"The "Long Island" in the festival title clearly refers to its location and origins, rather than to its scope." New York Times, March 2014

Long Island Guitar Festival 2015

Welcome to the Long Island Guitar Festival Web site.

Festival 2015 Program Book
Festival 2015 Program Book
Festival 2015 Flyer
Festival 2015 Flyer
Competition Flyer
Competition Flyer

The 23rd annual Long Island Guitar Festival was held April 22 to 26, 2015 on the LIU Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, NY USA.

Artists who appeared at this year's Festival include Composer/Guitarist Carlo Domeniconi, Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux (Grammy® Award Winner for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2015), The Amaryllis Project (Liu Fang, Pipa & Harris Becker, Guitar) performing a program of world premieres for Pipa & Guitar, Mare Duo (Annika Hinsche, Mandolin & Fabian Hinsche, Guitar) and Douglas Back, Guitar/Banjo with a lecture/concert on American Guitar Music of the 19th Century.

Also appearing were the Artesian Guitar Quartet, Jazz Guitarist Mark Marino, Guitar Trilogy, Celia Linde, and Emerging Artist Jonathan Bodian (First Prize, Festival 2014 High School Classical Guitar Competition.)

Our Next Festival - April 13 to 17, 2016

The Long Island Guitar now in its 24th season will provide a unique opportunity for students and the general public to see world-class artists teaching and performing. The concerts for the 2016 festival will feature Andrew York, David Starobin, lutenist Ronn McFarlane, and Hilary Field. We also will feature the National High School Guitar Competition, Ensemble Showcases and the LIGF Guitar Orchestra as well as master classes and workshops.

Groups which performed in this year's Ensemble Showcases include the Bishop McGuinness High School Honors Guitar Ensemble (Kernersville, NC), the Brentwood High School Guitar Club (Brentwood, NY), the Susan E. Wagner Guitar Ensemble (Staten Island, NY), the POBJFK Guitar Nation (Planview-Old Bethpage, NY) and the Centreville High School Wildcat Guitar Ensemble (Clifton, VA.)

In a very special event on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. members of the Thailand Guitar Society and students from Ho Chi Minh Conservatory, Vietnam performed for a Festival audience via live video streams from Southeast Asia. Many thanks to the LIU/LIU Post IT team for assisting to make this special event possible.

In addition this year's Festival included workshops by James Erickson (Fingerboard Harmony) and Mark Marino (Jazz Improvisation) and Master Classes given by Carlo Domeniconi and Jason Vieaux.

National High School Classical Guitar Competition
The Festival again hosted a high school classical guitar competition, this year open to residents of all 50 states. Find out more about our National High School Classical Guitar Competition on the Guitar Competition page. 2015 competition winners will be posted soon.

Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra
New in 2015 was the Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others, conducted by Alan Hirsh. Find out more on the Guitar Orchestra page.

Long Island Guitar Festival 2015 was funded in part by grants from The Augustine Foundation, The D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, Murphy's Music & Violin Shop, Savarez, The John P. McGrath Fund of LIU and the LIU Post Department of Music.

Learn how your company or organization can become a Festival sponsor or advertise in the Festival program book which is distributed at all Festival events. For more information about sponsoring or advertising, e-mail us or call 516-299-3181.

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Festival Address:
Long Island Guitar Festival
Department of Music
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Long Island Guitar Festival
Harris Becker, Director
James Erickson, Assistant Director
John Meschi, Website Manager

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Last update: August 13, 2015

Festival Notes

Please visit these pages often for more information about the 24th annual Long Island Guitar Festival to be held April 13 to 17, 2016 as it becomes available.

Watch Carlo Domeniconi's April 25th concert at the Long Island Guitar Festival.

High School Guitar Ensemble Directors: if you are interested in having your ensemble perform in a Long Island Guitar Festival Ensemble Showcase please read the Ensemble Showcases page.

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Long Island Guitar Festival
Department of Music
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548