Barcelona Internacional Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet

I edition 2020 | COMPOSITION


Nowadays, with the international consolidation of the contest, we have decided to take a further step, integrating a contest of musical composition, and activating a new platform of promotion and diffusion to guitar composers. We also encourage you to participate in this new phase.

The winning works will be part of the selection of works chosen for the next edition of the interpretation contest that the registered participants will develop in a contest and that the winner will professionally record, forming part of the future musical catalog of the Llobet Competition for international dissemination.

We hope to contribute in this new stage to the creation of musical writing, descriptive domination of the pulsations and enrich the highest sensory capacities that are surely to be discovered within the instrument.

Like the Llobet Performance Contest, we want to appeal to compositional talent to encourage you to experience new challenges in the art of guitar writing.



1) Iberamerik Concert Association, organizer of the Barcelona International Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet, announces the 1st edition in Composition for Classic Guitar.

2) The contest is open to any composer of any age and nationality, provided that they were not awarded the first prize in any previous edition of the contest, or with the second prize in one of the last two editions.

3) The composition needs to be original and unpublished and it shouldn’t have been awarded any prize in any previous contest. Also, the composition shouldn’t have been premiered, published on the web, played or broadcasted in the radio or recorded on any support.

4) The composition must be written for classic guitar (any electroacustic mean, or external devices are not allowed) and it must last between 3 and 6 minutes.

5) The Jury will be composed by three well renowned international members and it will be formed by a guitar player, a composer and a composer-guitar player.

6) Entry in this Contest constitutes acceptance of these Contest rules. The decision of the jury will be final. The jury will give the exclusive interpretation of the rules.


7) The compositions must be sent between March 6th and June 1st of 2020. The Compositions sent before and after these dates will be excluded.

8) The compositions will be sent to this email address together with the following documents:
a) File in a pdf format with the title and a nickname.
b) File in a pdf format with the title and a nickname an the identity of the composer (name and surnames).
c) File text or pdf format with a brief artistic biography, address, age and nationality of the composer.
d) File in a jpg format of a recent picture of the composer.
e) A sworn and signed declaration stating that the composition is unpublished, is an original, hasn’t been made public, nor discographically recorded.
f) A recording is not necessary, but a midi or Finale version of the composition will be positively valued.

9) A 15€ inscription fee will have to be sent via bank transfer to (CAIXABANK IBAN ES71 2100 5516 8121 0016 5290 SWIFT: CAIXESBB) or Paypal ( Name/nickname and title of the composition are required.


10) The following prizes will be issued:
a) First Prize: 1,000 euros and Honorary Certificate. Premiere and recording of the composition during this edition of the Art Llobet Festival. The composition will be included as a compulsory piece in the Semifinal of the following edition of the Llobet Contest in Interpretation.
b) Second Prize: 500 euros and Honorary Certificate.

11) Taxes will be applied on the prizes according to the law.

12) The Jury might award a Special Mention, which will be issued with a Honorary Certificate.

13) The Jury might not issue the prize if they don’t think that the quality of the compositions is not good enough or if they fail to fulfill any of the previously mentioned requirements.

14) The decision of the Jury will take place on Friday July 3rd and on that same day the names of the members of the Jury will be made public.

15) The winner of the First Prize will commit not to make use of editing rights until the following Llobet Contest is finished, so that the composition can be included freely in the Interpretation contest withouth any prejudice or charges on the contestants.

16) The winners are not required the assistance to the premiere or to the contest of interpretation. If they decide to attend the organization will not pay for the travel costs, however it will ease accommodation for at least one night.




Winfried Kellner studied composition with Jörg Birkenkötter and Tilmann Claus in Detmold (Germany). His first published works, published by german publishers, include works for Accordion, Flute and Recorder. Later he published works for guitar and chamber music for different chamber ensembles.His works have been premiered in Mexico and Europe by relevant orchestras, ensembles and soloists, in recordings, concerts , and contests. He lives currently in Guadalajara, he is a member of the teaching team at the University of Colima and he often participates in guitar contests and festivals.



Composition studies with Helmut Lachenmann, Walter Zimmermann John Rahn, Michäel Levinas, and Joao Pedro Oliveira. Winner of relevant international prizes such as SWR Stuttgart musik preiss 2013-2014, Après l’Histoire centennial Chicago 2019, European Union Composers Meeting 2004. Since 2013 he teaches music composition at ESMUC (University School of Music of Catalonia, Barcelona), and he is currently a member of the jury of several composition competitions.



Whilst performing repertoire from a wide range of music periods, his enthusiasm for contemporary music has brought about a number of world premieres, and a strong interest in the application of appropriate performance practice of 19th-century music has led to numerous performances of this repertoire on a variety of period guitars. Critics have equally praised his interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach as well as that of contemporary composers. Mr. Cordover has released five CDs, all of which to much critical acclaim.


Canción Primera


Degree with honors in guitar and postgraduate in guitar and composition at the CSM in Zaragoza. He has published two reference books on improvisation in classical guitar (Harmony and CAGED system Vol. 1 and 2) and a third on IEM methodology applied to Carcassi’s studies. He has been awarded in Manuel de Falla Prize for Guitar Composition.


Alba Nova


Maria Camahort is a guitarist, arranger, composer and teacher with vast experience in a variety of genres and contexts. Her devotion towards chamber music and collaborative projects has carried her to major concert halls of cities such as London, Paris, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels, Mexico City, Chicago, Auckland, etc.


Laz Babug


Syrian Arminian composer and guitarist. She did her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory. Pardy received multiple awards and participated in several concerts. Such appearances included a concert in Carnegie Hall, New York. Currently, Pardy is pursuing her Graduate Certificate program in classical guitar with professors Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser and Brian Head at USC Thornton School of Music.


Barcelona, July 3, 2020 | 16:33h

  • Barcelona has been an important enclave of the guitar world since the 18th century. However, to the best of our knowledge, the Llobet Guitar Composition Contest is the first guitar composition contest based in the city of Barcelona.
  • Composers from nine different countries have participated in this first edition, which, despite the circumstances, had around thirty contestants.

Since mid-April, we received many messages from artists who wanted to know if the contest, like so many other cultural activities, had been canceled due to the pandemic.

Little by little, works by both guitarist composers and non guitarists composers started arriving. All of this works, according with José Galeote, composer and contest coordinator , were very well written, idiomatic and perfectly adapted to the instrument.

The last work arrived a few minutes before that the deadline expired and two weeks later the members of the jury met. Winifried Kellner, Jacob Cordover and Manel Ribera, members of the jury and renowned international artists, proved to have very compatible criteria and the only difficulty during the debate sessions was due to the large number of works that deserved to be considered. So, for some special cases, the jury decided to make use of the honorable mention…