David Leisner – "He moved easily through the brisk passagework and sharp accenting of the Ginastera Sonata, and his approach to the work's many coloristic effects was remarkably fluent and free-spirited. In more lyrical music... he played with an affecting gracefulness and warmth." – The New York Times
"Long Island Guitar Festival...a very impressive concert lineup"
- Classical Guitar Magazine about Festival 2016
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National High School Classical Guitar Competition
The Festival will 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.
Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra
The LIGF Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others returns to the Festival in 2017, conducted by Alan Hirsh. Visit the Guitar Orchestra page to find out more.
Master Classes for Guitarists and Performers
In 2017 the Long Island Guitar Festival continues its tradition of presenting excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy with master classes scheduled to be given by the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Raphaella Smits, Benjamin Verdery and David Leisner. If you are interested in participating in a Festival Master Class as a performer, please see the More Information 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.