Young Guitarist Competition

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts


The Young Guitarist Competition, held in conjunction with the Parkening International Guitar Competition, helps to identify outstanding young guitarists and encourages them to continue their performance careers and study.

The Young Guitarist Competition will be held Tuesday, May 28–Wedensday, May 29, 2019.

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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


Competitors should prepare the following pieces:


ROUND 1 (approximately 12:00 minutes)

ALONSO MUDARRA: FANTASIA #10 (Parkening arrangement in Solo Pieces published by Hal Leonard)

FERNANDO SOR: VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF MOZART (Segovia edition) – The competitor should skip (omit) the "B" repeat as recorded by Christopher Parkening

MANUEL PONCE: PRELUDES 1, 2, 4, 6 (Segovia edition)

ROUND 2 (approximately 15:00 minutes)

ISSAC ALBENIZ: LEYENDA (Segovia edition)


CLAUDE DEBUSSY: THE GIRL WITH THE FLAXEN HAIR (Parkening arrangement published by Hal Leonard)

Free choice piece(s), approximately 4:00 minutes


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