"The "Long Island" in the festival title clearly refers to its location and origins, rather than to its scope." - New York Times, March 2014

Long Island Guitar Festival 2019

Welcome to the Long Island Guitar Festival Web site.

The 27th Long Island Guitar Festival will take place April 9–14, 2019. We will proudly present the US debut of UK guitarist Laura Snowden, Jérôme Ducharme, Robert Trent, Claude Laflamme, the David Leisner / Eduardo Fernández Duo and Harris Becker.

Master Classes with Laura Snowden, and Eduardo Fernandez / David Leisner are planned.

In addition, Claude Laflamme will offer a Workshop on Guitar-Harp.

High School Guitar Ensembles scheduled to return to the Festival for Ensemble Showcases include Bishop McGuinness High School Honors Guitar Ensemble (Kernersville, NC), Susan E. Wagner Advanced Guitar Ensemble (Staten Island, NY), Brentwood High School Guitar Ensemble (Brentwood, NY), Harlem School of the Arts Guitar Ensemble (New York, NY).

Learn how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Long Island Guitar Festival or how your company or organization can become a Festival sponsor or advertise in the Festival program book distributed at all Festival events. For more information about making a contribution or sponsoring or advertising, e-mail us or call 516-299-3181.

Here's the anticipated Festival 2019 schedule to date.

Please continue to visit these pages for more information about Festival 2019 as it becomes available.

National High School Classical Guitar Competition

The Festival will once again present its National High School Classical Guitar Competition, open to high school students of all 50 states. Find out more on the Guitar Competition page.

LIGF Guitar Orchestra

The LIGF Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others will return to the Festival in 2019, conducted by Alan Hirsh. Visit the Guitar Orchestra page to find out how you can participate.

Master Classes for Guitarists and Performers

In 2019 the Long Island Guitar Festival will continue its tradition of presenting excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy. If you are interested in participating in a Festival Master Class as a performer, please see the Master Classes for Guitarists and Performers page.

Ensemble Showcases

Through its history the Long Island Guitar Festival has featured ensembles representing high schools from the tri-state area and other states including Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. Learn more on the Ensemble Showcases page.

Since 1993 the Long Island Guitar Festival has proudly presented such distinguished guitarists and performers as:

• Fabio Zanon • John Zaccari • Andrew York • Williams-Etheridge Duo (John Williams and John Etheridge) • Jerry Willard • Jack Wilkins • Weaver Academy • Susan E. Wagner HS Guitar Ensemble • Frank Vignola • Jason Vieaux • Ana Vidovic • VIDA Guitar Quartet • Benjamin Verdery • Gohar Vardanyan • Threefifty Duo • Stony Brook Guitar Quartet (Jose Maldonado, Barkely Heuser, Yannis Petridis,James Kerr) • Saigon Guitar Quartet (Nguyen Thanh Huy, Nguyen Tri Doan, Huynh Ba Tho, Tran Hoai Phuong) • Scott Tennant • Ernesto Tamayo • David Starobin • Raphaella Smits • Cecilia Siqueira • Hayley Savage • Berta Rojas • Gyan Riley • Simon Powis • POBJFK Guitar Nation • Bucky and John Pizzarelli • Matt Palmer • Pat O'Brien • Huy Thanh Nguyen • Newman & Oltman Duo • Howard Morgen • Ben Moran • Chieli Minucci • Ronn McFarlane • Mark Marino • Mare Duo • Michael Lorimer • David Leisner • Dennis Koster • Koh Kazama • William Kanengiser • Rene Izquierdo • Adam Holzman • Olav Chris Henriksen • Freedom HS Guitar Ensemble • Frederic Hand • Guitar Trilogy • Derek Gripper • Pia Gazarek-Offermann • Boris Gaquere • Paul Galbraith • Eliot Fisk • Hilary Field • Eduardo Fernández • James Erickson • Eden Stell Guitar Duo • Cem Duruöz • Mark Elf • Jérôme Ducharme • Roland Dyens • Carlo Domeniconi • Kevin Dolen • Centreville HS Wildcat Guitar Ensemble, Paul Cesarczyk, Dennis Cinelli, Amanda Cook, Curtis HS Guitar Ensemble, John Dearman • Cavatina Duo • Thibault Cauvin • Jorge Caballero • Winslow Browning • Brentwood HS Guitar Ensemble • Gunnlaugur Björnsson • Bishop McGuinness HS Guitar Ensemble • Pasquale Bianculli • Gene Bertoncini • Harris Becker • Rebecca Baulch • Manuel Barrueco • Douglas Back • Denis Azabagic • Arvo Duo (Joenne Dumitrascu, violin & Ming-Jui Liu, guitar) • Amaryllis Project • Artesian Guitar Quartet (Harris Becker, James Ericks, Laura Lessard, Michael Roberts) • Alexandra Yannis Guitar Duo • Howard Alden

Festival 2018

The 26th annual Long Island Guitar Festival took place April 10 to 15, 2018 on the LIU Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, NY USA.

Performers included Berta Rojas, Rene Izquierdo, Cavatina Duo (with Rene Izquierdo replacing Denis Azabagic due to a physical injury), The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Alexandra Yannis Guitar Duo, Simon Powis, James Erickson, Michael Roberts, Laura Lessard, The Artesian Guitar Quartet, Harris Becker, Roberts, Laura Lessard, The Artesian Guitar Quartet, Harris Becker, and Ria Modak, first prize winner of the 2017 National High School Classical Guitar Competition.

High School Guitar Ensembles appearing at Festival 2018 included Bishop McGuinness High School Honors Guitar Ensemble (Kernersville, NC), Susan E. Wagner Advanced Guitar Ensemble (Staten Island, NY), Brentwood High School Guitar Ensemble (Brentwood, NY), Harlem School of the Arts Guitar Ensemble (New York, NY).

Long Island Guitar Festival 2018 was funded in part by grants from The Augustine Foundation, The D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, Murphy's Music & Violin Shop, Savarez, The John P. McGrath Fund of LIU and the LIU Post Department of Music.

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"Long Island Guitar Festival...a very impressive concert lineup"
- Classical Guitar Magazine about Festival 2016

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

LONG ISLAND GUITAR FESTIVAL
Department of Music
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Harris Becker, Director
James Erickson, Assistant Director
John Meschi, Advisor & Website Manager

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Last update: November 13, 2018