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ICAC Update

Sunday, August 2, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ebaa Khamas
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It is with great sadness that the Guitar Foundation of America announces the cancellation of the Semifinal and Final rounds of the 2020 International Concert Artist Competition.  Current local and international conditions have made it impractical for our semifinalists to gather, and we have made the decision that a fully online version of our event is not the route we’d like to pursue out of respect for the years of history of the competition and the legacy of our winners.  GFA joins the ranks of countless other organizations that will record a gap year for 2020.  We view this as preferable to crowning a winner who would always have an asterisk next to their name, regardless of the beauty of the playing. We hope the fans of this event will continue to show support to our twelve amazing semifinalists, whose level certainly rose to what we would have loved to hear in the next round; and we look forward to following all of them as they continue on their paths going forward.  Congratulations to Alec Holcomb, Jack Hancher, Oman Kaminsky Lara, Marco Piperno, Katarzyna Smolarek, Campell Diamond Marko Topchii, Ami Inoi, Francois-Xavier Dangremont, Bokyung Byun, Lovro Peretic, and Steve Cowan for their accomplishments in what we were able to achieve together in 2020.

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