Asia guitar festival heading to Bangkok

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The 2012 Asia International Guitar Festival will take place from 14-17 June at the Siam City Hotel in Bangkok.

Now in its sixth year, the festival is the biggest and most vibrant event for classical guitar aficionados and music lovers throughout Asia.  This year’s agenda includes master classes, guitar exhibits, competitions and concerts by acclaimed world-class guitarists hailing from Asia, America and Europe.

Master guitarist Aniello Desiderio.Master guitarist Aniello Desiderio.

A varied program sees four days of activities, each day culminating in a concert by one or more celebrated guitar maestros.

Opening night will feature a “gypsy” medley by Galina Vale, Sakol Siripipattanakul, Tana Suebsiri Woratep Rattana-umpawan, Leon Koudelak and Shinobu Sugawara.

Days two and three will see the talented Sachiko Miyashita and “the century guitarist” Aniello Desiderio play solo respectively.

The festival will then conclude on a very high note, with a duo concert by the world renowned players Yavet Boyadijev (violin) and Paul Cesarczyk (guitar).

Other highlight performances include those by the Wong-Kojorn Guitar Quartet from Thailand and the University of the Philippines Guitar Quintet as well a masterclass by Aniello Desiderio.

The flamboyant Galina Vale.The flamboyant Galina Vale.

The event will also feature a guitar competition open to all nationalities, with the winner receiving a free guitar, case, string sets, certificate and performance rights at four prestigious future events.

Concert tickets are Bht 600 and Bht 400 for students (with valid I.D.), inclusive of coffee breaks.  Observers of master classes and competitions pay Bht 200.  Afternoon concert on June 16 is Bht 300 for adults and students (with coffee break).

To book, please call 081-854-9368 Ajarn Woratep or 02 247 0123, ext 1928, 1944.  For further details go to www.thailandguitarsociety .com or www.facebook.com/pages/Asia-International-Guitar-Festitval-and-Competition-Bangkok.