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 2022

Congratulations to the winners of the competitions!
Group A
1. Žymantas Ivanauskas (Lithuania)
2. Marija Artiuškevič (Lithuania)
3. Grigalius Kalkys (Lithuania)
Group B
1. Matvei Trishkin (Latvia)
2. Tumas Grigalius (Lithuania)
3. Marija Liminovič (Lithuania)
Group C
1. Matas Jaroševičius (Lithuania)
2. Nicole Balta (Estonia)
3. Goda Bukelytė (Lithuania)
Group D
1. Francisco Almeida Luis (Portugal)
2. Milda Orvydaitė (Lithuania)
3. Kelly Johannes (Estonia)
Special prize for the interpretation of the obligatory piece – Francisco Almeida Luis (Portugal)
Winner of the composition competition Ruben Laureys (Belgium)
CONGRATULATIONS!
The Baltic Guitar Festival will take place on June 16-19 in Birstonas kurhaus

FESTIVAL’S PROGRAM

All activities and concerts take place at Kurhaus (Kurhauzas), B. Sruogos g. 2, unless indicated otherwise.
TICKET to all concerts
June 16th
Announcement of the winner of the composition competition (on social networks)
June 17th
9:00–9:30 Registration to the Classical Guitar Competition at Kurhaus (Kurhauzas), B. Sruogos g. 2 for groups A and C; at Community House (Bendruomenės namai), Birutės g. 10A for group B
9:30–10:00 Classical Guitar Competition group A
9:30–11:30 Classical Guitar Competition group B at Community House
10:15–11:45 Classical Guitar Competition group C
11:45–12:45 Break
13:00–14:30 workshop „Improving by Improvising“ by Aram Van Ballaert (Belgium)
15:00–15:45 Classical Guitar Competition Award Ceremony (groups A, B and C)
15:45–17:00 Exhibition of different manufacturers’ guitars and Publishing house Auurk ed. (Belgium)
17:00–18:00 Break
19:00–20:30 Costas Cotsiolis (Greece) TICKETS
June 18th
9:00–9:45 Finger aerobics
10:00–11:15 Classical Guitar Competition group D
11:45–12:45 Break
13:00–14:15 Classical Guitar Competition group D
15:00–16:00 Concert Rafal Majek (Poland) at the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, Birutės g. 14
16:00–16:30 Classical Guitar Competition Award Ceremony (group D)
16:00–17:00 Exhibition of different manufacturers’ guitars and Publishing house Auurk ed. (Belgium)
17:00–18:00 Break
18:15–18:45 Concert of the winners of the BGF Competition Group D (Free entrance)
19:00–20:30 Anabel Montesinos (Spain) TICKETS
June 19th
9:30–12:00 Masterclasses
10:00–12:00 Exhibition of different manufacturers’ guitars and Publishing house Auurk ed. (Belgium)
12:00–12:20 Knobloch strings presentation
12:15–13:15 Break
13:30–15:00 Masterclasses
15:30–16:30 Quarteto Concordis (Portugal) TICKETS
16:30 Closing of the festival

CLASSICAL GUITAR COMPETITION

IMPORTANT DATES
Groups A, B, C
March 14th start of the registration to the competition
May 15th registration deadline
Group D
March 14th start of the registration to the competition
April 24th registration deadline of the first round (video)
May 1st announcement of the results of the first round for group D
May 15th registration deadline of the second round for finalists of the Group D
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) – free program (up to 8 min)
Group D (no age limited):
First round (video) – free program (up to 15 min), more information about the video requirements on the registration form.
Second round (live performance of the finalists during the festival in Birštonas) – free program, containing the compulsory piece by Oleg Boyko (Ukraine) "Allegro“. Pieces from the first round can be repeated. (up to 20 min)
FEES
Groups A, B, C – 20 EUR
Group D – 50 EUR (to be paid after the announcement of the selected finalists)
The participant fee does not apply to Ukrainian citizens who will be able to present a document proving citizenship, to be shown upon arrival in Birštonas.

REGISTRATION

Those who wish to participate have to register and fill in the form "Registration for the competition".
As 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. More information in the registartion form.
PRIZES
All the winners of the Competition will be awarded with prizes of Savarez, Midiaudio and Fermata and masterclasses. Masterclasses will be held by Costas Cotsiolis, Anabel Montesinos, members of Concordis Guitar Quartet and Baltic Guitar Quartet.
Excluding other presents and masterclasses, the main prizes for the winners:
Group D
1 place:
• 1000 EUR
• a concert at the BGF 2023
2 place - Martinez guitar (worth 750 EUR)
Group C
1 place - Martinez guitar (worth 460 EUR)

CLASSICAL GUITAR COMPOSITION CONTEST

The Baltic Guitar festival International classical guitar composition competition was established in 2021 to encourage composers to create new works for classical guitar and so broaden the repertoire for the instrument. Competition rules.
The winning piece of the Classical guitar composition contest 2021 was „Allegro“ by Oleg Boyko (Ukraine) . This year the participant fee does not apply to citizens of Ukraine!
PRIZES
The winning composition will be published by Auurk Ed, the composer will receive 10 free copies of the piece and 300 EUR.

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