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XXXI International Concert Artist Competition
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Louisville, Kentucky
June 24 - 30, 2013

The ICAC Orientation meeting will be held Monday, June 24th at 8pm in Comstock Concert Hall, University of Louisville School of Music, located at 2301 S. Third Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA.

Martha Masters, Artistic Director

PRIZES
1st Prize:
  • $7500 Cash*
  • GFA Sponsored International Concert Tour, including approximately 50 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Bosnia and Herzegovina (at the Sarajevo International Guitar Festival), the United Kingdom, and China.
  • Carnegie Hall debut (Weill Recital Hall), sponsored by D'Addario and Company in conjunction with the D'Addario Music Foundation
  • Naxos CD Recording
  • GHA CD Recording
  • Mel Bay Publication
  • 3 year supply (52 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories
  • Generous string package provided by Savarez
  • Generous string package provided by Augustine
  • $500 gift certificate from Editions Orphee

2nd Prize:
  • $3,000 Cash*
  • 3 year supply (26 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories.
  • Generous string package provided by Savarez
  • Generous string package provided by Augustine

3rd Prize:
  • $1,500 Cash*
  • 3 year supply (26 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories.
  • Generous string package provided by Savarez
  • Generous string package provided by Augustine

4th Prize:
  • $750 Cash*
  • 3 year supply (26 sets a year) of D'Addario guitar strings in addition to Planet Waves guitar accessories.
  • Generous string package provided by Savarez
  • Generous string package provided by Augustine

*All prizes subject to mandatory 30% federal tax withholding for foreign prize-winners; US prize-winners will be issued an IRS-1099 Form.
All Semifinalists will receive a $500 Travel Stipend. Foreigners must provide receipts to avoid tax withholding.
Other prizes awarded to all Finalists will include:
  • Gift Certificates donated by GSP & Strings by Mail.
  • KLING-ON products.

JURY
 
Preliminary Round:
Ricardo Cobo
Adam Holzman
Maurice Summerfield
Graham Wade
Laura Young

Semifinal and Final Rounds:
Randy Avers
Denis Azabagic
Aniello Desiderio
Marcin Dylla
Zoran Dukic
Eugenia Moliner
Berta Rojas

COMPETITION RULES

ELIGIBILITY
Open to competitors, who must be 18 years of age by June 1, 2014 (the year following the competition), regardless of nationality and who are at the outset of their careers.

Required Piece: Francisco Mignone, Etude No. 2

Competitors' Orientation Meeting, Monday, June 24 at 8:00 pm. This meeting is required of all competitors. This meeting will determine the performance order for the three-day Preliminary Round by means of a Lottery - numerical order draw. If you have a travel delay that prevents you from attending the meeting, you will need to provide proof upon arrival of earlier travel plans to be granted a slot in the Preliminary Round.


All competitors will be asked to proof the printed documents with their free choices for all rounds at the Competitors' Orientation Meeting. Any changes to your submitted program may be made at this meeting, after which programs may not be altered.


PRELIMINARY ROUND
  • June 25-27: performance before a panel of five (5) judges. This round is closed to the public.
Each candidate must perform the following in the order of their choice.
  • Set Piece; a work specially composed for the competition, herein after referred to the "set piece". Each registered competitor will receive the set piece on May 2 after receipt of all registration fees and materials by the declared Deadline Date.
  • A free choice program not to exceed ten (10) minutes.
  • Material from the Preliminary Round may NOT be repeated in the Semifinal Round.
The judges have the option of stopping the candidate during any of these performances.

All works in all rounds are to be performed from memory with the exception of the set piece, for which memorization is optional. Should you choose to read the score, a page-turner will be permitted.

Twelve (12) competitors from this round will advance to the Semifinal Round. Announcement of the twelve competitors to advance will be made Thursday evening at the beginning of Intermission.

All decisions by the judges are final.

SEMIFINAL ROUND
  • June 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Performance order for this round will be determined by a Lottery - numerical order draw. The twelve (12) candidates will perform before a panel of seven (7) new judges. This round is open to the public.

 The selections for this round will be:
  • Free choice piece(s) not to exceed ten (10) minutes
  • Required Piece: Francisco Mignone, Etude No. 2
  • No pieces played in the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Semifinal Round.
The competitor may choose to play their free choice or the required piece first, at their discretion. The total performance time, including the required piece, must not exceed the length of the required piece plus the ten (10) minute free choice program. Players will be timed from the moment the first note is played (initial entry/tuning time will not be counted provided it is within reason), and the timer will run throughout the performance, including the time between pieces. The timer will be stopped at the first note of the required piece and resume at the conclusion of the required piece. Players who exceed the ten (10) minute time limit on their free choice program will be stopped.

Four (4) competitors from this round will advance to the Final Round. Announcement of the four (4) competitors to advance will be made Friday evening at the beginning of Intermission.

FINAL ROUND
  • June 30, 6:30 pm: Performance order for this round will be determined by a Lottery - numerical order draw. Four (4) candidates will perform before a panel of the same seven (7) judges. This round is open to the public.
  • Finalists will perform their free choice program along with the Set Piece.
  • The total performance time, including the Set Piece, must not exceed the length of the Set Piece plus the twenty-five (25) minute program. Players will be timed from the moment the first note is played (initial entry/tuning time will not be counted provided it is within reason), and the timer will run throughout the performance, including the time between pieces. The timer will be stopped at the first note of the set piece and resume at the conclusion of the Set Piece. Players who exceed the twenty-five (25) minute time limit on their free choice program will be stopped.
  • No material from the Semifinal Round may be repeated in the Final Round.  Repeating material from the Preliminary Round is permitted at the discretion of the competitor.
All decisions by the judges are final.

JUDGING

The Guitar Foundation of America does not use a point system.  All judges votes are weighted equally.  Judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. Based upon this, each judge will vote their choice of the twelve (12) competitors from the Preliminary Round to move on to the Semifinal Round. All votes will be tallied and the twelve (12) competitors with the highest votes shall advance to the Semifinal Round. Should a tie result, judges will re-vote on only the tied competitors.

In the Semifinal Round, judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. Each judge will vote their choice for four (4) finalists, all votes will be tallied and the four (4) competitors with the highest votes shall advance to the Final Round. Should a tie result, judges will re-vote on only the tied competitors.

In the Final Round, judges will evaluate each competitor in several categories. The judges shall vote First, Second, Third and Fourth Prizes using ordinals. No ties will be allowed in the Final Round. In the case of a tie in the initial vote, judges will re-vote on the tied competitors to determine who will advance to the higher prize.

APPLICATION
DEADLINE: Application and Fees must be submitted and paid on-line no later than May 1, 2013. No late entries will be considered. All applications to the competition should include the following:
  • ICAC Application and Registration Fee of $250.00.
  • Competition Registration requires an active GFA Membership. If not an active member, an additional fee of $50.00 - general membership, or $30.00 - full-time student.
*Competitors will receive essential competition materials only upon receipt of the completed application and fees by the above-mentioned Deadline of May 1, 2013, after which the 2013 Set Piece will be emailed on May 2, 2013.

Dormitory Accommodations:  A limited number of dormitory rooms will be made available to registered competitors.  Rooms must be pre-paid at the time of competition registration.  Rooms are $300 for the competition period, and include linens.  Dorms are conveniently located on the University of Louisville campus, within walking distance of the Convention and Competition activities.  Please note, however, that the dorms are located approximately two miles from downtown Louisville, and evening shuttle service from downtown to the dorms will not be provided.

For further information, please contact Martha Masters, Artistic Director at:
Martha Masters, Artistic Director, GFA International Concert Artist Competition.
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