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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.

View the final rounds for both the Young Guitarist and the Adult Competition

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2019 Competition Schedule

Date Event Location
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 

4:30 p.m.
Opening Reception for competition and Awards Ceremony for young guitarists
Frederick R. Weisman Museum
Thursday, May 30, 2019 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parkening International Guitar Competition Preliminary Round
15 competitors perform 15-minute programs

4:30 p.m.

Semifinalists announced after judges' deliberation
Smothers Theatre






Smothers Theatre
Friday, May 31, 2019 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Parkening International Guitar Competition Semifinal Round
Six semifinalists perform 30-minute programs

5:45 p.m.
Finalists announced after judges' deliberation

Smothers Theatre





Smothers Theatre
Saturday, June 1, 2019 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Parkening International Guitar Competition Final Round and Awards Ceremony
Three competitors perform full concertos with orchestra
Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals presented after judges' deliberation
Smothers Theatre

 

2019 Parkening Competitors

Competitors Nationality Age During Competition
Bokyung Byun
South Korea 24
Riccardo Calogiuri
Italy 29
Javier García Verdugo Spain 25
Samuel Hines USA 27
Alec Holcomb
USA 24
Junhong Kuang China 19
Beiyan Liu China 20
Christopher Mrofchak USA 27
Cody Noriega USA 27
Alex Park USA 26
Miguel Checa Paz Spain 21
Sergey Perelekhov Russia 22
Andrea Roberto Italy 23
Marko Topchii Ukraine 28
Tengyue Zhang China 25
Judges
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 Competition Results

Competitors Nationality Age During Competition Placement
Andrea Roberto Italy 23 Gold Medal
Alec Holcomb USA 24 Silver Medal
Sergey Perelekhov Russia 22 Bronze Medal
Bokyung Byun South Korea 24 Fourth Place
Junhong Kuang China 19 Fifth Place
Riccardo Calogiuri Italy 29 Sixth Place

 

Prize Money, 2019 Competition*

Award Amount
Gold Medal $30,000
Silver Medal $15,000
Bronze Medal $7,500
Fourth Prize $1,000
Fifth Prize $1,000
Sixth Prize $1,000
An award of $500 to each of the remaining 9 competitors.

*all amounts are in USD

 

Competitors should prepare the following pieces:

ROUND 1 (approximately 15 minutes)

MAURO GIULIANI: VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY HANDEL, Op. 107 (5:10 minutes with no repeated B sections; Public Domain). Available as a free download on: imslp.nl

JOHN WILLIAMS: ROUNDS (4:30 minutes; published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2015)

SÉRGIO ASSAD: AQUARELLE (III. Preludio e Toccatina) (4:00 minutes; available as a download from SheetMusicPlus.com).

No free pieces. 

ROUND 2 (Not to exceed 30:00 minutes of music)

J.S. BACH: CHACONNE IN D MINOR (13:00 minutes; from Partita II in D Minor for Violin Solo) Schott Music: edited by Andrés Segovia. Available through Hal Leonard Corporation at halleonard.com.

FEDERICO MORENO TORROBA: FOUR SELECTIONS FROM CASTLES OF SPAIN* (7:00 minutes)
1) Rumor de copla
2) Manzanares del real
3) Romance de los pinos
4) Turegano

*This suite, with the exception of the first movement, Rumor de Copla, is available for purchase here
For a copy of Rumor de Copla, please contact the competition office.

LEO BROUWER: DANZA CARACTERISTICA (2:15 minutes) Available through Hal Leonard Corporation at halleonard.com.

Free choice piece(s), not to exceed 8:00 minutes (works from the preliminary round may not be included)

FINAL ROUND

(choose ONE of the following)


JOAQUÍN RODRIGO: CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ Schott & Co. Ltd. Available through Hal Leonard Corporation at halleonard.com.

JOAQUÍN RODRIGO: FANTASÍA PARA UN GENTILHOMBRE Schott & Co. Ltd. Available through publisher at schott-music.com and halleonard.com.

CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: CONCERTO NO. 1 IN D MAJOR Schott & Co. Ltd. Available through Hal Leonard Corporation at halleonard.com.

MANUEL PONCE: CONCIERTO DEL SUR Peer International Corporation edition. Available through Hal Leonard Corporation at halleonard.com.

ELMER BERNSTEIN: CONCERTO FOR GUITAR AND ORCHESTRA Bernal Music, tnv.net.

In addition to the concerto, finalists will present an encore piece of their choice, not to exceed five minutes (the piece may be selected from a previous round).

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