June 22nd - 26th, 2022 BGFest XVII: Toward the Light


BGFest XVII will continue the online successes of BGFest XV and XVI (virtual events held in 2020 and 2021) but in 2022 a significant portion of BGFest XVII will be held in person. Two online competitions will help build enthusiasm towards an exciting 5 day live- whenever- possible event in Boston.  We will continue to use the facilities of the New England Conservatory, but In 2022 all administration of the Festival will shift from NEC to the international and polyglot Eliot Fisk Guitar Academy (“EFGA”) team, most of whom are already experienced veterans of previous Boston GuitarFest events.

Boston GuitarFest History


Boston GuitarFest was founded by Eliot Fisk, Zaira Meneses and Steve Lin at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2006. Since its inception it has aimed to become an international, cross disciplinary, outward looking festival and has presented an astonishing variety of events including individual lessons, master classes, seminars, lectures, outreach performances in unusual venues, performances with myriad chamber music formations and with full orchestra as well as solo guitar, and annual competitions for guitar performance and for composition. Boston GuitarFest has commissioned major works for solo guitar, guitar and orchestra and guitar in chamber music from some of the most eminent composers of today including Leo Brouwer, Robert Beaser, and Kurt Schwertsik.

Boston GuitarFest COVID Guidlines

These are the guidelines provided by New England Conservatory. All participants are subjects to these guidelines during Boston GuitarFest XVII.

  • NEC requires all program faculty, staff, and students ages 5 and above to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.  
  • NEC requires all program faculty, staff, and students living on campus to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to campus.  
  • Masking requirements are in the process of being lifted for all persons on campus who are fully vaccinated.
  • Distancing requirements between ensemble members have been lifted.
  • Event duration restrictions and ventilation periods have been lifted, with the exception of the following:
    • All performances taking place on the NEC campus are restricted to 90 minutes total, without intermission.
  • Audience members for all performances must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the point of entry to all events.
These details are subject to change at any time in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and city and state regulations.

BGFest Founders


Eliot Fisk

Artistic Director

Zaira Meneses

Co - Director

Steve Lin


BGFest XVII Administration Team


Eliot Fisk

Artistic Director

Paola Molina

International Liaison / Web Technician

Zaira Meneses

Co - Director

Evelyn Molina

International Liaison / Web Technician

Adam Levin

Executive Director

Maurice Liu

International Liaison / Event Coordinator

David Malvinni

Festival Coordinator, Tech Czar

Céili Connors

Event Coordinator

BGFest XVII Guest Artists


Meng Su

Classical Guitarist

Oscar Ghiglia

Classical Guitarist

Bruce Holzman

Classical Guitarists

Bill Frisell

Jazz Guitarist

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