Eurostrings - European Guitar Festival Collaborative
EuroStrings - European Guitar Festival Collaborative is the first European platform in the field of classical guitar, gathering 17 classical guitar festivals that organize international guitar competitions and have a professional structure that enables further education and professional development of emerging guitar players.
EuroStrings creates a hub of international opportunities for emerging guitar players from Europe and beyond, educational and training programs that foster their professional development, supporting the trends for sustainability of festivals in the field of classical music. The EuroStrings project's central activity is EuroStrings exchange program attended by EuroStrings Artists, winners of the international competitions of 17 European guitar festivals who are EuroStrings Platform members.
The EuroStrings Platform is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union in the period of 2017 - 2021.
Through the exchange programme, EuroStrings strongly supports the circulation of emerging talents among the platform's guitar festivals, offering the EuroStrings Artists the opportunity to perform at several EuroStrings festivals where they can reach international audiences and further educate themselves thus developing new skills and knowledge necessary for pursuing an international career and accessing new markets. The one-year EuroStrings Exchange Programme is implemented according to the EuroStrings Master Curriculum that includes:
- A masterclass given by one world-famous guitarist who is a EuroStrings Ambassador
- Organization of masterclasses for children and young guitarists
- Playing solo-concerts (3 concerts per year)
- Playing at chamber groups concerts together with the other EuroStrings Artists
- Organization of outreach concerts and workshops
- Attending of lectures and broad-spectrum workshops in marketing, PR, business skills, professional behaviour, networking etc.
The EuroStrings Ambassadors 2018/2019 are Assad Brothers, Leo Brouwer, Aniello Desiderio, Ricardo Gallen, and David Russell. After completing the EuroStrings Exchange Programme our artists are ready for the new challenges of a professional world career.
The highlight of the Eurostrings Exchange Programme is the EuroStrings Competition - the first European competition open only to the winners of the international competitions of the European guitar festivals. The winner of EuroStrings competition will get the opportunity to play solo concerts throughout Europe, Asia and America in 2019/2020, enabling him/her to develop a world-wide career. In addition to the tour, the winner will receive a prize of 8,000€ gross. The second edition of EuroStrings Winners’ Competition will take place in London, 18 July – 21 July 2019, during the IGF Summit.
EuroStrings annual scholarships
To acknowledge the financial situation of many young guitar players and to support their international education, EuroStrings has developed an annual scholarship programme for students from lower income backgrounds. This scholarship will enable young guitarists to participate in Eurostrings Festivals international guitar competitions and masterclasses.