Baltic Guitar Festival

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. Since several years a classical guitar festival is taking place in Birštonas Kurhaus, where classical guitar has been heard since the 19th century.
Artists that have performed during the festival are 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), 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), Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic) and Lukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland).

Baltic guitar festival 2020

Baltic Guitar Festival will take place in Birštonas 25-28th June, 2020

Concerts

RAFAL MAJEK (Poland, Winner of the Baltic Guitar Competition 2019), June 25th
ANTON BARANOV (Russia), June 26th
COSTAS COTSIOLIS (Greece), June 26th
QUARTET SE.GO.VI.O (Italy), June 27th
DALE KAVANAGH (Canada, Germany), June 27th

SEMINARS, CONSULTATIONS, EXHIBITION, GUITAR ORCHESTRA



Antonius Müller
(Germany) – Seminar on guitar development and instrument maintenance
Dale Kavanagh (Germany, Canada) – Fingers aerobics
Gerald Garcia (U.K., Hong Kong) – Guitar orchestra (more information about guitar orchestra coming soon)
Maksim Cuker (Lithuania) – Guitar maker
Valdas Aleksandravičius (Lithuania) – European guitarmakers instruments
Felix Müller (Germany) – Guitar maker
Upon request, qualification certificates will be issued to the teachers.
GUITAR ORCHESTRA
Guitarists (age is not limited) are invited to join the guitar orchestra for FREE with Gerald Garcia. After you fill out a very short form, you will receive a piece that you will need to prepare in advance to be able to rehearse and perform live during the festival. Please do not wait long and fill out the form so that you have enough time to prepare.

Festival tickets

Festival participant ticket – 140 EUR
The ticket includes (concerts, food, accommodation):
• the concerts of the festival
• three nights in the Domus Hotel or hotel “Little Whale” (“Banginukas”’) (in a twin-bedded, tree-bedded or four-bedded room)
• meals (dinner on 25 June, breakfast, lunch and dinner on 26 and 27 June, breakfast and lunch on 28 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 20th of May 2020. The number of the tickets is limited.
A ticket to Anton Baranov ir Costas Cotsiolis concert – 15 EUR; for students and seniors – 10 EUR.
A ticket to Dale Kavanagh ir SE.GO.VI.O concert – 15 EUR; for students and seniors – 10 EUR.
A ticket to both concerts – 25 EUR.


COMPETITION

Prize fund over 14000 EUR!
All laureates of the competition will be rewarded with masterclasses and other prizes. Masterclasses will be held by ostas Cotsiolis, Dale Kavanagh, Anton Baranov, Gerald Garcia, members of the Se.Go.Vi.O and the Baltic Guitar Quartet.
Excluding other presents and masterclasses, prizes for the winners
Group D:
1 place:
• Guitar made by Maksim Cuker (worth 4000 EUR)
• 500 EUR
• a concert at the BGF 2021
2 place - Martinez Guitar (worth 3700 EUR)
GROUP C
1 place - Martinez guitar (worth 1900 EUR)
GROUP B
1 place – Esteve guitar (worth 800 eurų)
GROUP A
1 place – Kantare guitar (worth 550 EUR)
Important dates
March 16 start of the registration to the competition
April 30 registration deadline
May 4 announcing the results of the first round for group D
May 20 – the last day to buy a festival ticket (if any left)
Participants
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 (ensembles, unlimited amount of players, Teachers are not allowed to play in the ensembles): Group E1 (5–13 years) and Group E2 (14–24 years)
Fees
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 are asked to register in the site www.bgq.lt under the column "Festival" and fill in the form "Registration for the competition".
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 www.bgq.lt, Facebook (Baltic Guitar Festival), e-mail press@bgq.lt and tel. +37060492154.
The organizer holds the right to change the program and the timetable.

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