Parkening International Guitar Competition

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts


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 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition will be held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California on May 30–June 1, 2019. The Young Guitarist Competition will be held May 28–29, 2019.

Tickets to all rounds of the Competition are now on sale.

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2019 Parkening Competitors 

Competitors Nationality Age During Competition
Bokyung Byun USA 24
Riccardo Calogiuri Italy 29
Javier García Verdugo Spain 25
Samuel Hines USA 27
Alec Holcomb USA 23
Junhong Kuang China 19
Beiyan Liu China 20
Christopher Mrofchak USA 27
Cody Noriega USA 26
Alex Park USA 26
Miguel Checa Paz Spain 20
Sergey Perelekhov Russia 21
Andrea Roberto Italy 23
Marko Topchii Ukraine 28
Tengyue Zhang China 25
Mia Bongiovanni
Assistant General Manager of Media and Presentations for the Metropolitan Opera
Charlotte Lee
President and Founder of Primo Artists
Steve Schoen
Former Vice President of Sony Music Masterworks and Sony/BMG
David Thomas
Recording Producer
Pablo Sáinz Villegas
2006 Parkening International Guitar Competition Winner


2019 Parkening Young Guitarist Competitors 

Competitors Nationality Age During Competition
Hilbert Chen USA 10
Maggie Grether USA 15
Joseph Malvinni USA 11
Mira Morales USA 14
Evelyn Nguyen USA 16
Garrett Podgorski USA 17
Nikolas Rejto Australia 17
Eric Wang USA 14
Darren Wu USA 16
Hui Chan Yun South Korea 16
Sara Banta
Music Professor
Mark Forlow
Director of Digital Sales at Naxos USA
Meng Su
Parkening International Guitar Competition 2015 Winner

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