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2nd Korea International Guitar Festival Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, July 05, 2016
The 2nd Korea International Guitar Festival organized by the Korea Guitar Association has been announced. 


August 11th – 15th, 2016 (Thursday-Sunday)
Yangpyeong Hyundai Bloomvista
- International Guitar Competition
- Concerts
- Seminar
- Amateur classes
- Guitar exhibition
Info about the International Competition
Participation fee: 80 US $ (free for full paying participants of masterclasses)
Date: August 12th – 14th 
Application deadline: July 17th 
Please send a completed application form and audio file for preliminary round.
Preliminary round: Per audio, July 17th, 2016
Main round: August 12th, 2PM
Final round: August 14th, 3 PM
Requirements: participants must be born after January 1st, 1983 and before December 31th, 2002 (age 13 to 14)
I. Rewards and Prizes
-First:  6,000,000 KRW (and one handmade classical guitar by Seo Minseog)
-Second:  3,000,000 KRW 
-Third: 1,000,000 KRW 
*Prize money will be paid after tax deduction
Guest Professors:
Benjamin Verdery (USA, Professor at Yale University), hear juror
Leon Koudelak (Czech Republic, Art Director of Thailand Guitar Festival) 
Danny Yeh (Taiwan, Professor of Shanghai Conservatory)
Ian O'Sullivan (USA, Hawaiian Ukuleleist)
Seong Woo Lee, Jangsoo Jun, Manjae Sou (Korea, classical guitarists)

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The Ben Verdery Guitar Project on Vineyard Sounds

Posted By Emma Markham, Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 acclaimed guitarist and teacher Ben Verdery releases his newest album, The Ben Verdery Guitar Project: On Vineyard Sound, via Elm City Records, at

The Guitar Foundation of America Conference.


Free gifts of the album will be given (limited quantity), first come first serve, at the Booths of

D’Addario & Company, Inc.  & Productions d’Oz/Éditions Doberman-Yppan (between 10am and 4pm) AND at Ben’s concert tonight (at intermission)!

Have a business card ready, and in exchange you will receive the CD.


The album features Verdery performing music by his composer colleagues at Yale University's School of Music, where he is Associate Professor of Guitar and Artistic Director of the biennial Yale Guitar Extravaganza. These featured composers include Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, Jack Vees, and Verdery himself. In addition, the album features guest performers Rie Schmidt on flute and Vees on pedal steel guitar. As with his widely praised past discography, On Vineyard Sound showcases Verdery performing on a variety of guitars, ranging from Fender Stratocaster and steel string to baritone and classical.

To accompany the album’s release, Verdery has shared two videos featuring works from the record. The first features the first movement of the title work

Ezra Laderman's On Vineyard Sound, and the second features the final movement of Martin Bresnick’s Joaquin is Dreaming.

For more information visit Elm City Records


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Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin Wins The Respighi Prize 2016

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, June 17, 2016

The Chamber Orchestra of New York, in affiliation with Bologna, Italy, has announced the Winner of 5th edition of the The Respighi Prize: Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin (Russia). Mr. Pakhomkin, the first Russian-born artist to win The Respighi Prize, will be featured during the orchestra's 2017/18 Season "Masterwork Series" at Carnegie Hall.

Click the link below to see Piotr Pakhomkin playing Francisco Tárrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" at The Kennedy Center:

Finalists: Emanuela Battigelli (harp, Italy), Elisabeth Plank (harp, Austria), Christopher Goodpasture (piano, USA).

For more information on Piotr Pakhomkin visit his website here:
For more information regarding the Respighi Prize click here:

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International Conference at the University of Melbourne Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, June 13, 2016

Instrument of Change, the International Rise of the Guitar (c.1870-1945).

Keynote speakers are Prof. Walter Aaron Clark (University of California, Riverside), Prof. Kevin Dawe (University of Kent), Dr Melanie Plesch (University of Melbourne) and Prof. John Whiteoak (Monash University). The schedule will include concerts and an exhibition of instruments at the Grainger Museum. See the website for more details, including the deadline for abstracts:

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Application for a Master's programme in Greece with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou

Posted By Erin Young, Tuesday, June 07, 2016

This years Master’s programme in the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, with Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou, will start in October 2016.



Here is a preview of the application requirements. The requirements will be updated on this link soon. 

- Candidates must prepare a program of 40 minutes’ minimum duration, which will include at least one work (or movements of a work) from each one of the following four groups of composers:

1.   Luys de Narvaez, Luis Milan, Alonso de Mudarra, John Dowland, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Gaspar Sanz, Robert de Visée, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Silvius Leopold Weiss.


