2017-18 Fundraising Goal

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2018 Philadelphia Classical
Guitar Festival

April 7 & 8, 2018

Our annual festival will feature a vast array of events for guitarists of all ages including:

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S 38th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Details for the competition can be found HERE.

    • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S 38th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Details for the competition can be found HERE.

    • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA


    Legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts. 

    His career has been dedicated to bringing the guitar to the main musical centers of the world such as the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. He has completed a dozen tours of Japan and made repeated appearances in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, and Hong Kong, and in Latin America he has performed in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico. 

    Barrueco's commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with many distinguished composers such as Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and Toru Takemitsu. 

    Manuel Barrueco has appeared on a wide array of television programs including "CBS Sunday Morning", A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts", and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" on PBS. He was featured in a Lexus car commercial, and his work in music inspired Michael Lawrence’s biographical documentary: “Manuel Barrueco: A Gift and a Life”. 

    Barrueco’s recording catalogue includes over a dozen recordings for the EMI label. His recording of Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor and tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra was cited as the best recording of that piece in Classic CD Magazine. 

    In 2007 Manuel Barrueco received a Grammy nomination for the “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” for his Solo Piazzolla, which was the first recording to be released on his exclusive Manuel Barrueco Collection on Tonar Music. Tango Sensations and Sounds of the Americas followed in collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the latter received a Latin Grammy Award for “Inca Dances” by Gabriela Lena Frank for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.” In 2010 he released, Tárrega!, which received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album,” Medea, which includes Barrueco’s arrangement of the ballet by flamenco guitarist/composer Manolo Sanlúcar recorded with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Víctor Pablo Pérez conducting and received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album” as well. His latest release is China West, a recording of guitar trios in collaboration with his protégés, the Beijing Guitar Duo. 

    Manuel Barrueco began playing the guitar at the age of eight in his native Cuba and he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1967 as political refugees. Later, he completed his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he now shares his love for music with a small number of exceptionally gifted young guitarists from all over the world.

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    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

    A great opportunity to see what is available in the guitar world with sheet music, hand made guitars, tuners and other guitar accessories, and more!


    Temple University

    Classical Vintage Guitars

    Philadelphia Classical Guitar Store

    Kevin Cope - Composer

    Gary Lee - Luthier

    Bruce Thompson - Luthier

    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

    Details for the competition can be found HERE.

    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

    Tariel Iberi will give some background about the Republic of Georgia, discuss different styles and elements of Georgian folk music, and demonstrate how he has incorporated them into music for the guitar.

    Presenter Bio - For over twenty years, Tariel Iberi has played and taught guitar around the U.S. and Europe. He has held numerous master classes, performed at various concerts and festivals, and served as a jurist at festivals.

    Mr. Iberi has written both solo and ensemble guitar music in numerous genres, including concertos, sonatas, trios, polyphonic pieces, character pieces, and dances. He has also written a series of books of pedagogical pieces. He translates the sparkling riches of Georgian music into the medium of the guitar and synthesizes Georgian and Western elements to create a broad range of styles.

    Mr. Iberi studied at Kyiv Music College and at L’viv State Conservatoire in Ukraine. He established guitar programs first at Tbilisi Music College and then at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. He later moved to the United States, where he continues to perform, teach, and compose.

    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

    The PCGS Concert Ensemble, under the direction of Kathleen Mayes, is an auditioned, professional-level, performing guitar ensemble.  The Concert Ensemble specializes in performing exciting and colorful works composed or arranged for multiple guitars.  It is committed to providing a valuable ensemble experience for guitarists of diverse backgrounds, while maintaining musical excellence. The Concert Ensemble holds multiple concerts throughout the community in an effort to promote an appreciation for and expand the audience base of classical guitar music.

    More information on the ensemble can be found HERE.

    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

    Award-winning guitarist Oscar Somersalo performs as a soloist and chamber musician in America and Europe. In recent seasons Somersalo has appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at Finlandia Hall, and with Panama National Symphony Orchestra.

