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Results of the Pittaluga Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, January 23, 2014


Emanuele Buono (Italy) 1st Prize

Ekachai Jearakul (Thailand) 2nd Prize

Anton Baranov (Russia) 3rd Prize 

On Saturday, September 28, the long-awaited final round of the 46th International Competition for Classical Guitar Michele Pittaluga was held at the Theatre of Alessandria in Via Verdi. The finalists, all three well known in the world of the six strings, performed on the 18th International Conference on guitar with excellent guests, interesting topics for debate, musical moments, the delivery of the "Golden Guitars 2013", and a crowded exhibition-market of new publications, luthier makers, mechanical and items for guitar

The works for guitar and string quartet chosen for the final with skill and technique demonstrating competence and mastery of the instrument. The jury evaluated the performance and finally decided to give the first prize to Italian Emanuele Buono, according to the Thai Ekachai Jearakul the second prize and the third prize at the Russian Anton Baranov.

The jury was offered during the week the opportunity of a visit to the low hills of Monferrato wine tasting at the wineries of Strevi Marenco and an evening concert of Cherouana Lazhar (Pittaluga Winner in 2012) hosts of the City of Solero.

The Pittaluga from the last edition is the only competition in the world to have a section of the final interpretation with orchestra or string quartet and the only International Guitar Competition as a part of the World Federation of International Competitions in Geneva (WFIMC) due to proper management and the high artistic level expressed. The initiative has been awarded since 1997 the Gold Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, is held with the support of the President SE Giorgio Napolitano and with the patronage of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO.

Sponsors and donors of the initiative:
Department of Performing Arts Council of Ministry, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Alessandria and the Fondazione CRT, the Piedmont Region, the service club Rotary and Soroptimist of Alessandria, the Companies Metlac, Restiani, Guala Closures, Solvay, Paglieri, SAI Insurance company, some of the Companies sector such as the American D'Addario, the French Savarez, the Spanish Bolamar, the Soroptimist of Acqui and the Inner wheel of Alessandria, under the patronage of the Municipality and the Province of Alessandria.

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New Guitar Faculty at SUNY Buffalo

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, October 31, 2013

The University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) Department of Music is excited to announce the addition of Sungmin Shin to the faculty as our new guitar instructor. Mr. Shin joins us from the Eastman School of Music and will be teaching undergraduate and graduate students studying guitar at UB. Please visit his faculty profile for more details: <>.

Classical guitar lessons are offered to undergraduate and graduate guitar majors and non-majors. Undergraduate students may pursue a bachelors degree or a minor in music with the choice of an academic or performance emphasis. Students at the graduate level pursuing degrees in composition, musicology, and theory in addition to the Advanced Certificate in Contemporary Performance are eligible for lessons. Students with prior training will be accepted for lessons through an audition process. For upcoming audition dates, please visit <>.

The music department at UB has developed an internationally recognized niche for the creation and performance of new music. It also has a long legacy for the performance of chamber music. Performance study at UB provides a strong focus in both of these areas within the context of traditional instrumental and vocal training. The strong contemporary music presence and distinguished musicology and theory faculty ensure a lively, interdisciplinary community of composers, performers, and scholars. UB is home to the June in Buffalo festival and conference, a leading international forum for the presentation and exchange of contemporary music and musical ideas

A premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. The cost of attendance at UB is highly competitive and affordable compared to universities across the U.S. <>.

For more information regarding guitar studies at UB, please contact Mr. Shin at <> or (716) 645-0630.

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Results of the Julian Arcas Guitar Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, October 28, 2013

The Julian Arcas Guitar Competition took place from October 17-26, 2013 in Almería, Spain. The results were: 

1st Prize: Mircea-Stefan Gogoncea

2nd Prize: Tierry Benin-Lamontagne

3rd Prize: Petrit Ceku and Marko Topchii

More details about the competition can be found here.

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Results of the 2013 Indiana University Guitar Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, October 28, 2013

The 2013 Indiana University Guitar Festival took place from October 26-27, 2013. Congratulations to the winners of the Indiana University Guitar Competition.

Open Division

1st Prize Misael Barraza Diaz

2nd Prize Jeremy Collins

3rd Prize Bin Hu

4th Prize Ye Eun Lee

Junior Youth Division

1st Prize Augustus Woodrow-Tomizuka

2nd Prize Erica Cha

3rd Prize Veronica Eres

4th Prize Clara McLain

Junior Youth Division

1st Prize Kairey Wang

2nd Prize Jacob Tan

3rd Prize Yian Wang

4th Prize Constantin Chekardzhikov

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Remembering Jovan Jovičić (1926-2013)

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jovan Jovičić (1926-2013)

by Uroš Dojčinović

Dr. Jovan Jovičić, Serbian physicist and musician, was without any doubt among the greatest ex-Yugoslav guitar pioneers of the twentieth century. Thanks to him, a large part of the creative and interpretive music work being done today in these Balkan area is focused on the expressive possibilities of the classic guitar. On the 26th of September this great artist and scientist moved onto eternity.

