After the success of past editions, Barco Teatro is glad to present the Fourth edition of the "Homenaje" International Guitar Festival, dedicated to the classical guitar.

We will have the pleasure to host several internationally acclaimed guitarists (alongside exciting returns from the last editions) involved in solo and chamber recitals, as well as in a series of integrated events (such as public masterclasses and conferences): this is of great artistic and cultural interest for the City of Padua (inscribed on the 2022 Unesco World Heritage list for its fourteenth-century fresco cycles) and its surroundings, as well as for the wide audience of both "experts" and amateurs on an international scale.

The fourth edition will be held from Friday 7th to Saturday 15th of September 2024. 

Consistently with the previous editions’ programme, Festival Homenaje plans to commission a new composition: this time it will be for a guitar and cello duo and the recipient will be the Italian Cellist and Composer Cosimo Carovani (also member of the Quartetto Indaco). 

The Festival offers:

- Concerts

- Conferences

- Masterclasses


The concert schedule presents a series of very important national and international guitarists, coming from different cultural backgrounds: first of all, the important confirmation of the return of one of the most beloved protagonists of the 3 past editions, the Spanish/Scottish guitarist David Russell, who expressed himself the desire to give continuity and to return to playing and teaching at the Festival; the Czech player Pavel Steidl, the Argentinean Guitarist Pablo Marquez, and, last but not least, the Maccari-Pugliese Duo, considered the leading specialists of the 19th Century repertoire.

All concerts will be held at Barco Teatro, with the exception of David Russell’s opening concert, which will take place at the Sala dei Giganti.




Like during the previous editions, most performers of the Festival will hold individual lessons open to the public on the stage of Barco Teatro throughout the week: the lessons are reserved for the Festival’s performing-students, but it is also possible to attend just as auditor-student or as audience. The performance students will be given the chance to perform publicly at the end of the Festival: during the event, one student will be selected and awarded a Scholarship of the value of 1000 € and will be given the opportunity to open one of the concerts of the next edition of the Festival.

2 conferences scheduled this year: the first, An enlightened tradition: the guitar generating form in the 19th Century, will be on the organology of the guitar, and will be held by the musicologist Marco Riboni in collaboration with the Italian luthier Gabriele Lodi and guitarist Enrica Savigni who will play on the collection of the TouchtheSound instruments. 

The second, Landscape and Memory, will be on composition and will be a round table discussion among Composers and Players (Stephen Goss, Francesco Antonioni, Carlo Galante, Giacomo Susani), starting from the presentation of the last CD of Stephen Goss by the same name, which collects a large number of his own composition, dedicated (and not) to the guitar.

The conferences will be held at Barco Teatro and they are free.



Saturday 7th

  • 4.00 / 6.00 pm: Opening (Introduction/welcome)
  • 8.00 pm: Opening Concert, David Russell 

Sunday 8th

  • 10.00 am / 6.00 pm: David Russell Masterclass
  • 8.00 pm: Concert, Pavel Steidl 

Monday 9th

  • 10.00 am / 6.00 pm: Pavel Steidl Masterclass 

Tuesday 10th

  • 10.00 am: An enlightened tradition: the guitar generating form in the 19th Century

Conference by Marco Riboni, Gabriele Lodi, guitar test by Enrica Savigni

  • 8.00 pm: Concert, Maccari-Pugliese Duo 

Wednesday 11th

  • 10.00 am / 6.00 pm: Maccari-Pugliese Masterclass 

Thursday 12th

  • 10.00 am: Landscape and Memory

Conference with Stephen Goss, Francesco Antonioni,

Carlo Galante, Giacomo Susani

  • 3.00 pm / 6.00 pm: Stephen Goss Masterclass 

Friday 13th

  • 10.00 am / 6.00 pm: Giacomo Susani masterclass
  • 8.00 pm: Concert, Pablo Marquez 

Saturday 14th

  • 10.00 am / 6.00 pm: Pablo Marquez masterclass 

Sunday 15th

  • 3.00 pm: Final Student’s Concert
  • 6.00 pm: Prizegiving and conclusion of the Festival

Brochure 2024 (PDF)

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