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guitarfestival Seckau 2021 
Sat. 24. Juli - Sun. 1. August
with all governmentally required safety measures

opening concert Saturday. 24. July 2021, 19 p.m.

Guitar-Duo Maria Felbermair - Nikolai Schön
1.Prizewinner Prima la Musica

Sina Shaari (guitar / persian Oud) Austria / Iran

Metka / Anton Črnugelj (Flute / Guitar) Slovenia

Concert  Thursday. 29. July, 7.30 p.m.

Guitar-Duo Melanie Hosp / Florian Palier  contemporary compositions from Styria

Rikke Petersen / Finn Svit (Flute / Guitar) Denmark


closing concert   Sunday, 1. August

9 a.m.musical contribution at the holy mass in the Basilika
a.m.  concert of the participants

teaching staff 2021:
Hugo Gonzalez (Kunstuniversität Graz)
Anton Crnugelj (Konservatorium Ljubljana, Slovenija)
Finn Elias Svit (Mariagerfjord School of Art, Dänemark)
Sina Shaari (Zentralmusikschule Jennersdorf)
Johann Palier (J.J.Fux-Konservatorium Graz)
Florian Palier (J.J.Fux-Konservatorium Graz / university of music Vienna)

limited number of participants !
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tickets for concerts:  order at Seckau Kultur

 Tel.: 0043 681 2068 0447

 revies 2020 ORF "Steiermark heute" 31. Juli 2020
Austrian broadcast



Violarra ~ Astor Piazzolla Libertango

                 as recorded on the brandnew CD "Violarra -Saitenspiel"                


                  Takuya Okamoto  J.S. Bach   Prelude & Allegro BWV 998                                             



                    F. Bustamente ~ Misionera  Guitarfestival Seckau 2018                               


Seckau Regenbogen Stift Seckau hof bei nacht


In midsummer, whether in sweltering heat or during an impressive thunderstorm coming from the mountains surrounding the abbey, the atmosphere always provides opportunities for inspiration...


take place in the classrooms of the abbey’s secondary school (Stiftsgymnasium Seckau) or in the music rooms, the abbey library and lecture rooms. Whether pupil, student, guitar teacher or interested amateur musician, everyone benefits from the intense individual and ensemble lessons by ...


Music and the guitar is our focus of interest. Artistic highlights are the opening concert, concerts on Thursday, Friday and the final concert on Sunday where participants get the chance to perform. Besides, we organise exhibitions of luthiers presenting their guitars – ranging from school guitars to professional concert guitars – which of course can be tested by the participants or even purchased.

Lecturers and Teachers

A team of internationally renowned guitarists and teachers ensure the professional training including individual and ensemble lessons during the whole week.


The opening concert on Saturday shall put participants in the right mood for this intense week of guitar music before the individual lessons and lectures start on the following day. Usually after dinner, there are small exercise concerts where participants have the opportunity to gain experience on stage, playing in front of each other and the teachers. Each day ends with a special evening program comprising relaxation exercises, bedtime stories (for the younger participants … and for everyone else interested), campfire, a walk at night and even an exciting test of courage. Similarly, there are activities in the morning like early-morning exercises and training relaxation techniques.


Seckau Abbey, an impressive monastery, is situated in the small village of Seckau, 843 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains up to 2400 meters. Accommodation is provided in single rooms in the St. Joseph wing of the monastery. Or at St. Martha’s, the former nurses' home, which is only a few steps away from the abbey, where there are single, double or family rooms. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are served at fixed times in the dining room of the abbey.


Especially for kids, there is one person available at all times, always there with an open ear and heart that can be addressed in all kinds of situations.

The atmosphere

What has been exceptional for the event since its beginning 21 years ago is the respectful cooperation of all parties involved. Intensive instruction, rehearsals, exercise concerts, listening, admiring and supporting each other ... young and old, professionals and amateurs … all mixed together for the common goal of making music. During this week, everything is about music and one can hear the sound of guitars from all corners of the venerable walls of the abbey.