Jovan Jovičić was born on July 5, 1926, in Vrdnik, a little town in Vojvodina, in the northern part of Serbia. His parents helped with his musical education in his early childhood when Jovan first started to play the violin. But like many others, young Jovičić soon changed his attention to the guitar, which was very popular in those times. He attended public schools and finally became a professor of physics at the University of Belgrade. Nevertheless, his love for the guitar was so great that through his talent and constant practicing, he managed to teach himself to play this instrument very well, at the beginning using an old Carulli guitar method, the only didactic publication he could find. Then, at the end of sixties, he joined the master classses of Andres Segovia, at the famous Chigiana Music Academy in Siena (Italy). In 1961 he completed his studies with maestro Segovia, who predicted an extraordinary success for Jovičić, both in his concert career and his musical profession in general. Holding a Ph.D in physics, Jovan Jovičić later published many scientific works, some related especially to the acoustic properties of the guitar affecting the resonance and tone of the instrument. One interesting result of these studies can be read in the notable Acustica magazine (No.18, 1967: J. Jovičić "Spectres sonores de la guitare de concert”; also used in John Taylor’s book "Tone Production on the Classical Guitar”, Musical New Services, London,1978), where he reports the results of his comparison of guitars of different makes, different soundboard materials, etc.

Jovičić’s concert activity began in 1948 by giving the first live concerts at Radio Dubrovnik and Radio Belgrade. Those were the first productions in our country in which the guitar was introduced as a real solo classical instrument. The repertoire Jovičić performed in those live broadcastings covered the large range of the guitar pieces, from the Renaissance and Baroque up to contemporary compositions. So from 1948 he was already an established soloist on radio and television in Belgrade, whose magnificent interpretations at that time could be even heard outside the country. In 1957 Jovičić was the laureate of the international youth competition in Moscow, and after winning the Silver medal he continued to give recitals and broadcasts in many countries.

The first international tours included Greece (1954), West Germany, Belgium and Italy (1955), France (1956), Egypt (1959), Romania (1964), Hungary and Poland (1965), and so on... During his active performing career, Jovičić gave over 2500 concerts throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, and played in almost every Yugoslavian city. Especially in Sixties and Seventies the enchanting sounds of his guitar were unanimously greeted by stormy applause and endless encores in crowded halls such as the Tchaikovsky and Glinka grand halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Dvorak hall in Prague, Franz Liszt hall in Budapest, Centre Chaillot in Paris, Artists home in Granada, Salon de Actos in Barcelona, etc.

However he aroused interest not only as a performer, but also as a composer. A supreme connoisseur of folkloric music, he enriched his repertoir with many artistically stylized compositions based on traditional themes. Inspired by folk songs and dances, Jovičić composed over 100 different guitar works, among which the first published outside Yugoslavia was in 1950 his "Balkan Dance” and "Concert Etude” prented by Broekmans & Van Pope in Holland, and some years later his "Macedonian Rhapsody” in the Ukraine. Not so long ago Jovičić’s selected concert works were presented in a publication which the author of these lines edited for Mel Bay publications in the USA, and in a collected six-volume set of Guitar Compositions from Yugoslavia, issued by Syukhtun Editions in Sweden..

The largest part of Jovičić’s opus was published in Serbia by the publishing company Nota Knjaževac, among which it is important to mention his School of the Guitar in five volumes (the first was issued in 1969). Another notable feature of his activity is his writing of music for radio and television plays, theatre and films, for which he won a number of prizes. He composed and performed music for 68 dramas, and 40 movies, among which, "Comrades”, "Bride of Adriatic”, and "Spain, the Land of My Youth”, won first prizes in Brussels (1958), Paris (1960), Dijon (1960), and Leipzig (1960), and at the International Contest of Radio-Dramas in Rome, Italy (1958), he obtained the Prix Italia for the music composed for the play "The Bird”. He has also recorded for several gramophone companies in Serbia, Croatia, Russia, Spain and the USA.

It is especially to Jovičić’s credit that in the course of his more than 50 years long artistic activity, the guitar has attained a place of honor in the concert halls of the former Yugoslavia, were it has been accepted as a classical instrument. Also as the result of his entire pedagogical activity a regular tuition of the classical guitar was introduced in music schools in former Yugoslavia, as well as at the Faculty of Music Arts.

