Carlos Bonell has been described by Classical Guitar Magazine, UK as "one of the great communicators of the guitar world". He has recorded more than twenty albums and played in forty countries, with concert appearances ranging from intimate recitals to concertos with symphony orchestras.
His latest album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour, inspired by his association with Sir Paul McCartney, is dedicated to the music of the Beatles in Carlos' own arrangements for solo guitar. It went to number one on the UK iTunes classical album charts in May 2012. Carlos was born in London of Spanish parents in 1949. He started to play at the age of five, learning to play Spanish folk music on the guitar from his father who was a keen amateur guitarist, while also studying the violin more formally at school. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music with John Williams, where he was appointed the youngest ever professor at the age of 22. His solo début in 1971 was a sell-out concert at the Purcell Room in the Royal Festival Hall, London; his concerto début was with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975.
Making a welcomed return to the festival this year and a real treat for all acoustic guitarists, is the legendary Gordon Giltrap. With a career spanning over three decades Gordon is a guitarist and composer, whose musical styles cross several genres, including folk, blues, folk rock, pop and classical. With over 40 albums released he has created an unmistakable sound world. An opportunity not to be missed!
Amir John Haddad
Amir John Haddad “El Amir” is one of the most versitile musicians of our time and is in constantly looking to breach new musical frontiers. “El Amir” already has a long career with many collaborations with renowned national and international artists. There will be a fire and passion in abundance, guaranteed
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin’s new album MOJO FIX was recorded in Texas and is released in the UK in February 2013. Mojo Fix comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe.
Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. He is now expanding on his international success with recent time spent in the US recording and touring including his band’s recent November ‘12 feature performance at the LIVE IN THE VINEYARD music festival in Napa, California.
A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today.
Here we have one of the most talented young Polish classical guitarists of our time. Wiktoria was the finalist of the Polish edition of the Eurovision Contest for Young Musicians heaving played with Maestro Wojciech Rajski and the Polish Radio Orchestra at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio in Warsaw. She is a graduate from the Chopin’s University of Music in Warsaw which she finished in 2011. During her musical education Wiktoria Szubelak has participated in numerous courses and masterclasses of famous guitar virtuosos such as Carlo Marchione (Italy), Marco Socias (Spain), Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic), Thomas Müller-Pering (Germany), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Łukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland), Tomasz Zawierucha (Poland).
Wiktoria is prize winner of several classical guitar competitions including first prizes in in Gdansk and Gryfice Trzebiatow. She was finalist of the International Guitar Competition in Llerena in Spain in 2011.
Considered one of the most prolific and important guitarists on the Italian guitar scene today, having produced more than 30 albums, two of which were voted in their respective years of release (1998 and 2000) "best album of Italian instrumental music of the year", by the "SOUND" magazine. His music has been used for TV, Films, Documentaries and Advertising, and no coincidence then his songs are also broadcast on Alitalia and other European airlines for relaxation music during flights.
Professor of "Modern Guitar" at the Musical Institute Arnaldo Welcome Conegliano, Grollo has also composed two symphonies dedicated to the Dolomites and Venice with its lagoon in collaboration with UNESCO. Also in collaboration with UNESCO in 2011 creates a musical project dedicated to the enhancement of the Sava River, the main tributary of the Danube. he as performed all over world and with artists such as Martin Taylor and Carlos Nunez