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.
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. Among others, it will feature the US debut of UK guitarist Laura Snowden and the Leisner / Fernández Duo.
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Long Island Guitar Festival
Department of Music
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548