9th Edition Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition

24 > 28.04.2020

« Magic Sounds »


For health reasons, the 9th edition of the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition has had to be postponed.
We shall communicate the new dates to you as soon as we can.

Welcome to the 9th edition of the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition, the not-to-be missed and eagerly awaited event in the capital of Europe for music fans and aficionados of the guitar.

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, a musical show for children and schools as well as the public final rounds of the national competition and the international competition.

Classical, Argentinian, modern, jazz and Balkan music, as well as a Fado and 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, ensemble, guitar with trumpet, orchestra, dancers 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 Belgium, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Taiwan, France, Hungary, Slovenia, the USA, Portugal... as well as young artists on the verge of a promising career, for whom the festival serves as a launch pad.

The 2020 selection, via a brand new exhibition and a lecture, pays tribute to the Masters Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso, who opened the first guitar classes in the Belgian Music Academies as well as the guitar class at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in 1965, thereby becoming the founders of the Belgian Guitar School.

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...

Sprout to be Brussels
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 24 April 2020 - 20:00 Recital by the 1st Prize of the « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2019 Brussels International Guitar Competition
for the first time in Belgium
Giovanni Accadìa, guitar (Italy) « In the Limelight » Alfonso, Scarlatti, Paganini...
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Giovanni Accadìa

Three celebrated virtuosos of Argentinian music
Máximo Diego Pujol Trio (Argentina) Máximo Diego Pujol (guitar), Eleonora Andrea Ferreyra (bandoneon)
& Daniel José Luis Falasca (double bass)
« Todo un Tiempo » compositions by Máximo Diego Pujol
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Máximo Diego Pujol Trio

Two exceptional concertos
Fu Ping Ryu, guitar (Taiwan / Belgium) Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium) « Concerto Métis » for guitar and orchestra by Roland Dyens
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Fu Ping Ryu

Duo Eleonora Andrea Ferreyra, bandoneon &
Máximo Diego Pujol, guitar (Argentina) Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
« Double concerto Luminosa Buenos Aires » for bandoneon, guitar and orchestra By Máximo Diego Pujol (belgian premiere)
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Máximo Diego Pujol Trio



Saturday 25 April 2020 - 09:00 Brussels National Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » « Public final round - Announcement of winners - Awards ceremony »
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Brussels National Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »



Saturday 25 April 2020 - 20:00 Classical/Fusion - A surprising duo : trumpet & guitar
for the first time in Belgium
Alium Dúo (Spain) Alberto Vaquero (trumpet) & Alejandro Ceballos (guitar) « Seda » compositions by Alberto Vaquero and Fernando Egozcue (belgian premieres)
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Alium Dúo

Fado Show
Andreia Rio Trio (Portugal / Belgium) Andreia Rio (voice), Francisco Esteves (Portuguese guitar) & Vitor Andrade (guitar) « Meu Fado » Oliveira & Dias, Campos & Pimentel, Rocha & Machado...
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Andreia Rio Trio



Sunday 26 April 2020 - 09:00 Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » « Public final round - Announcement of winners - Awards ceremony »
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Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »



Sunday 26 April 2020 - 15:00 Show for children aged 3 to 10 years old - in French
Compagnie « Dans les Bacs à Sable » (France) « Gigi, drôle de guitare » A show providing an introduction to jazz, singing the blues and rock’n’roll dance. A musical journey through time and different epochs. A history of the guitar to make your ears buzz!

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« Gigi, drôle de guitare »



Sunday 26 April 2020 - 16:30 Ensemble de Guitares de l’Académie d’Uccle (Belgium) conducted by Camille Plá Bach, Poulin, Mexican traditional...
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Ensemble de Guitares de l’Académie d’Uccle

Ensemble de Guitares de l’Académie de Musique de Braine-l’Alleud (Belgium) conducted by Thomas Vanin Djawadi, Zimmer, Lopez...
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Ensemble de Guitares de l’Académie de Musique de Braine-l’Alleud

Cassie Martin, guitar (France) Laureate Concours International Roland Dyens - Révélation Guitare Classique 2018 (France) Schubert, Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Sainz de la Maza
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Laureate Concours International Roland Dyens - Révélation Guitare Classique 2018



Sunday 26 April 2020 - 20:00 Music from the Balkans and elsewhere
Mak Grgić, guitar (Slovenia/USA) « Ethnic Ethos » Tarrega, Rodrigo, Firšt (belgian premiere), Tadic, Ourkouzounov (world premiere in the presence of the composer)
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Mak Grgić

The internationally acclaimed twins
Duo Katona Twins (Hungary / United Kingdom) Peter & Zoltan Katona, guitars « From Bach to Bernstein » Bach, Reinhardt, Bernstein, Katona (belgian premiere)...
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Duo Katona Twins



Monday 27 April 2020 - 10:00 & 13:30 For schools : show for children aged 3 to 10 years old - in French
Compagnie « Dans les Bacs à Sable » (France) « Gigi, drôle de guitare » A show providing an introduction to jazz, singing the blues and rock’n’roll dance. A musical journey through time and different epochs. A history of the guitar to make your ears buzz!

