The 4th Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium and Competition is set to take place at the beautiful Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts over five days between July 16 and July 20. Once again it will bring together great musicians from around the world for concerts and master classes, along with lectures, workshops, a luthier fair, four levels of guitar competitions, and more. Additionally, for the two days preceding the event, the Academy of Performing Arts is hosting the University of Surrey (UK) International Guitar Research Centre conference; so that’s a full week of intensive guitar-related activity!

The superlative international concert roster includes the amazing Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl, plus Chinese guitarists Xu Tuo and Li Jie; Cuban virtuoso Joaquin Clerch; German-born, China-based Bastian Hildner; the young Australian sensation Stephanie Jones; the very special duo of Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo and Chinese cellist Tsao-Lun Lu; Italy’s Carlo Barone and Hong Kong-based Adrian Walter play music from “The 19th Century Salon,” solo and together; Ricardo Gallen of Spain, plus China’s Liu Xian Ji; Serbia’s Momcilo Aleksandric, who was the First Prize winner at last year’s Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Competition; and, closing night, a “Flamenco Fiesta” featuring Adam del Monte. So much great music!

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts complex

According to the event’s promo literature, “This year’s International Guitar Forum has a particular focus on chamber music and the vocal bel canto style in the early 19th century. This was an important era for the guitar, and Forum participants will be able to hear leading experts talk about and demonstrate the key interpretive practices of the period. Guitarists will be able to broaden their understanding of the period and enhance their own performances of 19th century repertoire.” Along those lines there will be lectures, master classes, and recitals featuring such notables as UK professor Clive brown, Canadian professor Robert Toft, Hong Kong-based guitarist Adrian Walter, Australian professor and fortepianist Neal Peres Da Costa, and Italian guitarist Carlo Barone.

There will also be lectures by the internationally known Stephen Goss and Stanley Yates, as well as Hong Kong-based Philip Eisenbeiss.


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Here’s a great recent video of Pavl Steidl playing Paganini:

Stephanie Jones plays Bach:

Ricardo Gallen plays Lauro: