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10th Anniversary Edition Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competitions

Under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Viva la Vida!

26 > 30.11.2021

Welcome to the 10th anniversary edition of the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competitions, 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 as well as the public final rounds of the national competition and the international competition.

Classical, Latino, jazz, modern, contemporary and gypsy 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, trio, ensemble, guitar with trumpet, cello, orchestra and dance...

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 various countries (Belgium, Austria, Spain, Taiwan, France...) as well as young artists on the verge of a promising career, for whom the festival serves as a launch pad.

The 2021 selection, via a 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.

To honour the 20th anniversary since the passing of Nicolas Alfonso, the Festival has created a brand-new composition competition aimed at extending the repertoire of the guitar.

Finally, the ever popular « Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon » will welcome its visitors in the impressive Exhibition gallery located under the Théâtre du Vaudeville.

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

Recital by the 1st Prize of the « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2020 Brussels International Guitar Competition Sébastien Clerc, guitar (France / Belgium) « In the Limelight » Alfonso, Dyens, Aznavour...

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Sébastien Clerc

Homage to Astor Piazzolla Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium) « Homage to Astor Piazzolla » Libertango by Astor Piazzolla

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Chapelle Musicale de Tournai

The famous « Concierto de Aranjuez » Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
Sébastien Clerc, guitar (France / Belgium)
Graduate (Master’s degree) from the guitar class of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
1st Prize of the « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2020 Brussels International Guitar Competition
« Concierto de Aranjuez » for guitar and orchestra by Joaquín Rodrigo

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Sébastien Clerc

Two exceptional concertos Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
Fu Ping Ryu, guitar (Taiwan / Belgium)
Graduate (Master’s degree) from the guitar class of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
Winner of the « Concours International Roland Dyens - Révélation Guitare Classique 2019 » (France)
« Concerto Métis » for guitar and orchestra by Roland Dyens

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Fu Ping Ryu

Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
Momentum Guitar Quartet (Belgium / France)
Thomas Montagne, Corentin Schlegel, Ronan Bouichet & Pierre Turc
Four graduates (Master’s degree) from the guitar class of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
« Concierto Andaluz » for four guitars and orchestra by Joaquín Rodrigo

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Thomas Montagne, Corentin Schlegel, Ronan Bouichet & Pierre Turc

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 »

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

A virtuoso of worldwide acclaim Marco Tamayo, guitar (Austria / Cuba) « Guitar Maestria » Bach, Rodrigo, Nakanishi (Belgian premiere), Tamayo (Belgian premiere)…

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Marco Tamayo

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 »

Brussels International Composition Competition« Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » « Announcement of winners - Awards ceremony »

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Brussels International Composition Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso »

Ensemble de Guitares de l’Académie d’Uccle (Belgium) conducted by Camille Plá Warde, Kindle, ABBA

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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 Segundo, Orbinson, ABBA

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Ensemble de Guitares de l’Académie de Musique de Braine-l’Alleud

Cassie Martin, guitar (France) Winner Concours International Roland Dyens - Révélation Guitare Classique 2018 (France) Purcell, Bach, Piazzolla, Dyens...

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Winner Concours International Roland Dyens - Révélation Guitare Classique 2018

A young, brilliant guitarist and composer to discover! Guillaume Gazengel, guitar (France / Belgium) Graduate (Master’s degree) from the guitar class of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles « Winter Journey » Dyens, Piris, Gazengel (Belgian première)

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Guillaume Gazengel

Gipsy Jazz for the first time in Belgium Fanou Torracinta Trio (France) Fanou Torracinta (guitar), Benji Winterstein (rythmic guitar) & Jérémie Arranger (bass) « Gipsy Guitar from Corsica » Waller, Gershwin, Torracinta (Belgian première)...

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Fanou Torracinta Trio

Classical music approached differently for the first time in Belgium Duo « Les Guitares Improvisibles » (France) Valérie Duchâteau & Antoine Tatich (guitars) « Moment musical » Vivaldi, Offenbach, Dadi, Dyens…

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Duo « Les Guitares Improvisibles »

Classical, opera, jazz and film music for the first time in Belgium Trio « InBreve » (France) Éric Franceries (guitar), Frédéric Bernard (guitar) & Igor Kiritchenko (cello) « Music Essentials » Albinoni, Bizet, Kosma, Theodorakis...

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Trio « InBreve »

20 young virtuosos playing together Ensemble de guitares du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles conducted by Hugues Navez « Rhapsody » Saint-Saëns, Mercury, Cordy, Dyens…

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Ensemble de guitares du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles

Flamenco Show Oleo (Spain/Belgium/Canada) Antonio Segura (flamenco guitar), Serge Dacosse (electric bass), François Taillefer (percussion)
Guests : Sara Sanchez Rico (dance), Alaa Zouiten (oud) & Marwan Fakir (violin)
« Recuerdos de una vida » world premiere compositions by Antonio Segura

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Oleo

Lecture - in French

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Sunday 28 November 2021 - 18:00

Nicolas Alfonso

« 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 ».


Master Classes

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Many performers and professors at the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competitions 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 26 November 2021 09:30 - 12:30 Antonio Segura
Friday 26 November 2021 13:30 - 16:30 Marco Tamayo
Saturday 27 November 2021 12:30 - 15:30 Alejandro Ceballos
Saturday 27 November 2021 16:00 - 19:00 Philippe Mariotti
Sunday 28 November 2021 13:30 - 16:30 Valérie Duchâteau & Antoine Tatich
Monday 29 November 2021 09:30 - 12:30 Éric Franceries
Monday 29 November 2021 13:30 - 16:30 Marco Tamayo
Tuesday 30 November 2021 09:30 - 12:30 Frédéric Bernard

Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon

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