13 years
32 countries
2264 musicians
1400 students

Introduction

The Balatonfüred International Guitar Festival is one of the most important guitar events of Hungary, which in the recent years have featured the most prestigious guitarists, outstanding young talents and virtuosi active in the field of classical guitar music. In the past 12 years (2006-2017) guest musicians from 32 countries of the world appeared on the stages of the Balatonfüred International Guitar Festival. As organizers of the event we can proudly say that in the past couple of years the festival equalled with the entertainment of almost 1.5 million people, an atmosphere of international competition as well as the training of guitarists.
The very fact that our programmes cover a wide spectrum of genres ensures that the festival attracts a diverse target group; the common denominator of our participants and visitors is the love of music and classical guitar.

The organizer and artistic director of the international guitar festival is József Eötvös Liszt Award winning guitarist, head of the Strings Department at the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy of Music.

The festival has been organized annually since 2006 in the last week of June in the 19th century district of Balatonfüred, which provides an excellent environment for an early summer festival with its romantic atmosphere. In 2018 this already traditional event will take place on 23-30 June.

There are two successful Guinness World Records of the “world’s longest concert” connected to the Balatonfüred International Guitar Festival set in two consecutive years: in 2007 with 192 and in 2008 with 216 hours. In these ‘experiments’ within the frameworks of the invitation “Grab your guitar and join us” in 2007 almost 800 whereas in 2008 almost 1100 people entered the stage from primary school students to internationally renowned artists without any genre based restrictions.

The event pays attention to the demands and requirements of the professional and the music loving audience alike.

EVENING CONCERTS

In the evenings outstanding artists of the world of guitar give concerts that serve entertainment and learning at the same time. It is one of our aspirations that every artist should bring the concert material from his/her home country, ranging from early to contemporary music. Thus, the audience, by listening to the music of these countries will have the opportunity to have an insight into the related cultures, get to know their composers, and on the other hand, the guitarist could benefit from expanding their repertoires.

IN THE AFTERNOONS

In the afternoons professional programmes are organized in the form of lectures and/or guitar orchestra rehearsals. The lectures are related to the instrument, teaching, psychology, physiology, thus they encompass every topic that might come handy for artists or teachers during their work. The orchestra rehearsals give the joy of playing together, the importance of listening to each other and the magnificence of creating a common production for the participants. The program drawn and learnt in the course of the week is performed on the last festival day by our guitar orchestra at the closing evening concert.

IN THE MORNINGS

In the mornings the event provides opportunity for further education in the form of master courses for professional participants. At these master courses renowned artist-professors of the world share their knowledge, experience and trade secrets with the youth and their teachers.

FURTHER EDUCATION:

Since 2010 Hungarian teachers have had the opportunity to participate at our master courses within the frameworks of an accredited training, thus they can obtain the obligatory credit points by expanding their guitar related knowledge. The further education means 30 credit points.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, SHEET MUSIC AND GUITAR SUPPLIES FAIR AND EXHIBITION

in parallel with the morning master course sessions. At the exhibition of sheet music publishers, record companies and instrument makers our visitors can get an insight into the world of international publications and instrument manufacturing techniques.

Venues

The programs of the Guitar Festival are located at three beautifully restored central historic buildings of Balatonfüred. Sides visiting the festival program it is also worth getting to know the history of these buildings and visiting the exhibitions, which are open during the day at the same venues, for example before the concerts.

In 2006-2017 the Balatonfüred International Guitar Festival hosted 2264 musicians from 32 countries of five continents in Balatonfüred from the following countries:

England, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, the Czech Republic, South Korea, France, Greece, Croatia, Japan, Canada, Cuba, Poland, Macedonia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, the USA, Ukraine

2006

Foreign guests

Denis AZABAGIC Bosnia-Netherland
Ricardo GALLÉN Spain
Antigoni GONI Greece
Oscar GUZMAN & Group Spain
Carlo MARCHIONE Italy
Hopkinson SMITH Swiss

Hungarian guests

András Csáki Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Adam MEDVECZKY Hungary
Philharmonic Orchestra of Gyor Hungary
Ferenc SNÉTBERGER Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
Zsuzsa VÁMOSI-NAGY Hungary

