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Guitarfestival Seckau 2024

20.  -  Sun. 28. July

Teachers will be announced in spring

Visitors to the concerts welcome !
Tickets for concerts:  Seckau Kultur Tel.: 0043 681 2068 0447


Video from the closing concert on July 31 2022:
Johann & Josef Strauß - Pizzicato - Polka

limited number of participants !
for advanced beginners / pupils / students  /
guitarteachers  / professional guitar players and guitar aficionados  ! 


Magazine 2023 will be here at the end of June

 Magazine 2023 read here 
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brochure IGF Seckau 2023
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tickets for concerts:  order at Seckau Kultur

 Tel.: 0043 681 2068 0447

Guitarorchestra Seckau 2021 
J.S. Bach (cantata "Wer hat dich so geschlagen" BWV 244 of Matthew passion) and
Praetorius (Volta of "Terpsichore")


20 years of guitarfestival Seckau /
review 2020 ORF "Steiermark heute" 31 - July 2020
"Zeit im Bild" 1 - August 2020
Austrian broadcast


Florian Palier performing Fugue BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach
(from the CD "Poetry and colours")


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 24 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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Chriatian Haimel

Christian Haimel    (Linz)

studied guitar with distinction at Bruckner University in Linz and at a Postgraduate-Studies in Alicante (Spanien). He frequented masterclasses of M. Barrueco and D. Russell.
Prizewinner at competitions in in Kutna Hora /CZ, Weimar, Bath (England), a .o. Concerts in Germany, USA, Chile, Korea, Ukraine a.o.    
Guitar teacher at the music school Linz.   
Often invited as teacher to guitarfestivals in many countries in Europe, USA, Chile, Korea, Russia a.o.  His first solo CD (2007) was awarded the „Pasticcio Prize“ by Ö1 (Austrian broadcast).
 Last CDs: „Viaje – Eine Reise durch Spanien“ 2017 „Bad Kreuzener Idyllen“ upon music of Jan Truhlar.                                                                            photo: Loucaz Steinher              

 Nathasja van Rosse cpoyr

Nathasja van Rosse     (Netherlands) 
started playing guitar at Havo (school of higher general secondary education) in Rotterdam.
Later she studied in Graz with Leo Witoszynskyj, completing Master’s Degree with Zoran Dukic in The Hague, graduating with excellent results.
She attended masterclasses with David Russell, Alvaro Pierri, Carlo Marchione a.o.

She was very succesful at international competitons and concerts in the Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Canada  a.o. 
Her latest CD "Loving Urgency" (compositions by L. Walker, F. Palier, A. Piazzolla) published in February 2022 received terrific critics.

                  photo: Pollert                                                                            

Johann Palier home

Johannn 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). 9 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     (Graz / Klagenfurt)
studied the guitar with his father Johann Palier and finished his studies with Álvaro 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  teaches guitar at the conservatory of music in Graz with students winning many prizes at competitions. 
For many years he was teaching at the University of music in Vienna as assistent to Álvaro Pierri. 
Since 2022 he is also professor for guitar, counterpoint and tabulature at Gustav-Mahler-University Klagenfurt  CDs: Florian Palier - Castillos de España; “Poetry and Colours”, brandnew CD „Bach und Ich“.                                                                                         

   Hugo Gonzalez 1 test

Hugo Fernando González (Austria / Venezuela) studied guitar and composition in Venezuela and Austria (with Leo Witoszynskyj) and participated masterclasses with M. Barrueco, A. Pierri, A. Diaz, P. Steidl  a.o.  Recordings on TV and radio in many countries in South America and Europe. Big successes as a composer. Many commissioned arrangements of music for the Festival La Strada and Styriarte.
1.Prize at VII. International Guitarcontest “Kutná Hora 94” - Czech Repubic. 
CD-production „Besame Mucho“ 2017 for Sony Classical International with Juan Diego Flórez. 
Since 2006 Senior Lecturer at Kunstuniversität Graz for Klassik, Jazz and Popmusic. 
Institute board deputy at the department for strings at University for music in Graz. 
He is many times invited to teach the students at the Guitarfestival Seckau.



Carlos Pinana  (Spain, Andaluz)

belongs to a family of great flamenco tradition, his grandfather Antonio Piñana being the patriarch of the “cantes mineros”. His first guitar teacher was his father Antonio Piñana. He studied classical guitar at the Music Conservatory of Cartagena, holds a degree from the Murcia Superior Conservatory of Music and a Masters Degree in Musical Investigation from Murcia University. Many first prizes at Flamenco contests. On the path of Paco de Lucia he is one of the most famous Flamenco guitar players nowadays, giving highly acclaimed concerts all over the world many time times together in Duo with Rainer Maria Nero.

In Seckau he will hold a seminary on playing Flamenco on guitar together with

Rainer Maria Nero
guitarist and composer studied classical guitar with  Alexander Swete and flamenco guitar with Carlos Pinana. He graduated summa cum lauda at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna in 2019. In addition to early successes as a prizewinner at international competitions, he also proves himself worldwide on stage at the side of Carlos Pinana. He is invited regulary as a lecturer to international master classes, where he suggests his unique and connecting methods to his students                                      

Maciej Ziemski
(Polen / Deutschland)

Studied classical guitar at the music academy and at Hochschule für Künste Bremen with Jens Wagner and Bernhard Hebb, each one with distinction.

With his wife, the pianist Jolanta Ziemska they gave concerts as Duo Klavitarre in many countries in Europe, South Corea, Venezuela, Canada and USA.

In 2017 they founded a non  profit association for supporting young musical talents from Germany and Poland                                                     

Sina Shaari für Prospekt

Sina Shaari studied classical guitar at the Kunstuniversität Graz with additional main topics in Jazz, Ethnomusicology, film score, pedagogy and variant instruments.Committed and succesful teacher for Guitar and Electric Guitar at the Zentralmusikschule Jennersdorf and as Jazz-guitar player with the All-Star-Big-Band of Muikgymnasium Graz
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.  
will teach in Seckau on Thursday - Saturday