Parkening International Guitar Competition

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts


The Parkening International Guitar Competition, usually held every three years, 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. Cash prizes in excess of US$50,000 were awarded at the 2015 Competition, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition worldwide.

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 scheduled for May 28–June 1, 2019. To receive notifications about the next competition, join our e-mail list below.

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