Presents the
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
at and in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music

About the CICGF®

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

Please join us in welcoming our Spring 2021 roster of world renowned artists, teachers, and the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition Finalists in a concentrated series of concerts, premieres, master classes, private lessons, lectures, and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new.

Our reasons for presenting this Festival are several: (1) To engage and inspire our participants both emotionally and intellectually; (2) to encourage deeper thought and discussion about how we listen to, perform, and evaluate fine music; (3) to nurture new and old relationships worldwide, artistic and social; and, most important, (4) to facilitate shared moments of universal insight. For it is in live, heightened moments of musical magic in our experience—when art and chance coalesce; time stops; and egos dissolve—that often we become most mindful of our shared humanity.

The Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Please consider making a tax deductible DONATION to support our events. Concert ticket sales cover less than one third the cost of bringing the worlds' finest classical guitarists, lutenists, and assisting artists to Northeast Ohio. Most Festival events are open to guitarists of all ages and levels and to non-guitarists. Many events are free. There is no Festival registration requirement or registration fee.

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

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


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

Colin Davin (USA), guitar
[He is a] player with a virtuoso's technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination. (American Record Guide)

SoloDuo (Italy), guitars
Unforgettable musicianship of the highest order..... (The Washington Post)     
Nigel North (England), lute - Gramophone Award Winner
Perhaps he is the greatest performer on his instrument of all time..... (Birmingham Post)
Daniel Lippel (USA), guitar
Guitarist Dan Lippel was simply brilliant, knowing exactly when to thrust above the string quartet and when to melt into its textures. (Boston Musical Intelligencer)
Petra Polácková (Czech Republic), guitar
[Her] playing was so technically secure and musically insightful, it was unimaginable that anything she played could possibly be difficult. (Cleveland Classical) 
Lynn McGrath (USA), guitar with spoken word
[W]onderful timing, poise, wit, and grace…. (Soundboard)

Escher String Quartet (USA)
[E]loquent, full-blooded playing.... The four players offer a beautiful blend of individuality and accord.  (BBC Music Magazine)
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)
Dashon Burton (USA), bass baritone - Grammy Award Winner
The solo portions were sung by bass-baritone Dashon Burton, whose dark, velvety voice, perfect throughout his range, was suffused with emotion.... (The Reading Eagle)
TBD, Master Guitar Maker

James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition (USA)
Twelve to fifteen semi-finalists
Childbloom Youth Ensemble (USA), guitars
Brian Kozak, Director
Suzuki Youth Ensemble
(USA), guitars
Robert Gruca, Director

Mixon Hall
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