News and events

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: HERE IS THE WINNER

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: HERE IS THE WINNER

The Italian Perretta wins the first place: «The Mottola Festival is a point of reference».

«I’m very happy and honoured to have obtained such an important international recognition». Eleonora Perretta, wins the 26th International Competition of Musical Performance for Guitar, and she cannot hold back her emotion. «It’s a significan milestone – says the young Neapolitan musician – because recording an album and entering the EuroStrings circuit as an artist is a source of pride and further spur to continue this path. Then, in the world of the classical guitar, the International Guitar Festival – City of Mottola is a point of reference. It opens the way to great opportunities, such as the European tour that I’ll undertake next year». She goes first with a total prize of 3,500 euros (of which 1,500 euros offered by the municipality of Mottola, 1,500 euros by the Lions Club Massafra-Mottola “Le Cripte” and 500 euros by Giorgio and Alvise Durante with the “Musique et Memoire” prize dedicated to Roland Dyens and Maria Grazia Agrusti-Durante). In addition, she won the dotGuitar prize with an album recording, and the EuroStrings - European Guitar Festival Collaborative prize including a tour in the 17 European guitar festivals of the circuit. And Mottola is the only city chosen to represent Italy. In second place Francisco Lopes, Portuguese, with 1,000 euros from the municipality of Mottola and the Savarez prize. Finally, third place, the Thai Chinnawat Themkumkwun, 500 euros offered by the municipality of Mottola and the Savarez prize.  
The winners were selected among numerous young participants by a top-level jury chaired by Roberto Aussel. With him, Carlo Marchione, Anabel Montesinos, Mak Grgic and Simone Iannarelli, all extraordinary concert performers who live in Argentina, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Croatia and Italy.
«We greet this unusual edition of the Festival – comments the artistic director, M° Michele Libraro – by giving appointment next year, in the hope to return to our events in presence and in direct contact with both audience and artists. This year, in fact, due to the Covid-19 emergency, we have reshaped the program, carrying it out enterely online on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. It was a bet that, at the same time, gave us confirmation of how much our event is followed and know all over the world, with viewers outside of Italy». To close the Festival, a flash mob on the so-called “Rotonda” of the town in the provence of Taranto where young guitar students gathered around a celebratory banner of this 28th edition. Nine unusual days but full of emotions, during which people made feel, once again, the great enthusiasm for this Festival, organized by the Accademia della Chitarra Association and sponsored by the European Union, Apulia Region, Municipality of Mottola, Lions Club Massafra-Mottola “Le Cripte” and Pro Loco Mottola.

Flash mob!

Flash mob!

The contact with the public has always been fundamental for our festival and even this year, despite the online edition, we wanted to meet the many friends, guitarists, students and families who have been following and supporting us for years.
Our thanks go to all those who participated in the small closing party of the 28th edition of the festival, to Giuseppe DIdonna of Digipress & More for the idea of the flash mob and the huge banner (10mx4m), to Carmine Picaro for the photo.
All festival activities (concerts, masterclasses, lectures, documentary and the final of the competition) are available on
👉 https://www.facebook.com/mottolafestival/
👉 https://www.youtube.com/user/MottolaGuitarFest.
At the next edition ... we hope in presence!

EuroStrings - Scholarship 2020

EuroStrings - Scholarship 2020

EuroStrings has developed a scholarship programme for students from lower income backgrounds to enable them participation in international guitar competitions and masterclasses that mostly require a payment fee. EuroStrings is acknowledging financial situation of many young guitar players and with this programme supporting them in their further international education.

Open Call for EuroStrings Scholarships
EuroStrings provides international opportunities for young classical guitar players and contributes to their professional development through various educational and training programs.


To acknowledge the financial situation of many young guitar players and to support their international education, EuroStrings has developed a scholarship programme for students from lower income backgrounds. This scholarship will enable young guitarists to participate in international guitar competitions and masterclasses of EuroStrings Festivals during 2020.

Who can apply?
Young guitarists, aged between 18 and 25, with lower financial capability. They need to be students at a music school and have undergone professional education for at least 2 years.

Application process
Applicants interested to attend any of the following festivals, may submit the necessary documents to be considered for a full coverage of travel, accommodation, participation costs and per diem for one candidate per each festival.
Interested applicants should submit the following materials for review:

- a private or unlisted YouTube video containing free choice of repertoire at about 10 min duration
- a tax return - English translation required (personal and/or parent's)
- a short description of household status (number of people in household etc)
- 1 A4 written out formal request for applicant's financial assistance concerning travel, accommodation, festival costs and per diems, specifying the festival of interest. This request should contain candidate's contact info - name, last name, address, email address, phone number - and personal thoughts as to why he or she is in need of the EuroStrings scholarship
- letter of recommendation from a professional in the field (teacher, music producer, musical collaborator et al.)

All documentation needs to be submitted in English, only the submissions in English will be considered for the selection process.

The materials should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Mak Grgic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), EuroStrings Artistic Director.

The registration form must be presented within May 2, 2020.