Cuba Culture

Havana International Guitar Competition and Festival to Focus on Composer Leo Brouwer

Posted May 01, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Culture.


Guitarists from nine countries will compete in the 12th International Guitar Competition and Festival in Havana scheduled for May 8 through 15.

Organizers of the contest said Monday that 29 guitarists have signed up for the compitition. They include eight musicians from Cuba and others from Japan, Germany, Ecuador, Israel, Ukraine, Italy, Brazil and Greece.

A panel of judges headed by Cuban composer, performer and conductor Leo Brouwer, director of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, will rate the participants’ performances in three rounds of competition and announce the winners on May 14.

An exhibit on Brouwer’s artistic career will also highlight the event and will include a display of books and scores as well as photos and personal belongings related to his work.

Cuban virtuosos Joaquin Clerch and Marcos Dias Tamayo, three-string guitar player Pancho Amat and classical ensemble ArsLonga are scheduled to perform.

Foreign artists invited to the event include Egberto Gismonti of Brazil, Victor Pellegrini of Argentina, Costas Cotsiolis of Greece and Spanish maestro Anton García Abril, whose 75th birthday the festival will help celebrate.

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