The Project

International Guitar Festival of Madrid

Prestigious artists

Concerts quality is one of the Festival’s cornerstones. Therefore, there will be performances by renowned artists such as David Russell, Ana Vidovic, Rafael Aguirre, Ricardo Gallén, Zoran Dukic or Aniello Desiderio, who will make every evening a magic and unique moment.


Madrid most emblematic stages

Madrid is a priviliged city with many historical places. Attending these concerts in unique venues adds value to the Festival experience. The National Auditorium, Círculo de Bellas Artes or Ateneo de Madrid have been selected over these years because of their exclusive value.

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Fundación San Pablo CEU

Music and Education

Promoting young guitarists’ careers is another of the Festival’s cornerstones with a significant educational programme. Masterclasses by great masters and conferences about different aspects related to guitar will take place during the week. In addition, the winner of the last Guitar Competition of Madrid and the winners from other festivals will perform in a concert.


Closing Ceremony Concert

The closing ceremony of the festival will take place on 17th June in the Chamber Music Hall of the National Auditorium.  The concert will be performed by Ana Vidovic, internationally renowned and regular guest of Queen Elisabeth II. It will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere of summer nights in Madrid.



Over recent years, the popularity of the Spanish guitar has spread worldwide, from the United States to Japan, from Mexico to Italy. Even countries as far afield as Australia, Slovenia, Russia and Korea have organised events of true artistic excellence dedicated to the guitar.

Spain, cradle of the instrument

Spain, the country essentially considered to be the cradle of the instrument has also contributed to this significant increase in popularity by holding cultural events. It cannot be denied that the guitar is an integral part of the festivals of Córdoba, Sevilla, Benicásim or Petrer and in cities like Barcelona there is a constant flow of visitors in search of cultural experiences who find the Spanish Guitar and all associated with it an attractive option.

Madrid and guitar


The International Guitar Festival of Madrid has been created with the purpose of placing the city in the foreground as one of the iconic capitals for this instrument.

The project has come to be thanks to the inspiration and guiding hand of Laura Verdugo del Rey. Well-known internationally as a renowned concert artist, she also teaches at the Conservatorio Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid and has given masterclasses in several countries around the world including Spain. Having directed the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Festival for a number of years, it is now her aim to promote the guitar in Madrid, one of the most iconic cities for this instrument.

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