Organized by Baltimore Classical Guitar Society
Manuel Barrueco, Artistic Director
Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, along with its artistic director Manuel Barrueco, announces the first edition of the Baltimore International Guitar Competition, which will take place September 22-27, 2020 in Baltimore, MD.
Baltimore International Guitar Competition seeks to foster the development of, and appreciation for, the art of the classical guitar, encourage performances at the highest artistic level, and promote and support the careers of the world’s most outstanding young guitarists.
The competition is open to guitarists of all nationalities between the ages of 15 and 32 (both included). It consists of three stages: Preliminary Round (video), Semifinal Round, and a 3-Day Final Round, which will be open to the public.
Performers will compete for over $60,000 in prizes:
1st place: $35,000 ($20,000 cash prize, $15,000 Career Award)
2nd place: $10,000
3rd place: $5,000
4th to 8th place: $500
Audience Award: $2,500
The $15,000 Career Award will be paid on behalf of-and in collaboration with-the winner, toward their career development. The winner will receive a 60-minute consultation with Lisa Husseini at iCadenza to help formulate a career plan. First-prize winner will be invited to perform in the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society’s 2020-2021 main-stage concert season, along with select additional performances.
The jury will be made up of prominent guitarists and other musicians from around the world.
In order to ensure maximum fairness in the adjudicating process, during the semifinals and the first two days of the finals, the jury will listen to the competitors blindly. Only on the last day of the final round will the jury be able to observe the competitors perform. The semifinals and the finals will be open to the public.
Baltimore International Guitar Competition was envisioned and made possible with support of music-loving visionaries who recognize the importance of Baltimore for the international classical guitar scene.
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