rotenburg guitar festival

8 days masterclass and festival for guitar

Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, August, 07, 2022

After 40 years I say goodbye and we move on

40 years ago Grant Gustafson and I founded the Rotenburg Guitar Week. Dirk Lemmermann joined us in the very first year. Grant went back to the USA in 1993 and Dirk has been an indispensable companion and co-leader all these years.

Now it is time to pass the festival into younger hands.

Right now is the best period of time. Why should I stop after 41 years? Now we have such a great group of young and enthusiastic people who want to continue the festival. Namely Nicola Yasmin Stock as artistic director. Julius Ebert and Heike Krause are also part of the new RGW team. They are surrounded by other friends who have been there many times and can arrange, conduct, compose and organize.

I help when I am needed, and I already miss the guitar week, but I am glad to be able to hand over the "bunch of work" and watch with a cigarillo.

Hans Wilhelm Kaufmann (Foto: Verena Hoffmann)
Hans Wilhelm Kaufmann (Foto: Verena Hoffmann)

The former RGW-Team

Das alte RGW-Team
back: Dirk Lemmermann, Hans W. Kaufmann, front: Viola Kromer und Elke Pütz

The new RGW-Team

Das neue RGW-Team
Julius Ebert, Nicola Yasmin Stock, Heike Krause

What a magic place!

"What a magic place!" once said Luis Molina (Cuba). And because that's how it is, everyone is welcome - from beginners to professionals of all ages.

We live in a small but charming Landheim (dormitory) in a small village in northern Germany. An enchanting place in the middle of a small forest. Here you immediately relax, forget the rest of the world and enjoy a week of guitar with good friends like in a big family.
Here you will find detailed information about the course: more

An here you can register directly:  Registration

Our instructors 2022

Margarita Escarpa

Jozsef Eötvos Gitarrenfestival Rotenburger Gitarrenwoche 2019

Margarita Escarpa is one of the most popular artists in the worldwide guitar scene. In October 2021 she has been appointed professor at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She has already been our guest in 1999, 2021 and 2018.

Hans Wilhelm Kaufmann

Hans Wilhelm Kaufmann is - along with Grant Gustafson and Dirk Lemmermann - the founder and director of the Rotenburg Guitar Week and therefore has always been present since 1982.

Dirk Lemmermann

Lorenzo Micheli Gitarrenfestival Rotenburger Gitarrenwoche 2019

Dirk Lemmann has also been with the program since its founding in 1982.  Already in the first year, still as a participant, he has already mentored a chamber music group and since then has been a regular lecturer and co-director of the guitar week.

Luis Manuel Molina

Luis Manuel Molina (Cuba) was the first composer to write exclusively for us - "Aha-U-sens Souvenir" for 3 guitars. Many other solo pieces, chamber music and guitar orchestra followed, the last one being Concierto de Rotenburg for solo guitar and guitar orchestra. He was already our guest in 1990, 1992, 1995, 2002 and 2017.

Thomas Müller-Pering

Thomas Müller-Pering was our regular lecturer from 1999 to 2016 - need we say more about his popularity? In addition to the Masterclass, he has always supervised attractive chamber music groups during the Guitar Week.

Raphaëlla Smits

Raphaëlla Smits (Belgium), like Margarita Escarpa, is one of the most popular artists of the Guitar Week. In addition, she has gifted us with her cooking skills several times. She was our guest in 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2018.

Pavel Steidl

Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic) is also one of the very popular artists and equally a great cook. He was our guest in 2003, 2009, 2012 and 2017.

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Breaking News

New photos of the Rotenburg Guitar Week 2022.

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Here we present our lecturers 2020 in a digital concert:

Live from  Sunday, 26 July, 20:00 with Jessica Kaiser, Koki Fujimoto, Liying Zhu and Máximo Diego Pujol.


The Rotenburg Guitar Week is organized by the "Förderkreis der Rotenburger Gitarrewochen e.V.". You can support our work with a donation: here

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