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guitarfestival Seckau 2023
Sat. 22.  -  Sun. 30. July

you can make a pre-reservation already now; mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teachers 2023 will be announced in spring


from the closing concert on July 31 2022:
Johann & Josef Strauß - Pizzicato - Polka



teaching staff 2022:
Jure Podvratnik (Slovenia)  Eudoro Grade (Portugal)  Georg Zopf (Graz / Vienna)
Melanie Hosp (Vienna / Linz)  Florian Palier (Graz / Klagenfurt)  Johann Palier (Graz)

limited number of participants !
for advanced beginners / pupils / students  /
guitarteachers  / professional guitar players and guitar aficionados  ! 

 Magazine 2022 read here 
Katalog Seckau 2022 Deckbl


brochure IGF Seckau 2022
Prospekt IGF Seckau 2022 S

  Prospekt Seckau 2022 S 2

   registration form
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tickets for concerts:  order at Seckau Kultur

 Tel.: 0043 681 2068 0447

Guitarorchestra Seckau 2021 
J.S. Bach (cantata "Wer hat dich so geschlagen" BWV 244 of Matthew passion) and
Praetorius (Volta of "Terpsichore")


20 years of guitarfestival Seckau /
review 2020 ORF "Steiermark heute" 31. Juli 2020
Austrian broadcast


Florian Palier performing Fugue BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach
(from the CD "Poetry and colours")


Takuya Okamoto  J.S. Bach   Prelude & Allegro BWV 998


       F. Bustamente ~ Misionera  Guitarfestival Seckau 2018              

2022 at the opening concert (Sa. 23.July) with joy in playing guitar and singing:: Florian Hörbinger and Luisa Preisler  


Seckau Regenbogen Stift Seckau hof bei nacht


In midsummer, whether in sweltering heat or during an impressive thunderstorm coming from the mountains surrounding the abbey, the atmosphere always provides opportunities for inspiration...


take place in the classrooms of the abbey’s secondary school (Stiftsgymnasium Seckau) or in the music rooms, the abbey library and lecture rooms. Whether pupil, student, guitar teacher or interested amateur musician, everyone benefits from the intense individual and ensemble lessons by ...


Music and the guitar is our focus of interest. Artistic highlights are the opening concert, concerts on Thursday, Friday and the final concert on Sunday where participants get the chance to perform. Besides, we organise exhibitions of luthiers presenting their guitars – ranging from school guitars to professional concert guitars – which of course can be tested by the participants or even purchased.

Lecturers and Teachers

A team of internationally renowned guitarists and teachers ensure the professional training including individual and ensemble lessons during the whole week.


The opening concert on Saturday shall put participants in the right mood for this intense week of guitar music before the individual lessons and lectures start on the following day. Usually after dinner, there are small exercise concerts where participants have the opportunity to gain experience on stage, playing in front of each other and the teachers. Each day ends with a special evening program comprising relaxation exercises, bedtime stories (for the younger participants … and for everyone else interested), campfire, a walk at night and even an exciting test of courage. Similarly, there are activities in the morning like early-morning exercises and training relaxation techniques.


Seckau Abbey, an impressive monastery, is situated in the small village of Seckau, 843 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains up to 2400 meters. Accommodation is provided in single rooms in the St. Joseph wing of the monastery. Or at St. Martha’s, the former nurses' home, which is only a few steps away from the abbey, where there are single, double or family rooms. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are served at fixed times in the dining room of the abbey.


Especially for kids, there is one person available at all times, always there with an open ear and heart that can be addressed in all kinds of situations.

The atmosphere

What has been exceptional for the event since its beginning 21 years ago is the respectful cooperation of all parties involved. Intensive instruction, rehearsals, exercise concerts, listening, admiring and supporting each other ... young and old, professionals and amateurs … all mixed together for the common goal of making music. During this week, everything is about music and one can hear the sound of guitars from all corners of the venerable walls of the abbey.


