London International Guitar Competition 2018: Winners Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to Emmanuel Sowicz who has just won First Prize at the IGF London International Guitar Competition 2018, which was held on Saturday 27 October 2018, at Kings Place, London. The Chair of the Jury, the composer George Odam, said the jury’s decision was unanimous. Simone Rinaldo won Second Prize and Carlo Curatolo won Third prize. The…

London Guitar Festival 2018 @EuroStrings @KingsPlace

The annual London Guitar Festival organised by the International Guitar Foundation & Festivals (IGF) is going to be super charged this year. As well as featuring the Gerardo Núñez Quintet with Carmén Cortés (Friday 26 October 2018, Kings Place), Ana Vidovic (Saturday 27 October 2018, Kings Place), and Margarita Escarpa and Paco Seco (Sunday 27 October 2018, Kings Place),…

London Strings Festival: 26–30 September 2018

The London Strings Festival, which opened on Wednesday 26 September 2018, with fine performances given by Ahmed Mukhtar on Arabic oud and the Veles Ensemble string trio, and the cello  and piano duo of Emma Besselaar and Antonio Oyarzabal, continues tonight and over the weekend with concerts and a Luthiers’ Exhibition. On Friday 28 September 2018, the Eden-Stell…

Pablo Sáinz Villegas with Plácido Domingo and Lucero Tena @HollywoodBowl

Plácido Domingo is conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a celebration of Spanish music at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday 13 September 2018, featuring as soloists: the guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, the violinist Joshua Bell and the castanet virtuoso Lucero Tena. The calibre of the performers at this Hollywood Bowl concert is legendary. The programme includes: España, Rhapsody for orchestra…

Leo Brouwer & David Russell IGF Guitar Summit @KingsPlace

The IGF Guitar Summit 2018 which begins on Thursday 19 July 2018 at Kings Place, in central London features the composer, conductor and classical guitarist, Leo Brouwer, in masterclasses and David Russell in concert on Saturday 21 July 2018 and in masterclasses. The opening concert will be given by the flamenco guitarist Antonia Jiménez on Thursday 19 July 2018,…

New Elizabethan Award – The Worshipful Company of Musicians

The biennial New Elizabethan Award for classical guitarists and lutenists is now in its Final Selection Round for the inaugural 2019 Award. See UPDATE!! below for results. The Final Selection Round will be on 6 July 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The eight candidates are: the lutenist Sergio Bucheli (with ensemble); and the…

Stephen Gottlieb Lute workshop auction 8–9 December 2017

The workshop of STEPHEN GOTTLIEB, the lutemaker who greatly contributed to our understanding of the lute and its construction, is on sale today Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December 2017 from 10am–6pm at 5 Leicester Mews, Leicester Road, London, N2 9DY. A limited number of machine tools Hand-tools: chisels, planes, saws, clamps, power tools, craft knives…