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Oregon Guitar Quartet CD Release

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Oregon Guitar Quartet celebrates the release of their fourth CD, "Classic”. This record features symphonies by four classical masters: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Josef Haydn, Antonio Salieri and Georg Christoph Wagenseil in original arrangements for guitar quartet. The ensemble will perform works from this latest release and upcoming projects, as well favorites from past recordings.

Critics and audiences alike have praised the Oregon Guitar Quartet’s previous recordings – each has garnered international attention and airplay on hundreds of radio stations across the nation.

"A world class quartet.” "This is a fine recording.” "In the end, it is the joyousness, energy, and precision of the performance that convinces me that this group is one to hear.”
Soundboard Magazine vol. 37 no. 4

"The arresting linear clarity that makes the listener sit up and take notice in the Bach transcription portends several things: the emergence of a new, major force in the world of guitar playing, defined (among many other things) by a close ensemble precision and a collective instrumental mastery.” "The Oregon Guitar Quartet is actively setting new standards in the art of plucked string ensemble playing.” "...exceptional recordings.”

Chris Hathaway KUHA-FM Houston Classical Radio

The Oregon Guitar Quartet is an ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists working in the Pacific Northwest. The four members, David Franzen, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have come together to create a new chapter in the history of the classical guitar quartet. Their collective musical interests span centuries of repertoire and dozens of music styles. Each is an experienced performer with diverse backgrounds.

Contact: 503-880-2267 -

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Results of the Robert Vidal International Classical Guitar Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Robert J. Vidal International Classical Guitar Competition was held from September 19-September 21, 2013 in Barbezieux (Charente, France). The competition is held every two years and was named in honor of Robert Vidal, who was a tireless advocate for the guitar. The results were:

1st Place : Anton Baranov

2nd Place : Jeremy Perret

3rd Place : Damien Lancelle

4th Place : Antoine Morinière

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Grammy Nomination for John Schneider

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, September 20, 2013

The latest Bridge Records release by guitarist and radio personality John Schneider was nominated for "Best Classical Compendium” at the Grammys this year. The three CD Harry Partch: Bitter Music features him as the narrator, guitarist, violist, and singer in Partch’s Depression era autobiography that was written in 1940. His lengthy article on "Partch’s Guitars” is featured in the debut edition of Soundboard Scholar.

The former GFA president is no stranger to the Grammys: as guitarist for Southwest Chamber Music, he played vihuela on Music of Carlos Chavez Vol. 3 which was nominated in the categories of "Best Classical Album”, "Best Small Ensemble” and the Latin Grammy for "Best Classical Album”. His album featuring the guitar works of Carlos Chavez (Vol.4) was nominated for "Best Classical Album” by the Latin Grammys (2006), while his premiere recording of William Kraft’s Encounters XV for guitar & percussion nominated for "Best Classical Album” Latin Grammy in 2010.

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Results of the Maurizio Biasini Guitar Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The second edition of the International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini took place from September 9-15, 2013 in Basel, Switzerland. The competition, organized in collaboration with the Musik Akademie Basel, is dedicated to the physicist and guitarist Maurizio Biasini with the aim to identify and encourage young, talented classical guitarists.

Participants were evaluated through the performance of a challenging program which includes a piece by Yair Klartag commissioned by the cciMB 2013 competition and a concert with string quartet in the final round.

The winner will be awarded a cash prize of CHF 12’000, and the opportunity to perform in the prestigious Rising Stars concert series of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel. The Jury was composed of eminent classical guitarists and musicians with established international reputation: St. Schmidt, P. Marquez (Basel, CH), D. Tanenbaum, President (USA), G. Abiton (F), M. V. Carnicelli, A. Martelli, and W. Zanetti (I).

The finalists were: 1st Prize - Emanuele Buono (Italy), 3rd Prize - Fabian Cardozo (Argentina) and Marko Topchii (Ukraine).

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Results of the 2013 Tárrega Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Russian guitarist Anton Baranov won the 47th International Francisco Tárrega Competition, which took place in Benicássim, Spain from September 5-7, 2013. Baranov was also the winner of this year's GFA International Concert Artist Competition.

The other finalists of the Tárrega Competition were Ali Jorge Arango (Cuba), Marko Topchii (Ukraine), and Chia-Wei Lin (Taiwan). Baranov was also awarded the Audience Prize. Topchii won 2nd Place and was given the prize for the Best Interpretation of a Work of Tárrega. Over 20 musicians from 16 countries participated in the competition. 

The members of this year's jury were Roberto Aussel, Salvador Brotons, Oscar Cáceres, Alex Garrobe, Ángel Sánchez Manglanos, Wolfgang Weigel, and Frederic Zigante. Past winners of the Tárrega Competition include David Russell, Raphaella Smits, Ana Vidovic, Marco Tamayo, Pablo Sainz Villegas, and 2006 GFA ICAC Winner Thomas Viloteau.

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