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Remembering Sabine Madriguera

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, February 23, 2012
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Texas-based guitarist and professor Sabine Madriguera passed away on February 22, 2012 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Sabine was an integral part of the guitar world in both her Texan community and the international GFA network. Born in Berlin, Germany, Sabine held a master’s degree from the Hochschule fuer Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. She was the Director of Guitar Studies at Collin College in Plano, Texas. Sabine was a dedicated pedagogue, and her student ensembles were awarded first prizes in the competition at the UT Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition. A tireless advocate for guitar youth education, Sabine created the first Youth Division for the Texas Annual Guitar Competition at UT Dallas in 2010. She was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Allegro Guitar Society and was the first director of the Guitar Orchestra for Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra (CTYO).  

In 1996, Duo Madriguera was formed together with her husband Enric. The duo enjoyed an active regional and international performance schedule and was featured at international festivals. They released their first CD on the Plano based Encore label. In 2009 the duo embarked on a four-city tour of Peru co-sponsored by Partners of the Americas and the U.S. Embassy. More recently, Sabine was a founding member of the Presti Quartet, the first all female guitar ensemble in the US.

Sabine previously served as a juror for the GFA International Concert Artist Competition and will be missed by GFA staff and members alike. A press release about her passing can be found on the Collin College website.

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Festival "Prospectives XXIIè Siècle" (Perspec- tives 21st Century)

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, February 19, 2012
The festival "Prospectives XXIIè Siècle" (Perspec- tives 21st Century) will begin this musical journey in several concert halls near Perpignan next month, March, with a concert of four Concertos for guitar and orchestra written by the composer- guitarist Jaume Torrent.
Previously Jaume Torrent has performed as a soloist on several occasions in the Festival "Aujourd'hui Músicas" (Music of Today) in Perpignan, interpreting works by Xavier Benguerel and Jordi Cervelló. On this occasion Jaume Torrent was invited to perform 4 of his own works by Daniel Tosi, Director of the Festival. Maestro Tosi is also a noted conductor and an enthusiastic proponent of the music of living Catalan composers.

The unique idea of presenting four Concertos for guitar and orchestra in two concerts (next March 2 and 11 in Sainte Marie and Pontiella respectively), with the composer himself as soloist, is a project which probably has never been done before (or at least in the history of the guitar).

Concerts of Music
for Guitar and Orchestra
Festival "PROSPECTIVES XXIIè Siècle”
Perpignan-Roussillon (France)
March 2nd and 11th 2012

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Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition 2012

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, February 17, 2012

Festival: July 11-15, 2012
Location: Squaw Valley Chapel
444 Squaw Peak Drive, Olympic Valley, California
Festival Co-hosts: Samantha Wells and Larry Aynesmith

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Devoted to excellence but presented in a laid back spirit of camaraderie, Sierra Nevada Guitar once again sets the stage for a memorable weekend of music in one of the world's most spectacular locations near Lake Tahoe and a chance to meet new musical friends and colleagues from around the world. Plan on booking this event early as attendance is limited!

Events take place at the acoustically excellent Squaw Valley Chapel, The Village at Squaw Valley, and more locations to be announced, all within walking distance. The Village at Squaw Valley is the ultimate four-season mountain resort. Dining, shopping, and other concessions are available within easy walking distance to The Village at Squaw Valley and at nearby Graham's Restaurant.

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Complete festival information can be found on the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Society website, here.

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Ticino Musica 2012 with Lorenzo Micheli

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, February 17, 2012
Ticino Musica 2012 -  Summer Courses in Lugano, Switzerland
July 15-28, 2012
Lorenzo Micheli - Guitar

Ticino Musica is a workshop for young musicians from all over the world who, through study and performance together with internationally renowned musicians and teachers, widen their cultural horizons and deepen their artistic experience as a preparation for their professional life.
TICINO MUSICA, c.p. 722, CH-6903 Lugano
Tel. 0041 91 980 08 72, Fax 0041 91 980 09 71

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New Guitar Concerto Available

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Derwyn Holder has composed a pleasantly modern-sounding Concerto for Classic Guitar and Orchestra (3 mvmts., 17:30), and wants to let GFA members know that it is available for consideration and programming.  He has mounted 2-minute synthesized excerpts of each movement on YouTube to give classic guitarists a way to check out the sound and pursue further contact with the composer, if interested. The link is    -    Thomas Heck

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VIth International Guitar Competition "Ruggiero Chiesa"

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, February 6, 2012
VIth International Guitar Competition "Ruggiero Chiesa," to be held in Camogli (Genoa) on 20-23 September 2012. The prizes are 8,000 Euros and concerts ("Città di Camogli" 1st Prize = 4,000Eu, 2nd = 2,000 Eu, 3rd = 1000 Eu. Additional "Ruggiero Chiesa" prize of 500 Eu for the best interpretation of a 19th century work, and a "Francesco Desgaco" prize of 1000 Eu to be awarded by the audience.

