Tampere Guitar Festival


Play with the maestro Leo Brouwer

This year classical guitarists have an unique opportunity to play along with legendary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. He will rehearse and conduct The International Guitar Orchestra of Finland at 14th Tampere Guitar Festival in June 2018. Soloists of the orchestra will be Marco Tamayo and Anabel Montesinos.

We warmly welcome all classical guitar professionals, students and advanced players to play in the orchestra. For the participants we provide all the festival concerts for free. Please see the schedule, listen to the works and register for the orchestra at our website. Parts are now available – you will get your parts soon after your registration. We will also assist in finding a suitable accommodation for you.

• Concerto Grosso (2017) for guitar orchestra (European premiere)
• Concierto de Tricastin (2008) for 2 guitar soloists and guitar orchestra (Finnish premiere)

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New classical guitar competition in Finland

[18 Feb 2018] The very first International Classical Guitar Competition of Finland will take place in Tampere on June 6-9, 2018. The competition of 2018, as well as the whole TGF 2018, is dedicated for Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist Leo Brouwer.

The competition is organized by Tampere Guitar Festival in association with Tampere Conservatoire, Tampere Music Academy, Luthier Keijo Korelin, Ostinato, Ediciones Espiral Eterna, Alba Records and EuroStrings. Registratiton is open from Feb 15th to May 20th. The competitiors are selected in the order of applying to the competition.

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Interview of Festival Director Tomi Tolvanen

[May 30, 2017] From 3 June until 11 June 2017, hundreds of people will be attending the annual Tampere Guitar Festival, filling the city with sweet melodies now for 13th time. Catering to various music tastes, the Tampere Guitar Festival is raising the bar with an impressive line-up of world-class performances this summer. The year 2017 is also the 100th anniversary of independent Finland.

“This is the thirteenth festival we’ve organised, and renowned international artists attend each year,” says Tomi Tolvanen, founder and director of the event. This year’s star performers include Yamandu Costa, the renowned Brazilian guitarist, as well as Sinfonity - Electric Guitar Symphony Orchestra. “Yamandu Costa is one of the world’s leading musicians specialising in Brazilian choro-music, and he is attending our festival for a second time. Sinfonity, the Spanish electric guitar orchestra, consists of ten guitar virtuosos, who play everything from Bach and Holst to Vivaldi in a spectacle-like performance. Although the festival focuses mostly on acoustic guitar music, we have diversified in recent years to offer a variety of amazing music performances,” Tolvanen explains.

As well as concerts, there are also a number of guitar courses and workshops available to those interested. In addition, the Tampere Guitar Festival organises cruises on the Pyhäjärvi lake. The so-called Midnight Sun Guitar Cruise features various performances, as well as dinner and drinks on the picturesque Finnish lakeside. “The surrounding nature is breathtakingly beautiful, and we’re lucky to be near such a stunning setting,” Tolvanen says, “Tampere is within easy reach of other big Finnish cities, and it’s a perfect location for a one or two-day stopover. There’s plenty to see here, and the lakeside offers the ideal introduction to Finland’s nature – and an opportunity to enjoy the nightless night, when the sun doesn’t set below the horizon during the summer months.”

The Tampere Guitar Show is a two-day sales exhibition that runs alongside the main festival event at Tampere Hall. “The Tampere Guitar Show is an ideal opportunity for music lovers, students and guitar professionals, to mingle with guitar makers and enthusiast’s – and test out the handmade instruments,” Tolvanen states. “We offer a wide selection of interesting music experiences to everyone visiting. The festival is not exclusive to guitar-players: everyone who enjoys good music and great atmosphere is welcome. The beautiful surroundings come as a bonus and the festival is well worth a visit,” Tolvanen concludes.

Show & Dinner packages

[May 29, 2017] Welcome to enjoy of Tampere Guitar Festival with exclusive Show & Dinner packages! These are available for the concerts at Tampere Hall on June 9-10, 2017.

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Midnight Sun Guitar Cruise

[May 28, 2017] Have you ever seen the Midnight Sun while floating on a lake? Now you have a perfect chance to do it together with Welsh Tornado Gareth Pearson, who will play fingerstyle guitar during the cruise. Also dinner is included.

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Registration is now open also in English. Please read more about Childrens Day Camp, Guitar & Chamber music camp and Master classes.

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TGF 2016 photos are now available

[June 23, 2016] Photos from Tampere Guitar Festival 2016 are now available. Please feel free to explore, share and tag. Read more

Master classes are almost full

[May 17th, 2016] Master classes of Ricardo Gallén and Hopkinson Smith are now full. We still have lessons available from Otto Tolonen, Petri Kumela and Ismo Eskelinen. Also for Guitar Camp we may take some more students. Read more

Tickets are now available

[March 14, 2016] All tickets and passes for 12th Tampere Guitar Festival 2016 are now available. This year tickets in advance are cheaper than ever before. Especially students and elder people gain for this, since all the prices are equal at the door. Various types of Festival Passes are the best choice for those who choose to enjoy of several concerts.

In 2016 genres vary from Classical to Fingerstyle, World music, Argentinian tango, Jazz and Fusion. Interesting venues provide unique experiences to many tastes. Explore the concert calendar and find your favourites!

Registration to TGF 2016 is now open!

[19.2.2016] Registration to all courses of TGF 2016 has opened. Master classes, guitar courses, lectures and much more take place in the beginning of June 2016. Participants from abroad have special offers. Read more

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