I must write to congratulate you on your wondrous work for the GuitArt festival. With concerts during the day, concerts every evening with some of today’s finest artists, master classes, a competition and other events, including world premieres of what are sure to be important works, I can scarcely believe it could have been done!

Dr. Albert Kunze, Recordings Editor, Soundboard Magazine, GFA

I had the immense pleasure of participating in the International Guitar Festival in Miami with my daughter Galy. It was such an amazing event, in which I could share experiences with great guitarists that I admire and love. I appreciate the diversity of styles and genres performed in the Festival.

Eduardo Martín, Guitarist/Composer

Truly the GUITART Festival not only present beautiful music played by some of the world's best but also remind us of the importance of "listening to our better angels", to listening in the bigger and best sense of that word, another activity that is far too short supply in our present polarized political climate.

Eliot Fisk, Professor of Guitar, Universitaet Mozarteum, New England Conservatory

Superb organization and presentation by Professor Mesut Özgen, who also participates as an active performer. How he was able to do it? With a great passion and intelligent work that deserves our sincere gratitude and congratulations!

Martín Pedreira Rodríguez, Guitarist/Composer/Pedagogue

I want to congratulate you on a first-class musical experience and an absolutely thrilling festival!

Adam Levin, Guitarist, University of Rhode Island

It was a great honor for me that I was invited to be a part of this mind blowing festival.

Benjamin Verdery, Guitarist/Composer, Yale School of Music

I was simply amazed by the magnitude, professionalism and quality of every detail of the inspiring Miami International GuitART Festival...Bravo!

Fredrick Kaufman, Composer, Founding Director of FIU School of Music

The festival was a genuinely enriching and enhancing experience...I was thrilled with both the variety and quality of the program as a whole. I say this from the perspective of perceiving in every single activity, elements of entertainment, education, camaraderie and exchange among musicians or classical guitar enthusiasts like myself.

Héctor Manuel Gutiérrez, WDNA Board of Directors

The festival saw eminent guitarists from around the world come together and provide a fantastic and euphoric spectacle which surpassed the audience's expectations. A remarkable and innovative Luthiers Expo was also a part of the festival. The MIGF is yet another feather in the cap of FIU.

Jay Vanparia, Beacon

The performances and workshops were of extremely high quality, offering an eclectic blend of the instrument for any tastes and interest.

Frederick Perry, Professor of Business Law, Florida International University

GuitART Festival offered a welcome, fresh approach, with its wide variety of styles, new or less-known repertoire, and different chamber music settings. All in all, audiences experienced the guitar in its full glory at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

Sam Desmet, Guitarist/Scholar, Classical Guitar Magazine

Congratulations on an incredibly successful guitar festival! Thanks so much for bringing this to FIU.

James Webb, Professor of Physics, Director of Stocker AstroScience Center at FIU


Welcome to Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF) at the Florida International University School of Music.


Featuring world-renowned artists in concerts, lectures, and masterclasses, including Benjamin Verdery, Laura Verdugo del Rey, and Rafael Padron among many others; check out the exciting artist lineup!


Enroll in the masterclasses taught by the festival artists in a friendly and highly informational learning environment.


The 2023 MIGF Composition Competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.


Professor of Guitar at the Yale University School of Music and Described by the NY Times as “an iconoclastic player” and “an American original, an American master” by Sound Board Magazine, Benjamin Verdery is hailed for his innovative and eclectic musical career.


Award-winning composer Stephen Goss’s music has been performed by many of the world’s leading orchestras. His latest work “Wynwood Walls: a concerto for guitar and orchestra” will be premiered at 2023 MIGF. Steve is currently Professor of Composition and Director of the International Guitar Research Centre at the University of Surrey, UK, and a Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


Critically acclaimed as a “highly accomplished and exciting player who gets the most out of the music he plays” (Classical Guitar Magazine), Mesut Özgen is also a composer whose works show the deep influence of traditional Turkish music.