcome to the fifteenth annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival: May 28 - 31, 2015. Over the years this unique artistic event has consistently brought the world's finest classical guitarists, lutenists, lecturers, composers, teachers, and guitar makers to the Cleveland Institute of Music. This May my students and I look forward once again to sharing CIM's rich environment of world class classical guitar concerts, education, and camaraderie with old friends and new, from around the USA and beyond, in a celebration of fine music and the classical guitar.
                                                                                  
Jason Vieaux - CIM Guitar Department Head (2015 Grammy Award Winner)
Jason Vieaux, guitar (USA) & Yolanda Kondonassis, harp (USA)
[Vieaux is] among the elite of today's classical guitarists (Gramophone)
Kondonassis showed why she's arguably the preeminent harpist in the world.
(The Beaumont Enterprise)

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CIM DUO FACULTY CONCERT: Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: Pujol, Fitch, Hovhaness, Jobim, Montsalvatge, Schocker, and Salzedo
Program and notes: Here
Admission: $22.00,
tickets available at the door starting forty-five minutes before the concert.
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Vieaux & Kondonassis

MASTER CLASS: Saturday, May 30, 9 – 11:15 a.m. 
Description: Non-CIM guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Flawless interpretation and charisma and exquisite technique and particularly beautiful sound.... (Diario de Cordoba)

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CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT: Friday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: J.S. Bach: The Solo Lute Music
Program and notes: Here
Admission: $22.00, tickets
available at the door starting forty-five minutes before the concert.
Concert Info:
Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Gallen

MASTER CLASS I: Saturday, May 30, 1:00  – 3:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 113)
MASTER CLASS II: Sunday, May 31, 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (CIM, Studio 113)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets
or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Magnificently played, thoughtful and majestic performances (Gramophone)

Biography
CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT: Saturday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: J.S. Bach and Mozart
Program and notes: Here
Admission: $22.00,
tickets available at the door starting forty-five minutes before the concert.
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Galbraith

MASTER CLASS I: Thursday, May 28, 2:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 113)
MASTER CLASS II: Friday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 113)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets
or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Their Bay Area debut . . . revealed an ensemble notable for sensitive musicianship, virtuosic panache, and stylish performances. (San Francisco Classical Voice) 

Biography
CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT: Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: Albéniz, Lhoyer, Kapustin, Rameau, Tedesco, and Piazzolla
Program and notes: Here
Admission: $22.00,
tickets available at the door starting forty-five minutes before the concert.
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Duo Melis

MASTER CLASS I: Friday, May 29, 2:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 113)
MASTER CLASS II: Sunday, May 31, 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (CIM, Studio 217)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to
observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Magnificent...simply magnificent! This is playing of the highest standard. (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Biography
CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT (US DEBUT): Sunday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: De Falla, Maw, Piazzolla, Rodrigo, Stravinsky, and Vassiliev
Program and notes: Here
Admission: Free (no tickets or passes required)
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Hatzinikolaou

MASTER CLASS I: Thursday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. –12:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 217)
MASTER CLASS II: Saturday, May 30, 1:00 –3:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 217)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets
or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Never was a standing ovation more richly deserved (Classical Guitar)

Biography
CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT: Sunday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: Coste, Janácek, Legnani, Lobkovic, Losy, Obrovská, and Paganini 
Program and notes: Here
Admission: $22.00, tickets
available at the door starting forty-five minutes before the concert.
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Steidl

MASTER CLASS: Friday, May 29, 2:00 p.m. – 6:15 5 p.m. (CIM, Studio 217)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to
observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Perhaps he is the greatest performer on the instrument of all time (Birmingham Post)

Biography
MASTER CLASS I: Thursday, May 28, 2:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 217)
MASTER CLASS II: Friday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 217)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students interested in learning more about style and performance practice in English and European music written between 1500-1750 will perform.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission:
 
Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Info:
Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

LECTURE DEMONSTRATION:
Bach and the Lute
Day and time:
Friday, May 29, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. (CIM, Studio 113)
Description:
Renowned lute virtuoso and scholar Nigel North will present an illustrated talk about the style of lute music in Germany during Johann Sebastian Bach’s life time and how Bach’s so-called “Lute Works” fit into this tradition.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission:  Open to the public free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Video: North

Mr Davin is the real thing, a player with a virtuoso's technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination. (American Record Guide)

Biography
GUEST LECTURE: The Art of the Collaborative Commission
Day and time: Thursday, May 28, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Description: Classical guitar virtuoso Colin Davin will discuss his experiences as a catalyst for the creation and performance of contemporary music with such groups as: Axiom, New Juilliard Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and The Millennials, a contemporary chamber group he founded which features some of New York’s finest young musicians.
Admission:
Open to the public free of charge (no tickets or passes required)
Lecture Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Davin

If the term "Child prodigy" can be applied to luthiers, Joshia de Jonge certainly qualifies. (Acoustic Guitar)

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MASTER GUITAR MAKER WORKSHOP: The Art of French Polishing
Day and time:
Saturday, May 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Description: Participants will be taught through demonstrations and hands on exercises how to apply shellac finish to wood surfaces using traditional French polish technique.
Admission:
Open to the public free of charge (no tickets
or passes required)
Workshop Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: De Jonge
Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Musical Excellence

About G.I.
EXHIBITION: Saturday, May 30, 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. (Performance demonstration on guitars 6:30  - 7:15 p.m.)
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Pogue Lobby
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Description: Guitars International will display a selection of fine, individually handmad
e classical guitars by many of the world's foremost contemporary luthiers.
Guitar Exhibition Performance: Classical guitarist Jeremy Collins will play brief selections on each instru
ment from 6:30  to 7:15 p.m.
Admission: Open to the public free of charge (no tickets
or passes required)
Exhibition Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Collins

About Fine Classical Guitars: A classical guitar can be a complex creation. On the one hand it can be admired simply as a tangible, static work of art, often breathtakingly beautiful in its physical form. On the other hand it should be first and foremost a tangible, kinetic work of art crafted to breathe and inspire, to give voice to the intangible art of a performer and the works of composers past and present. As such, it should be a conduit between artists of different disciplines and often different times and places. Of course, its ultimate function should be to enable communication not just between diverse artists but between diverse artists and the hearts and minds of an even more diverse population of receptive listeners. It is the ability to mediate between people in general with unimpeded sincerity and ease, then, which is the wonder of a truly fine classical guitar. (Learn more).

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