Since 2021, the festival has been taking place entirely in Iserlohn again - the central locations of the festival are the Stenner Gymnasium Iserlohn with very large classrooms and the Iserlohn City Gallery in the beautiful 17th-century building. This is where the lessons, the lectures and the rehearsals with the guitar ensemble (with Gerald Garcia) as well as the exhibitions of the luthiers take place. All other festival locations (hotels, restaurants, concert venue) are within walking distance in the center of Iserlohn.
Participants during the class.
All evening concerts take place in the Goldsaal of the Schauburg Iserlohn with around 550 seats.
All participants and lecturers stay in four hotels (different price categories), which are two to four minutes walk from all festival locations. Lunch and dinner are offered in three restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the City Gallery and the Goldsaal. There are also numerous cafés and snack restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the event rooms. Master classes, lectures, exhibitions and Gerald Garcia's ensemble take place in the Iserlohn City Gallery (three minutes walk from the Goldsaal).
Master classes will be held in rooms 1-11 of the Stenner-Gymnasium (Stennerstraße 1), the 12th Martinez competition will take place in the first two rounds (Monday and Wednesday) in the auditorium/forum of the Stenner-Gymnasium (Stennerstraße 5). The finale of the competition (Friday, 7.30 p.m.) will take place as a public concert in the Goldsaal of the Schauburg.
We strongly recommend that you register by April 30, 2023 at the latest, as the hotel capacities may then be full - a maximum of 120 active participants will be admitted.
Hotels have to be booked and paid for independently - there is an attractive special rate for festival visitors.
In the restaurants, all participants pay for themselves – we have also negotiated special rates here.
The fee for attending the festival (three or four hours of active instruction / all concerts, exhibitions, lectures, technique and ensemble instruction) is 110 or 140 euros. Participation in the festival and competition costs 170 euros.
Festival participants have free admission to all concerts - tickets for visitors to the concerts as part of the 31st Iserlohn Guitar Festival 2023 are available from May 1, 2023 at the Iserlohn city information center at the train station (Tel. +49/ 2371 / 217-1819).
Further program items of the festival
Comparison of guitar makers.
The festival features the 12th MARTINEZ Guitar Competition, concerts and lessons with David Russell, Aniello Desiderio, Duo Melis, Thibaut Garcia & Antoine Moriniere, Dale Kavanagh, Giampaolo Bandini & Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Lucio Matarazzo & Giovanni Masi, the 4th Aces Quartet, Manni Wu and Finn Svit and Jochen Brusch. In addition, we offer master classes with Bruce Holzman, Tom Johnson, Paul Cesarzcyk, Danielle Cumming, Hans-Werner Huppertz, Frank Gerstmeier, Ulrich Stracke, Thomas Kirchhoff and others.
A public comparison test with all guitar makers will take place on Tuesday (July 25th) and Thursday (July 27th) at 4 p.m. in the City Gallery Iserlohn. The big 12th Int. MARTINEZ competition takes place in three rounds in Iserlohn in the auditorium/forum of the Stenner-Gymnasium (Stennerstraße 5) on Monday, July 24th (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), Wednesday, July 26th (2nd round from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.), and on Friday, July 28th, 2023 (finale in the Goldsaal of the Schauburg Iserlohn at 7.30 p.m.).