presents the twenty-second annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
and the third annual
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music
June 2 - 5, 2022

About the CICGF®

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

Please join us in welcoming our June 2022 roster of world renowned artists, teachers, and the James Stroud National Youth Competition Semi-Finalists to a concentrated series of live concerts and events celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new.

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.

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

Please consider making a tax deductible DONATION to support our artists and events. Concert ticket sales cover less than one third the cost of bringing the worlds' finest classical guitarists, lutenists, teachers, and assisting artists to Northeast Ohio, USA.

The Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

More so than ever, I look forward to welcoming new and returning participants to our Festival.

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


Jason Vieaux (USA), CIM Guitar Dept. Co-Head - Grammy Winner
[He is] perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation..... (NPR)

Colin Davin (USA), CIM Guitar Dept. Co-Head
[He is a] player with a virtuoso's technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination. (American Record Guide)

Molly Barth (USA), flute - Grammy Winner

[F]erociously talented... (The Oregonian)

Jordan Chase (USA), composer
[L]yrical, rhythmically jagged and stark in majesty.... (The Boston Musical Intelligencer)

Robert Gruca (USA), guitar
Robert Gruca is a brilliant player with gorgeous tone and a flawless sense of rhythm. (

Drew Henderson (Canada), eight string guitar

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

Dieter Hennings (USA), guitar
Mr. Hennings has won first prize in several prestigious competitions including the 2008 Aaron Brock International Guitar Competition (Toronto) and the 2005 Eastman Guitar Concerto Competition.

Emily Levin (USA), harp
Emily Levin was a standout. Levin...drew nuanced timbres and textures while making the mechanics of her instrument disappear. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Duo Melis - Susana Prieto (Spain) and Alexis Musurakis (Greece), guitars
Duo Melis' playing was technically superb, musically convincing, and demonstrated fantastic ensemble. (Soundboard)

Kimberly Patterson (USA), cello
[A] superb cellist... [Chicago Sun Times]

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

2022 James Stroud National Classical Guitar Youth Competition Semi-Finalists and Finalists (USA), guitars

Patrick Sutton (USA). guitar
Patrick Sutton's performance was absolutely beautiful. (Opus Colorado)
2022 CICGF program book
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