Organised by the Melbourne Guitar Foundation, MIGF is Southern hemisphere’s largest annual classical guitar festival and competition. This festival cements the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as the centre of guitar in Australia, who are the main festival sponsors. Held at the historic Melba Hall, guitarists from all over the world converge to be part of this festival weekend.
Guitar luthier displays, Concert Artist competition, free masterclass viewing, presentations, concerts and complimentary beer, wine and cheese during intermission for the evening concerts!
Meet and chat with the artists and other guitar enthusiasts! And don’t forget to have a play of the many guitars on display!
Now that’s what we call the perfect weekend!
Please reach out to us if you have any questions about this year’s event.
Address: Melba Hall, Gate 12, Royal Parade, Melbourne University, Parkville
The easiest option would be the $8 parking about 50m from Melba Hall.
But make sure you purchase and display your parking ticket BEFORE you leave the carpark.
Royal Parade Car Park
Entry: Via Royal Parade, located between Genetics Lane and Medical Road (beneath Kenneth Myer Building).
Hours: Monday - Sunday 6:00am to 10:00pm
Fees and charges: $12.00 for 4 hours, or $25.00 for all day. $8.00 after 5:00pm Monday to Friday and weekends.Payment Options: Purchase a day ticket from the pay machine and display it clearly on the dashboard of your vehicle. Pay machines are located on each of the four levels of the car park next to the lift foyer. Signage at all exit points indicates their position
For assistance: Please use the intercoms located near the pay machines next to the lift.
Tapping into the past and present of the flamenco world, Richard Tedesco and Gerard Mapstone are among the most evocative and dynamic guitarists touring Australia today.
Presenting a fearless approach to music, they simultaneously embrace and explode traditional frameworks of flamenco guitar. As they quote from the greats in modern flamenco, their blend of improvised and original music will keep you wanting more.
Melbourne Guitar Quartet
The Melbourne Guitar Quartet utilise the unique “Guitar Family” instrumentation of classical bass, baritone, standard and treble guitars to create stunning arrangements and commission new works for this instrumentation. Think String quartet but for guitar! Their concerts have been widely acclaimed, recently winning the Contemporary Masters award two 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.
Lorenzo Micheli, winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition in 1999, the world’s most prestigious classical guitar competition. Micheli’s prolific recording career has seen him record more than 20CD’s as soloist and in his guitar duo, SoloDuo for Naxos, Stradivarius, Pomegranate, Soundset and Amadeus. He has given over 600 concerts throughout Europe and performed in over 200 US and Canadian cities and has performed throughout Australia, Africa, Asia and Latin America as a soloist and with Orchestra. He has performed in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, South Korea’s Sejong Hall, Kiev’s Hall of Columns, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. He also teaches at The University School of Music in Lugano, Switzerland.
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 of the next generation.