In 2020, following editions in Switzerland, the USA and France, the cciMB will return to Bologna, Italy. Here is where it all started almost 10 years ago, when family and friends decided to organise an international classical guitar competition to commemorate physicist and guitarist Maurizio Biasini. Supported by the City of Bologna and in collaboration with the Conservatory of Bologna, the cciMB 2020 Competition & Festival will take place from 2 to 6 October 2020, in various locations in the city with the final round in the Teatro Comunale di Bologna – the baroque theatre. We are delighted to announce that, once more, the finalists will play a guitar concerto accompanied by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. A new composition to be played in the semifinal and final rounds has been commissioned to the Argentinian composer Alex Nante (1992, Buenos Aires), winner of the second prize at the Basel Orchestra Competition 2019. Stay tuned for more info and updates.
Last Sunday, the cciMB 2018 semifinal round, which saw the performances of 13 extremely well-prepared young guitarists, came to an end. After a long discussion, the international Jury selected the following finalists: Fabian Cardozo (31) from Argentina and Jin-Hee Kim (32) from South Korea, both living in Switzerland, and Omar Nicho (25) from Chile. On Wednesday 2 May (19:00) at the CRR de Paris, each will play a concerto (Concierto del Sur by Manuel M. Ponce or Concert no. 1 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco) accompanied by the Orchestre des Jeunes du CRR de Paris conducted by Xavier Delette, director of the CRR. In addition, they will perform Imbricatta, the cciMB 2016 commissioned composition by Sergio Assad, who will join the Jury for the occasion as well as the French cellist François Salque.
For the first time, the cciMB Competition & Festival at the CRR de Paris on rue de Madrid 14 will host a luthier exhibition, from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 April. Four young talented luthiers have been invited to present their work: French luthiers Sylvain Balestrieri (Grenoble) and Bertrand Ligier (Connaux) and German luthiers Jost von Huene (Dresden) and Daniel Stark (Oldenburg). This will be a unique opportunity for the semifinalists, CRR students and festival attendees to admire and try out these beautiful, handmade instruments of fine quality.
Entrance to many of the cciMB 2018 events is free.
Semifinal round - CRR de Paris - 28 and 29 April from 10.00 - 13:00 and 14:30 - 17:30
Final round concert - CRR de Paris - 2 May 2018 at 19:00
Masterclasses - Goethe-Institute Paris - 30 April 10:30 - 12:45 (Prof. Michael Hampel) and 13:30 - 15:45 (Prof. Stephan Schmidt)
Luthier exhibition - CRR de Paris - 28 and 29 April (continuous)
cciMB 2018 Social outreach concert - Espace Culturel Louvel-Tessier - 3 May, 19:30
For the cciMB 2018 Festival concerts on 27, 28 and 29 April at the CRR de Paris, please check out our concert ticket page.
We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with French string manufacturer Savarez. The company has generously agreed to support the cciMB 2018 Competition & Festival, contributing € 1 000.- to the First Prize and donating a free set of Savarez guitar strings to all semifinalists and a special gift box to the winner. Savarez is one of the oldest and most celebrated string makers in the world, producing a large variety of strings for classical guitar, Gypsy jazz guitar, mandolin and mandola.
The cciMB has started a collaboration with Emmaüs International, an international solidarity and outreach movement founded in Paris in 1949 to combat poverty and homelessness. We believe art, in particular music, is a powerful and effective means to connect people of different social and cultural backgrounds. As an outreach project, the cciMB 2018 will offer over 25/30 free seats to homeless people and/or refugees for each of the concerts on 27, 28 and 29 April at the CRR de Paris. Furthermore, on Thursday 3 May, the cciMB 2018 organising team, as well as interested semifinalists and guitar students from certain conservatories in Paris will visit the Espace Culturel Louvel-Tessier, where a concert will be given the evening.
Small gestures (...) are never a waste of time. A little gesture or small act is worth much more than a grand, beautiful dream that never becomes a reality. It’s by taking action that we’ll change things for the better. (...) That’s what solidarity is all about.” - Abbé Pierre (Father Henri-Antoine Groues) founder of Emmaus.
On 28 April 2018, the cciMB 2018 Festival will feature a special evening of early music, performed by ensemble The Schola Alumni of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the most famous educational institution for early music and the largest of its kind. Coming over especially from Switzerland, the ensemble under the direction of Marc Lewon (lute, gittern) will present J'ay pris amours a ma devise. Vocal and instrumental music of the 15th Century. The other performing artists are Grace Newcombe (voice), Ricardo Leitão Pedro (voice, lute), Claire Piganiol (harp) and Paul Kieffer (lute).
Photo: The Schola Alumni (Marc Lewon, Grace Newcombe, Paul Kieffer photo © Susanna Drescher)
On Tuesday 28 March 2018, cciMB 2016 winner Marko Topchii will perform his second Prize Winner Concert in Basel, Switzerland, organised by the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel as part of the Rising Stars concert series. Due to the ongoing reconstruction works of the Stadtcasino Basel, which usually hosts the series, the concert will take place in the Volkshaus Basel. Marko will play works by Modest Mussorgscky and Maurice Ravel followed by a quintet performed with string quartet Element.
Volkshaus Unionsaal - 19:30
Rebgasse 12, 4058 Basel
Tel. +41 (0)61 273 73 73
Click here for online tickets
The cciMB 2018 Festival is thrilled to present a concert by Duo Melis on Sunday 29 April 2018 at the CRR de Paris. Regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar duos, Spanish guitarist Susana Prieto and Greek guitarist Alexis Muzurakis will perform a varied and compelling program featuring works by Domenico Scarlatti, Antoine de Lhoyer, Enrique Granados, Joaquín Rodrigo, Nikolai Kapustin and Astor Piazzolla.