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Jure Podvratnik Foto Home

Jure Podvratnik     (Slovenia)

studies guitar in Graz (KUG) with Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Bachelor programme concert guitar - main emphasis music science and pedagogical studies - main emphasis improvisation. 
He attended masterclasses with P. Pegoraro, G. Söllscher, H. Käppel a.o.
He is a guitar teacher at J.J.Fux-conservatory Graz 
and at ZGŠ Ptuj (Slovenia), His students have gained many prices at national and international guitar competitions. He is one of the heads of Slovenian EGTA (European Guitar Teachers Association). He is mostly fascinated of chamber music with guitar.

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Eudoro Grade     (Portugal) 
studied with Piñeiro Nagy. Has developed his activity as a concert artist working between solo performances, Chamber music and Orchestra all over the country and abroad Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, England, Montenegro, Macau, China. Is a member of the Guitar Quartet Concordis having recorded the Cd “Encontros”. Recorded solo guitar four CDs: "Guitarra", “Sons da Memória”, “Caminho Latino” and “Christmas Songs”, the last one in duo with Diogo Grade. Is a member of the Guirimbadu Duo with Vasco Ramalho in Marimba and Vibraphone.
Teaching / lecture upon portugese music in Seckau on Sunday

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Johannn Palier
studied classical guitar at the Musikhochschule Graz. Laureate of the International
Guitar Contest in Volos (Greece). Recently he has retired from his teaching at the J.J.Fux Conservatory in Graz, many students have come in 1st prizes and good results at competitions. Success with popular music: „Opus“, „White Stars“ (records in gold and platinum status). 8 CDs with solo guitar and chamber music. Brandnew CD: “Violarra - Saitenspiel” with Daniela Hölbling - violin. Lecturer and jury member at international guitar festivals in Austria and abroad. Recordings for radio and television and concerts as soloist and chamber musician in many European, Asian and Central American countries

Florian Home 2018

Florian Palier
studied the guitar with his father Johann Palier and finished his studies with Álvaro Pierri
at the University of Music in Vienna with distinction. He won several first prizes at national and international competitions; 1st prize at the International Guitar competition in Enschede (Netherlands). Concerts, television and radio-recordings in many countries in Europe, in Japan,Taiwan, USA a.o.
Since 2012  
teaches guitar at the conservatory of music in Graz with students winning many prizes at competitions. Since 2022 he is also teaching guitar, counterpoint and tabulature at Gustav-Mahler-University Klagenfurt.
For many years he was teaching at the University of music in Vienna as assistent to Álvaro Pierri.    
CDs: Florian Palier - Castillos de España; “Poetry and Colours”, brandnew CD „Bach und Ich“.                                                                                                                  

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Georg Zopf                   (Graz / Vienna)

is playing guitar and lute / theorbo. Since a few years he is concentrating on music from the Renaissance and the Baroque. After studying guitar at university of Arts in Graz (KUG) including one year studying in triest with Frederic Zigante now he is studying the lute with Luciano Contini at Private University of music in Vienna, where in January 2022 he made his Bachelor degree with distinction.
He is teaching lute at J.J.Fux-Conservatory in Graz  and guitar at music school in Deutschlandsberg.
Artisitical engagements  with lute as a continuo-player  with special emsembles  (Tage der Alten Musik Pöllau, Les Goûts Réunis Amsterdam, Bachwoche Wien, Resonanzen Wien a.o.         
                                           Foto: Michael Bunschi                    

Melanie Hosp Foto Home   Melanie Hosp     (Tirol, Linz)
studied guitar at conservatory Innsbruck, where she studied with Stefan Hackl and at the University of Music in Vienna with Álvaro Pierri, finishing all her studies with distinction.
Pricewimner at many national and international guitar competitions; she was a scholarship holder at Stipendiatin der Thyll/Dürr and Yehudi-Menuhin foundation.
Concerts in China, Taiwan, Lebanon, Czech republic a.o.
First CD "cómo el agua" in styles from classical music to Latin music and Jazz.
Next CD issue with Florian Palier: "Contemorary music from Styria".
She is a guitar teacher at music school in Linz.
                                                Teaching in Seckau on thursday