2007

Foreign guests

Giampaolo BANDINI Italy
Cesare CHIACCHIARETTA Italy
Marcin DYLLA Poland
Goran KRIVOKAPIC Montenegro
LA VOLTA Group Swiss
Vlatko STEFANOVSKI Serbia-USA
Pavel STEIDL Czech Republic
Miroslav TADIC Macedonia

Hungarian guests

Andras CSÁKI Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Andrea LIPPAI Hungary
FlamenCorazonArte Dance Theatre Hungary
Philharmonic Orchestra from Gyor Hungary
Antal PUSZTAI Hungary
Sandor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
800 participants of Guinness Record Hungary

2008

Foreign guests

The DOS Group Spain
Margarita ESCARPA Spain
GRIGORIAN Brothers Australia
Leo WITOSZYNSKYJ Austria

Hungarian guests

Zoltán BOLYKI Hungary
András CSÁKI Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Sinfonietta Hungarica Hungary
Péter KATONA Hungary-England
Zoltán KATONA Hungary-England
Péter KOVÁCS Hungary
Pal PAULIKOVICS Hungary
Sandor SZABÓ Hungary
Sandor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
1088 participants of Guinness Record Hungary

2009

Foreign guests

Giampaolo BANDINI Italy
Gabriel BIANCO France
Jan Jakub BOKUN Poland
Cesare CHIACCHIARETTA Italy
Zoran DUKIC Croatia
Thomas MÜLLER PERING Germany
NOCHE de Arte Flamenco Group Spain
Krzysztof PELECH Poland

Hungarian guests

András CSÁKI Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary

2010

Foreign guests

Vanessa CUESTA Spain
Marta FLENDRIG Spain
Michel GILLAIN Belgium
Vladimir GORBACH Russia
Magdalena KALTCHEVA Bulgaria
Jose LIGERO Spain
Paolo PEGORARO Italy
Petra POLACKOVA Czech Republic
Fabio ZANON Brazil

Hungarian guests

József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Antal PUSZTAI Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI

2011

Foreign guests

Aniello DESIDERIO Italy
Roland DYENS France
Marcin DYLLA Poland
Celso MACHADO Brasil
Anabel MONTESINOS Spain
Marco TAMAYO Austria-Cuba

Hungarian guests

Ana CAVOS Flamenco Group Hungary
CASI Flamenco Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Iván MADARÁSZ Hungary
Lotti SZALAI Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
Melinda TÓTH Hungary

2012

Foreign guests

Aniello DESIDERIO Italy
Zoran DUKIC Croatia
Lukasz KUROPACZEWSKI Poland
Carlos-Barbosa LIMA Brazil
Filo MACHADO Brazil
Thomas OFFERMANN Germany
Kyu-Hee PARK South Korea
Ian WATT England
ZARZAMORA – Flamenco Spain

Hungarian guests

József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Imre FÖLDES Hungary
Iván MADARÁSZ Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary

2013

Foreign guests

Giampaolpo BANDINI Italy
Cesare CHIACCHIARETTA Italy
Mateus DELA FONTE Brasil
Semiramis VON BÜLOV-COSTA
Vítor DINIZ Brasil
Celso MACHADO Brasil
Jan SKRYHAN Belorussia
Katsia PRAPOKCHYK Belorussia
Carol SAMUELCIK Slovakia

Hungarian guests

József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Borbála SERES Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
Ede ROTH Hungary
Dávid PAVLOVITS Hungary
Bence VAS Hungary

2014

Foreign guests

Lucie BYSTRONOVA Austria
Marcin DYLLA Poland
Keiko FUJIIE Japan
Melanie HOSP Austria
Réka MIHALOVICS Austria
Paul O’DETTE England
Thomas OFFERMANN Germany
Pavel STEIDL Czech Republic
Emily SMEJKAL Austria
Paco PEŃA Spain
Vlatko STEFANOVSKY Macedonia
Miroslav TADIC Serbia/USA
Kazuhito YAMASHITA Japan
Kanahi YAMASHITA Japan

Hungarian guests

József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Péter GIRÁN Hungary
Ildikó Schmidt MEGYIMÓRECZNÉ Hungary
Ella Regina PAIS Hungary
Erika SÁRA Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION BALATONFÜRED 2013 1. Preiswinners
Dóra CSERENYEC, Ágoston ÉKES, Gergely GEMBELA, Szilveszter PÁL, Lotti SZALAI

