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World renowned artists gather at Saigon International Guitar Festival
The Saigon Times Daily
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World renowned artists gather at Saigon International Guitar Festival

The Saigon Times Daily

Guitarist Tamonori Arai from Japan is one of the international artists to perform at the Saigon International Guitar Festival - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - Famous guitarists from all over the world will join Vietnamese artists in the Saigon International Guitar Festival which will be held at the HCMC Conservatory of Music in District 1 from October 31 to November 4.

A concert titled “Italian Voices to Chaconnes by the Masters” will open the festival on October 31, featuring classical guitarist Gérard Abiton from France, Thu Le from Vietnam, Lorenzo from Italy, the Guitar Saigon Ensemble, and the Vietnam Guitar Ensemble. 

It will be followed by an event called “Serenade of the Festival” during which works by Schubert, Merlin and Paganini will be played by guitarists Kim Chung (Vietnam), Leon Koudelak (Czech Republic), and the duo Rene Izquierdo (the U.S.) and Carlos Aonzo (Italy).

The third concert will take place on November 2, featuring guitarists from Vietnam and Japan, and the Saigon Guitar Quartet. 

“Romance in the Night” as the fourth concert will see Salvatore Foderà (Italy) and Paul Cesarczyk (U.S.) perform works by Regondi, Scarlatti and Amigo, and Cesarczyk and Izquierdo perform songs by The Beatles.

In the final concert, “The Magic of Guitar”, Japanese guitarist Tomonori Arai from Japan and Cuban-American Rene Izquierdo will showcase their guitar skills by performing works composed by Brouwer, Mangoré and Bach.

The festival also includes master classes, guitar workshops and a classical guitar competition open to Southeast Asian artists.

Saigon International Guitar Festival has been organized annually by the HCMC Conservatory of Music since 2014, featuring internationally acclaimed guitarists and educators. This event is expected to contribute to the development of the art of classical guitar in Vietnam, in the context of global exchange and integration.

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