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Guitar Shanghai at the Conservatory of Music

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Last weekend there was a Guitar Festival at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai with Leonardo Bravo, Oliver Fartach-Naini, Lee Song-ou, Shingo Fujii, Shunsuke Matsuo, Achim-Peter Gropius and some others. There were not only a lot of concerts, but also a competition and some masterclasses, too.

And I feel honored that the organisator Prof. Ye Deng Min used the name of my association and blog for this festival. So Guitar Shanghai becomes more and more wellknown in Shanghai and China!

After the festival I ve met with Achim Gropius the German guitar maker. He repaired my Gnatek guitar some years ago and I like his guitars. We made some sightseeing together and I showed him the old part of Shanghai with the Yuan Garden. We finished our tour at the Grand Hyatt highrise in Pudong, in the Cafe at the 54th floor.

Recently there are so many guitar festivals and competitions in China and Asia! The next three festivals I know are in Changsha (Hunan Provinz China) from 19th till 22th of July and the Tarrega Malaysia International Guitar Competition from 7th till 10th of August. And then there will be the big Altamira Guitar Festival and competition in Shanghai from 22th till 26th of August. The concert of Eliot Fisk on 23th of August is already selled out….yep…

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Hongkong International Guitarfestival with Competition

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Next weekend (from the 20th till the 22th of September) the Hongkong Guitar Festival 2013 will take place. There are six concerts with international artists from Brazil,Spain,Slovakia, Italy, Thailand,Shanghai and Hong Kong. And there are five workshops and masterclasses and a competition in two categories.

for more information, please go to: http://www.hkguitarfestival2013.com/#!lessons/c1t44

Alberto Cuellar and Sergi Boadella at Chartres Dimanche Salon

the first day of the Shanghai International Guitar Week was finished with a impressively concert of the Duo Alberto Cuellar and Sergi Boadella at the Chartres Dimanche Salon. Although this salon is not big and already full with around 50 people, it is an ideal place for chamber music and guitar concerts, because of its very good acoustic and beautiful, romantic enviroment. This evening there were too many people, so a lot of people didn`t find a seat and have to stand the whoole concert. But while listening to this beautiful and moving Spanish music we forgot our tired feed!

The guitarist Alberto Cuellar played with empathy and a colorful sound and the Cello was singing better than a voice! And the music of this concert was choosen very well. I mostly liked the Bulerias of Granaina and the songs of Manuel de Falla, but the Rodrigo and the Villa Lobos was wonderful, too.

Today the guitarist Gilbert Imperial will play at Chartres Dimanche Salon. It will be a great concert, too, thats sure.

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The First Shanghai International Guitar Week

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with: Fan Ye, Alberto Cuellar, Sergi Boadella, Gilbert Imperial, Cao Siyi, Julia Scheuffele, Lin Huanqi, Li Zhiqian, Michael Kern (Qian Yu), Shanghai RJ Big Band and Guitarshanghai!

Are the holidays too long for you? Hopefully not! But anyway: if you need some motivation for your guitar playing, you can join and listen to the concerts of the First Shanghai International Guitar Week.

Fan Ye, who is the founder of this event, just came back from his study abroad to offer such a nice idea to the Shanghai guitar lovers.

From the 12th till the 16th of August you have two guitar concerts a day. One is at the Shanghai Concert Hall (523 East Yan An Road) , beginn: 12.00 . And the other one is at the Chartes Dimanche Salon (246 West Fu Xing Road), beginn 20.00 . Alltogehter there are ten concerts with national and international guitarplayers.

Here you can download a pdf, with the full information about the artists and the programms: All musicians with both programm.pdf

Guitar Competition in Shanghai this Summer!

This year the the Shanghai Hua Dong Qu together with the Shanghai Guitarlovers, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Shanghai Guitar Professionals organized an international guitar competition, from July 19th till July 22th.

The competition has a lot off different categories as:

Children competition, youth competition, adult competition and professional adult competition. The adult competition is for no professionals and without any age limit, so everybody can participate.

Each category also has a solo competition and a duo competition. So you can choose whether you want to participate as a solo player or together with your duo partner.

For more information and for the formalities you can see: www.keytar.net or you can go to the shop of Jiang Da Min (Jingling Road 318) or to: 200438 Shanghai, GuoHe Road Nr.1033, Tel: 021-65324131 to ask for the rules and the requested pieces. You can apply for participation till the 10th of June 2011.

The prices for the winners of the competitions are guitars in different quality.

Beside the competition there are some interesting guitar concerts with international players during that time.

Guitar Shanghai is looking for sponsors and co-workers

Because Guitar Shanghai wants to grow and to invite some good international guitar players to make concerts and master classes in Shanghai, we are looking for companies and people, who wants to support that projects.

Guitar Shanghai is going to become an association for people who love the classical guitar and want to improve the guitar music in Shanghai.

Guitar Shanghai is also looking for professional guitarists and guitar teachers who are living in Shanghai and want to cooperate .

So, if you love the guitar and want to support „Guitar Shanghai“, feel free to contact us. There are so many possibilities to support this project:
as a sponsor, as a performancer, as a teacher, as an organisator and manager and of course: as a student.