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 final rounds for both the Young Guitarist and the Adult Competition can be viewed here.
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2019 Competition Schedule
|Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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
Semifinalists announced after judges' deliberation
|Friday, May 31, 2019||1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Parkening International Guitar Competition Semifinal Round
Six semifinalists perform 30-minute programs
Finalists announced after judges' deliberation
|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
2019 Parkening Competitors
|Competitors||Nationality||Age During Competition|
|Javier García Verdugo||Spain||25|
|Miguel Checa Paz||Spain||21|
Assistant General Manager of Media and Presentations for the Metropolitan Opera
President and Founder of Primo Artists
Former Vice President of Sony Music Masterworks and Sony/BMG
|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*
|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
*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)
(choose ONE of the following)
JOAQUÍN RODRIGO: CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ Schott & Co. Ltd. Available through Hal Leonard Corporation at 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).