Baltic Guitar Festival

In 2018, having got the invitation of the Baltic Guitar Quartet, Italian star Aniello Desiderio, a particularly sensitively performing Belgian guitarist Raphaella Smits and a guest from the Czech Republic Vladislav Bláha will have concerts and also share their experience with the young classical guitar talents for the first time in Lithuania. During the festival there will also be seminars on improvisation and the control of stage fear, as well as an excursion around Birštonas.

About the 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.

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).

Upcoming festival

Baltic Guitar Festival and Competition 2018
BIRSTONAS, June 15-17


Friday, June 15
* Classical Guitar Competition
* Seminar on improvsation by Igor Shoshyn (Belarus)
* Guitars exhibition
* Classical Guitar Competition Award Ceremony
* 8 PM Vladislav Bláha (Chech), Raphaella Smits (Belgium) in Birštonas Kurhaus
The sonority, tone and projection of the guitar was utilized to its fullest potential in the hands of Vladislav Bláha; and in turn, brought out the most subtle dynamics of this master's touch. Mr. Bláha, holds a unique position in the international classical guitar community.
(dotGuitar Magazine, Italy)
Smits plays with more heart than anybody should be allowed to have.

(Tom Chandler, Classical Guitar Corner)
Saturday, June 16
* Master classes led by Raphaella Smits, Vladislav Bláha, Aniello Desiderio or Baltic Guitar Quartet members
* Seminar on the control of stage fear by Veerle Boeckx (Belgium)
* Guitars exhibition
* Free Afternoon concert of the winner of the Baltic Guitar Competition 2017 Aleksander Pankowski vel Jankowski (Poland)
* 8 PM Aniello Desiderio (Italy) in Birštonas Kurhaus
...the kind of musician that seems to have disappeared long ago, Aniello Desiderio sweeps away the audience with enthusiasm - as the great virtuosi, Paganini, Regondi or Giuliani of the 19th century did - racing through breathtaking changes of register, acrobatic arpeggios and scales of extraordinary brilliance and elegance like a Ferrari…

(Stuttgarter Zeitung)
Sunday, June 17
* An excursion around Birštonas

FESTIVAL TICKETS


Festival participant ticket – 100 EUR. The ticket includes:
* the concerts of the festival,
* two nights in the Domus Hotel (in a twin-bedded, tree-bedded or four-bedded room),
* meals (lunch and dinner on 15 June, breakfast, lunch and dinner on 16 June, breakfast on 17 June) in the restaurant "Old town grill".
You are invited to register in the site www.bgq.lt under the column "Festival" and fill in the form "Festival participant ticket” if you want to buy a festival participant ticket. Registration deadline is 15th of May 2018. The number of the tickets is limited.
A ticket to Vladislav Bláha, Raphaella Smits concert – 15 EUR; for students and seniors – 10 EUR (Birštonas Culture Centre box office or tiketa.lt).
A ticket to Aniello Disiderio concert – 15 EUR; for students and seniors – 10 EUR (Birštonas Culture Centre box office or tiketa.lt).
The festival will include open master classes, workshops on fear of a stage and improvisation art, a guitar exhibition, and a tour of Birštonas. Upon request of teachers, qualification certificates will be issued.

REGISTRATION TO THE COMPETITION


The competition is open to classical guitar performers:
- Group A (5–10 years) – two different pieces (up to 3 min.)
- Group B (11–14 years) – two different pieces (up to 5 min.)
- Group C (15–18 years) – open program (up to 7 min.)
* Group D (age is not limited) – open program (up to 10 min.)
The participation fee is 15 EUR. Those who wish to participate are asked to register in the site www.bgq.lt under the column "Festival" and fill in the form "Registration for the competition". Final deadline for submitting applications is the 1st of May 2018.
* 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.

The winner of the D group will be awarded the main prizes of the festival and the opportunity to play a concert next year!
The winners of each category will receive valuable prizes from our sponsors and will be invited to the master classes led by Raphaella Smits, Vladislav Bláha, Aniello Desiderio or Baltic Guitar Quartet members.
The winners of each category will receive valuable prizes from our sponsors and will be invited to the master classes led by Raphaella Smits, Vladislav Bláha, Aniello Desiderio or Baltic Guitar Quartet members.

More information www.bgq.lt, social networking Facebook (Baltic Guitar Festival), e-mail press@bgq.lt and tel. +370 686 74 838.

The organizer holds the right to change the program and the timetable.

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