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Hugo Fernando Gonzalez hom

Hugo Fernando González      (Austria / Venezuela)

studied guitar in Venezuela and Austria with Leo Witoszynskj,
attented masterclasses with Manuel Barrueco, Alvaro Pierri, Abel Carlevaro a.o.
Recordings on TV and broadcast i
n Venezuela and many countries in Europe.
Big successes as composer.
1.Prize at 
VII. International Guitarcontest “Kutná Hora 94” - Czech Repubic.
Many commissioned arrangements of music for the Festival 
La Strada and Styriarte.
CD-production for Juan 
Diego Flórez „Besame Mucho“ at Sony classical.
2006 Senior Lecturer at Kunstuniversität Graz for Klassik,
Jazz a
nd Popmusic.

Anton Črnugelj Home

Anton Črnugelj       (Slovenia) 
studied guitar at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He attended lessons with Konrad Ragossnig, David Russell, Costas Cotsiolis a.o.  Additionally, he graduated in electronics from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Ljubljana.   He has performed in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Greece and the Netherlands.
He is teaching at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana where he is currently a head of department for guitar and harp.
His pupils have received over 55 prizes at national and international guitar competitions.
His success in competitions has significantly contributed to the recognition of Slovenian guitar scene in Europe.
He is the artistic director of the international guitar festival "Guitar Week in Postojna."

Johann Palier home

Johann Palier

studied classical guitar at the Musikhochschule Graz. Laureate of the International
Guitar Contest in Volos (Greece). Recently he has retired from his teaching at the J.J.Fux Conservatory
in Graz, many students have come in 1st prizes and good results at competitions. Success with popular
music: „Opus“, „White Stars“ (records in gold and platinum status). 8 CDs with solo guitar and chamber
music. Brandnew CD: “Violarra - Saitenspiel” with Daniela Hölbling - violin. Lecturer and jury member
at international guitar festivals in Austria and abroad. Recordings for radio and television and concerts
as soloist and chamber musician in many European, Asian and Central American countries

Florian Home 2018

Florian Palier
studied the guitar with his father Johann Palier and finished his studies with Alvaro Pierri
at the University of Music in Vienna with distinction. He won several first prizes at national and international
competitions; 1st prize at the International Guitar competition in Enschede (Netherlands). Concerts,
television and radio-recordings in many countries in Europe, in Japan,Taiwan, USA a.o. Since 2012 he
teaches guitar at the conservatory of music in Graz with students winning many prizes at competitions.
Since 2017 he teaches at the University of music in Vienna as assistent to Álvaro Pierri.
Recently he gave a enthusiastic acclaimed concert and was part of the jury at Ivanov-Kramskoy Festival in Moscow.

CDs: Florian Palier - Castillos de España; “Poetry and Colours”, brandnew CD „Bach und Ich“.

Sina Shaari 2

Sina Shaari                   (Austria / Iran)

Studies at the Kunstuniversität Graz with Martin Myslivecek and Lukasz Kuropaczewski with additional main topics in Jazz, Ethnomusicology, film score, pedagogy und variant instruments
Teacher for Guitar and Electric Guitar at the Zentralmusikschule Jennersdorf
Divers and international musical activity as a composer, Guitarist and Oud-player in various genres (Classic, World Music, Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Persian Classical Music et al.)
3 times 1st prizes at Austrian music competition Prima la musica
Several published own-composed albums like Rohab, Niavaran, foundation of several ensembles and projects like Colourful Windows or Moments and longtime collaboration with renowned artists like Massoud Shaari, Pejman Hadadi and Claudio Spieler a.o.  


Finn Svit Home Finn Elias Svit      (Denmark)
studied guitar at Nordjysk Musikkonservatorium in Aalborg, Denmark; where he received Master Diploma in Classical Guitar.
Took masterclasses with Karl Scheit, Wolfgang Lendle, Per Oluf Johnson, Göran Schöllser, a.o. 
Founder and artistic Director of the Aalborg International Guitar Festival in Denmark. Jury member at international competitions.
Received the Pakhus price for his work at Aalborg International Guitar Festival.
Artist of the year 2006 in Skørping Kommune, since 2007 Director (CEO) of Mariagerfjord School of Art.
Concerts, Jurymember, Lectures and Seminars in many countries in Europe, in America and in China.