Baltic Guitar Festival


Since 2009, the members of the Baltic Guitar Quartet started organizing the international Baltic Guitar Festival. During their international concert tours and performances in various festivals, the quartet attended a lot of memorable performances, which were never before presented in the Baltic States.
Thus rose the idea to organize a concert series, presenting the world’s best guitar virtuosos, to inspire guitarists and music lovers in general and give the classical guitar a prominent place in the classical music scene it deserves. Since several years a classical guitar festival is taking place in Birštonas Kurhaus, where classical guitar has been heard since the 19th century.
The following artists performed in the previous concerts of the festival: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (USA), Bandini Chiacchiaretta duo (Italy), Roland Dyens (France), Amadeus Duo (Germany and Canada), Luz de Luna (Belgium), Irina Kulikova (Russia/Holland), Daniel Marques (Brazil), Thibault Cauvin (France), Dimitris Regginos (Cyprus), and Paolo Devecchi and Salvatore Seminara guitar duo (Italy), Judicaël Perroy (France), Eden Stell Guitar Duo (UK), Aniello Desiderio (Italy), Raphaella Smits (Belgium), Vladislav Bláha (Czech Republic).

Baltic guitar festival 2019

Baltic Guitar Festival

13th June
14th June
9.00–9.30 Registration to the Classical Guitar Competition
Classical Guitar Competition
9.30–10.10 Group A
10.10–11.10 Group C
11.25–12.00 Groups E
13.00–15.15 Group B
15.45–17.45 Group D
17.00–19.45 Exhibition of different manufacturers’ guitars
19.00 Classical Guitar Competition Award Ceremony
20.00 Lukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland; presented by Savarez), Amadeus Guitar Duo (Germany, Canada)
15th June
9.15–9.45 Fingers aerobics (Dale Kavanagh)
10.00–12.00 Open master classes for the laureates of the Classical Guitar Competition
13.30–15.30 Open master classes for the laureates of the Classical Guitar Competition, consultations of Gerald Garcia
16.00–16.45 Concert of the Classical Guitar Competition 2018 laureate Bianka Szalaty (Birštonas St. Antanas Paduvietis Church)
17.00–18.30 Seminar. Modern Guitar Technique / Integrative Movement Theory for Guitarists (Thomas Offermann)
18.30–19.50 Exhibition of different manufacturers’ guitars, consultations (Maksim Cuker, Valdas Aleksandravicius, Esa Kauppinen (Finland), „Kantare Classical Guitars“)
20.00 Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic)
Closing of the Festival
16th June
Festival picture
Individual consultations

Festival tickets

A ticket to Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Amadeus Guitar Duo concert – 15 EUR; for students and seniors – 10 EUR.
A ticket to Pavel Steidl concert – 15 EUR; for students and seniors – 10 EUR.
A ticket to both concerts – 25 EUR.
Upon request, qualification certificates will be issued to the teachers.


14th June
Prize fund over 6500 EUR!
All laureates of the competition will be rewarded with masterclasses and other prizes. Masterclasses will be held by Pavel Steidl, Thomas Kirchhoff, Dale Kavanagh, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Thomas Offermann, Gerald Garcia, members of the Baltic Guitar Quartet.
Prizes for the winner of Group D:
1000 EUR in cash
• a concert at the BGF 2020
• a masterclass with a teacher of your choice
• strings and gifts by Savarez, D‘Addario, Guitarlift
Important dates
1st March start of the registration to the competition
14th April registration deadline for group D
19th April announcing the results of the first round for group D
30th April registration deadline for groups A, B, C and ensembles
The competition is open to classical guitar performers:
Group A (5–10 years) – two pieces, different in style and character (up to 3 min)
Group B (11–14 years) – two pieces, different in style and character (up to 5 min)
Group C (15–18 years) – open program (up to 8 min)
Group D (age is not limited) – open program (up to 10 min)
Group E (classical guitar ensembles (other types of instruments can not participate in the group), unlimited amount of players, teachers are not allowed to play in the ensembles):
E1 (5–13 years) – open program (up to 7 min)
E2 (14–24 years) – open program (up to 10 min)
Groups A, B, C – 25 EUR
Group E – 10 EUR for each ensemble member
Group D – 50 EUR
Registration to the Competition
Those who wish to participate have to register on the site under the column "Festival" and fill in the form "Registration for the competition". Final deadline for submitting applications is 30th April 2019 for Groups A, B, C, E and 14th April for the Group D.
A selection of participants in Group D will be carried out - all players have to submit a video link of their work (or works) when registering. Video requirements: the submitted video should be a recording of a live performance of minimum 5 minutes. Each recorded piece has to be filmed in one take. The performed piece or pieces should not be necessarily the ones that will be performed at the competition. The quality of the video should not be necessarily of a professional level but should be well enough for us to value your level and quality of playing. The video should be submitted to us by sending a link, such as Youtube, Vimeo or others.
More information, Facebook (Baltic Guitar Festival), e-mail and tel. +37061409048.
The organizer holds the right to change the program and the timetable.