Welcome to Boston GuitarFest 2018!
June 25 - July 1
The summer of 2018 marks the 13th anniversary of Boston GuitarFest, with the theme “The Improvisatory Spirit,” seeking to display and liberate the improvisatory spirit that must be in all of us. Boston GuitarFest is the dream of visionary guitar virtuoso and Artistic Director Eliot Fisk, and is cosponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University Department of Music. Guitarists of all ages and levels will participate in a variety of available programs that include lessons, ensembles, workshops, competitions, masterclasses, and concerts. In addition to a lineup of incredible guest artists performing in both New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and Northeastern University's Fenway Center, Eliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch premiere a new double concerto by Boston GuitarFest Composer-in-Residence Robert Beaser.
UPDATE: Maestro Leo Brouwer joins 2018 Boston GuitarFest!
Legendary conductor, composer and guitarist will conduct the GuitarFest orchestra in a performance of his Elegiacio Concerto, featuring soloist Zaira Meneses, in a FREE concert June 30, and will be working with guitar students from the Academy and Institute programs in a masterclass.
Boston GuitarFest programs welcome guitarists and auditors of all ages, levels and backgrounds. From aficionados and guitar enthusiasts to students looking to study guitar at the collegiate level, the festival offers a great experience for everyone.
The Young Guitarists Workshop is a fun, engaging week of activities tailored to young artists ages 6 – 15.
In its second year, the Academy program is a classical guitar prep course, for students ages 16-20, running 7 days. High school and college undergraduate students receive a one-week intensive.
Boston GuitarFest's competitions are for guitarists ages 6 to 21. Whether it's your first competition experience or you're looking to add another competition prize under your belt, GuitarFest provides young guitarists a supportive learning experience, with prizes. A composition competition is also available.
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The Boston GuitarFest concert series presents six consecutive days of concerts celebrating the festival's theme of "The Improvisatory Spirit." In addition to a lineup of incredible guest artists performing in both New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and Northeastern University's Fenway Center, Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses premiere a new double concerto by Robert Beaser.