Mazsola Gitárduó (Szíjártó Máté – Góth Máté Tamás), Kató Linda-Pál Szilveszter Duó

Bress Bálint – Scheuring Kata Duó, Ritter Zsófia -Tóth Álmos Duó

EÖTVÖS MUSIC FOUNDATION ARE SUPPORTED
Dániel BÖGÖS, Krisztián DUDÁS, Dávid FELLEGI, Gábor HART

Gábor PUSZTAI, Zsófia RITTER, Márton STUMMER

2015

Foreign guests

Andrea DE VITIS Italy
Ekachai JEARAKUL Thailand
Oman KAMINSKY Mexico
Dale KAVANAGH Canada
Thomas KIRCHOFF Germany
Thomas OFFERMANN Germany
Krzysztof PELECH Poland
Judicael PERROY France
Zoran STARCEVIC Serbia
Zeljko STARCEVIC Serbia
Nikola STARCEVIC Serbia
Marko TOPCHII Ukraine

Hungarian guests

Ferenc BERNÁTH Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
József MADARÁSZ Hungary
Tünde MELCZER Hungary
Tamás MOLNÁR Hungary
Csilla ÖTVÖS Hungary
Márton SUMMER Hungary
Lotti SZALAI Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI
Ilona Dr. Czitrovsky SZKORDILISZNÉ Hungary
Annamária TARI Hungary
NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION 2014 1. PREISWINNERS
Márton GOLLOB, Ákos KOLKI, Vanda KOMISZÁR

Miklós KOVÁCS, Marcell NICKMANN, Szilveszter PÁL,

EÖTVÖS MUSIC FOUNDATION ARE SUPPORTED
Dániel BÖGÖS, Dávid FELLEGI, Lotti SZALAI Norman MICHELISZ

2016

Foreign guests

Vicente BÖGEHOLZ Chile
Pavel KUKHTA Belorussia
Juanjo MOSALINI Argentina
Hedvika SVENDOVA Czech Republic
Arturo ZEBALLOS Argentina

Hungarian guests

Roland BOGDÁNYI
András CSÁKI Hungary
Imre FÖLDES Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Ágota Dr. LÉNÁRT Hungary
Zsuzsa Dr. PÁSZTOR Hungary
László STACHÓ Hungary
Márton STUMMER Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
Farkas TÁTRAI Hungary
Máté TOKÁRSZKY Hungary
Venti Chiavi Guitar Trio Hungary
8. NATIONAL CONSERVATORY COMPETITION 1. PREISWINNERS
Roland BOGDÁNYI, Farkas TÁTRAI, Máté TOKÁRSZKY
EÖTVÖS MUSIC FOUNDATION ARE SUPPORTED
Enikő BÉRES, Janka CSIKI, Vanda KOMISZÁR, Beatrix KOVÁCS, Zsolt MÁNDLI,

Márton NAGY, Máté TOKÁRSZKY, Gergő TÓTH, Lotti SZALAI, Molli SZALAI

2017

Foreign guests

Ricardo GALLÈN Spain
Nikolas GÖHL Austria
Antoine MORINIÉRE France
Judicaël PERROY France
Marci TOPCHII Ukraine

Hungarian guests

Erika CZAKÓ Hungary
József EÖTVÖS Hungary
Dávid FELLEGI Hungary
Vanda KOMISZÁR Hungary
Gergő IZSÁK Hungary
Beatrix KOVÁCS Hungary
Margaréta LAKNER Hungary
Bence RIZMÁJER Hungary
Sándor SZILVÁGYI Hungary
YOUNG HUNGARIAN PREISWINNERS

Márton NAGY, Lotti SZALAI, Máté TOKÁRSZKY,

EÖTVÖS MUSIC FOUNDATION ARE SUPPORTED
Gergő IZSÁK, Beatrix KOVÁCS, Bence RIZMÁJER,

Margaréta LAKNER, Máté TOKÁRSZKY, Vanda KOMISZÁR

A BALATONFÜREDI NEMZETKÖZI GITÁRFESZTIVÁL GITÁRZENEKARA