Welcome to Boston GuitarFest XIX!

Boston GuitarFest 2024 Poster

Celebrating Nineteen Years of Guitar Excellence: Boston Guitar Fest 2024, the Premier Guitar Landmark of Boston

For nearly two decades, under the visionary guidance of Artistic Director and world-renowned maestro Eliot Fisk, the Boston Guitar Festival has stood as the pinnacle of excellence in the realm of classical guitar. Each year, this esteemed event brings together virtuosos from around the globe, converging in Boston to create a sanctuary for guitar aficionados worldwide. Join us as we commemorate nineteen years of sublime mastery, where every strum resonates with the depths of the soul and each performance etches an unforgettable melody upon the hearts of all who listen. Don't miss your opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchantment of classical guitar at the Boston Guitar Festival, where legends are born and music transcends boundaries


Boston GuitarFest XIX

Young Guitarists Workshop

Ages 6 - 15

Morning Session: 10am-1pm
Afternoon Session: 3pm-6pm

  • 1 Private Lesson
  • Workshops
  • Ensemble Experience
  • 1 Concert Ticket
  • Closing Ensemble Recital


Ages 15 - 30

  • 3 Private Lessons
  • Workshops
  • Competition
  • Closing Recital Solo Spot
  • All Access Pass to Events and Concerts

Continuing Education

Ages 30 and above

  • 2 Private Lessons
  • Workshops
  • Ensemble Experience
  • Robert Bekkers Guitar Orchestra
  • All Access Pass to Events and Concerts

International Academy (online)

Ages 15 - 30

Morning Session: 10am-1pm
Afternoon Session: 3pm-6pm

  • 2 Private Lessons (Online)
  • Performance Class (Online)
  • Streaming Access to All Concerts

Boston GuitarFest Schedule


Boston GuitarFest XIX

The BGFest XIX Academy Performance Competition is only open to registered participants in the Academy program. Participant’s active attendance at the festival is required. Prize winners should submit a copy of their government ID before registering for the competition.


  • First round: Participants must submit a video made specifically for the BGFest XIX Academy Performance Competition. Candidates should introduce themselves and the pieces they will play at the beginning of the recording. The verbal introduction shall include "this is my recording for the 2024 Boston GuitarFest Academy performance competition. A poster saying "2024 Boston GuitarFest Competition" should be visible behind you for the duration of the video.
    • Repertoire: Perform two constrasting pieces from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries for a total duration of 12 to 15 minutes.
    • Video Requirements: The recording must consist of one unedited take with clear audio and image quality from a fixed camera position, preferably straight in front of the performer. The performer’s face, hands, and the entire guitar should be clearly visible in the video. A poster saying "2024 Boston GuitarFest Competition" should be visible behind you for the duration of the video.
    • Video submission deadline: May 27th, 2024.
    • Finalists will be announced on: June 9th, 2024 (subject to revision).
  • Second/Final Round: The four finalists should select a new program (not to include works performed in the first round) of their choice, about 20 minutes in length. The final round will be held live on June 26th, 2024, at 3pm-6pm, in Cambridge, MA, exact location TBA. This is a public performance.
  • The decisions of the jury are final.
  • The first prize winner would be performing at the Boston GuitarFest final concert on Sunday, June 30th, 2024, location TBA, at 3 PM. The program should be around 30 minutes long. This is a public performance.


First Prize

  • Concert on June 30th, 2024
  • Cash prize of $2500
  • Other prizes TBA

Second Prize

  • $1000 Cash Prize

Third Prize

  • $500 Cash Prize

Our Boston GuitarFest XIX Faculty

Festival Artists

  • Eliot Fisk, Co-Director
  • Zaira Meneses, Co-Director
  • Ana Vidovic
  • Grisha Goryachev

Academy Faculty

  • Adam Levin
  • Jerome Mouffe
  • John Dearman

YGW Faculty

  • Lautaro Montilla
  • Ceili Connors


  • David Malvinni
  • Maurice Liu (International Academy)

Tech and Events

  • Joey Malvinni

Student Housing

Please contact Zaira Meneses for information regarding a student discount at the Omni Seaport Hotel.

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