GiCoN stands for Guitar Concerts Nijmegen, and was founded in September 2010. Our primary goal is to organize concerts highlighting the great and versatile qualities of the classical guitar and to promote the instrument in classical music life in the city of Nijmegen. We aim at winning and consolidating an audience by means of a wide range of concerts with world class musicians playing in an excellent concert hall.

The audience will enjoy the great variety of the guitar repertoire and a top artistic level of performances. We also chose to produce the concerts in a venue that reflects the high quality of the music and the performers: the chamber music hall of the Nijmegen Concertgebouw. This music palace, a.k.a. “De Vereeniging”, is one of the better halls for its acoustic properties suiting the classical guitar perfectly. It is also a cosy venue for a post-concert get-together with the audience and the musicians.

For the moment we plan to create three concerts a year, in all seasons except the Summer. We may sometimes extend the recitals with additional activities such as a public master class, a lecture etc. In any case, a meet & greet with the artist is considered an integrated part of all concerts.

Although our target audience is from the Nijmegen area , we expect to welcome guitar-aficionados from further away to our concerts, as they will greatly enjoy a live recital with musicians of world class level. Our concert series also aims to attract a younger audience in order to make a contribution to the continuity and extension of the classical music audience in Nijmegen.

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Our inaugural concert with the French guitarist Gaelle Solal took place at 15 January 2011 and was a tremendous succes, setting the standard for future GiCoN performances. Gaelle’s repertoire widened the horizons of the audience but took perfectly into account the “psychology” of the listeners, varying the music idioms at the right moment and creating an ongoing story with the pieces she played. Her musicality and her sometimes orchestral way of simultaneously playing different sound colours were definitely the best introduction to the full potential of the guitar as a solo instrument.

Ed Galstaun is founder and chairman of GiCoN. Ed Galstaun (www.gitaarlesnijmegen.nl) graduated in 1993 as a classical guitarist at the Arnhem Conservatory. Focusing on guitar pedagogy, he has now teached classical guitar in his own practice for two decades. For his students he frequently organizes concerts and recording sessions. Besides this, concert trips to classical guitar recitals and master classes outside Nijmegen are an additional part of his lessons. He also conducts the Guitar Ensemble Nijmegen.
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