"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.

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.

National High School Classical Guitar Competition
The Festival again presented its National High School Classical Guitar Competition, which was open to high school students in all 50 states. The competition ended with a tie for first place between Eliza Balmuth and Everett Shen and second place being awarded to Alexander Seguin. Find out more on the Guitar Competition page.

Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra
The LIGF Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others returned 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 continued its tradition of presenting excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy with master classes given by Rene Izquierdo and the Newman & Oltman Duo.

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. 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).

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

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.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Long Island Guitar Festival or your company or organization is interested in becoming a Festival sponsor, or advertising in the Festival Program Book which is distributed at all Festival events, please 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: September 23, 2018

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

• Howard Alden
• Alexandra Yannis Guitar Duo
• Artesian Guitar Quartet
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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

High School Classical Guitarists: watch for details on how you can enter our 2019 National High School Classical Guitar Competition.

Guitarists and Performers: watch for details on how you can participate in a Festival 2019 Master Class.

High School Guitar Ensemble Directors: if you are interested in having your ensemble perform in a 2019 Long Island Guitar Festival Ensemble Showcase please read the Ensemble Showcases page.

Guitar Teachers and Guitarists: if you or your students would like to perform with the 2019 LIGF Guitar Orchestra please read the Guitar Orchestra page.

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