Presents the 16th Annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2016
in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music

About the 2016 Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

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

The 16th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival® will take place Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2016 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, premieres, master classes, private lessons, 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 concert hall.

Our reasons for presenting this Festival 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; (4) to encourage deeper thought and discussion about how we listen to, perform, and evaluate fine music; and most important, (5) too help facilitate heightened moments of human awareness.

In our experience, participation in the live performance of fine music is potentially the highest social end towards which we can aspire as performers, music students, and audience members. For it is in live, heightened moments of musical magic—when time stops and egos dissolve—that we often become most conscious of our shared humanity.

Many thanks to all our distinguished participating artists and to all of you who have traveled here from near and far over the years: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Canada. Your enthusiasm, loyalty, and diversity have contributed greatly to making this event the jewel that it is widely acknowledged to be.

I look forward to greeting many new and returning participants to this June's event. I hope you enjoy our Festival!

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

Performing Artists:

Jason Vieaux, classical guitar (USA) - CIM Guitar Department Head (2015 Grammy Award Winner)
  Among the elite of today's classical guitarists .... (Gramophone)

Petra Polácková, classical guitar (Czech Republic)
  Polácková achieved the kind of intimacy with the audience where it seemed that all were giving undivided attention to her musical communication. (Clevelandclassical)

SoloDuo, classical guitars (Italy)
  Unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.... (The Washington Post) 

Ricardo Gallén, classical guitar (Spain)
  Flawless interpretation and charisma and exquisite technique and particularly beautiful sound.... (Diario de Cordoba)

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

Xiaobo Pu, classical guitar (China)
  First Prize Winner in the Senior Division of the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition.


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

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

TBA, lecturer:

Guitars International, classical guitar dealer (USA)
  Exhibition and Demonstration of Fine Contemporary Classical Guitars

Mixon Hall
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