Announcing the Uppsala International Guitar Festival 2020 with 7 EuroStrings Artists


EuroStrings – the European Guitar Festival Collaborative is pleased to announce the 17th Uppsala International Guitar Festival that will be held 8–10 October 2020. The theme of the festival is “Made in Sweden” and its activities will be broadcasted live online at

Swedish festival will feature seven EuroStrings Artists: Silvio Bilić (Croatia), Nino D’Amico (Italy), Maja Kralj (Slovenia), Flavio Nati (Italy), Pablo Menéndez (Spain), Zsombor Sidoo (Hungary), and Mateusz Kowalski (Poland, winner of the 2019 Second EuroStrings Guitar Competition).

Concerts schedule
Mateusz Kowalski – Opening Concert, Thursday 8 October 2020, Stora salen, 18.00

Saturday 10 October 2020
Maja Kralj – Lunchtime concert, Sal D, 12.00
EuroStrings Artists – Stora salen, 17.30
Tribute concert to the composer and guitarist Sergio Assad featuring the Scandinavian première of The Walls for solo guitar and guitar orchestra by Sergio Assad, conducted by Christian Karlsen, with Fred Holmlund as soloist and guitar orchestra members include the EuroStrings Artists and Göran Söllscher’s students from Malmö, Stora salen, 15.00

Romance International Young Talent Competition 2020
Six finalists from six countries have been selected for the final round 2020. First Prize is 25,000 SEK. The audience can vote online for the ‘audience’s favourite’ prize (Saturday 10 OCtober, Stora salen, 20.00).

The Uppsala International Guitar Festival 2020 presents Swedish artists, Swedish music and Swedish-built instruments – a manifestation of Swedish musicians and Swedish music. It feels especially important to highlight and support the Swedish artists this year. Although we are only allowed to gather 50 people per concert, the good (and big) news is that we are making a big investment in a live broadcast, which makes the festival accessible to many more at:

‘We need the inspiration and energy of each other, more than ever. And we need to meet! Uppsala International Guitar Festival has for the past 17 years been an important meeting place for people and music. Even if we make it in a limited form, culture must be allowed to take place, be heard and seen in the public space.’ Klaus Pontvik, Festival Director

The Uppsala International Guitar Festival 2020 are also featuring:

  • The Gothenburg Combo & Friends (Thursday 8 October 2020, 20:30)
  • Emil Ernebro with friends (Friday 9 October 2020, 18:00)
  • An evening with Lisa Nilsson, Mattias Torell and Mats Bergström (Friday 9 October 2020, 20:30)
  • A Thousand and One Nights – music from the magical world of books!

For the complete programme, please visit

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