8th Edition

Brussels International Guitar

Festival & Competition

26 > 30 April 2019

Fiesta

Welcome to the 8th edition of the Brussels International Guitar Festival & Competition, the not-be-be missed and eagerly awaited event in the capital of Europe for music fans and aficionados of the guitar.

The only one of its kind, « the Brussels guitar fiesta » attracts a large crowd and over the years has established itself as one of the major festivals in Europe.

The splendid Théâtre du Vaudeville, located right in the heart of Brussels in the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, will host concerts, shows, master classes, a lecture, an exhibition, a musical show for children and schools and a film, as well as the public final rounds of the national competition and the international competition.

Classical, latino, modern, jazz, music from the Balkans as well as a Flamenco show... The many facets of the world's most played instrument will be showcased thanks to a rich and varied programme : solo, duo, quartet and ensemble, guitar with mandolin and double bass, with string quartet and castanets, with orchestra and dancers...

Always seeking new experiences, the festival offers the public the chance to attend numerous world and Belgian premieres and listen to big names in guitar music from Italy, Cuba, Slovenia, Austria, Canada, Cuba, Spain, France, Monaco, Belgium and the USA ... as well as young artists on the verge of a promising career, for whom the festival serves as a launch pad.

The 2019 selection, through a brand new exhibition, pays tribute to the Masters Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso, who opened the first guitar classes in the Belgian Music Academies as well as the guitar class at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in 1965, thereby becoming the founders of the Belgian Guitar School.

This edition will also commemorate the disappearance of several other eminent artistic personalities : the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo and the French guitarist Jean-Philippe Grüneissen, founder of the the Guitar Class at the Conservatoire de Lille (France), who was trained by Nicolas Alfonso at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.

Finally, the ever popular « Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon » will welcome the public at the « Maison Grand-Place », located a stone's throw from the Théâtre du Vaudeville, on the Grand-Place itself, one of the treasures of Brussels.

Open to everyone, whether just curious or confirmed music lovers, this exceptional edition will be more than ever full of joy, emotions, discoveries and conviviality...


Hugues Navez
Founding President and Artistic Director
Full Professor of the Guitar Class & Head of the Guitar Department at the Brussels Royal Conservatory



concerts & shows

Friday 26 April 2019 - 20:00

Recital by the 1st Prize of the « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » 2018 Brussels International Guitar Competition
for the first time in Belgium
Tim Beattie, guitar (Canada) « In the Limelight » Alfonso, Dowland, Regondi, Rodrigo…
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Concerto for guitar and orchestra Thomas Vanin, guitar (France / Belgium)
Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
« Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos » Homage to Heitor Villa-Lobos on the 60th anniversary of his disappearance
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Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra Thomas Montagne, guitar (France / Belgium)
Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, conducted by Philippe Gérard (Belgium)
« Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra by Joaquín Rodrigo » Homage to Joaquín Rodrigo on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance
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Saturday 27 April 2019 - 09:00

Brussels National Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » « public final round - announcement of winners - awards ceremony » The national competition finalists, a maximum of six, each give a 20-minute recital which will be evaluated by the jury made up of personalities from the Belgian and international artistic world. This round will be followed by the announcement of the results and the awards ceremony.

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Saturday 27 April 2019 - 20:00

An outstanding guitar quartet from Monaco
for the first time in Belgium
Aïghetta Guitar Quartett (Monaco / France)
Alexandre Del Fa, Olivier Fautrat, Philippe Loli & François Szönyi, guitars
« Discoveries » Anthony Burgess (Belgian premiere) Loli (Belgian premiere), Fautrat (Belgian premiere)…
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Recital by the world acclaimed Italian guitarist
for the first time in Brussels
Aniello Desiderio, guitar (Italy) « Virtuoso » Sanz, Albeniz, Llobet, Rodrigo, Brouwer…
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Sunday 28 April 2019 - 09:00

Brussels International Guitar Competition « Ilse & Nicolas Alfonso » « public final round - announcement of winners - awards ceremony » The international competition finalists, a maximum of five, each give a 25-minute recital which will be evaluated by the jury made up of personalities from the Belgian and international artistic world. This round will be followed by the announcement of the results and the awards ceremony.

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Sunday 28 April 2019 - 15:00

Musical show for children aged 3 to 10 years old - in French Compagnie « Dans les Bacs à Sable » (France) « La Légende des deux Sorciers » world premiere The « Legend of the two Wizards » tells the story of a realm which has fallen prey to a terrible curse, a realm in which jumping for joy is now impossible. Every year a huge sorcerers' competition is organised. To enable the whole world to jump for joy, Églantine and Noa swop their magic wands for a Guitar thus calling upon the strongest power of all : the power of Music!

