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MARCIN DYLLA with a recital at the GuitArt Festival 2023

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Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in the recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs, and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to the unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year. Mr. Dylla made his Concertgebouw recital debut in November 2016 during a busy 2016/2017 season where he was also the appointed faculty in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for the Fall 2016 semester. Recent tour highlights included return invitations to Mexico, Chile, and recitals throughout Asia including Japan in Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, and Hokkaido. In Taiwan at Taipei National Concert Hall with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall debut during a two-month tour of North America with recitals covering both coasts. In Europe, he returned to Konzerthaus in Vienna and is invited to appear at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and Competition, a major festival for the classical guitar each year, where he’s a beloved regular. Regular recital invitations in the U.S. have taken Mr Dylla to Cincinnati, Lexington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sonoma, Cleveland, New York, Utah, Miami, Boston, New Jersey, and Seattle as well as appearing with Riverside Symphonia in Piazzolla’s double concerto for guitar and bandoneon. In Europe, extensive tours take him regularly to the U.K., Norway, Spain, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, and Italy where he returned to serve on the distinguished jury panel of the 42nd edition of Michele Pittaluga’s International Classical Guitar Competition. Mr. Dylla’s orchestral engagements included subscription concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Christian Arming performing two concerti (Ponce’s Concierto del Sur and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez) on two consecutive nights, in addition to recitals throughout Europe every year. In the U.S., he performed as soloist with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra during their new music director search. Furthermore, he has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra led by JoAnn Falletta, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra (Russian Federation), Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy), the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at Stuttgart Liederhalle, in Romania with the National Romanian Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany). In 2006, Cecilia Rodrigo, daughter of the legendary Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo, chose Mr. Dylla to perform the world premiere of a lately discovered new guitar work by her father entitled ‘Toccata’ (1933) at Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. In 2002, at the 7th International Guitar Convent in Alessandria, he was granted a “gold guitar” musical critics’ award for the best coming young guitar player. He has appeared in a number of distinguished concert halls including Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Palais Lobkovitz in Vienna (Austria), Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russian Federation), Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo (USA), Villa Hügel in Essen (Germany) and the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (Italy). Apart from his guest performances at virtually every major European and North American guitar festival, he has been regularly invited to appear at Festival Internazionale Settimane Musicali di Stresa (Italy), Don Quixote Music Festival (Paris, France), Burghofspiele Eltville (Germany), International Festival Musical Olympus (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation), Inverno Musicale (Alzano, Italy), Central European Music Festival (Zilinai, Lithuania), Festival Internacional de Música (Toledo, Italy), and Musique Dans la Rue (Aix-en-Provence, France). Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976 and received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz and later completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor of Guitar at the Music Academy in Katowice and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Please visit for more information. 

08/10/2023, 19:00

Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis

Nino D'Amico with a recital at the GuitArt Festival 2023


Nino D’Amico was born in Naples in 1997. He began studying classical guitar at the age of 12 with his father, and then with Marco Caiazza preparing for entry to the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella in Naples, where he studied with Vincenzo Amabile. Nino has taken part in masterclasses given by Leo Brouwer, Giulio Tampalini, Frédéric Zigante, Aniello Desiderio, Andrea De Vitis , Gabriel Bianco, Peter Graneis, David Pavlovits, and Csaki Andras, among others.

Since 2014, he has been giving concerts and also winning prizes in national and international guitar competitions. In May 2019, Nino was awarded a EuroStrings Scholarship to participate in the International Guitar Festival Harmonia Cordis in Romania, where he won First Prize in the International Guitar Competition. In the same month, he won the Special Prize at the International Paganini Guitar Festival competition in Parma for the Best Interpretation of a piece by Paganini (in a category with no age limit).

05/10/2023, 19:00

Trakart Cultural Center


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Born in Istanbul in 1996, Baba ZuLa features founding members Levent Akman (spoons, percussions, machines, toys), Murat Ertel (electric saz and other stringed instruments, vocals, oscillators, theremin), as well as darbuka and percussion player Ümit Adakale, Periklis Tsoukalas on electric ud and vocal.


Baba ZuLa go to great lengths to provide their fans with a unique live show experience. Their ritual like performances are a mixture of disciplines of art, often featuring belly dancers, elaborate costumes, poetry, theatre and live drawing, delivering viewers a tantalizing audio-visual feast. By mixing oriental instruments such as the darbuka, electric saz, and spoons with electronics and modern sounds, BaBa ZuLa creates a sound all their own called istanbul psychedelia. While a ney can represent the past Sufi-Islamic tradition, and a clarinet is the symbol of the music of the Turkish gypsies-an electric saz together with a wooden spoon can serve as musical compass to Turkish musical roots going as far back as pre-Islamic, shamanic times, through Anatolia reaches all the way up to present-day Istanbul. Despite sounds that might initially come to mind when one hears a phrase like “Oriental Dub”


A constellation of guitarists at this year's edition of the GuitArt festival in Plovdiv

Guitar virtuosos will be part of the annual guitar festival, which will take place from 6th to 9th October

And this year Plovdiv GuitArt Festival will offer its fans fantastic concerts, master classes, lectures, an international classical guitar competition and various musical workshops

The festival day will end with a new project by the virtuoso Stara Zagorje guitarist Angel Demirev "Angel Demirev Folk Quartet". The start is planned for 21:00. on the Bee Bop Café Festival Club Stage.

At 7:00 p.m. on October 7th in Studio 1 of BNR-Plovdiv, the Cuban guitarist with Austrian citizenship Prof. Marco Tamayo will present to the Plovdiv audience the premiere of his new musical project.

The guitar day will end in the festival club with a hard dose of music presented by the Plovdiv musicians from the Alexander Lekov Trio.

On Saturday (08.10), the long-awaited Trio "Ralchenitsa" (Peter Ralchev - accordion, Mie Ogura (Japan) - flute and Atanas Urkuzunov - guitar) will delight the plovdiv audience live. Their original songs, inspired by Bulgarian folklore, will be presented in Studio 1 of BNR-Plovdiv, from 7:00 p.m.

In the evening, the flamenco/fusion group Del Padre, known to the people of Plovdiv, will explode at the Bee Bop Café from 9:00 p.m.

Sunday is dedicated to the second and most important part of an international guitar competition, where the jury will announce a finalist. The winner of the competition will be officially announced in the Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis, before the concert of one of the legends in the world of classical guitar, the greek virtuoso Costas Cotsiolis with the Chamber Ensemble "Sofia Soloists", who are celebrating their 60th anniversary. They will perform arrangements of Beatles songs and a Vivaldi concerto for guitar and string orchestra.

The Plovdiv GuitArt Festival team, you can save these dates and get ready for another unforgettable guitar week in Plovdiv!


The festival is realized with the financial support of the Municipality of Plovdiv and is part of the Cultural Calendar of Plovdiv

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Дните след Plovdiv GuitArt Festival 2021 си даваме сметка, че музиката и изкуството е това, което движи света!

Въпреки епидемиологична обстановка Plovdiv GuitArt Festival отново се проведе! Музиката е в душата ни и е нашият двигател, тя ни кара да се усмихваме ден и нощ, тя поддържа духа ни жив и силно се надяваме, че сме успели през тези четири дена да усмихнем поне малко и вас и да ви предадем от тази енергия!

Благодарим на EuroStrings - European Guitar Festival Collaborative и техните артисти, че имаме възможност да сме част от това уникално и пъстро семейство!

Благодарим на Bee Bop Café, че бяха наш домакин и допринесоха за приятната обстановка!

Благодарим на Община Пловдив - Municipality of Plovdiv, която отново ни подкрепи!

Благодарим на БНР - Българско национално радио Пловдив, което спомогна за разпространението на нашата инициатива!

Благодарим на Dimitra Lefterova за прекрасните снимки!

Благодарим на Академия за музикално, танцово и изобразително изкуство за безусловната подкрепа!


Благодарим и на вас, че оценихте и подкрепяхте нашата инициатива!

Очакваме ви през 2022, когато силно вярваме, че ще сме в пъти повече и заедно ще допринесем за създаването на една по-творческа Европа!

                                              Plovdiv GuitArt Festival 2021 starts today

Plovdiv GuitArt Festival 2021 starts today and will last until November 7th. The festival features Pavel Steidl and Darko Bageski, as well as three EuroStrings Artists – Jack Hancher, Eleonora Perretta and Filip Mišković. Lovro Peretić, winner of the 3rd EuroStrings Guitar Competition will also attend the festival.

