"… one of America's premier guitarists… Notes shone with different weights and hues; melodies were alive and recalled the nuanced beauty of light reflecting off a string of pearls… (Jason) Vieaux's performance spun magic. Rarely has a single instrument so clearly painted such cinematic vistas and searching introspection." – Fort-Worth Star-Telegram
Congratulations to Jason Vieaux on receiving the 2015 Grammy® Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Performance for his album Play. Jason is scheduled to appear at the Festival Sunday afternoon, April 26, at 3:00 pm.
Master classes were given by Paul Cesarczyk, Maureen Hynes, Thibault Cauvin, Derek Gripper and Frederic Hand. Also presented, a class on arranging for high school guitar ensembles with Alan Hirsh and workshops on Rock Guitar Techniques with James Erickson and on the Shearer Method with Thomas Kikta and Mr. Hirsh.
A highlight of the Festival was our first Tri-State High School Classical Guitar Competition. First prize was awarded to Jonathan Bodian, second prize to Kang Min Shin, third prize to Eliza Carrington. Semi-finalists included Matthew Carillo and Zaffira Medici-Murania. Bravo and Brava to all the competitors!
Festival 2014 was dedicated to the memory and music of Paco de Lucía.
The Long Island Guitar Festival presents master classes, concerts and workshops by the world's most outstanding guitarists and teachers. Workshops have included Computer Music Notation for Guitarists, Composers and Arrangers, High School Guitar Ensemble Workshops, Fingerboard Harmony and Chamber Music Workshops. Special concerts have included the "Legacy of Segovia" with Segovia protegé Michael Lorimer, the U.S. debut of renowned guitarist composer Carlo Domeniconi, LIU Post alumni concerts and new music concerts including world premieres. The festival has established partnerships with high schools including Greenwich High School and the United Nations International School, as well as local community colleges.
Special Festival Events
In 2002 the Long Island Guitar Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary. As
part of the celebration, Guitar x 2 (Festival Director Harris Becker and
Pasquale Bianculli) premiered Long Island Suite, a guitar duo written
for them by Carlo Domeniconi to mark the anniversary.
Featured during Festival 2012 was the World Premiere of Harrisdale Concerto for Guitar & Saw/Violin and Guitar Orchestra by Dr. Alan Hirsh, celebrating the Festival's twentieth anniversary. At YouTube: First Movement, Second
Festival 2012 was dedicated to the memory and music of Howard Morgen. A special tribute to him, "Remembering Howard Morgen" was held on the last day of the Festival Sunday, April 22.
In the past the Long Island Guitar Festival has proudly presented such distinguished guitarists as (in alphabetical order): Howard Alden, Artesian Guitar Quartet, Denis Azabagic, Manuel Barrueco, Rebecca Baulch, Harris Becker, Gene Bertoncini, Pasquale Bianculli, Bishop McGuinness High School Guitar Ensemble, Gunnlaugur Björnsson, Brentwood High School Guitar Ensemble, Winslow Browning, Jorge Caballero, Thibault Cauvin, Paul Cesarczyk, Amanda Cook, Dennis Cinelli, Kevin Dolen, Carlo Domeniconi, Curtis High School Guitar Ensemble, John Dearman, Roland Dyens, Jérôme Ducharme, Cem Duruöz, Mark Elf, Eden Stell Guitar Duo, Eduardo Fernández, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbraith, Boris Gaquere, Pia Gazarek-Offermann, Derek Gripper, Guitar Trilogy, Frederic Hand, Freedom High School Guitar Ensemble, Olav Chris Henriksen, Adam Holzman, William Kanengiser, Koh Kazama, Dennis Koster, David Leisner, Michael Lorimer, Mark Marino, Ronn McFarlane, Chieli Minucci, Ben Moran, Howard Morgen, Newman & Oltman Duo, Pat O'Brien, Matt Palmer, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Simon Powis, Gyan Riley, Hayley Savage, Cecilia Siqueira, Raphaella Smits, David Starobin, Ernesto Tamayo, Scott Tennant, Stony Brook Guitar Quartet (Jose Maldonado, Barkely Heuser, Yannis Petridis, James Kerr), Threefifty Duo, Benjamin Verdery, Ana Vidovic, VIDA Guitar Quartet, Frank Vignola, Susan E. Wagner High School Guitar Ensemble, Weaver Academy, Jack Wilkins, Jerry Willard, Williams-Etheridge Duo (John Williams and John Etheridge), Andrew York, John Zaccari, Fabio Zanon.
To learn more about the history of the Long Island Guitar Festival, please
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