Boston GuitarFest 2009: Viva Mexico

BOSTON GUITARFEST 2009: June 10 - June 14

"A week of musical and cultural exploration."

Boston GuitarFest 2009 is a concentrated guitar workshop consisting of concerts, master classes, workshops, lectures, and three separate international competitions, attracting professionals and aficionados from around the world.

Boston GuitarFest is the dream of visionary guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. While the main focus is always on the classical guitar, the festival also aims to set the instrument within a broader musical, cultural and social context. In 2009, our attention will be focused on Mexican music and culture (¡Viva México!), celebrating the traditions and new directions of Mexico’s national instrument. A range of artistic and cultural expressions will be offered including film, popular music, and other aspects of Mexico’s rich cultural landscape.

In accordance with the theme of ¡Viva México!, Boston GuitarFest 2009 features three generations of Mexican virtuosos: Alfonso Moreno, the father of modern Mexican guitar playing and founder of the world famous Orquesta de Guitarras; Alfredo Sanchez, known internationally for his ground breaking guitar transcriptions of Bach’s key works; and the young Cecilio Perera, star member of Eliot Fisk’s class at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and first prize winner of last year’s Boston GuitarFest adult level competition. We will also wish a happy 70th birthday to Leo Brouwer.

We are especially proud that this year’s opening concert will be given by our old friend, Scott Tennant, famed virtuoso and founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

In addition, we will welcome in his Boston area debut Cuban phenom Marco Tamayo, who will also premiere last year’s composition competition first prize work by Israeli composer Tal Hurvitz. Both Marco Tamayo and Cecilio Perera will be part of our 70th birthday celebration of Leo Brouwer.

Our cross disciplinary events will include eminent pianist David Witten in piano works of Manual Ponce and separate lectures on the star crossed artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and the tragic conquista of Hernan Cortes and its aftermath.

Eliot’s solo recital will include Villa-Lobo’s epic 12 Etudes as well as other works by Tarrega, Barrios and Albeniz. To conclude the festival, the adorable Mexican folk ensemble Soneros de Veracruz returns to Boston GuitarFest following their triumphant concert at GuitarFest II in 2007. Boston GuitarFest 2009 promises to be a varied and colorful festival; ¡Les invitamos a Viva México y al homenaje a Leo Brouwer!



Listen to Eliot Fisk's interview on NPR's "On Point"


A Welcome From the State Offices

Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Senator

Edward M. Kennedy
Massachusetts Senator

Congratulations on an impressive GuitarFest 2008. I commend New England Conservatory for convening this celebration of the power and possibilities of classical guitar. I also congratulate the musicians who participated in the performances, workshops and competition. It was a tremendous success and an impressive musical experience for everyone who attended.

GuitarFest has become a wonderful summer tradition in Boston. Audiences come to learn more about different cultural traditions and to enjoy the extraordinary musical performances. We’re all very looking forward very much to next summer and GuitarFest 2009!

John Kerry, Massachusetts Senator

John Kerry
Massachusetts Senator

I am thrilled that New England Conservatory and Artistic Director Eliot Fisk will once again be hosting Boston GuitarFest. This series of performances and workshops highlights both the exceptional musical talent we have right here in Boston and that of guest musicians from all over the world. Boston GuitarFest is a perfect example of music’s ability to traverse geographic, cultural and ethnic boundaries, and as a confirmed amateur guitarist I know it will also be a lot of fun. I encourage musicians and everyone who appreciates their work to become involved in this important cultural celebration, and I thank NEC and Eliot for making Boston GuitarFest a reality.

Barney Frank, Massachusetts Representative

Barney Frank
Massachusetts Representative

I was very pleased to learn of the plans for a fourth Boston GuitarFest following the great success of Boston GuitarFest 2008. Of course, GuitarFest is first and foremost an extraordinarily rewarding musical experience, but it also serves to introduce new people to the New England Conservatory of Music, which is such an important part of our cultural environment in Greater Boston. We recall with pride that Coretta Scott King, was a New England Conservatory alumna and that she shared Boston educational roots with her illustrious husband, Martin Luther King Jr. I welcome Boston GuitarFest as it continues to showcase the cultural advantages of the City of Boston, and to provide us all with the opportunity to hear wonderful music, played at its best.

  • Congratulations to this year's winners!

  • Youth Competition

    1st Prize:
  • Bernardino Rodríguez Espejo

    2nd Prize:
  • Matar-Itai Batyonathan

    3rd Prize:
  • Kyle Comer

  • Adult Competition

    1st Prize:
  • Pedro Mateo González

    2nd Prize:
  • Raúl Reyes Hernández

    3rd Prize:
  • Nemanja Ostojic

    4th Prize:
  • Laura Klemke

    Interpretation Prize for music from a Mexican composer:
  • Raúl Reyes Hernández

  • Composition

    1st Prize:
  • Milonga Today
    by Bruno Clemente Cavallaro,

    2nd Prize:
  • Tres Tientos
    by Jose Mora-Jimenez,

    3rd Prize:
  • By Shadow By Light
    by Omid Zoufonoun,
    Oakland, CA, USA

    Honorable mention:  
  • Recreation
    by Eva Kara, Hungary

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