UofL’s first Guitar Festival and Competition features concerts, prizes


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Some of the nation’s leading classic guitarists will gather May 28 – 31 at the inaugural Guitar Festival and Competition at the UofL School of Music.

    The four-day festival will feature guest artist 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 festival is open to all enthusiasts and playing levels.

    “A festival is a great way to assemble artists to collaborate and learn from each other, in a fun, but intensive setting,”said Mattingly. “Classic guitars and related music are diverse in both instrument and style. Baroque, lute, six-string and eight-string guitars will be featured in the concerts by artists who play different types of music from Renaissance to present day, including classical, jazz, folk, Latin and flamenco styles.”

    Concerts will be held in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music, on UofL’s Belknap Campus. Highlights include: