About the festival

BRATISLAVA, June 26 - July 1, 2022
 
Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz is one of the most important events of the Slovak festival scene and one of the oldest of its kind in the world. Its 46th edition offers a wide range of guitar concerts in Bratislava from 26 June to 1 July. Guests from 7 countries from all over the world will present their unique and varied programmes in the Garden of the Albrecht House, the Klarisky Concert Hall and the Hall of Mirrors of the Primate's Palace. In addition to concerts, the festival also includes masterclasses and seminars for the professional public, teachers and art school students. The event is part of the Bratislava city festival Cultural Summer 2022.
 
The festival will be opened on 26 June and closed on 1 July in the Hall of Mirrors of the Primate’s Palace by the foreign stars of the event - two phenomenal guitarists Zoran Dukić from Croatia and Aniello Desiderio from Italy, who will also perform in their extremely topical guitar duo project. Their programmes include compositions from baroque to contemporary. Music lovers will enjoy the music of Bach, Scarlatti, but also Barrios, Rodrigo and Piazzolla, and new works will include recently premiered pieces by English composer Stephen Goss.
 
The Klarisky Concert Hall inherently belongs to the guitar festival and its beautiful and ideal acoustics for the guitar will also adorn this year's festival concerts. On 27 June, the Bratislava Guitar Quartet will perform in the PARABOLA programme, which, alongside the world works of de Falla, Nousis and Poulenc, will also feature compositions by well-known Slovak composers Petr Breiner and Jozef Kolkovič.  On 29 June, a double concert of young virtuosos Petra Poláčková from the Czech Republic and Zsófia Boros from Hungary, CANCIONES Y MISTERIOS, will be particularly interesting. While the first part of the evening will feature songs for guitar on historical instruments in the works of Narvaez, Dowland, da Milano, Schubert, Mertz and Llobet, the second part will reflect on the contemporary soundscapes and mysterious works of guitarists such as Duplessy, Seddiki and Sinesi.
 
Early music concerts have been part of the event's programme for several years. The current edition will offer two particularly interesting programmes. The first - on 28 June in the Klarisky Concert Hall will feature French soprano Perrine Devillers and Argentine vihuelist Ariel Abramovich in the 16th century music project EL PARNASSO.  On 30 June, in the Garden of the Albrecht House, Le nuove musiche, a Slovak ensemble bringing together artists from Germany, Poland and Slovakia, will present its debut CD as well as a new project in the programme SONETTI E LAMENTI with works by D'India and Kapsberger.
 
Concerts by laureates of international competitions are an annual part of the festival. This year's edition will feature young guitarists - Carlo Curatolo from Italy (27 June. 5 pm), who is the winner of the prestigious Musica da Primavera de Viseu festival in Portugal, and Andrzej Grygier, the Polish winner of the International Guitar Competition in Budapest (28 June, 5 pm). Both will perform their recitals in the picturesque garden of the Albrecht House. 
 
TICKETS: available in the   network or 1 hour before the concert at the venue.
 

In case of inclement weather, outdoor activities will be held in the Albrecht House.

All events will be carried out in accordance with the current pandemic measures of the Office of Public Health of the Slovak Republic.

Change of programme and performers reserved!

Co-organiser of the event: the Bratislava Cultural and Information Centre

The event is part of the Bratislava city festival Cultural Summer 2022.

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The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

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The foreign partners of the event are Via musica ad beatum z.s. (Czech Republic) and EUTERPE Publishing House (Poland).

   

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

   

This project was financially supported by the Bratislava Self-Governing Region.

The event is supported by the City of Bratislava, the Music Fund, the SOZA Social and Cultural Fund, the Polish Institute and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava, and other partners.

            

Educational activities are taking place in cooperation with the Július Kowalski Primary music school and Conservatory in Bratislava.

   

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Guitar festival of J. K. Mertz is taking place in Bratislava from year 1976. Its founder and director for many years is prof. Jozef Zsapka and it hosted dozens guitarists and other musicians and chamber emsembles from all around the world. It was known first as "Days of Guitar Music", later "International Guitar Festival of Johann Kaspar Mertz" or "International Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz" and always as a part Kultur summer in Bratislava.

 

Something from the recent history of our festival:

 44. Gitarový festival J. K. Mertza 43. Gitarový festival J. K. Mertza 42. Gitarový festival J. K. Mertza 41th Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz 

 

The first 40 years of our festival in pictures:

 

40 rokov festivalu J. K. MertzaDni Gitarovej hudby 1976 - 1983Dni gitarovej hudby 1984 - 1992Mdzinárodný gitarový festival J. K. Mertza 1993 - 2000Medzinárodný gitarový festival J. K. Mertza 2001 - 2008Medzinárodný gitarový festival J. K. Mertza 2009 - 2015