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

26th Annual Long Island Guitar Festival

Festival Flyer

Competition Flyer
Entry Deadline
April 1

Press Release

Festival 2016 Program Book

Program Book

Welcome to the Long Island Guitar Festival Web site. In 2018 we will be celebrating our 26th season. Please continue to visit these pages for more information about Festival 2018 as it becomes available.

The 26th annual Long Island Guitar Festival will take place April 10 to 15. To date scheduled performers include 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, and Harris Becker.

National High School Classical Guitar Competition
The Competition entry deadline has been extended to Apirl 1, 2018.
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. Ria Modak, winner of the 2017 competition will be peforming at Festivall 2018 on Saturday, April 14 at 12:30 pm.

Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra
The LIGF Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others returns to the Festival in 2018, conducted by Alan Hirsh. Visit the Guitar Orchestra page to find out more.

Master Classes for Guitarists and Performers
In 2018 the Long Island Guitar Festival continues its tradition of presenting excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy with master classes scheduled to be given by Denis Azabagic, Rene Izquierdo and the Newman & Oltman Duo. 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. High School Guitar Ensemble Directors can learn more on the Ensemble Showcases page.

Long Island Guitar Festival 2018 has been 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.

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.

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Festival Address:
Long Island Guitar Festival
Department of Music
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Long Island Guitar Festival
Harris Becker, Director
James Erickson, Assistant Director
John Meschi, Advisor & Website Manager

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Last update: March 22, 2018

Since 1993 the Long Island Guitar Festival has proudly presented such distinguished guitarists and performers as (in alphabetical order):

• Howard Alden
• Artesian Guitar Quartet
• Amaryllis Project
• 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
• Centreville HS Wildcat Guitar Ensemble
• Paul Cesarczyk
• Amanda Cook
• Dennis Cinelli
• Kevin Dolen
• Carlo Domeniconi
• Curtis HS Guitar Ensemble
• John Dearman
• Roland Dyens
• Jérôme Ducharme
• Cem Duruöz
• Mark Elf
• Eden Stell Guitar Duo
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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

Tickets for Festival 2018 are available by mail using this Ticket Order Form. Tickets for select events are available through Ticketmaster and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Box Office.

The National High School Classical Guitar Competition is underway. The entry deadline has been extended to April 1, 2018.

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