Schedule / Past Festivals

The New York Guitar Festival pays tribute to trailblazing classical guitar icon Julian Bream (1933-2020) with a week of online performances

The 2021 New York Guitar Festival (NYGF) pays tribute to the iconic classical guitarist Julian Bream with an online series of concerts beginning July 14.

an on-line performance series exploring the music of blind blues musician, Rev. Gary Davis. Featuring: Warren Haynes, Larkin Poe, Bill Frisell, Fantastic Negrito, Rosanne Cash, Amythyst Kiah, Jorma Kaukonen, Dom Flemons, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams



We hope you are healthy and safe out there. While plans for the New York Guitar Festival this year had to be adjusted for obvious reasons, we’re excited to share with you what we are up to.

a free tribute concert celebrating blues legend Memphis Minnie

The 2019 edition of the New York Guitar Festival celebrates 20 years of live concerts, panels, and workshops that span the huge range of the guitar.  And it celebrates one of the instrument’s pivotal but overlooked figures: Memphis Minnie.  “Memphis Minnie was an incredible force during one of the most trying times for a black woman to be a performer in popular music in America

For the New York Guitar Festival’s 20th Anniversary, the Festival and WNYC’s New Sounds combine forces once again, this time for a celebration of the music of Memphis Minnie

For this concert presented by the New York Guitar Festival and WNYC’s New Sounds, Fabi Reyna acts as guest curator.

Los Sonidos de España/The Sounds of Spain

New York Guitar Festival proudly welcomes back Sharon Isbin, whose performance last year was a major highlight of the 2017 Festival. This time, Isbin’s program will feature a combination of solos and duos with her guest, the Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo.

Los Sonidos de España/The Sounds of Spain

Known for the introspective lyricism of his classical guitar style as well as the exuberant spontaneity of his flamenco repertoire, Adam del Monte delights and moves audiences with his mastery of both art forms. In addition to performing iconic works by Albéniz and Tárrega, del Monte has composed two concertos for flamenco guitar and orchestra.

Los Sonidos de España/The Sounds of Spain

Classical guitar legend and Festival friend Pepe Romero returns to the NYGF for the first time since 2014. On that occasion, Romero gave an all-Bach recital. This time, the maestro will pay tribute to his father, Celedonio Romero, and the music of Spain, particularly that of his native Málaga.

Los Sonidos de España/The Sounds of Spain

Triple threat Marija Temo does it all: she sings, dances, and fiercely plays flamenco guitar. Praised for her formidable chops, Temo plays a guitar specifically tailored to the nuances of both classical and flamenco; she co-designed this unique instrument with luthier Tom Rodriguez. Although immersed in flamenco tradition, Temo also plays pop crossover and solos with symphonies.

Lee Ranaldo, Steve Gunn and Dom Flemons

Building on last year’s sold-out event, the New York Guitar Festival and WNYC’s New Sounds present a four-week series that features a diverse cast of guitar slingers performing newly commissioned works and special collaborations.  The festival will take over The Greene Space stage every Thursday evening, from May 18 to June 8, featuring multiple short sets and onstage interviews with New Sounds