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

Due to the pandemic this year's festival will be virtual. Register for free to attend at eventbrite.com

Welcome to the Long Island Guitar Festival Web site.

Ecletic and International, the 29th Long Island Guitar Festival will take place March 19 to 21, 2021. Due to the pandemic this year's festival will be virtual, presenting video concerts and live and recorded workshops and classes.

In addition to concerts, lectures and demonstrations, the Long Island Guitar Festival usually includes our National High School Classical Guitar Competition, the LIGF Orchestra, Master Classes for Guitarists and Performers, and Ensemble Showcases. Because of the pandemic we will not be able to present many of our usual offerings.

  • All events at this year's Festival are free.
  • You can register for free to attend Festival events at eventbrite.com.
  • After registering you will receive a link via email to the Long Island Guitar Festival Zoom Room. Please make sure you have the latest version of Zoom installed on your device.
For those attending the Harris Becker & Friends video concert, here is Chinnawat Themkumkwun complete performance which did not entirely play last night due to technical issues.

Festival Schedule

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Festival Artists and Performers

We are hoping to be live next year celebrating our 30th anniversary. We intend to have some special events. We would like to thank everyone from around the globe for all your on going support and encouragement.

Festival 2020

The 28th Long Island Guitar Festival was scheduled to take place March 31 to April 5, 2020 but was canceled due to the pandemic. Scheduled performers and participants included Grammy Award winner David Russell (first Long Island appearance), Beijing Guitar Duo, Jérémy Jouve, Yenne Lee, Evan Taucher and the Olson/De Cari Duo.

In addition scheduled events included Damon Smallman & Ingrid Riollot presenting a lecture/demonstration about The History and Design of "Smallman Guitars", Evan Taucher lecturing on Creating and Building an Online Presence: Leveraging Social Media, and Harris Becker was to give a workshop on Exploring the Score – Techniques for Practice.

Learn more about Festival 2020

Festival Sponshors

In recent years The Long Island Guitar Festival has been funded in part by grants from The Augustine Foundation, The D'Addario Foundation, Murphy's Music & Violin Shop, Savarez, Alhambra Guitars, The John P. McGrath Fund of LIU and the LIU Post Department of Music.

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

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

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

Last update: March 23, 2021