to the third edition of Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF) at the Florida International University School of Music. It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Artistic Director of MIGF. We will be celebrating Miami’s Cuban heritage in the upcoming festival A LO CUBANO. Thanks to the generous Knight Arts Challenge Award from the Knight Foundation, we are dedicating the festival to Cuban music and featuring extraordinary artists in eleven concerts, six masterclasses, five lectures, and a round-table composers panel.
Featured artists visiting from Cuba will include one of Cuba’s most influential musicians virtuoso guitarist and composer Maestro Eduardo Martin and guitarist/composer/pedagogue Maestro Martin Pedreira Rodriguez. Among the other great Cuban artists participating in the festival are Iliana Matos (Alberta, Canada), Rene Izquierdo (Wisconsin, U.S.), Rafael Padron (Miami, U.S.), Thomas Uriarte (Miami, U.S.), Carlos Rafael Rivera (Miami, U.S.), Zuleida Suarez (Cuba/U.S.), and Alberto Puerto (Cuba/U.S.). Additionally, we will be presenting the charismatic virtuoso guitarist Eliot Fisk (Boston, U.S.), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Adam Levin (Boston, U.S.), Eren Sualp (Turkey), Pierre Bibault (France), Sam Desmet (Belgium/U.S.), Nutavut Ratanakarn (Thailand), Emilio Rutllant (Miami, U.S.), Sandro Lazzeri (Italy), Emiliano Leonardi (Italy), and Celso Cano (Peru/U.S.), as well as the FIU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Javier Jose Mendoza (Mexico/U.S.). I will also be performing together with the wonderful Amernet String Quartet.
Engraving of Leo Brouwer by the great Cuban contemporary artist Nelson Dominguez in his studio house (Photo by Mesut Ozgen)
The festival opening concert A lo cubano on Monday, February 19th, will feature many festival artists performing solo and chamber works by Cuban composers, as well as a world premiere by Maestro Fredrick Kaufman. We will be honoring the musical legacy of Maestro Leo Brouwer with a Tribute Concert, featuring FIU Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, February 21st, performing under the direction of Maestro Javier Jose Mendoza, who will also premiere on Friday, February 23rd, a new guitar concerto by Carlos Rafael Rivera, commissioned by the MIGF, with soloists Marcin Dylla and Rene Izquierdo. Eduardo Martin will be closing the festival with his duo partner daughter Galy Martin, joined by another Cuban virtuoso, Iliana Matos.
In addition to our annual composition competition, I am pleased to announce the inaugural Concert Artist Performance Competition (CAPC) which will be running concurrently with the festival this year. The CAPC welcomes guitarists of all ages and nationalities. The MIGF competitions will award talented guitarists and composers with a total of $10,000 cash prizes!
Masterclasses will be conducted by Eliot Fisk, Marcin Dylla, Rene Izquierdo, Adam Levin, Iliana Matos, and Martin Pedreira Rodriguez. The classes are open to the public to audit as an audience while the enrolled players perform for the masters and get lessons from them. There are only 33 spots for active participants, don’t wait long to enroll as a performer in the masterclasses. Among the lecturers are early music specialist Dr. David Dolata, Frank Koonce,Martin Pedreira, Momcilo Aleksandric, and Sean Samimi. Our annual composers panel will gather non-guitarist and guitarist composers on a round-table discussion on various issues of writing for guitar. The Luthiers Expo will be presenting a wide variety of wonderful guitars of the talented luthiers during the festival.
The MIGF has been a successful annual event thanks to all guest artists, our generous sponsors at all levels, tireless student volunteers, and audiences. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible for us to accomplish this tremendous task of organizing a major international festival and making it a successful contribution to the lives of South Florida residents and in general to the music and guitar world. Thank you so much for sharing our excitement and joy of being part of this great festival. You can view the photos and videos from the festival events here on the media pages, as well as the festival facebook page and youtube channel.
I look forward to seeing you in the last week of February 2018 as we celebrate the music, Miami’s Cuban heritage, our beloved instrument, and the Art in general. Who wouldn’t agree with what great Manuel de Falla said,
“The harmonious efforts which our guitarists produce unconsciously represent one of the marvels of natural art”!
Artistic Director and Founder
The MIGF contributes to FIU’s best qualities in pursuit of our mission. The Arts in general are essential to FIU's life of the mind and music has the potential for engagement at many levels. I would like to welcome all of you to this festival and enjoy wonderful musical performances representing different cultures and traditions around the world.
The Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF) brings renowned artists from around the world to our School of Music to celebrate music and culture. It's a great opportunity to enjoy the wonderful musical performances and to experience Miami and FIU at our best!
I couldn't be more proud of Dr. Mesut Ozgen and the FIU School of Music for hosting the MIFG. I encourage you to participate in this wonderful celebration of culture and artistic talent!
Dear Friends and supporters of the Miami International GuitART Festival! I am delighted to welcome you to this unique and exciting series of concerts and events. Through his tireless efforts, my colleague Mesut Özgen has planned a wonderful festival that celebrates the art of the guitar. At the FIU School of Music we strive to “create, innovate, and inspire” and this festival fulfills that pledge. I’m sure you will enjoy the many styles of music represented on this festival and discover the many facets (and frets!) of the finest in music for guitar. Enjoy!
I was simply amazed by the magnitude, professionalism and quality of every detail of the inspiring Miami International GuitART Festival...Bravo!
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