For release: May 10, 2010
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Performances by virtuoso classical guitarists Lily Afshar, Massimo Delle Cese and
Marcin Dylla will highlight the Memphis International Guitar Festival at the University
of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The event, which will be held May 27 –
29, 2010, will include concerts, student showcase, masterclasses and a competition.
Festival Director Lily Afshar, professor of guitar at the U of M, is “one of the world’s
foremost classical guitarists” according to Public Radio International. Honored with
the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Award as Best Female Classical Guitarist, she has also
won the Aspen Music Festival Guitar Competition and was Artistic Ambassador to Africa
for the United States Information Agency. Her four CDs and DVD have attracted critical
Massimo Delle Cese was only 15 when he ranked first at the Ancona National Guitar
Contest in his native Italy. In 1982 he won second prize at the Mauro Giuliani International
Competition and in 1983 won the Rome International Young Performers' Competition.
His concert career includes performances in more than 20 countries, appearances at
international guitar festivals and as a member of the St. Cecilia Guitar Trio.
Marcin Dylla was hailed by The Washington Post as among “the most gifted guitarists on the planet.” The native of Poland has earned
this position with an unparalleled number of awards including 19 first prizes at prestigious
international music competitions. Most recently he won the Gold Medal at the 2007
Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.
As part of the program, the festival will include a classical guitar competition.
Competitors will perform on two days and will be judged by the event’s guest artists.
The winners of the competition will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500, $250 and
The festival is sponsored by the Augustine Foundation and the Rudi E. Scheidt School
of Music. The Augustine Foundation sponsors the study and performance of classical
guitar. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music offers bachelor’s through doctoral degrees
in 29 areas of concentration.
All events will be in Harris Concert Hall at 3775 Central Avenue on the U of M campus.
Times are Central Daylight Time.
May 27, 7:30 p.m.—Lily Afshar
May 28, 7:30 p.m.—Massimo Delle Cese
May 29, 7:30 p.m.—Marcin Dylla
May 28, 10 a.m.
May 27. 1 - 6 p.m.— Massimo Delle Cese
May 28, 1 - 6 p.m.— Marcin Dylla
May 29, 1 - 6 p.m.— Lily Afshar
May 27, 9 a.m. — First Round
May 29, 9 a.m. — Finals
3-day pass to all events $75
1-day pass to all events $30
Evening concerts only:
General Public $20
Seniors and non-U of M students $10
U of M faculty, staff and students Free