The preeminent classical guitar competition in the world…THE PARKENING INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION
Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 2, 2012
The Parkening International Guitar Competition honors Christopher Parkening's lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. It is held on the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where Christopher Parkening is Distinguished Professor of Music. The Parkening International Guitar Competition is the most prestigious classical guitar competition in the world. Cash prizes in excess of $50,000 U.S. were awarded at the 2012 Competition, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition worldwide.
The first Parkening International Guitar Competition was held at Pepperdine University in 2006. With generous grants from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, the Parkening International Guitar Competition is held every three years.
The Parkening International Guitar Competition was held from May 30 to June 2, 2012. Eligible classical guitarists ages 18-30 (born on or after May 29, 1982) participated. The next Parkening International Guitar Competition is scheduled for 2015.
The Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, which helps to identify outstanding young guitarists (17 years and younger) and encourages them to continue their performance careers and study, was held on May 29 and May 30, 2012. The next Parkening Young Guitarist Competition is scheduled for 2015.