From June 22nd through July 6th – 2019, the city of Amarante hosted the V Amarante International Guitar Festival. The event is organized by the CCA – Maria Amélia Laranjeira, Amarante Cultural Centre with the support of the Amarante City Hall.
The Centro Cultural de Amarante – Maria Amélia Laranjeira was founded on December 3, 1981 by Maria Amélia Laranjeira. The creation of this project stems from the founder’s personal taste and interest in the arts and cultural promotion. For several years she held the position of director of the institution giving life and body to numerous cultural and educational projects in the various areas.
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V Amarante International Guitar Festival and Competition – from 22nd June until 6th July
From 22nd June until 6th July the city of Amarante will host the V Amarante International Guitar Festival and Competition. The event is organised by the CCA – Maria Amélia Laranjeira Cultural Centre with the support of the City Hall! The Norte Orchestra will join the festival for the first time and will do the opening concert on the 22nd June. But until 6th July the festival will have many and diverse proposals. Besides the Norte Orchestra participation the festival will also be included on the City Hall’s cultural programme. Also for the first time there will be a partnership with several European guitar festivals such as the Veria International Guitar Festival, Greece, the Pittaluga International Guitar Competition, Italy and the Klagenfurt International Guitar Festival and Competition, Austria. The winners of each festival will perform in Amarante sharing the stage with other guitarists. The winners’ concerts will be on the 28th June (Veria Festival winner) and on the 29th June (Klagenfurt Festival winner). Hereafter the winner of the V Amarante International Festival and Competition will play in these festivals.
The festival will start on the 22nd June at 10 p.m. in the São Gonçalo square. On stage will be the laureates Andrés Madariaga (Chile) and Francisco Luís (Portugal). “Every year we work in order to add something different to the festival. In this 2019 edition we are very pleased to partner up with the Norte Orchestra to whom we will dedicate the event’s official opening ceremony” as the Amarante Cultural Centre’s executive director, Taí Laranjeira has mentioned. To strengthen the festival’s international projection which adds up 5 years by now, “the big commitment begins by the establishment of partnerships with European festivals, which means greater diversity and more quality in the concerts we offer aside from promoting the exchange between guitarists and participants”, concludes. The focus will be on the French Judicael Perroy, the Cuban Marco Tamayo and the Spanish Anabel Montesinos.
Judicael Perroy was born in Paris in 1973 and has started his guitar studies at the age of 7 at the Paris Inter-Districts Municipal Conservatory. He has become well-known as an extraordinary and virtuous classical guitarist and musician, winner of several prizes. In 1997 he has won the prestigious first prize at the 15th edition of the GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) through which he has toured in the USA and Canada performing more than 60 concerts and masterclasses. Judicael Peroy’s recordings are diverse and predominantly from classical composers. He will perform the final concert on the 6th July, at 9.30 p.m. in the CCA auditorium. Marco Tamayo is in Amarante by the second consecutive year. Acclaimed as the “Guitar King” by the Italian newspaper L’Stampa in 1999 is a winner of major international competitions. He has performed with renowned orchestras and conductors all over the world and he is nowadays a major icon of the classical guitar. Anabel Montesinos, the youngest winner (at the age of 17) of the Francisco Tarrega International Guitar Competition in Spain is a classical guitar prominent personality, worldwide. Winner of the main guitar competitions as Michele Pittaluga and Citá di Alessandria, in Italy and Andrés Segóvia in Spain, Anabel Montesinos has performed all over the world, debuting in the Carnegie Hall in 2011. She will perform on the CCA stage on the 5th July. The second part of the concert will be performed by the Cuban Marco Tamayo.
On the 26th June it will take place the conference under the theme “Mimo (music festival) and Amarante, city of the music” with the Mimo’s director Lú Araújo.
The guitar competition will start on the 29th June with four categories, A, B, C and D intended for young guitarists from the 6 until the 16 years old. On the 4th, 5th and 6th July it will take place the main categories E and F for guitarists from the age of 17 without age limit. The winner of the main category in competition (F) will win 5000€ and he will perform the opening concert featuring the Orchestra at the VI Amarante International Guitar Festival and Competition.
From Amarante to the world with concerts, masterclasses, internship and an international guitar competition.