Classical Guitar News & Updates

NEW: Petra Polácková (Czech Republic) performs El testament D'Amelia on a 2021 Jeffrey R. Elliott (USA) classical guitar
Third Annual
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition Winners:

Eric Wang: First Prize
Reade Park: Second Prize
Ethan Boyers: Third Prize
Elle Davisson: Fourth Prize
View: The 22nd annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival forty page program book. This June we look forward once again to sharing world class classical guitar concerts, premieres, master classes, lectures, private lessons, and exhibits, with old friends and new from around the USA and beyond in a celebration of the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new.
Join us live in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
June 2-5, 2022 for the twenty-second annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
and third annual
James Stroud National Youth Competition
at the
Cleveland Institute of Music
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition Semi-Finalists.

Read about these dedicated young guitarists HERE.
RECENTLY ACQUIRED: A rare vintage 1966 spruce/CSA Ignacio Fleta e hijos (Spain) classical guitar from this great Spanish master's golden period. The magnificent deep sound of this iconic instrument recalls the musical attributes of a miniature organ... 
RECENTLY ACQUIRED: 1926 Domingo Esteso (Spain) classical guitar. This remarkable vintage classical guitar has an unusually pure, powerful, deep, woody concert sound with excellent sustain... 
JUST ARRIVED: A new 2022 ACHIM PETER GROPIUS double top classical guitar, Elegantly proportioned, lovely to look at, great fun to play - Gropius' powerful double top classical guitars possess a particularly lyrical traditional musical sound capable of pin point projection and a wide palette of color and attack...
JUST ARRIVED: A new 2022 MICHAEL CADIZ (Austria) Torres/Romanillos Model concert guitar: Lovely, deep, rich, focused, traditional sound; quick responsive dynamic range; unusually wide pallet of color and attack; strong fundamental tones throughout all registers; excellent balance; eye popping materials, visual aesthetics, and workmanship. In short, a musical jewel...
THE FOURTEEN 2022 JAMES STROUD NATIONAL CLASSICAL YOUTH COMPETITION SEMI-FINALISTS have been announced..

Learn more ...

JUST ARRIVED: A pre-owned, one owner Joshia de Jonge double top concert guitar - cedar/Nomex/cedear/pale moon ebony - magnificent sound, stunning materials and workmanship...
JAMES STROUD NATIONAL CLASSICAL GUITAR YOUTH COMPETITION 2022
Contestants' Applications and Videos accepted
Now through February 15, 2022.
Over $24,000.00 in cash prizes
JUST ARRIVED: A new Jeffrey R. Elliott classical guitar. The concert guitars of Jeffrey R. Elliott are exceptional works of art - magnificent concert guitars possessing unsurpassed musical refinement, purity and beauty of sound: quick powerful warm singing trebles, firm deep resonant basses, a particularly broad palette of colors and evenness of sound...
JUST ARRIVED: A rare new 2021 Antonio Marin Montero classical guitar. We have been honored to represent this illustrious master for over thirty years. This stunning concert guitar has a wonderful deep, bell like musical sound; is very precise with powerful trebles, midrange, and bass; has excellent sustain, balance, and separation of voices, and a quick response to a particularly wide range of color and attack. It is also a dream to play...

JUST ARRIVED: A magnificent new 2021 Gary Southwell (England) reproduction of the 1940 spruce/Ind. Hauser I (Augustine/Bream) classical guitar. Performed upon by Julian Bream in his "Great Estates Tour" of England, these magnificent concert guitars have been designed, built and refined - starting in 1995 and extending over fourteen years - in close collaboration with the late master guitarist Julian Bream...
Just arrived: A wonderful new 2021 Daniele Chiesa (Spain) spruce/ziricote classical guitar. (Learn more)
Just arrived: A wonderful new 2021 Daniele Chiesa (Spain) cedar/Indian classical guitar. (Learn more)
The Finalists in the 2021 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition are:

Ethan Boyers,
Jack Davisson,
Patricia Hernandez,
Eric Wang.


Click photo to view the Final Round and Awards' Announcement.

FREE: Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival virtual concert.

COLIN DAVIN (USA), classical guitar

DUO MELIS (Spain & Greece), classical guitar

Click photo to view this archive concert.
FREE: Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival virtual concerts.

DREW HENDERSON (Canada), classical guitar

PETRA POLACKOVA (Czech Republic), 19th century style nine string guitar and 1923 Domingo Esteso six string classical guitar

Click photo to access these archived concerts.
FREE: Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival virtual concert.

JI YEONG (JIJI) KIM (Republic of Korea), classical guitar

DANIEL LIPPEL (USA), well tempered classical guitar

Click photo to view this archived concert.
FREE: Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival virtual concert

NIGEL NORTH (England), lute

ROBERT GRUCA (USA), guitar

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NEW: German Vazquez Rubio (USA) - Custom Elite Model, spruce soundboard, African blackwood sides and back. The spectacular concert guitar offered here represents the pinnacle of this renowned master's experience, research, knowledge, hard work, talent, and love for and dedication to his art: Gorgeous, powerful musical sound; even note to note up, down, and across the fingerboard; quick, flexible dynamic and color palettes...
NEW: Petra Polácková (Czech Republic) releases two new videos performing on our new Michael Cadiz (Austria) Torres Romanillos Model classical guitar:

1. El testament d'Amèlia
2. El Noi de la Mare

View these videos and other Guitars International performance videos HERE.