Review International Guitar Festival 2013

The International Guitar Festival Seckau 2013 ended with the final concert on Saturday 27 of July. This year there were 35 active participants taking part at this week of intensive guitar music – as many as never before, starting from primary school children up to guitar teachers and professionals. The guitarists came not only from different parts of Austria but also from abroad, some were even travelling from Iran and Indonesia.

On Monday night the important Spanish guitar builder Casimiro Lozano was speaking about his work and about the art of building guitars.

The concerts took place in the Huldigungssaal, which is part of the monastery of Seckau and has a wonderful acoustic. The level of the concerts was the highest, the numerous audience from near and far was very delighted.

The opening concert begun with the two young guitarists Anna Lesjak and Sophie Maria Esterbauer, known as the duo Annazing Sophiesticated (1st price at the competition Prima la Musica in Styria).



It was followed by an amazing recital by Florian Palier who played a program of mainly Spanish and South American Music, including virtuous variations and musical portraits of Spanish castles. Florian Palier just won the first price at the International Guitar Competition Twents in Enschede (Netherlands).

The final part of the opening concert was the Seckau Guitar Trio (Verena Vorauer, Florian Palier and Hans Palier), they played virtuous music for three guitars by Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Bizet, enthusiastically applauded by the audience.

jimmy 2P1000131The concert on Thursday started with the Taiwanese guitarist Shih-yu Liu who played music from Spain, South America and also from his home Taiwan. Shih-ya Liu is also the leader oft the radio program „The sound of Guitar“, a broadcast about classical guitar music in Taiwan. At the guitar festival especially the youngest guitarists became his biggest fans.

nejc 1 P1000374Nejc Kuhar from Slovenia just finished his guitar studies at the University of Music in Vienna with distinctions. He is also very successful as a composer. At his concert in Seckau he played 4 of his own compositions and also famous pieces by Mauro Giuliani and Joaquin Turina.


The audience was very impressed by all the performances and continued to ask for encores.

Also the final concert in the crowded Huldigungssaal was a big success. Kids from 10 years up to professional players presented the varying sides of the guitar repertoire. Some highlights were an arrangement of the famous melody from the television series of the Simpsons by a guitar quartet, a solo performance by Stefan Steinhauser of the Prelude BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach and a very intimate performance of the Prelude 1 by Heitor Villa Lobos. The final climax was the performance of the festival orchestra (consisting of all the participants) of “Beat of Santa Rosa” by Klaus Schindler, a breath taking Latin American Seguidilla. The next edition of the Guitar Festival Seckau will be from July 19 to 26 2014. It will be the 15th edition. It will include performances of the Amadeus Guitar Duo (Dale Kavanagh/Thomas Kirchhoff ~ Kanada/Germany).


Some Videos and pictures of the Festival  Seckau 2013: 

Final concert

Festivalorchester Seckau Beat of Santa Rosa (Klaus Schindler / Hans Palier)



Jonathan Singgih Pranoto (Jakarta) playing Heitor Villa-Lobos Prélude Nr.1




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