    Somersalo won 1st prize in 2017 at Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition in Boone, NC and Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition in the USA as well as 2nd prize in 2009 at the International Guitar Competition “Ciudad de Llerena” in Spain and was awarded as the young soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2011. Somersalo has performed solo concerts on festivals such as Kauhava Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Tuscia Guitar festival in Italy and Panama Guitar Festival in Panama, as both performer and masterclass instructor.

    Somersalo’s repertoire encompasses great classics and innovative new compositions. His concerts often include pieces by Bach – such as the Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 – as well as titles like “To build a House” by American composer Scott Lee, which Somersalo premiered in 2014 at a concert sponsored by the Baltimore Guitar Society.

    In addition to solo repertoire Somersalo has appeared in duos together with flute and piano, and guitar duo and guitar quintet. Somersalo has also appeared in larger groups with repertoire such as “Electric Counterpoint” by Steve Reich at SibaFest in Finland and in more rare performances such as performance with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore, performing Mahler’s 7th Symphony, where the guitar is a part of the orchestra. Somersalo is also a cellist and emphasizes the importance of experiencing music from different angels in order to build a strong foundation of musicality and diversity.

    Somersalo earned the Master of Music degree and the Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he studied under international virtuoso Manuel Barrueco. He is also a graduate of the famed Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree.

    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

    MASTERCLASS: A class given by an expert, especially a musician, for exceptional students, usually presented in public.

    As part of our 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival the renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco will follow up his festival opening concert with a masterclass at our full day festival. Skilled students will perform briefly for Mr. Barrueco in the beautiful Presser Hall at the Settlement Music School and they will then be instructed by Mr. Barrueco on ways to improve various musical attributes that could range from tone production, performance preparation, efficient practice, technique, or any other aspect of their playing that he feels he can help the student improve. 

    Masterclasses are not only a great opportunity for performers to work with renowned performers but also a chance for other guitarists, ranging from professional performers to amateur enthusiasts to gain a unique look at how the mind of a master works and to apply the lessons presented on stage to their own playing and practice. 

    If you are interested in performing at this masterclass please complete and submit the below PDF application form by March 14, 2018


    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Performance Anxiety is a problem that anyone who engages in a creative activity in front of an audience has probably experienced. For some it may occur as an occasional, situation specific spike in what is otherwise their normal level of excitement and anticipation. For a great many others, though, it is an ongoing struggle that can make performing at any level an intensely difficult thing to do. For far too many skilled and passionate artists, it can become an impossible obstacle to hurdle if steps are not taken to develop the ability to keep it at a manageable level and not allow it to interfere with doing what they love.

    This presentation will include a discussion of the root causes of performance anxiety and its psychological and physiological aspects, along with descriptions of strategies that you can use to work on developing the ability to manage your own anxiety.

    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA


    Award-winning guitarist, Joseph Palmer, has earned a reputation as one of the most highly captivating and dynamic young performers on the American guitar scene. 

    Palmer has been featured as a soloist in cities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Performance highlights from 2016 include concerts in Jalisco, Mexico; Hamilton, Ontario; Wilmington, Delaware; Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; Fort Worth, Texas; and multiple performances in Austin, Texas. 

    Joseph began studying classical guitar at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Rockwall, Texas. He went on to earn degrees in music performance at Columbus State University (2009, B.M.), and the University of Texas at Austin (2011, M.M. & 2015, D.M.A.). In the later years of his studies, Palmer toured the competition circuit and was awarded 16 prizes in international competitions, including the World Guitar Competition and Guitare Montreal

    In recent years, Joseph has developed a passion for connecting with new audiences through outreach performance. In 2015, he began working in collaboration with Austin Classical Guitar as Performance Engagement Artist. He has since given over a hundred interactive concerts to under-served communities and is a passionate advocate for music's potential to inspire and transform.

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Address: 2038 Sansom street - Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: +1 (215) 567 2972
Email: info@phillyguitar.com 

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