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« Gigi, drôle de guitare »



Monday 27 April 2020 - 20:00 An artist with a rich and unconventional career
for the first time in Brussels
Sébastien Llinares, guitar (France) « Inspired by Erik Satie » Satie, Walton, Gershwin, Wainwright, Llinares (world premiere)...
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Sébastien Llinares

Poetry & guitar show - in French
Ensemble poétique « Charles Kleinberg » Françoise Villiers, Cindy Besson, Manuela Sanchez,
Jean-François Brion, Bernard Gahide (narrators) & Hugues Navez (guitar)
« Coups de Cœur » world premiere Poems by La Fontaine, Baudelaire, Lorca, Sweig, Oates...
Works by Bach, Sor, Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Mozzani...
Stage director : Françoise Villiers

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Charles Kleinberg



Tuesday 28 April 2020 - 20:00 17 young virtuosos
Ensemble de guitares du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles conducted by Hugues Navez « Rhapsody » Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Mercury, Pujol (belgian premiere in the presence of the composer)...
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Ensemble de guitares du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles

Flamenco Show
Oleo – Antonio Segura Group (Spain/Belgium/Canada) Antonio Segura (flamenco guitar), Serge Dacosse (electric bass), François Taillefer (percussion)
guests : Lucas el Luco (dance), Kuky Santiago (dance) & Antonio Paz (vocals)
« Tres Raíces para un Duelo » world premiere compositions by Antonio Segura
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Oleo – Antonio Segura Group



Lecture - in French

Free Admission

Saturday 25 April 2020 - 16:30

« Nicolas Alfonso, de Santander à Bruxelles »

by Celina Fernández Antuña (Belgium/Spain), Alejandro Ceballos (Spain) & Hugues Navez (Belgium)

Musicologist Celina Fernández Antuña and guitarist Alejandro Ceballos,, both authors of a university thesis on Nicolas Alfonso (the former at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the latter at the Conservatorio Superior « Oscar Espla » of Alicante in Spain, will share the fruits of their research with the public. This lecture will also touch upon the celebrated Alfonso Method and items in the repertoire edited in the « Nicolas Alfonso Collection ».

Nicolas Alfonso

Master classes

Free Admission

Many performers and professors at the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition will share their musical expertise and provide personal advice on performance playing to students, future professional musicians, from the guitar class at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, in the form of master classes open to the public...

Venue : Théâtre du Vaudeville - Galerie de la Reine, 13 - 1000 Brussels

date time artists
Friday 24 April 2020 09:30 - 12:30 Philippe Mariotti
Friday 24 April 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Antonio Segura
Saturday 25 April 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Máximo Diego Pujol
Sunday 26 April 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Sébastien Llinares
Monday 27 April 2020 09:30 - 12:30 Zoltan Katona
Monday 27 April 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Peter Katona
Tuesday 28 April 2020 09:30 - 12:30 Mak Grgić


Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon

Free Admission

Venue :
« Maison Grand-Place »
Grand-Place, 19 - 1000 Brussels

Opening hours :
Saturday 25 April 2020 : from 10:00 to 19:00
Sunday 26 April 2020 : from 10:00 to 19:00

Luthiers

Gust den Aantrekker (BE)

Gust den Aantrekker

Dirk Janssen (NL/BE)

Dirk Janssen

Valérie-Anne Lahaye (BE)

Valérie-Anne Lahaye

Toon Lauwers (BE)

Toon Lauwers

Jean-Noël Lebreton (FR)

Jean-Noël Lebreton

Julien Lebrun (FR)

Julien Lebrun

Lorenzo Lippi (IT)

Lorenzo Lippi

Kristof Meeus (BE)

Kristof Meeus

Philippe Mottet (CH)

Philippe Mottet

Mark Peirelinck (BE/FR)

Mark Peirelinck

Fernando Rubin (ES)

Fernando Rubin

Sangirardi & Cavicchi (IT)

Giulio Sangirardi & Giulia Cavicchi

Johan Sarens (BE)

Johan Sarens

Tarik Saric (NL)

Tarik Saric

Sato Guitars (JP/DE)

Sato Guitars

Lara Seidel (BE)

Lara Seidel

Youri Soroka (UA/FR)

Youri Soroka

Suplyer

Guitare Classique de concert
represented by
A. Blanc & P. Mariotti (FR)

Exhibitors