The festival is the only event of its kind in Thailand, showcasing many of the world’s top guitar makers and musicians and is open to the public, with collectors, players, music lovers, students and general enthusiasts strongly encouraged to attend.
The event is slated as the biggest and most vibrant of its kind for classical guitar aficionados and music lovers on the Eastern Seaboard. The festival boasts an impressive list of artists, luthiers and students from Japan, Germany, S.Korea, Britain, Indonesia, Switzerland, Italy, America, Philippines and Thailand.
This year’s event will kick off with the adult and junior guitar competitions at 09:00; followed by a guitar exhibition at 13:00; Thailand Guitar Society student concert at 14:00; ‘Master Concert’ with virtuoso stars Hitoshi Miyashita and Padej Nedpakdee at 16:30; ‘Finest Young Thai Guitarists Concert’ starring Chinnawat Themkumkwun (winner of the Pattaya Classical Guitar Competition 2011) and Worrapat Yansupap (third prize winner at the Philippine International Guitar Competition 2012) at 15:30; and ‘Ensemble Concert’ with Woratep Rattana-umpawan, Sakol Siripipattanakul, Tomonori Arai, Hitoshi Miyashita and the Wong-Kojorn Guitar Quartet at 18:00.
The day will then culminate with a spectacular ‘Guitar Night Concert’ at 20:00, featuring the expert strumming of Leon Koudelak, Zul Kifly, Pongpat Pongpradit, Tomonori Arai, Santi Kaewjai, Alessio Monti, Monching Carpio and Paul Cesarczyk.
First prize in the adult competition is a concert guitar valued at US$4,500, made by the world renowned Indonesian luthier Hanief Palopo. Proceeds from the festival will go to the Father Ray Foundation, a non-profit organisation that takes care of 850 orphaned, abused and disadvantaged children and students with disabilities.
Admission (inclusive of coffee breaks) is Bht 500 for adults and Bht 400 for students (with valid I.D.). Tickets are on sale at the Siam Bayshore, Pattaya, call 038–428–678 for purchasing or e-mail prpattaya@sukosol hotels.com
To learn more about this event, visit www.thailandguitarsociety.com.