7th Edition

Brussels International Guitar

Festival & Competition

20 > 24 April 2018

« Homages & Premieres »




Welcome to the 7th edition of the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition, the not-be-be missed and eagerly awaited event for music fans and aficionados of the guitar in particular.

The only one of its kind, «the» Brussels guitar fiesta attracts a large crowd and over the years has established itself as one of the major festivals in Europe.

The splendid Théâtre du Vaudeville, located right in the heart of Brussels in the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, will host concerts, shows, master classes, a lecture, an exhibition and a musical comedy for children and schools as well as the final of the Brussels International Guitar Competition.

Classical, latino, modern, jazz, pop and world music as well as a Flamenco show... The many facets of the world's most played instrument will be showcased thanks to a rich and varied programme : solo, duo and ensemble, guitar with flute, orchestra or poetry...

Always seeking new experiences, the festival offers the public the chance to attend numerous world and Belgian premieres and listen to big names in guitar music from Greece, Italy, Cuba, Spain, France and Belgium as well as young artists on the verge of a promising career, for whom the festival serves as a launch pad.

The 2018 selection pays tribute to the Masters Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso, who opened the first guitar classes in the Belgian Music Academies aswell as the guitar class at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in 1965, thereby becoming the founders of the Belgian guitar School. A concert, an exhibition and a lecture will be devoted to them and following the recent disappearance of Ilse Alfonso, the international competition has been renamed the « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » Brussels International Guitar Competition.

This edition will also commemorate the disappearance of several other eminent artists for whom the guitar was always a faithful companion : Belgian singer Jacques Brel, Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Belgian narrators Pascale Mathieu and Charles Kleinberg.

Finally, the ever popular « Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon » will welcome the public at the « Maison Grand-Place », located a stone's throw from the Théâtre du Vaudeville, on the Grand-Place itself, one of the treasures of Brussels.

Open to everyone, whether just curious or confirmed music lovers, this exceptional edition will be more than ever full of joy, emotions, discoveries and conviviality...


Hugues Navez
Founding President and Artistic Director
Full Professor of the Guitar Class & Head of the Guitar Department at the Brussels Royal Conservatory



Concerts & Shows

FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2018 tickets

Guitar & Orchestra
Nicola Montella, guitar (Italy)
Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
« Concerto for guitar and orchestra »
Homage to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco on the 50th anniversary of his disappearance

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Two guitars & Orchestra
Guitar duo Eerik Maurage (Belgium/Finland) & Thomas Montagne (France/Belgium)
Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
« Concerto for two guitars and orchestra » Belgian premiere
Homage to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco on the 50th anniversary of his disappearance

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SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 tickets

Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »
« Public final - Results - Awards ceremony »
11:30 : recital by the laureates of the 2017 Brussels National Guitar Competition
during the deliberation of the jury


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World Music/Jazz/Pop
Black Dünya (Belgium/Turkey/Finland/Japan)
Ülkü Dursun (vocals), Eerik Maurage (guitar), Charles Slingeneyer (piano),
Jordi Cassagne (bass) & Yüki Takano (drums)

« Chaos » world premiere

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A duo of celebrated guitar vituosos
Anabel Montesinos (Spain/Austria) & Marco Tamayo (Cuba/Austria)
« Corazones de Fuego »
Homage to Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso


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SUNDAY 22 APRIL 2018 tickets

Musical comedy for children between the ages of 3 and 10in French
Compagnie « Dans les Bacs à Sable » (France)
« La Clef des Rêves » Belgian premiere


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Music & images show
Duo Paseo Musical (Belgium/France)
Amélie Douay (flute) & Caroline Schneider (guitar) - Charles Bruere (visuals)
« Contemporary landscapes » world premiere

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Recital by a living guitar legend
Costas Cotsiolis, guitar (Greece)
« Latin landscapes »

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MONDAY 23 APRIL 2018 tickets

Musical comedy for children between the ages of 3 and 10 - in French
Compagnie « Dans les Bacs à Sable » (France)
« La Clef des Rêves » Belgian premiere

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Recital by the French grande dame of the guitar
Valérie Duchâteau, guitar (France)
« La guitare chante Brel » world premiere
Homage to Jacques Brel on the 40th anniversary of his disappearance


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Poetry & guitar show - in French
Françoise Villiers, Cindy Besson, Manuela Sanchez,
Jean-François Brion and Frédéric Lepers (narrators) & Hugues Navez (guitar)

« Que la vie en vaut la peine »
Homage to Pascale Mathieu and Charles Kleinberg

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TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2018 tickets

14 young virtuosos
Ensemble de guitares du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
conducted by Hugues Navez
« Recuerdos »

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Flamenco show
Oleo – Antonio Segura Group (Spain/Belgium/Canada)
Antonio Segura (flamenco guitar), Serge Dacosse (electric bass), François Taillefer (percussion)
guests : Ana Perez (dance), Kuky Santiago (dance) & Antonio Paz (vocals)

« De Otro Mundo » world premiere

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Lecture
« La célèbre Méthode Alfonso »
Exhibition
« Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »

SUNDAY 22 APRIL 2018

20 > 24 APRIL 2018




Master classes

FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2018

Marco Tamayo
Anabel Montesinos

SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018

Costas Cotsiolis

SUNDAY 22 APRIL 2018

Antonio Segura

MONDAY 23 APRIL 2018

Frédéric Zigante
Nicola Montella

TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2018

Valérie Duchâteau





Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon


SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018

SUNDAY 22 APRIL 2018