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The IGF Guitar Week with Paul Cesarczyk is from Monday 2 October 2017 to Saturday 7 October 2017 and focuses on guitar education. It includes 5 days of intense workshop (9am-4pm, 2-6 October) and finishes on the 7th with a concert by Paul Cesarczyk.

For Advanced Guitarists

11am-4pm, 2-6 October 2017

Aimed at assisting the serious classical guitarist (at any level of advancement), the 5-day workshop includes personal masterclasses, a guitar gym, lectures (guitar history, technique, genre, pedagogy) and ensemble.

There will be a student recital on Friday (6 October). As participating guitarists, it is recommended that you bring with you a piece of music you are working on to polish to a level of performance over the 5 days with Paul to perform as part of the student recital on Friday.

Junior Guitarists (Under 12s)

9am-11am, 4-6 October 2017

Part of this week is a shorter, 3-day workshop focused on the younger guitarist (under 12s). This will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (4-6 October).

Workshop Schedule

Monday 2 October 2017 to Friday 6 October 2017: 9am – 4pm

Venue: The Calcutta School of Music

Cost for advanced guitarists (5-days): Rs.2000

Cost for Under-12s guitarists (3 days): Rs.1500

Student Recital

Friday 6 October, 6pm

Venue:  The Calcutta School of Music

Entry: Free

Concert by Paul Cesarczyk

Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm

Venue: Alliance Francaise du Bengal

Entry: Rs.50

Why we’re so excited about this workshop

Paul is a fantastic teacher and exceptional performer. IGF has worked with Paul in 2015 when he conducted 2 week-long Teacher Training Workshops – in Goa and Nagaland.

Paul has a PhD in classical guitar performance and most of his classical music education has been from the Manhattan School of Music.

Paul is based in Thailand and Head of Guitar at the Mahidol University in Bangkok. The reason we’re so excited about his visit here is because of the magic he’s performed in Thailand. In the 7 years he has been based there, Paul has taken Thai students to the highest level of classical guitar performance, getting them well-deserved international recognition. In 2015, Ekachai Jearakul (Paul’s student from Mahidol University) won the Guitar Federation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition – becoming the first Asian to win here. This GFA competition is the single most prestigious competition for classical guitar in the world today.

Thailand and India have similar musical backgrounds in that we have our own classical traditions and most music students do not grow up with western classical influences at home. We are very happy to invite Paul here and are looking forward to his working with students from Kolkata, and some others who are travelling to the city from different parts of the country to study with him.