2016 Hamilton International Guitar Festival and Competition

The 2016 Hamilton Guitar Fest is fast approaching! Founded six years ago by guitar virtuoso and arts advocate, Emma Rush, the Hamilton festival has quickly grown past capacity. In a world where we too often see dwindling audiences for classical music, Emma has created a flourishing guitar festival and society just a short drive outside of Toronto. Taking place Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, this festival is packed with talent. Featuring concerts by the Eden-Stell Duo (UK), Joseph Palmer (USA), Kevin Manderville (USA), David Steinhardt (USA), Iliana Matos (Cuba/Spain) and a stellar line up of additional faculty members including Tim Phelan (Canada), Jeff McFadden (Canada), Shawn Pickup (Canada), Rob MacDonald (Canada), Eve Beneke (Germany) and many more. I have been honored to be a part of this festival's faculty since its founding in 2011 and it is one event that I look forward to most every year. I highly encourage any guitarist, aficionado or music lover to come and enjoy this festival, whether it is through a single concert, as a registered participant or a competitor. Visit www.guitarhamilton.com/festival for details. I hope to see you there!

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