Barcelona International Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet | XV edition 2018 | November 8-11


The XV edition arrives fulfilling the claim of the musical literature for guitar of Catalan, Spanish and Latin American authors and that will be defended in competition for young musicians from all over the world.

In the first qualifying phase, the contestants will interpret Miquel Llobet with his arrangement of the famous song Clavelitos, honoring the centenary of the disappearance of his author, Joaquín Valverde; as well as the centenary of Claude DebussyManuel de Falla  pays tribute to Homenaje a la tumba de Claude Debussy, the only guitar work of the Cádiz master motivated by his good friend Llobet.

The second semifinal phase, Frederic Mompou, on the 125th anniversary of his birth we present the work Canço i Dansa nº 13, introduces us to two Catalan popular songs, Cant dels ocells and Bon caçador from your personal language; and the work Aire indio nº 2 of the Bolivian composer, Eduardo Caba.

The last phase, the finalists interpret with string quartet the works of two young composers, the Argentinian Miguel Bareilles with the work Agua, which claims the relationship of man with water, and the Catalonian Moisès Bertran with the work Esguards Silents, expresses a child’s perception of the horror of war.

We think that the participants will draw a rich artistic experience with this repertoire, where the speaker of the work and its author will be key to its interpretation.

Eulogio Dávalos Llanos Artistic Director



1) Iberamerik Concert Associació, organizer of the Barcelona Internacional Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet, call for XVI edition that will take place in Barcelona, from 8th to 11th of November, 2018.

2) The contest is open to all guitarists, regardless of nationality, who are no older than 35 years of age at time of registration. First Prize winners from previous editions are not eligible to enter.

3) The contest will be held at the Museu de la Música and L’Auditori of Barcelona.

4) The draw for the competition’s first round performance order will be held at the Museu de la Música de Barcelona on the Thursday 8th of November at 10am. All competitors must attend, those not in attendance will forfeit their right to participate.

5) All cash prizes are subject to their corresponding taxes which will be withheld according to the current legislation.

6) The Organising Committee of the Certamen Llobet will not be responsible for programming dates and cancellation for any of the concerts offered as part of a prize.

7) The travel, accommodation and living costs incurred during the competition will be covered by the participant. If required, Certamen Llobet will provide housing for participants who pass to the semi-final until they are eliminated from the competition.

8) All rights to any recordings of the participants made by Certamen Llobet during the competition will be held by the Organising Committee.

9) By registering for the competition the participant agrees to all the rules of the Certamen Llobet competition. In the case of a discrepancy or disagreement, the Spanish edition of these rules will be used. The decision of the Jury is final.

10) Anything not specified in these rules is not the responsibility of the Organising Committee.


11) Registration for the competition should be made through the website.
Registration deadline: Sunday 7th of October, 2018. There will be a maximum of 20 participants.
The following documents will be required:
a) Biography and artist photo
b) Copy of passport or identity card
c) Proof of bank transfer

12) The registration fee is 60 Euros, to be made by bank transfer (indicating participant’s full name) to the following account:
CAIXABANK IBAN formato electrónico: ES71 2100 5516 8121 0016 5290
CAIXABANK IBAN formato papel: IBAN ES71 2100 5516 8121 0016 5290 SWIFT: CAIXESBB
or for PAYPAL:

13) By registering for the competition, participants will receive free entry and preferential attendance to other activities and concerts put on as part of the Certamen Llobet.


14) The competition will be held in three rounds:
1st ROUND (Classification): Museu de la Música de Barcelona. Thursday 8th of November at 10am, for all participants. Competitors are required to perform the following set works:
– “Clavelitos (Zambra gitana)”, Joaquín Valverde Sanjuán (Death Centenary) Arr. of Miquel Llobet
– “Homenaje – Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy”, Manuel de Falla. Rev. Miquel Llobet (Debussy death Centenary)
2nd ROUND (Semi-final): Museu de la Música de Barcelona. Friday 9th of November at 10am, for all participants who classify. Competitors are required to perform the following set works:
– “Canço i Dansa nº 13”, Frederic Mompou (125 Birth Aniversary)
– “Aire Indio 2”, Eduardo Caba. Arr. Marcos Puña
3rd ROUND (Final and Prize Giving Ceremony): Oriol Martorell Room to the Auditori of Barcelona. Sunday 11th of November at 7pm, three finalists will be selected. The work in this round will be performed with string quartet. Participants are to choose from one of the following works:
– “Agua”, Miguel Bareilles
– “Esguards Silents”, Moisès Bertran (CLIVIS Partitures)


15) The following prizes will be awarded:
1st PRIZE: 5.000 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma Recording of a CD produced by JSM Guitar Records
Masterclass + concerts in:
Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Chile
Facultad de Humanidades de la Universidad de la Serena (Chile)
School of Arts & Humanities of the University of Texas at Dallas (USA)
Festival Internacional de Guitarra “María Luisa Anido” Morón (Argentina)
Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra de la Paz (Bolivia)
Concerts in:
Garrigues Guitar Festival “Memorial Emili Pujol” (Lleida – Spain)
Festival Int de Música Villa Navas de San Juan (Jaén – Spain)
2nd PRIZE: 3.000 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma
3rd PRIZE: 1.500 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma
And special Prizes:
Mompou PRIZE, awarded for the best interpretation of the set work by Frederic Mompou (125 Aniversary): 1.200 euros and Honorary Diploma
Llobet PRIZE, awarded for the best interpretation of the set work by Miguel Llobet: Honorary Diploma and concert at Art Llobet 2021 (Barcelona)
CAT PRIZE, for the best classifying Catalan player: Honorary Diploma and concert at Clàssica a Horta-Guinardó (Barcelona)
Audience PRIZE: Honorary Diploma and concert at Auditori Municipal de Montcada i Reixac (Barcelona – Spain)

16) All participants will receive string games as a gift from Knobloch Strings and scores from Clivis Publicacions, Official Collaborators of the Certamen Llobet.

