UofL Guitar Festival and Competition to feature concerts, prizes


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Some of the nation’s leading classic guitarists will gather at the University of Louisville May 24-28 for the UofL Guitar Festival and Competition.

    The five-day festival will feature concerts, master classes on technique and artistic development, lectures, a youth guitar orchestra and an international competition with a first prize of $1,000.

    Stephen Mattingly, UofL guitar instructor and festival director, said that the event is open to all enthusiasts and playing levels.

    “The festival attracts guitar enthusiasts of varied stylistic preferences who meet with artists from around the world,” Mattingly said. “Many are returning from last year including artists from the U.S., Serbia, Greece, Mexico and Canada.”

    Concerts will be held in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music, on UofL’s Belknap Campus. The opening concert will feature the award-winning Tantalus Quartet. Later concerts will present an array of virtuosic solo guitar music. Highlights include: