Saigon International Guitar Festival 2015 to open in November

Saigon International Guitar Festival 2015 will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music from November 11-15.

The event will feature internationally well-known guitarists from the U.S, France, Russia, Japan, and Thailand.

They are Rene Izquierdo-Associate Professor of guitar at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in the US; Jeremy Jouve-winner of 2003 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) award, the most prestigious guitar competition;  Anton Baranov who won the GFA award in 2013 and over 20 other international prizes; Kozo Tate, one of the leading guitarist in Japan,winner of the Guitar Foundation of Japan Contest in 1975; Padet Netpakdee , winner of Thailand International Guitar Competition in 2009; and French Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thanh Hang who graduated from the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musicque et de Danse de Paris” and are currently performing and teaching in France.

The opening concert themed “Guitar suite” will be held on November 11 with the participation of the Vietnam’s Saigon Guitar Quartet, and guitarists Padet Netpakdee, Kozo Tate, and Rene Izquierdo.
 The performance called “Guitar Saigon” will feature local young guitarist on November 12.
The next day will see the “Performance and Talk” at the Saturday Café In District 3.

The “Guitar Classique and Romantique” concert presenting classical works will be performed by the Saigon Guitar Quartet, Kozo Tate, Nguyen Thanh hang and Anton Baranov on November 14.

Meanwhile artists Rene Izquierdo and Jeremy Jouve will take part in the “Guitar Journey” concert on November 15.

The festival also includes exchanges, seminars and workshops on learning guitar, introducing lesson on beginner guitar techniques and basic skills for players.

Compiled by Kim Khanh

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