The MGF is happy to say that planning is well and truly underway for the Melbourne International Guitar Festival 2017. This year we have another fantastic line-up of concerts to bring to our Australian audiences, featuring the best local and international classical guitarists on the circuit. We’re happy to announce the following artists will be playing at the MIGF2017:
September 22-24, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne)
Gerard Capstone Flamenco Trio
Andrew Blanch (2016 MIGF Competition Winner)
Melbourne Guitar Quartet
The Italian guitarist Lorenzo Micheli is one of the world’s finest classical guitarists and has a resumé to back it up. Winner of the GFA competition in 1999 and countless other competitions, he has stunned audiences in Europe and North America as both a soloist and in his award winning duo, SoloDuo. He has recorded over 20 CD’s for Naxos, Stradivarius, Pomegranate and Soundset Records includes the music of Dionisio Aguado, François de Fossa, Alessandro Scarlatti, the complete guitar Concertos and the 24 Preludes and Fugues for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a double CD of chamber masterpieces by Mauro Giuliani, Miguel Llobet’s complete guitar works and much more. I have personally heard him perform live in Europe and I can only say that it is my absolute pleasure to be able to bring Lorenzo to Australia for the MGF.
Gerard Mapstone is one of Australia’s finest flamenco guitarists and will stun his Melbourne audiences in the festival’s opening concert. He has performed with an incredible array of musicians including the flamenco guitarist Tomatito, The Buena Vista Social Club, Estrella Morente, Cindy Lauper, James Morrison, Queensland Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Ballet, Dalé Caña Flamenco Company, Pierre Bensusan, James Sherlock and Dheeraj Shrestha. Full of excitement and passion, his music is influenced by classical indian music, jazz and contemporary music.
Andrew Blanch is a previous winner of the Melbourne International Guitar Festival and Competition (2016) and will be familiar to many for his incredible musicianship and technique. He has also won prizes in many national and international music competitions. His debut CD Spanish Guitar Music has received rave reviews and has placed him as one of Australia’s foremost classical guitarists.
The Melbourne Guitar Quartet will be joining the MIGF again as featured concert artists. Their concerts have been widely acclaimed, recently winning the Contemporary Masters award 2 years in a row from the Melbourne Recital Centre. They are a regular touring artist for the MRC and their most recent CD In Colour has reaffirmed their position as one of Australia’s most impressive chamber ensembles.
As usual the Melbourne International Guitar Festival will feature a competition open to guitarists of all abilities and free displays throughout the weekend. There will also be workshops, masterclasses and free events taking place all weekend. Make sure to save the date and subscribe to our mailing list to keep up to date on all future announcements.
The Melbourne International Guitar Festival is proudly sponsored by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne) and the Italian Institute of Culture.
Make sure you save the date and hope to see you there!