GUITARS INTERNATIONAL
presents the twenty-first annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
and the second annual
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
 

[Among] two of the most important annual American classical guitar events
(Classical Guitar Magazine)

 

VIEW FREE CICGF
VIDEO CONCERTS AND EVENTS
From Around The World.
     
The Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival® strives to:

INSPIRE guitarists and non-guitarist of all ages and backgrounds;
ENCOURAGE deeper thought, discussion, and understanding about how we perceive, perform, and evaluate fine music;
NURTURE new and old musical relationships;
PROMOTE the creation and dissemination of fine musical art.

We believe that it is in heightened moments of musical magic—when art and chance coalesce, time stops, and egos dissolve—that often we become most mindful of our shared humanity.
 

Premiered
Friday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Second Annual
JAMES STROUD CLASSICAL GUITAR COMPETITION
Ages 14-18, US residents only

Final Round Performances and Awards' Announcement
Video Stream

Admission: FREE
Stroud Youth Competition Finalists:
    Ethan Boyers
    Jack Davisson
    Patricia Hernandez
    Eric Wang 
View Finalists' Biographies and Programs HERE
Final Round Jury:
    Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Greece)
    Yolanda Kondonassis (USA)
    Alexis Muzurakis (Greece)
    Petra Polácková (Czech Republic)
    Susana Prieto (Spain)
    Meng Su (China)
    Jason Vieaux (USA)
View all the Competition Judges' Biographies HERE
Competition Prizes:
    First Prize: $10,000.00
    Se
cond Prize: $5000.00
    Third
Prize: $2500.00
     Fourth Prize: $1250.00
Presented by the
With assistance from the
Cleveland Institute of Music
 

Premiered
Friday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time

COLIN DAVIN (USA), guitar
DUO MELIS (Spain & Greece), guitars
A Split Virtual Concert

plus a few, fun, artist performance insights

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

[Duo Melis'] Bay Area debut . . . revealed an ensemble notable for sensitive musicianship, virtousic panache, and stylish performances. (San Francisco Classical Voice)


CLICK HERE TO VIEW CONCERT.

Admission: FREE (Donate HERE to support our artists).
Davin: Works by Brouwer, Gutiérrez, Lauro, Morel, Ponce
Melis: Works by Albéniz, Lhoyer, Ginastera, Royer
Programs and Notes HERE.
View a conversation with COLIN DAVIN HERE.
View a conversation with DUO MELIS HERE.
Davin sample video: Gigue from Suite #6 for solo cello by J.S. Bach 
Duo Melis sample video: I. Albeniz. Mallorca
Information: Call 216-752-7502.

Presented by the
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
®
a  non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
Please consider donating HERE to help support our artists and events
.
 

Premiered
Friday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time

DREW HENDERSON (Canada), 8 string guitar
PETRA POLACKOVA (Czech Republic)
, guitar

Drew is an amazing guitarist, recording engineer, and video producer. (This is Classical Guitar)

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

Admission: FREE (Donate HERE to support our artists)
View Henderson program and notes here.
View Polácková program and notes here.
Henderson sample video: Performance on an Anniversary Double Top Model classical guitar by Joshia de Jonge
Polácková sample video: El testament d'Amèlia by Miguel Llobet
Information: Call 216-752-7502.

Presented by the
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
®
a  non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
Please consider donating HERE to help support our artists and events
 

Premiered
Friday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time

JI YEON (JIJI) KIM (Republic of Korea), guitar
DANIEL LIPPEL (USA), guitar
A Shared Video Concert
plus a few, fun, artist performance insights

[Ji Yeon Kim is] talented, sensitive...brilliant... (Calgary Herald)

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)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CONCERT.
Admission: FREE (Donate HERE to support our artists).
Kim: Works by Albéniz, Bjornsson, Holland, León, Sessa
Lippel: Works by J.S. Bach (played on a well tempered guitar fretted to Werckmeister III, Bach's preferred period tuning), and Webb/Lippel
View program: Coming soon
Kim sample video: L I N Ü
Information: Call 216-752-7502.

Presented by the
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
a  non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
Please consider donating HERE to help support our artists and events
 

Premiered
Friday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time

NIGEL NORTH (England), lute
ROBERT GRUCA (USA), guitar
A Shared Video Concert
plus a few, fun, artist performance insights

[Nigel North] is perhaps the greatest performer on his instrument of all time.... (Birmingham Post)

Robert Gruca is a brilliant player with gorgeous tone and a flawless sense of rhythm. (Audaud.com)
Admission: FREE (Donate HERE to support our artists).
North: Works by Biber, Gaultier, Reusner, Weiss
Gruca: Works by Barrios, Dyens, Malats, Sanz de la Maza
North sample video: Sarabande from Partita in G minor by Weiss
Gruca sample video: RUSTEMUL by Miroslav Tadic
Information: Call 216-752-7502.

Presented by the
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
a  non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
Please consider donating HERE to help support our artists and events
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