Melbourne Guitar Festival 2019

Calling all classical guitar fans, Australia’s favourite festival is returning to Melbourne!

3 day festival pass only $180!

PURCHASE FESTIVAL PASS

Includes entry to all 8 concert events, masterclasses, competition viewing, guitar displays, plus complimentary beer, wine and cheese at our evening concerts!  

Only 100 festival passes available!

Book today before they are all sold out!

When? Sept 20 - Sept 22 Where? Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Kew What's happening? 8 concert events, Masterclasses, Guitar Displays, $20,000 Performance Competiton, and more!

Hi there! I'm Michael MacManus, director of the Melbourne Guitar Festival!

I can't wait to share this year's festival with you! From a concert of traditional South African Kora music by the amazing Derek Gripper, through to Radiohead arrangements by Codex Guitar Quartet, with breath-taking classical guitar soloists Campbell Diamond, Gian Marco Ciampa (our 2018 ICAC winner) and Harold Gretton, and a French inspired program by the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, this 5th Melbourne Guitar Festival will be one to remember!

Throw into the mix some amazing guitar displays, a $20,000 performance competition, masterclasses, presentations and complimentary catering at our evening concerts, the vibe and quality of performance at our festival is unparalleled!

Our full schedule including the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced performance competition, masterclasses, guitar displays and presentations/talks will be released later. 

A festival pass includes entry to all 8 performance events at our festival, competition and masterclass viewing, guitar displays, and complimentary catering at our evening concerts.

See you soon!

You can view samples of our artists below! 

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Fri Sept 20, 7pm Campbell Diamond

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We are proud to feature emerging Australian talent, and Campbell Diamond has been making waves in recent years, receiving 22 international prizes for his performances around the world, including most recently the 1st prize, Bach Prize and Brouwer Prize at 5th Koblenz International Guitar Competition, Germany 2017. 

Campbell was also the recipient of an MGF Performance Scholarship award in 2015, and we are thrilled to invite him to open our 2019 Melbourne Guitar Fesival!

Concert includes complimentary Dainton Beer, Delinquente wine and cheese platters during intermission!

Sat Sept 21, 1pm Melbourne Guitar Quartet  

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Formed in 2005, the Melbourne Guitar Quartet (MGQ) is a vibrant guitar based ensemble dedicated to the development of chamber music repertoire for the instrument. Utilising the unique concept of the Guitar Family of instruments (classical bass guitar, baritone guitar, standard guitar, treble guitar and octave guitar), the award-winning MGQ are continuously cultivating groundbreaking arrangements of major works for this idiom.  

This concert will feature French works, including the famous Suite Bergamasque by Debussy. A real treat for all music lovers!  

Sat Sept 21, 5pm Harold Gretton "Australian Composer's Hour" 

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Made possible by the generous support of Dr Tom Chalko, The Australian Composer's Hour pays tribute to new and estabished works written by Australian Composers.  

After a stellar performance at our 2018 Guitar Festival (while suffering a fractured neck and back from a major car accident only weeks prior to the festival!!) we warmly welcome Harold Gretton back to the stage to present this all Australian concert!

Not only is Harold an extremely gifted performer, he is also a highly talented composer and ambassador of new music. A perfect fit to present this wonderful program of Australian music!  

Just promise us, no car accidents this time!! :O 

Sat Sept 21, 7:30pm Derek Gripper 

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Derek Gripper is a classical guitarist who has taken a unique path. As a South African classical musician he felt limited by the music of the traditional classical guitar and so went on a journey through different musical styles, returning always to the guitar to find ways of bringing what he learned onto the instrument. 

This concert will explore the dialogue between the disparate styles that have informed his work to date: Kora, Bach, South African jazz, Contemporary Classical and large scale improvisations. 

Quotations of Bach, Malian songs, virtuosic kora compositions, Southern African bow music, and avant-garde Brazilian guitar music combine to create a new solo guitar which is at once intimate and explosive, improvised and composed, traditional and new.

Concert includes complimentary Dainton Beer, Delinquente wine and cheese platters during intermission!

Sun Sept 22, 10:30am Festival Gala Concert

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Can't attend some of the concerts? This is a chance for you to see a "snapshot" of many of our festival artists! 

Sun Sept 22, 12:30pm "Radiohead" - Codex Guitar Quartet 

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Led by Evan Hopkins, former MGF co-partner, this quartet sheds new light with ground-breaking arrangements of Radiohead for classical guitar quartet! 

Who ever said classical musicians can't rock out?!  

Sun Sept 22, 2:30pm International Concert Artist Competition 

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4 of the world's best classical guitarists compete for a first prize valued at approximately $10,000. Which includes a paid Australian Concert Tour and invitation to perform at the 2020 Melbourne Guitar Festival!

Sun Sept 22, 4:00pm Gian Marco Ciampa, 2018 ICAC Winner 

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The winner of our 2018 International Concert Artist Competition, with support from the Italian Institute of Culture Melbourne we proudly present Gian Marco Ciampa from Italy!

Gian Marco keeps a very busy international touring schedule, and frequently is invited to perform at Guitar Festivals and concert halls around the world, with previous appearances including the Manhattan Theatre of New York, Omis International Guitar Festival, “Santa Cecilia” Conservatoire in Rome, San Giacomo Festival (Bologna), Chitarrissima Guitar Festival (Torino), and Urayasu Concert Hall (Japan) to name a few!  

A true performer, Gian Marco impresses with his commanding stage presence, sensitive musicality and virtuosic technique!

"A true wunderkind with a strong musical personality, he is stepping into the limelight of the International music stage" - Il Tempo Newspaper

2019 Melbourne Guitar Festival

When? Sept 20 - Sept 22 Where? Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Kew What's happening? 8 concert events, Masterclasses, Guitar Displays, $20,000 Performance Competiton, and more!

Competition

International Concert Artist Competition Entries close July 31st, 2019. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced category entries have closed. 

The total prize pool for the performance competition is over $20,000 ! 

You can view the full prize list by clicking on the Entry Form!

This classical guitar performance competition is for all ages and abilities, with categories including Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and International Concert Artist Competition (ICAC).

The grand prize for the ICAC competition is valued at $10,000 AUD and includes a paid 2020 Australian Concert Tour, $1000 cash, an invitation to perform at the 2020 Melbourne Guitar Festival and a 12 month House Concerts Australia membership + Tonebase Premium Yearly Subscription (RRP $195)

The Advanced competiton winner will walk away with a beautiful hand crafted concert guitar by Andrew Doriean (RRP $6800) + $100 Hans Music Voucher + string pack + Tenuto Pro Guitar Support (RRP $110) + Tonebase Premium Yearly Subscription (RRP $195)

The Intermediate competition winner will have a choice between several high end Katoh guitar series instruments, such as the Katoh DF-69 (RRP $2495) + $50 Hans Music Voucher + string pack + Tenuto Pro Guitar Support (RRP $110) + Tonebase Premium Yearly Subscription (RRP $195)

The Beginner competition winner will receive a Katoh MCG85S (RRP $699) + $50 Hans Music Voucher + string pack + Tenuto Lite Guitar Support (RRP $65) + Tonebase Premium Yearly Subscription (RRP $195)

Special Thanks To:

Catering

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Dainton Family Brewery and Delinquente Wine Co. for providing complimentary Beer and Wine during intermission for our two evening concerts (Fri - Campbell Diamond, and Sat - Derek Gripper). This is included with your concert ticket at no extra cost!