About the 2015 Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
The 15th annual Cleveland International
Classical Guitar Festival will take place Thursday, May
28 through Sunday, May 31, 2015 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, 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 concert hall.
[Among] two of the most important annual American classical guitar events. (Classical Guitar)
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 May's event. I hope you enjoy our Festival!
Armin Kelly, Founder and Artistic Director
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
Jason Vieaux, guitar (USA) - CIM Guitar Department Head (2015 Grammy
Among the elite of today's classical guitarists .... (Gramophone)
Paul Galbraith, guitar (Scotland)
Magnificently played, thoughtful and majestic performances .... (Gramophone)
Ricardo Gallén, guitar (Spain)
Flawless interpretation and charisma and exquisite technique and particularly
beautiful sound .... (Diario de Cordoba)
Antonis Hatzinikolaou, US Debut, guitar (Greece)
Magnificent ... simply magnificent! This is playing of the highest standard. (Classical Guitar
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp (USA)
Kondonassis showed why she's arguably the preeminent
harpist in the world. (The Beaumont Enterprise)
Duo Melis, Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzurakis,
guitars (Spain & Greece)
Their Bay Area debut ... revealed an ensemble notable for sensitive
musicianship, virtuosic panache, and stylish performances. (San Francisco Classical Voice)
Pavel Steidl, guitar (Czech Republic)
Never was a standing ovation more richly deserved .... (Classical Guitar)
Jeremy Collins, guitar (USA)
Collins easily entranced the crowd with his enormous and gorgeous sound. (Guitar Foundation of America)
Nigel North, lute (England)
Perhaps he is the greatest performer on the instrument of all time .... (Birmingham
Colin Davin, 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)
Joshia de Jonge, master guitar maker (Canada)
If the term "Child prodigy" can be applied to luthiers, Joshia de
Jonge certainly qualifies. (Acoustic Guitar)