The 19th Annual New York Guitar Seminar



June 26 - June 30, 2019

Leo Brouwer 80th Birthday Celebration

Thanks to everyone who made the 19th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes a smashing success!
Maestro Leo Brouwer,
Plus all the faculty, staff, volunteers, team leaders, sponsors, exhibitors, and participants!
Watch soon for photos and videos from 2019 and previews of the 20th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes.

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June 26 - June 30, 2019

NEW World Premiere Performance of Leo Brouwer’s New Guitar Duet: El Libro de los Seres Imaginarios (The Book of The Imaginary Beings) A Tribute to Jorge Luis Borges Performed by Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
NEW CD Release Party for New Music of Brazil Mário da Silva, guitar Music by Arthur Kampela, Edino Krieger, Clarice Assad, et al
NEW Unique Hands-On Workshops for All Participants
NEW Premiere Performance of Leo Brouwer’s Balads del Decamerón Negro for guitar plus string quartet, based on Brouwer’s famed El Decamerón Negro

*All faculty and schedules subject to change

Activities include expanded performance opportunities with live streaming for solo participants, new hands-on interactive workshops, world premiere performances, master classes, ensemble coaching with parts chosen in advance for the composition by Leo Brouwer, performance classes, and concerts.  Plus hundreds of great restaurants, clubs, and cafes in Greenwich Village! Open to players of all ages and levels.

2015 New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes video by Robert Olmsted



Leo Brouwer has been a motivating force in the guitar world and beyond for all our lives. To help celebrate Leo Brouwer’s 80th birthday, we are thrilled to present his new guitar duet. Activities throughout the week will feature Brouwer appearances, the guitar seminar debut of Belgian guitarist Rafaela Smits, Brazilian Mário da Silva, and Mannes alumni João Luiz, Celil Refik Kaya, Michael Gilsinan, and Yenne Lee, who’s Autumn Leaves video for GSI now has over 7 million hits!
— Michael Newman & Laura Oltman, Artistic Directors