Bangkok gears up for 15th Asia Guitar Festival

Thu Le from Vietnam.
Thu Le from Vietnam.

South-East Asia’s finest assembly of international guitar players, makers and enthusiasts will assemble from June 8-11 at The Sukosol hotel in Bangkok for the fifteenth Asia International Guitar Festival & Competition, the only event of its kind in the region.

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, case, string sets, certificate and performance rights at four prestigious events.

The full list of internationally-acclaimed guests includes: Gérard Abiton (France), Antoine Moriniere (France), Admir Doci (Albania), Takeo Sato (Germany), Masahiro Masuda (Japan), Padet Netpakdee (Thailand), Thu Le (Vietnam), Seoul Guitar Quartet (South Korea), Chinnawat Themkumkwun (Thailand), Leon Koudelak (Czech Republic), Woratep Rattana-umpawan (Thailand), Pongpat Pongpradit (Thailand), Worrapat Yansupap (Thailand), Pongpat Pong­pradit (Thailand), Mitsuo Yoshimoto (Japan), and Sung Ho Chang (South Korea).

International luthiers attending include: Yuichi Imai (Japan), Kazuo Sato (Germany), Young Seo (Korea), Hanief Palopo (Indonesia), Narongsak Vises­nut (Thailand), Wiroon Song-Bundit (Thailand)

All the concerts will be performed in The Sukosol’s Kamolmart room.  Evening concert tickets are Bht 600 for adults and Bht 400 for students (with valid I.D.), inclusive of coffee break.   Afternoon concert tickets cost Bht 300 for all audience members, excluding coffee break.  Observers of master classes and competitions pay Bht 200.

For further details including a full festival programme, visit or call 02 247 0123, ext 1916-1918.