There’s no question that attending a festival and/or guitar course in a beautiful location adds to the magic of the event. Look at the yearly events in West Dean (England), Le Domaine Forget (Canada), or Iserlohn (Germany), for instance. Another of the most striking locales is the historic Château de Ligoure in Le Vigen, France (near Limoges), where the annual Guitare en France Course and Festival takes place: This year the dates are August 6–11. The Course, founded in 1979 by Carel Harms, marks its 39th edition this year, the last ten spearheaded by the excellent Greek guitarist and teacher Eleftheria Kotzia. “Our mission,” the Course’s literature states, “is to provide an all-round guitar experience to a limited number of guitarists of all levels (Grade 2 and above) in a non-competitive environment.” The lovely setting “and the surrounding silence make it an ideal place for an intensive yet convivial course.”

Joining Kotzia as teachers for the forthcoming Course are the brilliant young French guitarist Thibaut Garcia (winner of the 2016 GFA competition, among other honors) and Rafael Andia, who was born in France but of Spanish ancestry, and who has specialized in Baroque guitar as well as interpretations of Spanish music and even adventurous modern music. He’s been a teacher of Baroque and classical guitar at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris since 1971.

Each of the three will give a concert during the course/festival; other performances during ‘Les nuits de le Guitare’ include a concert of young artists, a student showcase, and also the duo of bandoneon player Orlando de Bello and Spanish guitarist Carles Pons Altes in a program called ‘Tango and More.’

For lots more information and photos visit their website.  —Blair Jackson


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Below: Eleftheria Kotzia plays Las dos hermanitas by Tárrega: 

 Thibaut Garcia plays some S.L. Weiss:

Rafael Andia performs an early 18th century Baroque piece: