Presents the 18th Annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, 2018
at and in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music
Labro & Vieaux
Ricardo Gallén
Duo Melis
Antonis Hatzinikolaou
Esteli Gomez
Colin Davin
Joshia de Jonge
Nigel North
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 and private lessons. 

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.

We believe that 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 2018:

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

Julien Labro (France), bandoneon
What accordionist Julien Labro does is fly, launching a solo that simply bubbles with joy. (All About Jazz)

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

Duo Melis (Spain & Greece), classical guitars
Their Bay Area debut . . . revealed an ensemble notable for sensitive musicianship, virtuosic panache, and stylish performances. (San Francisco Classical Voice) 

Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Greece), classical guitar - Julian Bream Prize Winner
Magnificent...simply magnificent! This is playing of the highest standard. (Classical Guitar)

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)

Estelí Gomez (USA), soprano - Grammy Award Winner
Artistry that belies her young years... (Kansas City Metropolis)

Petra Polácková (Czech Republic), classical guitar - CICGF Artist in Residence
Polácková’s playing was so technically secure and musically insightful, it was unimaginable that anything she played could possibly be difficult. (Cleveland Classical)

The Cleveland Suzuki Guitar Ensemble (USA), classical guitars
Youth Guitarists

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

Lecturers 2018:

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

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

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

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