"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

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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, Laura Snowden, Cavatina Duo (Eugenia Moliner, flute & Denis Azabagic, guitar), the Alexandra and Yannis Duo, and the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo.

Here's the anticipated Festival 2018 schedule.

The 2018 National High School Classical Guitar Competition is now underway. Deadline for entry is March 24, 2018.

Guitarists and Performers: if you are interested in participating in a Festival 2018 Master Class as a performer, please see the More Information page.

High School Guitar Ensemble Directors: if you are interested in having your ensemble perform in a 2018 Long Island Guitar Festival Ensemble Showcase please read the Ensemble Showcases page.

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.

Watch for more information coming soon!

Festival 2017 – Our 25th Year

Performers at our 25th Festival included: David Leisner, Huy Thanh Nguyen, Raphaella Smits, Benjamin Verdery, Ana Vidovic, Gohar Vardanyan, Harris Becker, James Erickson, the Saigon Guitar Quartet (Nguyen Thanh Huy, Nguyen Tri Doan, Huynh Ba Tho, Tran Hoai Phuong), VIDA Guitar Quartet and Emerging Artist Kang Min Shin, first prize winner of the 2016 National High School Classical Guitar Competition. Showcase performers included Arvo Duo (Joenne Dumitrascu, violin and Ming-Jui Liu, guitar.)

High School Guitar Ensembles appearing at Festival 2017 included: Bishop McGuinness High School Honors Guitar Ensemble (Kernersville, NC), Susan E. Wagner Guitar Ensemble (Staten Island, NY), Brentwood High School Guitar Club (Brentwood, NY), Harlem School of the Arts Guitar Ensemble (New York, NY), Freedom High School Guitar Ensemble (Orlando, FL) and Rocky Point Guitar Ensemble (Rocky Point, NY)

National High School Classical Guitar Competition
In 2017 the Festival once again presented its High School Classical Guitar Competition, open to high school students of all 50 states. Find out more on the Guitar Competition page. including rules and an application for the 2018 Competition which is now underway.

Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra
The LIGF Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others returned 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 continued its tradition of presenting excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy with master classes given by the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Raphaella Smits, Benjamin Verdery and David Leisner.

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.

Long Island Guitar Festival 2017 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
Department of Music
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

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


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Last update: December 12, 2017

Pictured above are performers and featured artists from Festival 2017.

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 will be available soon either by mail or, for selected events, through the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Box Office.

The National High School Classical Guitar Competition is underway. The deadline to apply for the competition is March 24, 2018.

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