Adelaide International Guitar Festival

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Country and Region AustraliaSouth Australia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Adelaide International Guitar Festival
c/o Adelaide Festival Centre
GPO Box 1269 King William Road
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (61) 8 8216 8528
Fax: (61) 8 8212 7849

Festival Description

The Adelaide International Guitar Festival runs from November to December on a biennial schedule (even numbered years began in 2010) in and around the Adelaide Festival Centre precinct. Household names will headline a multitude of genre-specific concerts which will appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes. To keep up to date with Guitar Festival news, exciting competitions and “early-bird” ticket offers, visit the web site and subscribe to Twang! the official monthly e-newsletter.

Festival Dates July 17 - 20, 2014
Festival Links

Festival Events:

Programming 2014:
  • Double bill — Andrey Lebedev and Sydney Guitar Trio
    • Andrey Lebedev — Born in Moscow and raised in Adelaide, Lebedev was the winner of the Festival’s 2012 Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition and returns home for this very special recital performance. Now studying in London at the Royal Academy of Music on the Julian Bream Trust scholarship, this young man is swiftly gaining an international reputation as one of the rising stars of classical guitar.
    • Sydney Guitar Trio — The Sydney Guitar Trio, featuring Raffaele Agostino, Janet Agostino and Richard Charlton, joins forces with actor and musician, Rory O’Donoghue to present a program of storytelling and music in the Dunstan Playhouse on Friday, 18 July. The performance will cover everything from Alice in Wonderland to Dante’s Inferno with a dash of Banjo Paterson and Spike Milligan. This unique performance blends the power of the spoken word with music in a refreshing and entertaining way.
  • Judicaël Perroy & Máximo Pujol
    An extraordinary Festival premiere sees one of France’s favourite sons of the classical guitar Judicaël Perroy on a standout double bill with acclaimed composer and performer Máximo Pujol in the Dunstan Playhouse on Thursday 17 July.
    • Judicaël Perroy — The evening begins with Perroy, who is known for his mastery of instrumental colour and the compelling intensity of his performance. He has won multiple international awards and is in steady demand as a recitalist and a teacher. This concert marks his Australian debut.
    • Máximo Pujol — Completing the double bill, Máximo Pujol brings his tango trio direct from Buenos Aires to Australia for the first time. Having honed his skills playing milongas and tangos in the clubs of his home town, his vibrant and melodically rich music is founded on these styles, and makes full use of the expressive powers of the guitar in dialogue with stellar bandoneon player Eleonora Ferreyra and double bass player Daniel Falasca.
  • Gala Event
    In what promises to be a major gala event of the Festival, one of our finest musical exports the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) will be joined on the Festival Theatre stage by three very special guests on Saturday 19 July.
    • Pepe Romero — Firstly, acclaimed Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero will accompany the ASQ, then AIGF Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan will join the quartet on stage in his only performance of the Festival, and finally Argentina’s contemporary tango virtuosos, the Máximo Pujol Trio, will accompany the ASQ to complete this once-in-a-lifetime event. Magnificent works for guitar and strings will feature, including Boccherini’s beloved Quintetto No. 4 Fandango, Australian Shaun Rigney’s The Garden of Forking Paths, inspired by Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges, and Pujol’s own enchantingly romantic suite for strings and tango trio, Luminosa de Buenos Aires. This exclusive gala event will open with a dynamic performance by Brisbane’s acclaimed Aurora Guitar Ensemble, directed by Paul Svoboda.


Practical Info:

Call for entries 2014:
  • The competition is open to competitors aged 32 or younger with three qualifying rounds, including the audition round, semi-final and final round. Revered Australian composer Richard Charlton has written a new piece especially for the audition round of the competition. The semi-final round will be held on July 16 and the competition final will be held in the Dunstan Playhouse on July 19 during the festival, followed by an award presentation. Applications for the Classical Guitar Competition open from the end of September 2013 and close 6 December 2013. Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of January. Application forms and further information regarding eligibility and repertoire are available to download from the Festival website.


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