Presents the 17th Annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017
at and in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music
Jason Vieaux
David Russell
Nigel North
Hao Yang
Colin Davin
Emily Levin
Jeffrey R. Elliott
Alan Bise
Petra Poláčková

About the CICGF®

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

Please join us in welcoming this spring’s roster of internationally renowned artists in a concentrated series of recitals, premieres, master classes, private lessons, lectures, and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new.

All Festival events are open to guitarists of all ages and levels and to non-guitarists.
There is no Festival registration requirement or registration fee except for those students performing in CICGF master classes. 

Our reasons for presenting this Festival are several: (1) To entertain; (2) to educate; (3) to encourage deeper thought and discussion about how we listen to, perform, and evaluate fine music; (4) to nurture both new and old relationships, artistic and social; and, most important,
(5) to facilitate shared moments of heightened awareness.

Participation in the live performance of fine music is potentially one of the highest social ends towards which we can aspire as a community of artists, music students, and audience members. For it is in live, 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.

Many thanks to all our distinguished participating artists and to all our attendees who have traveled here from near and far over the years, thirty states and Canada at last count. Your enthusiasm, support, and diversity have contributed greatly to making this event the artistic jewel that it is acknowledged widely to be.

I look forward to greeting many new and returning participants to this June's Festival.

- Armin Kelly, Founder and Artistic Director
  Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

Performing Artists:

Jason Vieaux (USA), classical guitar - Grammy Award Winner
Perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation. (NPR)

David Russell (Scotland), classical guitar - Grammy Award Winner
Russell is perhaps the most gifted guitarist on the international scene. (The Atlanta Constitution) 

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

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

Emily Levin (USA), Principal Harpist Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Principal Harpist of the Dallas Symphony

Hao Yang (China), classical guitar
First Prize 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition (Senior Division)

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

Cleveland Bella Corda Ensemble (USA), classical guitars
Cleveland Childbloom Youth Guitarists


Alan Bise (USA), Grammy Award Winner
Record producer and recording engineer

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

Jeffrey R. Elliott (USA), master guitar maker
Clientele includes Julian Bream, Jonathan Leathwood, Marcelo Kayath, and Ralph Towner

Guitars International (USA), dealer in the world's finest classical guitars
Celebrating over twenty-seven years of musical excellence

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