Festival starts off on Thursday with the concert played by Jack Hancher, Filip Mišković and Eleonora Perretta in Bee Bop Café. That same day, Lovro Peretić will play on the same radio. The next day will kick off with masterclasses given by Pavel Steidl to the EuroStrings Artists. On Saturday, EuroStrings Artists will give masterclasses to young Bulgarian guitarists in Blue School, AMDFA. They will also do a showcase for children in “Divizi” Music Centre for Children.

The start of the festival also marks the start of the EuroStrings conference, this year hosted by our partners from Plovdiv GuitArt Festival. The conference will last three days and all the activities will be streamed on the EuroStrings website. Check out the full schedule for the conference here.

About GuitArt Festival Plovdiv
The GuitArt Festival is an event driven by the passion of the local musical community for the guitar and its ability to unite professional musicians and amateurs from diverse cultural backgrounds. As one of the most popular and widely played musical instruments, the guitar is celebrated in all its facets.
The festival aims to be an educational and social platform for the development of Bulgarian musical talent, and to underscore the place of the guitar in the history and development of modern music across the globe. By organising workshops with local and world-renowned guitarists and educators, panel discussions with popular local musicians, an expo of Bulgarian guitar manufacturers and musical instrument importers, free lessons, showcases, film screenings and children’s activities, the festival immerses its visitors in the world of the guitar in all its colours.



 Dear audience,

 All concerts of the GuitArt Festival program are moved to the Bee Bop Café!

 All purchased tickets are valid without revalidation for the new place.

 Thank you for your understanding!

 Be healthy!!!

Чешката звезда на класическата китара
Павел Щайдл с концерт в Пловдив


„Никога овациите не са били  по-заслужени“  (Списание  „Classical Guitar“)

Рециталът на Павел Щайдл на 6-ти ноември във фестивален клуб Bee Bop Café, отбелязва дебютното му изпълнение в България, на най-големия китарен фестивал - GuitART Festival Plovdiv.


В рамките на концерта, той ще потопи публиката в дълбоките води на китарното изкуство чрез своите авторски изпълнения.

Павел Щайдл гостува на пловдивският фестивал, като Посланик на Европейската платформа EuroStrings, която е съфинансирана от Програма Tворческа Европа на Европейския съюз за периода 2017-2021 и от Община Пловдив.


Като музикант с уникален артистизъм и безгранична енергия, силно изразителните изпълнения на рядка китарна литература от 19-ти век, на автентичната романтична китара на Павел Щайдл, добавят прекрасно измерение към вълнуващите му рецитали. Той е известен и с интерпретациите си на барокова музика, особено на музиката на чешкия композитор Йохан Антон Лоси. Записите му включват оценените от критиците компакт дискове -  Леняни: Фантазия, оп. 19 /36; Капризи, оп. 20 (Наксос); Наполеон Кост: Творби за китара, Vol. 3 (Наксос), Музика за китара от 18-ти и 19-ти век (Пантон); Мерц: Бардън-Кланге (Фрейм) и Паганини: Sonate & Ghiribizzi за китара (Фрейм).


Един от най-известните виртуози на класическата китара на своето поколение Павел Щайдл, започва професионалната си кариера, след като печели първа награда на престижния конкурс за китара на Radio France International, през 1982 г.

Оттогава той изнася концерти в повече от тридесет страни по целия свят, включително Австралия, Австрия, Канада, Коста Рика, Куба, Англия, Гватемала, Япония, Мексико, Полша, Шотландия. Испания и САЩ.

В допълнение към своите изпълнения, Щайдл е много уважаван учител и композитор за китара. Той често включва свои композиции в концертната си програма. Павел Щайдл е роден в малък град близо до Прага, Чехия през 1961 г. Първо учи музика в Пражката консерватория, преди да стане ученик на емблематичния чешки китарист и композитор Щефан Рак.


Достъпът до концертите на GuitArt Festival 2021 ще става с валиден цифров ковид сертификат на ЕС/ EU Digital Covid Certificate!!!

Уебсайт на изпълнителя: 

Билети ще се продават на място, преди концерта.

