Message from Boston GuitarFest Artistic Director, Eliot Fisk

Dear friends,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to GFEST ONLINE 2020, which this year replaces Boston GuitarFest as a virtual, entirely online version of our unique, cross disciplinary festival, celebrating the magnificent heritage of 5 full centuries of musical art as expressed by plucked instruments.

Life has not always been easy during the past 5 centuries as it is not easy for us now, but the power of music and its embodiment of the best of human possibility continues to give us hope and to propel us forward towards an ever better version of ourselves.

In fact, I am very excited about this year’s event and eager to share what we have planned with all of you, our treasured participants and supporters, for whom this year’s celebration has been conceived.

The Festival is planned with an introductory day of lecture demonstrations with guests and participants from around the globe sharing their knowledge, wisdom and advice followed by three straight days of intensive online lessons, classes and live performances featuring the same components that have made our festival so successful over the first decade and a half of its existence. (The precise plan of the Festival can be found on this website.)

I am deeply grateful to our supporting educational institutions, the New England Conservatory and Northeastern University, to our loyal and sine qua non sponsors and to all of you, our participants in all corners of the globe, who will join us as we once again “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”.

Warmest greetings and thank you all!


Eliot Fisk, Artistic Director