2.   Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Nicolo Paganini, Dionisio Aguado, Luigi Legnani, Napoléon Coste, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Giulio Regondi, Francisco Tárrega.

3.   Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Agustin Barrios, Heitor Villa – Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, Federico Mompou, Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman, Joaquín Rodrigο, Antonio José, Astor Piazzolla.

4.   Frank Martin, William Walton, Lennox Berkeley, Goffredo Petrassi, Elliot Cook Carter, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ohana, Alberto Ginastera, Malcolm Arnold, Stephen Dodgson, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Toru Takemitsu, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leo Brouwer, Carlo Domeniconi, Francis Kleynjans, Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, Nuccio d’ Angelo, Roland Dyens, Nikita Koshkin.


- The program must include a substantial work, for example a complete Lute Suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, or a complete Sonata (Nicolo Paganini, Manuel Maria Ponce, Joaquín Turina, Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, Joaquín Rodrigo, Antonio José, Alberto Ginastera, Hans Werner Henze, Leo Brouwer, Nikita Koshkin).

- The program must be played from memory.


You may also visit the Facebook event and click GOING or INTERESTED in order to get updates:

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Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano at Lake Garda in Italy

Posted By Erin Young, Saturday, May 21, 2016

Though not officially announced yet, the dates and rules for the Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano at Lake Garda in Italy with Oscar Ghiglia, Massimo Lonardi and Elena Papandreou have been released in advance. 

The dates will be as follows:

July 15th, 2016 is the deadline for sending the youtube video for the eliminatory round of the competition by e-mail, as well as all the required documents (see the attached rules for details).

August 26th and 27th, 2016 semi-final and final of the competition.

August 27th auditions for the course will take place.

The course will take place from the 28th of August to the 5th of September.

The rules for the International Gargnano Competition can now be found in these links:

English: Here.

Italian: Here. 

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Master in Classical Guitar Performance 2017 in Alicante, Spain

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, May 16, 2016
   Applications are already being accepted for the V Edition of Master in Classical Guitar Performance 2017 organized by the University of Alicante from January to June.

  A unique opportunity to improve knowledge and practice of the instrument with professors selected from the most renowned virtuosi in the world, The ASSAD BROTHERS, Manuel BARRUECODavid RUSSELL, Pepe ROMERO, Ignacio RODES, etc.

 Visit our website at and Facebook:

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Boston GuitarFest 11 "Viva España!" Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, May 16, 2016

Boston GuitarFest 11: Viva España!
June 15-19
Boston, MA
New England Conservatory and Northeastern University


Eliot Fisk, New England Conservatory, and Northeastern University host a week of concerts, classes, competitions, and expos, this year on a Spanish theme. Full participants, auditors, and competitors can receive earlybird rates by registering before May 30, 2016. 


Classes. Each full participant receives 2 lessons with faculty, with the possibility of one being a masterclass with Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, or Joaquin Clerch.


Competitions. Performance competition winners receive a cash award, a prize guitar by Noe Zalapa, and a concert at the next year's festival. 


Concerts. Nightly concerts celebrating the Spanish theme, including appearances by Anabel Montesinos, Grisha Goryachev, Zaira Meneses, Joaquin Clerch, Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, and more. 


Activities. From a luthier's expo to round-table discussions to a museum visit, there are plenty of options to experience Boston and enjoy the GuitarFest community. 
A full schedule and registration options are available at

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Register now for the Video Round of Guitar Masters 2016 competition

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, May 16, 2016

When: May 01 - July 31
Where: Wrocław, Poland (or ONLINE)

Are you a guitarist, looking for international exposure? Register now for the Video Round of Guitar Masters 2016 competition, based in Wroclaw (Poland). It offers the highest awards in the world in 2016 (I Prize: 20 000 EUR) and features great artists on the Jury, led by Oscar Ghiglia. GM2016 is the XIX edition of Wroclaw Guitar Festival, organized in autumn of 2016 as part of the program of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016. Visit to register today!

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XIII Alhambra International Guitar Competition Announced

Posted By Erin Young, Friday, May 06, 2016

XIII Alhambra International Competition, 2016

We are pleased to inform that the rules of the XIII Alhambra International Competition, which will take place in 2016, are already available on this website

Do not miss this opportunity,there are over 30.000 euros in prizes, concerts, recordings...We want to be your dream!The conquest of this dream is possible and it is worth a try.Sign up and participate."Success can be achieved and maintained by those who keep trying it”

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