...the best festival I ever went to.
...a first class Festival....
...an inspiring and unforgettable experience.
Classical Guitar Magazine
1990-2007 Apostolos Paraskevas-Leonidas Kanaris Founders
The Goal of the Guitar Congress Festival:
To increase the 20/21th century guitar repertoire so that ample new works will continue to be available and to encourage young composers (and not only) to write works for guitar through the commissioning of new works.
To offer performance opportunities and assist the careers of young players and composers through concerts and the Guitar Competition (some of our participants and past winners of the competition are having already careers in the field).
To offer a forum for people interested in current information and methodology pertaining to guitar pedagogy.
The above goals will help propel the guitar into to twenty-first century by eliciting a high level of interest in the guitar and, at the same time, making the guitar more accessible to performers, composers and audiences
During the last 10 years many important musicians joined the Corfu Festival:
Jorge Morel, David Leisner, Roberto Aussel,Hubert Kappel, Dale Kavanagh, David Starobin, Gilbert Biberian, Ivan Rijos, Aldo Lagrutta, Thomas Kirchhoff, Bob Ward, Roland Dyens, Theodore Antoniou, Liza Zoe, Evangelos Asimakopoulos, Leonidas Kanaris, Joseph Urshalmi, Voislav Ivanovic, Elena Papandreou, Vangelis Boudounis, Graham Wade, Cordon Crosskey, Michael LeFevre, Elio Kalvano, Stergios Zygouras, John Mavreas, Kevin Gallagher, Markos Tsetsos, Vasilis Tigiridis, Kostas Grigoreas, Goran Krivocapic, Notis Mavroudis, Dimitra Galani, Antigoni Goni, Luca Macchi, Klaudia Delmer, Vagelis Fampas, Eva Fampas, Yorgos Fundoulis, George Zarb, Effie & Nancy Hatzi, Panayotis Ioannou, Iakovos Kolanian, Maro Razi, Giorgos Mouloudakis, Panayotis Adam, Kyriaki Konti, Nikos Stefanou, Kostas Christou, Nikos Piperis, Panayiotis Margaris, Nikos Tatsis, Iannis Papaioanou, Spiros Mazis, M. Travlos, A, Mpotsis, G, Kousis, E. Becherucci, Luka Macchi, Petros Theodorou, Theodore Kitsos, Anna Alexopoulou, Christos Zerbinos, Elio Galvano, Xaris Xanthoudakis, Nikolas Papadimitriou, Smaro Grigoriadou, N. Kariotis, G. Kertsopoulos, N. Vinios, Margarita Syggeniotou, Dimitris Kasfikis, Orestis Bazos, Apostolos Paraskevas, The Athens Chamber players, The Orchestra of Bulgaria, The Hellenic Contemporary Ensemble, The Corfu Choir, The Ionion Conservatory Orchestra and many others.
The I Guitar Congress-Festival took place in January 1992 in Volos/Greece,
The II Guitar Congress-Festival was held in April 1993 in Athens/Greece,
The III Guitar Congress-Festival in July 1995 in Corfu/Greece,
The IV Guitar Congress on July 1997 in Corfu/Greece,
The V Guitar Congress-Festival in July 1999 in Corfu/Greece.
The VI Guitar Congress-Festival in July 2001 in Corfu/Greece
The VII Guitar Congress-Festival in August 2003 in Corfu/Greece
The VIII Guitar Congress-Festival in August 2005 in Corfu/Greece