BGFest XVII Programs Academy


The BGFest Academy program is designed for young guitarists (ages 15-30*) with a serious interest in the classical guitar. It includes private lessons, masterclasses, workshops, technique and performance classes, ensemble opportunities, as well as an optional competition and an opportunity to perform in the BGFest final concert at the Multicultural Arts Center. 


*Younger participants may be admitted to the program by request. Please contact [email protected] for an audition.

*For European & Asian timezone participants, please refer to the International Academy program.

BGFest XVIII Academy Master Classes

BGFest XVIII offers master classes (live and/or Zoom) with international guest artists Sharon Isbin, Gohar Vardanyan, Jorge Caballero, and artistic director Eliot Fisk. All master classes will be recorded and saved for asynchronous viewing for a total of 30 days starting July 2nd. English / Chinese translation is available upon request.

Participants who wish to perform in BGFest masterclasses must submit a 5 – 10 minute audition video after completing registration, before the (extended) registration deadline.

BGFest XVIII Academy Private Lessons

BGFest XVIII Academy participants receive a total of three individual lessons (or two individual lessons and one masterclass). BGFest XVIII Academy faculty includeJérôme Mouffe, Bruce Holzman, Adam Levin, Zaira Meneses, Scott Borg, and Lautaro Mantilla.  




Please contact MassArt for information on their summer housing for the moment.

Boston GuitarFest team is still working on a housing solution for our participants and we will be updating housing options in the future. If you wish to learn more about housing and transportation options this year, please reach out to [email protected] for more info.

Both The Foundry and Multicutural Arts Center are close to public transport. Lechmere (green line) or Kendall/MIT (red line) are within walking distance. 

BGFest XVIII Academy Workshops & Lectures

Improvisation Workshop

on Improvisation


Dr. Lautaro Mantilla

Composer / Guitarist


J.S. Bach Life and Works (online from Germany)


Christoph Wolff


Baroque Workshops

Basso Continuo, Ornamentations, and Rhetoric in Baroque Perofrmance

Nigel North



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