9th Edition Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competitions

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« Advent Season »

The 9th edition of the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competitions, the key event so eagerly awaited by music lovers and guitar aficionados, is coming to your home !

Unique in its kind, this genuine « Brussels Guitar Fiesta » draws large crowds and has made a name for itself over the years as one of the main such festivals in Europe.

Exceptionally, this edition is entirely digital, as the prevailing health situation means it cannot take place in front of a live audience.

24 virtual rendezvous have been programmed from 1st to 24th December on the Festival’s YouTube channel,and will take the form of short videos, uploaded one by one on a daily basis.

These will be accessible free of charge and can be watched over and over again for several months. They will include concerts, master classes, a conference, a musical show for children and the finals of both national and international competitions.

Classical music, Argentinian, modern, jazz, music from the Balkans, Fado, Flamenco… The multiple facets of the world’s most played instrument are showcased in a rich and varied programme.

Audiences will be able to hear all the great guitar names coming from many different countries (Belgium, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, France, Slovenia, Portugal, etc.) and discover young artists on the springboard of a promising career, launched by the Festival.

Open to everybody, whether beginners or confirmed music lovers, this special edition will be, once again, brimming with joy, emotions and discoveries…

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 1st Prize of the Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2016 Daniel Egielman, guitar (Poland) « Latin American Landscape » Barrios, Piazzolla

Recital Éric Franceries, guitar (France) « Crossover Guitar » Vinitsky, Garotto, Sainz de la Maza, Mortagne…

Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2020 Presentation of the 6 Finalists (part 1) Egor Svezhentcev (Russia), Pasquale Vitale (Italy) & Sébastien Clerc (France) Alfonso, Asencio, Tansman, Dyens

Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2020 Presentation of the 6 Finalists (part 2) Lovro Peretić (Croatia), Belmin Okanović (Bosnia-Herzegovina) & Luka Lovreković (Croatia) Alfonso, Barrios, Ponce, Ginastera

Recital Rafael Aguirre, guitar (Spain) « Latin Emotions » Albéniz, Bustamante, Satie, Tárrega

Recital 1st Prize of the Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2018 Tim Beattie, guitar (Canada) « Fantasia » McFadden, Archer, Celtic Traditional

Recital Fu Ping Ryu, guitar (Taiwan/Belgium) « Third Stream » Ryu, Paganini, Rodgers

Master Class Rafael Aguirre, guitar (Spain) « 14 tips for self management for young musicians » What to do after the Conservatoire or Competitions

Recital Marco Tamayo, guitar (Cuba/Austria) « The Reality of Dreams and Illusions » Narváez, Giuliani, Torroba, Rodrigo, Tárrega

Master Class Éric Franceries, guitar (France) « 4 basic systems for a multi-style musical approach for young musicians » Rhythm - Harmony - Melody - Tremolo

Master Class Marco Tamayo, guitar (Cuba/Austria) « Major basic tips for developping expressiveness for young guitarists » Legato – Staccato – Vibrato - Choregraphy

Recital Gaëlle Solal, guitar (France/Belgium) « Villa-Lobos & Friends » Villa-Lobos, Nazareth, Jobim, Gismonti, Garoto

Concert Trio Oblivion (Belgium/France) Marianne Jossinet (flute), Caroline Schneider & Julien Siguré (guitars) « Musica Sureña » Mompou, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla

Brussels National Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2020 Presentation of the 4 Finalists Côme Durand, John Havenith, Minh Cédric Schils & Alexandre Wajnberg Alfonso, Bach, Lauro, Pujol, Velasco…

Master Class Mak Grgić, guitar (Slovenia/USA) « Social media : the 5 DOs & DON’Ts for young musicians » Content & Brand - Creating & Cross-Sharing - Networking - Posting Frequency - Tone of Voice & Presence…

Recital Mak Grgić, guitar (Slovenia/USA) « Balkan Christmas » Trad., Gruber, Pierpont…

Concert Duo Mélisande (France) Sébastien Llinares & Nicolas Lestoquoy, guitars « Spirit of Bach » Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

Master Class Sébastien Llinares, guitar (France) « Still fun after all these years! 3 ways to keep your guitar dynamic » Ear Training - Tremolo - Improvisation

Flamenco Concert OLEO (Belgium/Spain/Canada) Antonio Segura (Flamenco guitar), François Taillefer (percussion) & Serge Dacosse (bass) « Vida » Compositions by Antonio Segura