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Parkening International Guitar Competition

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The Parkening International Guitar Competition is the most prestigious classical guitar competition in the world, honoring Christopher Parkening's lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. The competition features cash prizes in excess of $65,000—the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition. After three days of intense public performances, the winner of the Parkening International Guitar Competition receives a gold medal, a $30,000 cash prize, and a title that may skyrocket a classical music career and change the winner's life forever.

The Young Guitarist Competition helps to identify outstanding young guitarists (17 years and younger) and encourages them to continue their performance careers and study.

The next competition is tentatively scheduled to take place in May–June 2023. To receive notifications about the next competition, join our e-mail list below.

 

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