Long Island Guitar Festival 2009

About the Festival

The Long Island Guitar Festival is an annual international festival presented by the Department of Music of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post at Long Island University. The Festival represents the continuing commitment of Long Island University to reach out to the artistic community and continue an established tradition of excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy.

Festival 2012

The 20th annual Long Island Guitar Festival was held April 16 to 22, 2012 at LIU Post in Brookville, NY.

Artists who appeared at the Festival include LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), The Appassionata Trio, Benjamin Verdery, David Leisner, Jorge Caballero, Ana Vidovic, musicians from " A Midsummer Music Dream.", Bishop McGuinness High School Guitar Ensemble, Brentwood High School Guitar Ensemble and Emerging Artist Kevin Sherwin.

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.

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 Movement.

In the past the Long Island Guitar Festival has proudly presented such distinguished guitarists as Carlo Domeniconi, Manuel Barrueco, Michael Lorimer, Eduardo Fernández, Fabio Zanon, Howard Alden, David Leisner, Paul Galbraith, Jorge Caballero, Olav Chris Henriksen, Mark Elf, Eliot Fisk, Ben Moran, Frank Vignola, Chieli Minucci, Jerry Willard, Gene Bertoncini, Howard Morgen, Jack Wilkins, Pat O’Brien, Dennis Koster, Harris Becker, Ernesto Tamayo, Kevin Dolen, Pasquale Bianculli, Mark Marino, Cecilia Siqueira, Dennis Cinelli, Weaver Academy, Winslow Browning, John Zaccari, Guitar Trilogy, David Starobin, Benjamin Verdery, Denis Azabagic, Amanda Cook, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Roland Dyens, Curtis High School Guitar Ensemble, Ronn McFarlane, Cem Duruöz, Frederic Hand, Paul Cesarczyk, Hayley Savage, Rebecca Baulch, Scott Tennant, John Dearman, Andrew York, William Kanengiser, Adam Holzman, Raphaella Smits, Boris Gaquere, Gyan Riley, Ana Vidovic, Jérôme Ducharme, Newman & Oltman Duo, Threefifty Duo, Pia Gazarek-Offermann and Simon Powis.

To learn more about the history of the Long Island Guitar Festival, please visit these Web pages:

Past Festival Web sites: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1996

Festival Poster/Flyers: 1995, 1994 and 1993

Reprint of New York Times Review of Guitar Festival 2001

Last update: December 24, 2012

Festival Notes

The Festival's opening concert featured The Williams-Etheridge Duo - John Williams & John Etheridge. The concert was co-presented by Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

VIDA Guitar Quartet Derek Gripper
Thibault Cauvin Liu Fang
Join us for the next Long Island Guitar Festival to be held April 2 to 6, 2014. The festival promises to be eclectic and international with artists scheduled to appear including the great Pipa virtuoso Liu Fang, South African guitarist Derek Gripper, French guitar innovator Thibault Cauvin and the VIDA Guitar Quartet from England.

Music Events of Interest
LIU Post Chamber Music Festival
Midsummer Music Dream Music School & Festival