17) These prizes may increase. Any changes will be identified on the website until the end of the registration period.


Joaquín Valverde (1875-1918)

Clavelitos (Zambra gitana)

Transc. Miquel Llobet

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Homenaje – Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy


Frederic Mompou (1893-1987)

Canço i Dansa nº 13

Eduardo Caba (1890-1953)

Aire Indio nº 2

Transc. Marcos Puña


Miguel Bareilles (1973)



Moisès Bertran (1967)


Esguards Silents


Romilio Orellana (Chile)


Akiko Nomoto (Japan)


Elisabeth Roma (Spain)


Svetlana Tovstukha (Russia)


Hugo Crisponi (Argentina)


Ignacio Barra (Chile)

Professional graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in the area of Musical Interpretation with a mention in Classical Guitar. He has a great musical level as an instrumentalist, with high technical and musical historical knowledge, which allows him to practice not only as a performer but also in other areas such as musical arrangements and orchestral conducting. Vast experience as an instrument pedagogue, specializing in teaching children the instrument.


Jonathan Parkin (UK)

Born in Teesside, England, Jonathan has earned honors from the Royal High Conservatory of Wales. In 2012 he studied at the Central Superior Conservatory of Finland and in 2017 he obtained his Master with honors at the Trinity Laban Conservatory of Dance and Music. In addition to performing across Europe, Jonathan has performed at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium, Kings Place, Barbican, Madrid Museum of Fine Arts, St James’Piccadilly, among others.


Gian Carlo Scevola (Chile)

Born in Chile (1982). He graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, where he obtained the Diploma in the best graduate of his class. In 2009 he obtained a Master in “Musicology and Musical Education” at the UAB in Barcelona. and in 2011 he completed the Classical Guitar Postgraduate at the Liceo Conservatory of Barcelona. As a soloist he has participated in various festivals around the world as a soloist and as a member of the duo “Duoando” and the “22strings quartet”.


Bruna Escolà (Spain)

Born in 1999 in Barcelona. She began musical studies at the School of Musicians and JPC where she studied professional degree. He has received the Agustín Cohí Grau scholarship and the Ferrer-Salat Foundation Scholarship to carry out his higher guitar studies. He is currently studying 2nd year of Classical Music Interpretation at the Conservatorio Superior del Liceo. She has won first prizes in competitions such as her at the JPC Music School, Vil-seca and selected on several occasions in the Tarragona Guitar Show.


Izan Rubio (Spain)

Catalan guitarist who began his studies at the Barcelona Municipal Music Conservatory. In 2012 he graduated from the Superior School of Music of Catalonia. In May 2014 he received the audience award in the final of the Fundación Arjau contest, in the category of contemporary Catalan music. In November 2013 he was awarded the third prize at the Miguel Llobet International Guitar Competition and in November 2010 he won the prize for the best classified Catalan.

Honorary Award 2018  “A lifetime for the guitar”

Rosa Gil (1930)

Guitarist and pedagogue. It was the first guitar professor at the Conservatory of Valencia, where they passed a plethora of great guitarists. Founding member and honorary president of the Society Amigos de la Guitarra and Insigne of Valencian Music, by the Association of Music Teachers of Santa Cecilia.

Chile vuelve a coronarse por quinta vez el Certamen Llobet

Barcelona, 19 de noviembre de 2018 | 12.16h | Fotos: Laura Ruiz

  • Ignacio Barra y Gian Carlo Scevola, dos músicos de Viña del Mar, se llevaron el primer y tercer lugar.
  • Jonathan Parkin, músico inglés natural de Teesside, Billingham, se distinguió con el segundo lugar y ganó la votación del público.

Una tarde vibrante la que se vivió en la sala Oriol Martorell del Auditori de Barcelona el pasado domingo 11 de noviembre y con un público expectante para saber quién de los tres finalistas sería el ganador de la decimoquinta edición del Certamen Internacional de Guitarra de Barcelona Miquel Llobet. Finalmente los resultados no fueron coincidentes entre el soberano público y los miembros del Jurado, disparidad de criterios enriquecedora gracias a la variedad de opiniones y sensaciones.

En esta ocasión, los miembros del Jurado lo
conformaron como cada año músicos de variada idoneidad artística, compuesto como vocales por la guitarrista catalana y profesora del Conservatorio Municipal de Música de Barcelona Elisabeth Roma, la pianista japonesa Akiko Nomoto, la cellista rusa Svetlana Tovstukha, el doctor y guitarrista argentino Hugo Crisponi, y como presidente el catedrático y concertista Romilio Orellana.

Las clasificatorias se realizaron …









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