Tampere Guitar Festival 4.-12.6.2016


International master classes for classical guitar students and professionals take place now for the 13th time. Among playing and practicing you may attend the festival concerts, take part in sports activities and generally spend time relaxing with other students, and teachers. Common language in lessons is English.

Guitar courses are organised at Varala Sports Institute, Tampere. During the week it's not only about playing but also doing sports together with guides and friends. At the same time there is also a day camp for children and a guitar & chamber music camp. Participating as a listener is free, welcome to follow all the lessons, lectures and workshops even if you wouldn't take part to the courses.

Welcome to the meeting place of guitarists!

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June 6-9, 2017

Varala Sports Institute
Varalankatu 36, Tampere

How to get there

Varalan Urheiluopisto sijaitsee Pyynikinharjun ja Pyhäjärven välissä
Varala Sports Institute is located in Tampere - next to the world's tallest gravel ridge Pyynikinharju, on the shore of Lake Pyhäjärvi.


• Otto Tolonen 6.-8.6. - classical guitar
• Marcel Ege 9.6. at 9-12 - classical guitar (EOS Quartet)
• Julio Azcano 9.6. at 9-12 - classical guitar (EOS Quartet)
• David Sautter 9.6. at 9-12 - classical guitar (EOS Quartet)
• Michael Winkler 9.6. at 9-12 - classical guitar (EOS Quartet)

• Marko Salonen, Head of the camp
• Tomi Tolvanen, Festival Director


You may participate either as a solo player or with a chamber music group. You may also participate without accommodation and meals, and still enjoy of all the activities. Participation include also all lectures, workshops and listening to lessons of others.

Opening and ending

If you attend to courses all the week, we wish you to arrive either on Monday 5th or Tuesday 6th. You may also take individual master class lessons without accommodation. In this case please arrive to the camp site before your lesson.

Courses will end on Friday 9th of June. Check out from the rooms is by 12 am. More info about Friday afternoon's programme will be in the info letter.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation at Varala Sports Institute will be in shared rooms separate from boys and girls. Rooms include linen, towels, toilet and shower. If you want to share a room with someone you know, please let us know when you register. The prices include breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack. If you prefer to participate without our All Inclusive package or are just popping in to see what is going on, separate meal cards are available at the info desk of Varala.

Kitarakurssi 2015 Varalassa.
Cosy atmosphere comes from common activities and being together with nice people.

Concerts and transportation

Every evening there is a festival concert. We will visit selected concerts with TGF's shuttle bus. At the beginning and the end the of the course, Tampere City bus No. 25 is the best way to reach Varala. For further assistance please consult our staff. Please note that the concerts are included only to those who also accommodate at the camp.


At the end of the course there will be a concert for students. More info in the concert list.


All participants may take part in the guided daily outdoor and indoor sports activities. And do even more together with friends!


Please be prepared for all kinds of weather. June in Finland may vary between sunny +30 C and rainy +5 C. Bring clothes suitable for performing and also for both indoor and outdoor activities. If you have any special needs or allergies, please let us know in advance.

Varala Sports Institute

The course is organised in assosiation with Varala Sprots Institute. Varala is located in Tampere - next to the world's tallest gravel ridge Pyynikinharju, on the shore of Lake Pyhäjärvi and only three kilometres from Tampere city centre. Accommodation quarters and educational and sport facilities are all located in close proximity to one another.

Further information: www.varala.fi/english


EARLY BIRDS SPECIAL: registrate before March 1st – after that the prices will be 10 % higher

• Master class lessons 55e/45min
• Accommodation & meals at Varala Sports institute (available for June 5-9) 89e/pp/day

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Marko Salonen
Tel: +358 (0)400 506 798
E-mail: marko [a] tgf.fi