47th Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz

Education 2023

25.06.2023 - 09:00


Costas COTSIOLIS - June 26 - 27, 2023 (Monday, Tuesday)
Karol SAMUELČÍK - June 27 - 28, 2023
Silfredo PÉREZ - June 28, 2023
Alberto MESIRCA - June 29, 2023




June 26, 2023, 11 a.m. (Monday)
Ondrej VESELÝ: Compositions of Slovak composers for guitar.


29.06.2023 - 19:00

Latin American music is an essential part of the guitar literature. Like the Brazilian chôro or the Argentine tango, the Venezuelan waltz and the Venezuelan joropo are part of the rich South American culture. It is the indigenous music of Venezuela that is offered on the last evening of the Guitar Festival, whose protagonist is Silfredo Pérez, a connoisseur of traditional Venezuelan music, player of the guitar, of a traditional Venezuelan instrument the cuatro, and a singer.



26.06.2023 - 19:00

An unusual programme by the Slovak virtuoso Karol Samuelčík will present original Slovak music of the last decade. Works created in collaboration with the performer and premiered last year will give an insight into how three contemporary composers perceive the classical guitar. Three different musical worlds of three authors – the Australian-based Marián Budoš, St. Petersburg-born Evgeny Irshai and Slovak composer and guitarist Ján Králik – for solo guitar in the impressive acoustic of Klarisky Concert Hall.


Marián Budoš, Evgeny Irshai, Ján Králik

Alberto MESIRCA & Jozef LUPTÁK

28.06.2023 - 19:00

The excellent Italian guitarist Alberto Mesirca is known to the Slovak audience from several chamber projects at the Convergence Festival. His concert at the guitar festival has two programme levels. The first will present Italian music for solo guitar from the Renaissance to the present day, the second is a combination of guitar and cello. Together with Jozef Luptak, the extraordinary Slovak cellist, they will perform music by Franz Schubert, Manuel de Falla and Steve Goss.


Cassie MARTIN & Luis Alejandro GARCÍA

27.06.2023 - 19:00

Young guitarists, whose artistic talent and unprecedented skills are confirmed by awards at international competitions, enrich the programme of the guitar festival every year.

The French guitarist Cassie Martin will guide the audience through her virtuoso repertoire from Purcell to Dyens, with her enchanting artistic expression promising a unique experience.


25.06.2023 - 19:00

The world-famous Greek virtuoso Costas Cotsiolis first introduced himself to the Bratislava audience in 1979, at the fourth edition of the Guitar Festival. It is a pleasure that he has regularly included Bratislava in his extraordinarily rich concert activities in the following years and will again perform at this year's festival. He dedicates his concert performance to the music created by his friends, the world-renowned composers Leo Brouwer from Cuba, Mikis Theodorakis from Greece and Carlo Domeniconi from Italy.