James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

June 4 - 7, 2020

presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Armin Kelly (USA) Armin Kelly is the founder and Artistic Director of the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival. Now entering its twentieth year, this unique four day Festival has been praised by Classical Guitar magazine as being among "two of the most important annual American classical guitar events."

Armin Kelly counts among his formal classical guitar teachers Miguel Rubio, with whom he studied in Spain and at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music in Switzerland; and Oscar Ghiglia and Phillip de Fremery, with whom he studied for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival. Among his most formative musical influences were friends and colleagues: classical guitarists Christoph Harlan and John Holmquist. Mr. Kelly holds both BA and MA degrees in English literature from Columbia University and an MA degree in teacher education with a concentration in English from Harvard University. While at Harvard he founded Guitars International. Now In its thirtieth year Guitars International is devoted to representing, promoting, and retailing the work of the world’s finest contemporary classical guitar makers.

Armin Kelly has lectured on the history and development of the classical guitar at the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Bowling Green State University, Delta College, Interlochen Arts Academy, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, La Guitarra California, National Guitar Workshop, and the Healdsburg Guitar Makers’ Festival. His articles have appeared in American Lutherie and Soundboard magazines.

Business website: guitarsint.com