Preliminary: Two works selected from the following collections plus a work selected by the competitor (Overall: 15 minutes):
Carulli, 6 Andanti, Op. 320; Sor, Studi, Op, 29; Paganini, 37 Sonate, MS 84; M Giuliani, Giulianate, Op. 148.

Semifinal: One work chosen from the following plus a free program (Overall: 20 minutes):
Henze, Drei Tentos; Martin, 4 Pièces brèves; Ohana: Tiento; Petrassi, Nunc; R. R. Bennett, Impromptus; Takemitsu, Folios; Krieger, Ritmata; Bettinerlli, Sonata breve.

Final: Free program of 35 minutes, to include one of the following: Giuliani: 6 Rossiniane, Gran Sonata eroica, or Sonata Op. 15; Sor: Sonata Op. 22 or Op. 25, Fantaisie Op. 7 or Op. 30 or Op. 59; Aguado, 3 Rondò brillanti, Op. 2; Paganini, Grand Sonata, MS 3; or Regondi, Rêverie (Nocturne), Op. 19.

All 19th century works should be from Ruggiero Chiesa editions (published by Suvini-Zerboni,; all free-choice works should be original compositions for guitar, lute, or vihuela. Age limit 32. Applications due by August 1, 2012. For further information or applications, email

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Parkening International Guitar Competition Announces Judges for 2012 Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Malibu, CA -- The judges for the third triennial Parkening International Guitar Competition, to be presented by Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, from Wednesday, May 30, to Saturday, June 2, 2012, have been announced.Representing different areas of the classical music world, the five judges are Dave Grusin, film composer and jazz artist; Costa Pilavachi, Senior Vice President of Universal Music Group and one of the judges at the 2009 Parkening Competition; David Russell, guitar virtuoso; Julie Smith, Classical Project Manager for The Recording Academy (presenter of the Grammy Awards); and Jim Svejda, Classical KUSC radio host and producer.The competition, which debuted in 2006, offers the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition in the world, with competitors vying for cash awards in excess of US$65,000. The gold medalist wins the Jack Marshall Prize of US$30,000. The panel will judge 15 competitors, three of whom will advance to the final round to perform a concerto before a live audience with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra. The gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be announced at the conclusion of the final round.The Parkening Competition honors classical guitarist Christopher Parkening's lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. Parkening serves as Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine.In addition to the Parkening International Guitar Competition, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 and 30, 2012, the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition will be held at Pepperdine. This two-day event will help to identify outstanding young guitarists and encourage them to continue their performance careers and studies. The 2012 Parkening Competition is made possible by generous grants from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson and Juanita and Manny Del Arroz. Applications, more information about competition requirements and judging, and the competition schedule are available at:

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Johannes Moller at Carnegie Hall

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, January 6, 2012
2010 GFA International Concert Artist Competition Winner Johannes Moller will be performing at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on February 2, 2012 as a part of the D'Addario Pro Arte Guitar Series.  For tickets and information, please see the D'Addario website here.

The D'Addario Music Foundation is a major sponsor of GFA, and this is the second year that it has sponsored a performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the ICAC prize.  The D'Addario Concert Series took place over a 12 year period and was funded, promoted and organized solely by D'Addario and Company and the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts. After many years of hosting these concerts, the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts decided to take a more philanthropic approach and began to donate funds to support classical guitar societies and other schools that were already producing their own concert series. Today, in addition to honoring our mission by continuing to support music education-related organizations, D'Addario and Company in conjunction with the D'Addario Music Foundation has re-established the D’Addario Concert Series, now named the D’Addario Pro-Arte Guitar Series. The winners of some of the top classical guitar competitions in the world once again will be provided unforgettable performance opportunities. The reincarnation of the concert series is a tribute to the D'Addario family's commitment to giving back and staying engaged with the artistic community.

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Certamen Internacional de Guitarra "Luys Milan" Competition Results

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1st Prize: Ekachai Jearakul
2nd Prize: Claire Sananikone
3rd Prize, Exaequo: Ihar Dzedusenka Sanja y Plohl
Finalist: Shinichiro Tokunaga Public Prize: Sanja Plohl
ROSA GIL Award for Interpretation of Spanish music: Claire Sananikone
Award for a performer born or resident in the Valencian Community: Albert Rodriguez

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Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium and Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, December 16, 2011

2012 the organizers of the International Guitar-Symposium, Thomas Kirchhoff & Dale Kavanagh, invite you to the 5th International Guitar-Competition, which for the fifth time takes place in Villigst and Iserlohn, Germany on August 9-11, 2012.

Competitions will be held biennually in Haus Villigst and the final concert in the Oberste Stadtkirche Iserlohn and are open to all ages.

Five finalists will performe in a public concert in the Oberste Stadtkirche Iserlohn. In addition the public decides about a public price.

The presenters promise perfect and fair conditions to all participants.

Participants stay in the Haus Villigst (double rooms) and will receive three meals and an afternoon snack daily for a total cost of 240 Euros. Single rooms would be 20 Euros per day more. We can also help to find Hotels.

The number of participants is limited to 50. Date of application decides. Registration period: March 1st to March 31st, 2012.  For more information, see and

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