Цени на билети: 20 лв. / 10 лв. – учащи, студенти и пенсионери

Vlatko Stefanovski closes Plovdiv GuitArt Festival

For the first time in Bulgaria father and son on one stage!

The virtuoso guitarist, composer and fusion musician continues to surprise his fans. This time, especially for the Plovdiv GuitArt festival, he will take the stage with Jan Stefanovski and Ivan Kukic.
Jan Stefanowski, who plays drums, is his son. In addition to the non-formal music education that Ian acquired at home throughout his life, he studied at the Academy of Music in Stip, in the field of jazz drums.
Ivan Kukic, who also comes from a famous musical family, plays bass guitar in the trio. Kukic is studying music production and sound design in Belgrade.



Since the beginning of 2019, the two young musicians together with Vlatko Stefanovski have played at more than 50 concerts in Europe.
On November 7, from 19:00 in the House of Culture "Boris Hristov"  the Bulgarian audience will have the opportunity to touch the music of the Macedonian trio.
Vlatko Stefanovski is a virtuoso guitarist, composer and fusion musician who has created his own style. What distinguishes it is the inimitable combination of Balkan folklore with blues and rock music. He composes music for films and theatrical performances, and among his indisputable masterpieces is the soundtrack to "Gypsy Magic".
Vlatko Stefanovski was born in 1957 in Prilep / Macedonia in a theatrical family. He started playing guitar at the age of 13. In his late teens he formed the group LEB I SOL which became one of the most important names in the music scene of former Yugoslavia. LEB I SOL had released 14 albums and had toured around the world..
So far, he has released 13 solo albums and another 12 with music for movies. From 1998 he returned to Balkan folklore, but already through the prism of acoustic sound, often in tandem with guitarist Miroslav Tadic. Vlatko Stefanovski uses his newly discovered freedom to pursue countless other musical projects with a frantic thirst to discover the full potential of the guitar.
07.11.2021, 19:00 Boris Hristov House of Culture
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The access to the concerts of GuitArt Festival 2021 will be done with a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate!

The festival is part of a European platform co-financed by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union for the period 2017-2021.
It is organized with the financial support of the Municipality of Plovdiv and is part of the Cultural Calendar of the city for 2021.



This year, from November 4th to 7th, Plovdiv GuitArt Festival will offer its fans fantastic concerts, master classes, lectures, an international competition for classical guitar and various music workshops.

We will welcome world-famous guitarists: Pavel Steidl and Darko Bageski, young rising stars who are part of the European platform EuroStrings: Jack Hancher, Philip Miskovich, Cheng Shi, Eleonora Perretta and Lovro Peretic and iconic groups: "Real...mente Napoli" and Vlatko Stefanovski Trio. No less exciting are the Bulgarian bands and performers included in the club's program: "Cinga Manga Funk", "Pop & Rock Meets Jazz" and "Alexander Lekov Trio".

In the last years, the Plovdiv GuitArt Festival has established itself as the largest and most anticipated guitar event in the region, attracting classical guitar fans and lovers of good music to become part of the magic of the guitar.

The festival is part of the European platform EuroStrings, co-founded  by the "Creative Europe" program of the European Union for the period 2017-2021. It is organized with the financial support of the Municipality of Plovdiv and is part of the Cultural Calendar of the city for 2021.

Cristina Galietto is the new EuroStrings winner


Young Italian guitarist Cristina Galietto is the winner of the 4th EuroStrings Guitar Competition. She played in the final round alongside three other EuroStrings Artists – Filip Mišković, Bianka Szalaty and Alvaro Toscano. The jury that consisted of EuroStrings partner festivals’ Artistic Directors and the Spanish dirigent Mariano Rivas decided that she will take the title of the 4th EuroStrings Guitar Competition winner.
So far, Cristina has won numerous international guitar competitions, one being the Uppsala International Guitar Festival’s competition which enabled her to become a EuroStrings Artist this year. Winning the EuroStrings Guitar Competition, she will receive a prize that includes 8000 € (gross) and concerts at EuroStrings partner festivals.
We congratulate Marina on this big achievement, and also congratulate other finalists on their great final performances. It was a pleasure to hear all of them perform this week in the competition.

In case you missed the competition, you can watch streams from Petrer on our Youtube channel.

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