The Sukosol hotel in Bangkok and the Thailand Guitar Society, in association with the Conservatory of Music Rangsit University, will once again present South-East Asia’s largest assembly of international classical guitar players, makers and enthusiasts from June 9-12. Now in its sixteenth year, the Asia International Guitar Festival & Competition is the only event of its kind in the region, attracting classical guitar aficionados and music lovers to participate.
This year’s agenda includes master classes, guitar exhibits, competitions and concerts by acclaimed musicians hailing from around the world.
A varied program sees four days of activities, each day culminating in a concert by one or more celebrated guitar maestros. The event will also feature a guitar competition open to all, with the winner receiving a free guitar, hard case, string sets, certificate and performance rights at four prestigious events.
The full list of internationally-acclaimed guests includes: Eduardo Fernแndez (Uruguay), G้rard Abiton (France), Tal Hurwitz (Israel), Jorgos Panetsos (Greece/Austria), Ermanno Bottiglier (Italy), Hans-Werner Huppertz (Germany), Dale Kavanagh (Canada), Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany), Chuah Yeong Chin (Malaysia), Nguyen Thanh Huy (Vietnam), Naoki Ikuta (Japan), Gino Misa (Philippines), Masahiro Masuda (Japan), Worrapat Yansupap (Thailand), Pongpat Pongpradit (Thailand), Apichai Chantanakajornfung (Thailand) and Ek-karach Charoennit (Thailand).
All concerts are performed in The Sukosol’s Kamolmart room, except the concert of Eduardo Fernแndez which takes place in the Kamolthip ballroom.
Tickets for the Eduardo Fernแndez concert are priced at Baht 1,000, inclusive of a coffee break. Evening concert tickets are Baht 600 for adults and Baht 400 for students (with valid I.D.), inclusive of a coffee break. Afternoon concert tickets cost Baht 300 for all audiences, excluding coffee break. Observers of master classes and competitions pay Baht 200.