2nd Guitar Concerto Competition & Festival
With its distinct structure and style, Guitar Concerto Competition emphasises the genre of solo concerto. Candidates are required to perform parts of a guitar concerto they selected in every round: Solo Cadenza in the First Round and an entire movement (with an accompanist!) in the Semi Finale. However, 4 finalists will have a spectacular opportunity to perform the entire concerto with DGF Orchestra in Grande Finale, under the baton of Dimitris Spouras. Obligatory concerti we’ve chosen for this year are Manuel Maria Ponce’s festive Concerto del Sur and immortal Guitar Concerto of Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Which one will you choose?
Guitar Concerto Competition is open to all candidates, regardless of their nationality, age and background. Take a look at the exact competition Program & Rules below and let us know if you have any questions!
Program & Rules
- Obligatory program: Manuel María Ponce, Concierto del Sur or Heitor Villa-Lobos Concerto pour guitare et petit orchestre;
- Each candidate can select only one concerto which will be performed in all rounds of the Guitar Concerto Competition;
- In the First Round, each candidate will perform 15 minutes of free choice program, including the Cadenza of a chosen Concerto;
- A maximum of 50 competitors will be admitted to the First Round;
- In case that DGF receives more then 50 applications: the first 50 applications we received will be given a priority.
- Each candidate will perform 22-23 minutes of free choice program, including one movement of the chosen concerto (the movement selection is up to each candidate);
- The selected movement will be performed with a piano accompanist provided by DGF;
- A rehearsal with a piano accompanist will be provided to each Semi Finalist on the 12th of Februari 2020;
- Maximum 20 candidates will be selected to perform in the Semi Finale.
- The entire concerto will be performed with DGF Orchestra under the baton of Dimitris Spouras;
- On the 15th of February 2020 a rehearsal with orchestra will be provided to each Finalist;
- Maximum 4 finalists will be selected to perform in Grande Finale.
- Honorary President will be appointed at the beginning of the Guitar Concerto Competition;
- Honorary President will supervise the work of jury throughout the Guitar Concerto Competition;
- In case of irregularities in the work of jury, Honorary President will immediately notify the Artistic Director;
- Honorary President may cut off the performance in case that candidate exceeds the time limit given in the rules;
- Free selection repertoire chosen for one round, cannot be repeated in a later round;
- All repertoire must be performed by heart;
- Each candidate will be given a score between 0-25 points. The highest and lowest mark will be cut off. An average of the remaining marks will be calculated in order to determine the score of the candidate;
- Jury members cannot give points to their own current or past students;
- Prizes cannot be shared;
- Jury may decide not to award a particular prize in case that they are not satisfied with the performance level;
- Points will not be published nor discussed with the candidates;
- All candidates can approach any member of the Jury to ask for the feedback on their performance;
- The decision of the Jury is definite;
- All audio and video material recorded during the competition belongs to DGF and can only be used with the written permission of DGF.