In Pictures: Miami International GuitART Festival 2019


(Photo: Feb. 22, 2019: FIU Composer Federico Bonacossa performs the Bichord Drone after explaining the story behind its 3D design from the MONAD Studio.)


In its fourth year, the Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF), organized by FIU faculty guitar member Mesut Ozgen, continues to bring world-class guitarists to the School of Music at Florida International University for a full week of concerts and activities this February 19 – 24. FIU students had the opportunity to perform in open masterclasses and ask questions in an interactive setting to learn about topics ranging from overcoming stage anxiety to guitar technique. This year, the festival grew to include two outreach visits to Miami schools, encouraging young children to engage with music.

Check out some of our favorite moments.


Feb. 19, 2019: FIU musicologist and lutenist, David Dolata, takes students and guests on a tour through his lutes, explaining the instruments’ evolution and differences.


Feb. 19: Guest violinist Cihat Askın demonstrated rhythmic and modal systems in traditional Turkish music (including folk, classical, and sufi music) in his lecture, before reviewing the basic instrumental and vocal forms.


Feb. 20, 2019: Guest violinist Cihat Askin and FIU festival organizer and guitarist Mesut Ozgen perform in the opening festival concert.


Feb. 21, 2019: Guest artist Bobby Rootveld advises FIU students on dealing with stage anxiety and stage presence.


Feb. 22, 2019: Internationally-acclaimed guitarist, Muriel Anderson, performs at Somerset Academy Prep to boost music education efforts.


Feb. 22, 2019: Duo NIHZ performs for an enthusiastic audience at Creative Learning Center in Kendall.


Feb. 23, 2019: Leonardo De Angelis & Emiliano Leonardi workshop FIU students before their evening concert.


Feb. 24, 2019: Alumnus Felipe Carvajal (center) takes the audience through 50 years of modern flamenco guitar on the final day of the festival.
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