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

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

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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


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:

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

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

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

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.

BROWER: DANZA CHARACTERISTICA (2:15 minutes) Available through Hal Leonard Corporation at

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

JOAQUÍN RODRIGO: FANTASÍA PARA UN GENTILHOMBRE Schott & Co. Ltd. Available through publisher at and

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

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


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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