immersive experiences

​   ​Oct  6 - 14th 2018


 July 4 - 9 2016

“The Hass Guitar Fest in Armenia is a wonderful initiative to share the beauty of guitar music.
All the musicians are world class guitar players. I enjoy their wonderful playing and I am sure they will enchant and amaze the audience in Yerevan, Armenia.”
                                                             David Russell                                                                   

Yerevan Fest

David Russell
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Grammy Award Winner
Cafesjian Center for Arts
Solo Concert - July 8th 8:00PM
Rafael Aguirre
Rafael Aguirre is an internationally acclaimed musician whose deep understanding of music, dazzling virtuosity and immensely diverse repertoire has taken him to 22 countries. 13 first prizes at international competitions (a spanish record), including Pro Musicis (New York) and Tárrega (Benicàssim), made possible the beginning of an extraordinary career being today one of the most celebrated guitarists, following the spanish tradition set by Andres Segovia and Narciso Yepes.
Rafael has premiered works by the Grammy-Award winner Sergio Assad, Joaquin Clerch, Agustin Castilla Avila, David del Puerto and Daniel Real. He has worked with orchestras such as Moscow ́s New Russia Symphony Orchestra,Baden- Baden Philharmonic, Thüringer Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen,Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Extremadura Symphony Orchestra and Syrian National Orchestra. His four recordings with Naxos, KSGExaudio and RTVE received the highest international recognition like a prenomination to the Latin Grammys and were broadcasted by the BBC,CBS, NPR, Radio Stephansdom Vienna, the Bavarian Radio, MDR, Radio Nacional de España and the new Classic FM in Toronto.
Website:  http://www.rafael-aguirre.com
Highlights of past seasons include recitals in leading concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, London ́s St John Smith Square, Gasteig Munich, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Palau de la Musica Valencia and Tonhalle Dusseldorf. His playing has been described by the international press as "a blessing" (Mainz Echo) and with "maturity and intensity" (Ritmo Magazine), whereby his hometown honored him with the "Málaga Joven Award 2011".
Komitas Museum & Institute 
Solo Concert - July 5th 7:00PM
Srdjan Bulat
Srdjan Bulat (1986) is an award-winning concert classical guitarist from Split, Croatia.
He is one of the most successful classical guitarists of the new generation and the top prize winner at almost all of the most important international classical guitar competitions. He has won top prizes in Benicassim ('Francisco Tarrega'), Almeria ('Julian Arcas'), Alessandria ('Michele Pittaluga'), Valencia ('Alhambra'), Madrid ('Gredos San Diego), 
He has a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London, which he has successfully completed, with high distinction, in July 2014. He was also awarded the prestigious ABRSM scholarship as the only international student of his generation to be given this honour.
In September 2015 he completed his second postgraduate degree at the Music Academy in Zagreb, Croatia, where he specialized in classical guitar music written by contemporary Croatian composers.
He has given many solo recitals around the world (London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Oslo, Kopenhagen, Helsinki, New York, Chicago, Toronto), and has recorded two full lenght solo albums – his first for RTVE (Spanish National Radiotelevision), and his second for the prestigious recording company Naxos, which was released in September 2012.
For more information please visit:  www.srdjanbulat.com
London ('London International Guitar Competition'), Rome ('Fernando Sor'), just to name a few; and has also won numerous special awards for the best interpretation of Spanish music, which is featured prominently in all of his recital programmes.
Cafesjian Center for Arts
Solo Concert - July 6th 8:00PM
Mateus De la Fonte
Mateus Dela Fonte is adjunct professor for Guitar with emphasis on chamber music at the Stuttgart Conservatory of Music.

​He has won or placed highly in numerous international guitar competitions and was awarded such prizes as Best Interpretation of a Work by Bach (IV. Internationaler Gitarrenwettbewerb Iserlohn, Germany; 2010) and Best Interpreter of Brazilian Music (II. Premio Paraíba de Música Brazil; 1998)​​
In 2010 his debut CD Sarabande & Samba featuring works from Germany, Spain and Brazil was highly praised by the specialized press. In fall 2013 it was followed by Paisagem Brasileira – Brazilian Landscape. This second CD is dedicated to Mateus Dela Fonte’s home country – particularly the music style Choro. 
He was the interpreter of many world premieres for solo guitar, trio with guitar and a concert for Guitar und Orchestra. 
Born in Salvador/Bahia (Brazil), Mateus Dela Fonte studied guitar in Salvador, Barcelona, and Stuttgart under Mario Ulloa, Àlex Garrobé and Johannes Monno. He completed advanced studies with highest distinction at the Stuttgart Conservatory of Music. 
Mateus Dela Fonte has been invited to perform in European and Latin American countries and gave concerts and master classes at renowned festivals such as the Internationale Gitarrenfestspiele Nürtingen (Germany), 25. Guitar Festival Mikulov (Czech Republic), and I. Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra (Peru). 
Cafesjian Center for Arts
Solo Concert - July 6th 8PM
Emre Gokalp
United Kingdom
Emre Gokalp began his classical guitar studies with Ahmet Kanneci at 9 years old. He began participating in master classes at the age of 10, and has won prizes in international competitions since the age of 11. Gokalp's awards include first prize in the second Classical Guitar Competition in Orleans, France in 1999;​
 second prize in the third Antonio Lauro Classical Guitar Competition in Ankara, Turkey in 2000; third prize in the eighth International Festival and Competition for Classical Guitar Interpretation in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 2001; and first prize in the first Balkan Festival and Competition of the Classical Guitar in Velingrad, Bulgaria in 2002.​
 Thanks to his scholarship from the Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation, Gokalp has also graduated with his master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music. Gokalp was Student Exchange Program to the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid in Spain, where he studied classical guitar with Miguel Trápaga for six months.
Website:  http://www.emregokalp.co.uk
Masterclass Timetable
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  1. JULY 7
    Mateus De La Fonte-Emre Gokalp
    10am - 1pm
    The Loft
  2. JULY 6
    Rafael Aguirre-Srdjan Bulat
    The Loft
  3. JULY 5
    Rafael Aguirre
    The Loft