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Sunday 28 April 2019 - 20:00

Music from the Balkans
for the first time in Belgium
Mak Grgić, guitar (Slovenia/USA) « Balkanisms » Bogdanović, Ivanović, Tadić (Belgian premieres)…
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A duo of celebrated guitar virtuosos Anabel Montesinos (Spain/Austria) & Marco Tamayo (Cuba/Austria) « From Bach to Brouwer » Bach/Koshkin (Belgian premiere), Scarlatti, Villa-Lobos, Tárrega, Brouwer (Belgian premiere)…
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Monday 29 April 2019 - 20:00

Solo guitar and guitar with string quartet & castanets Hugues Navez, guitar (Belgium) & Quatuor Alfama (Belgium)
Elsa de Lacerda (violin), Chikako Hosoda (violin), Morgan Huet (viola) & Renaat Ackaert (cello)
« Fandango en Bruselas » Pujol (Belgian premiere of the « Sonata de Bruselas » for solo guitar), Villa-Lobos, Boccherini (Fandango Quintet for guitar, string quartet and castanets)
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An exceptional trio : mandolin, guitar & double
for the first time in Belgium
Julien Martineau Trio (France)
Julien Martineau (mandolin), Éric Franceries (guitar) & Bernard Cazauran (double bass)
« Paradis Latin » Calace, Monti, Marucelli, Bartok, Piazzolla…
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Tuesday 30 April 2019 - 20:00

14 young virtuosos Ensemble de guitares du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
conducted by Hugues Navez
« Homage to Jean-Philippe Grüneissen » Villa-Lobos, Márquez, Tisserand, Domeniconi, Johnny Hallyday medley…
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Flamenco show Oleo – Antonio Segura Group (Spain/Belgium/Canada)
Antonio Segura (flamenco guitar), Serge Dacosse (electric bass), François Taillefer (percussion)
guests : Ana Perez (dance), Kuky Santiago (dance) & Antonio Paz (vocals)
« Los Cinco Sentidos » world premiere compositions by Antonio Segura
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Lecture & Film


SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019 - 16:30

Lecture
« Les cordes harmoniques - recherche et critères de choix » Belgian premiere

by Cyril Maillot (France)
in French

SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2019 - 16:30

Film
« Villa-Lobos, l’âme de Rio » première belge

a film by Éric Darmon
coproduced by Artline Films, French Connection and ARTE France - in French



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Master classes

FRIDAY 26 APRIL 2019

09:30 - 12:30 : Frédéric Zigante
13:30 - 16:30 : Antonio Segura

SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019

13:30 - 16:30 : Mak Grgić

SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2019

13:30 - 16:30 : Aniello Desiderio

MONDAY 29 APRIL 2019

09:30 - 12:30 : Marco Tamayo
13:30 - 16:30 : Anabel Montesinos

TUESDAY 30 APRIL 2019

09:30 - 12:30 : Éric Franceries



Luthiers & Exhibitors Salon

SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019 - 10:00 > 19:00 &
SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2019 - 10:00 > 19:00


Luthiers

Dieter Hopf Gitarrenatelier (DE)

www.hopfguitars.com
Jean-Marc De Beys (BE/FR)

wwww.guitarreria.eu
Marc Boluda (FR)

www.boludaguitars.com
Michel Cassan (FR)

www.lutherie-levila.com
Vincent Engelbrecht (FR)

luthierguitare.com
Dirk Janssen (NL/BE)

www.janssengitaarbouw.be
Remy Larson (CH)

www.guitares-larson.com
Julien Lebrun (FR)

www.atelierdescordes.com
Christian Magdeleine (FR)

www.liutera.com/
Colin Van Aelbrouck (BE)

www.facebook.com/colinvaluthier
Mark Peirelinck (BE/FR)

www.markpeirelinck.com
Jasper Sender (UK/FR)

www.senderowitz.com

Suplyers



represented by
Jean-Marc Debeys (BE/FR)
http://guitarreria.eu



represented by
André Blanc & Philippe Mariotti (FR)
www.guitare-classique-concert.fr



represented by
Dino Inserra-Consiglio (FR)
www.deaguitars.com

Exhibitors

Savarez (FR)
www.savarez.fr
Azzato (BE)
www.azzato.eu
Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles (BE)
www.conservatoire.be
Schott Music (DE)
www.schott-music.com
Bèrben (IT)
Editions Henry Lemoine (FR)
www.henry-lemoine.com
Guitare Classique Magazine (FR)



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