V INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL
“FERRAN SOR” – FESTIVAL SOR
From November 27th to December 1st, 2023
At the Biblioteca de Catalunya (Library of Catalonia)
The idea of organising the International Guitar Festival “Ferran Sor”, in the city of Barcelona, originates in the desire to promote and raise awareness of the life and work of the eminent Catalan composer and guitarist, born in Barcelona in 1778.
This festival is intended as the most effective way in which to pay homage to Ferran Sor i Muntades, the most important musical personality in eighteenth-century guitar history. The works of this extraordinary composer, concert performer and pedagogue are well known. His music is still performed by famous guitarists and students of today, and published by the most prestigious music publishers of the world.
Thanks to its great expressive power and versatility, the guitar has always been a dynamic and heterogeneous medium, which has been able to adapt to many different musical styles and be part of innumerable ensembles.
With the festival, the city of Barcelona is presented with an important opportunity to keep alive the memory of one of its most important and influential personalities; not only for his musical legacy as a whole, but also for what he contributed to the classical guitar canon.
in collaboration with
Biblioteca de Catalunya
Giuliano Belotti, artistic director
LUTHIER GUITAR TESTS
During the festival fourth edition, at 8:30pm, five concerts by Franz Halász, José Antonio Escobar, Antigoni Goni and Zoran Dukic will take place at the Biblioteca de Catalunya (Library of Catalonia). Each artist has been chosen for his own undeniable artistic qualities and his international recognition.
The closing concert, at 8:30pm, will comprise performances by the three best students participating in at least one masterclass, and Airam de Vera, winner of Miguel Llobet International Guitar Competition 2022.
MASTER CLASSES & COMPETITION
Pedagogical importance of the International Guitar Festival “Ferran Sor” is highlighted: during a week, there will be masterclasses given by each invited artist, for a total daily duration of 5 hours and 15 minutes, which will accommodate seven students, each of which will receive a 45 minute lesson. The festival will also offer the chance to benefit from these classes for those who want to attend as listeners.
The best masterclass student of the International Guitar Festival Sor will receive a diploma and a prize consisting in a paid concert for Art LLobet 2024, in Barcelona, and in the production of a professional video and audio recording (max. 10 minutes) that will be published on the website and social networks of the International Guitar Festival “Ferran Sor”.
The three best students will be announced on Saturday, July 9, and they must perform, each one, a 15 minutes program, in the Closing Concert, on July 10, at the end of which, the winner will be announced.
This competition is open to all guitarists attending, at least, one master class as active student. In order to participate, you must send a smartphone quality video recording (max. 10 minutes, min. 5 minutes) with no editing (if any scene change or interruption are detected, the video recording will be considered ineligible). They are requested to update their own video recording on YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox or Google Drive and to send an email message, with the embedded link, to email@example.com, within November, 20th, 2023.
The Festival will give the opportunity to guitar students and general public to test the guitars of the luthiers who will exhibit at the Sala de Exposiciones (Exhibition Hall) of the Biblioteca de Catalunya (Library of Catalonia) from Tuesday to Wednesday, from 5:30 p.m. at 6:45 p.m.
There will also be a conference by luthier Santiago Canals who will talk about the construction of the concert guitar and that one used by Fernando Sor in his time.
The International Guitar Festival Ferran Sor will also accommodate and be of interest to guitar makers, music publishers, record labels, and string and guitar accessories manufactures.
The exhibition will open on Monday, November 27th at 5 pm and will end on Wednesday 29th at 7 pm. It will take place at the Sala de Exposiciones (Exhibition Hall) of the Biblioteca de Catalunya (Library of Catalonia). Exhibitors who wish to stay more days, are welcome and they can exhibit until December 1, at 7 pm.
From Tuesday through Wednesday, from 1 pm to 1:30 pm, a guitar test, will be held by the invited artists, at the Sala de Exposiciones (Exhibition Hall), of the luthiers who will enrol (maximum 7) in the Expo of the Festival Sor.