Barcelona Internacional Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet

XX edition 2023 | November 2-5 | INTERPRETATION


PRESENTATION


“Mastery, Excellence and Virtuosity”. This is how the Great Lady of the Guitar, Maria Luisa Anido, defined in 1995 the last contest in which she participated as an honorary member of her and who with respectable consent dedicated the event to her beloved teacher Miquel Llobet. Since then, Barcelona has dressed up as a guitar and has seen the best musical talent in the art of classical guitar compete for the last three decades.

In the twentieth edition, the Llobet Contest once again presents to the competition excellent works of guitar literature that have contributed sound color, leaving a personal mark such as the jewels arranged for guitar by Llobet from Wagner‘s opera Parsifal or the Ballet del Fuego fatuo of Amor Brujo of Falla. El lamento of the Catalan composer, guitarist and conductor José Viñas closes the qualifiers on the bicentenary of his birth, along with the winning work of the 2022 Llobet Composition Contest, Tres bagatelas by the Argentine composer and guitarist Pablo Guzmán. In the final of the contest we will meet two of the most outstanding composers of the first half of the 20th century, the Italian Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with his first movement of the Quintet opus 143 and the Mexican Manuel María Ponce with his last unfinished work Quatour, but precise ending made by the master guitarist Alberto Ubach.

We hope that those present enjoy the interpretation of this repertoire and motivate future concert challenges in the noble art of musical performance for guitar.

Eulogio Dávalos Artistic Director


📄 2023 INTERPRETATION RULES



RULES


1) Iberamerik Concert Associació, organizer of the Barcelona Internacional Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet, call for XX edition that will take place in Barcelona, from 2th to 5th of November, 2023.

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 develop in person at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Barcelona.

4) The draw for the competition’s first round performance order will be held at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Barcelona on the Thursday 2th of November at 10:00 a.m. 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.


REGISTRATION


11) Registration for the competition should be made through the website.
Registration deadline: Sunday, October 15th, 2023. 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: ES71 2100 5516 8121 0016 5290 SWIFT: CAIXESBB
or by PAYPAL: certamenllobet@gmail.com

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.


ROUNDS


14) The competition will be held in three rounds:
1st ROUND (Classification): Thursday, November 2th at 10:00 a.m., for all participants. Competitors are required to perform the following set works:

– Parsifal (fragment), Richard Wagner (arr. Miquel Llobet)

– El lamento, Josep Viñas (Bicentennial of his birth)

(+ info Composers and Works)

2nd ROUND (Semi-final): Friday, November 3th at 10:00 a.m., for all participants who classify. Competitors are required to perform the following set works:

– Ballet del Fuego Fatuo (El Amor Brujo), Manuel de Falla (arr. Miquel Llobet)

– Tres bagatelas, Pablo Guzmán (Winning work of the Llobet Composition Competition 2022)

(+ info Composers and Works)

3rd ROUND (Final and Prize Giving Ceremony): Sunday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m., 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:

– Quatour, Manuel María Ponce (Rev. José Alberto Ubach)

– Quintette op. 143 (I mov. Allegro, vivo e schietto), Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

(+ info Composers and Works)


PRIZES


15) The following prizes will be awarded:
1st PRIZE: 5.000 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma
Recording of an audiovisual produced by IRS Produccions and promotion through social networks.
Concerts in Spain:
Garrigues Guitar Festival Memorial Emili Pujol
Festival Internacional de Guitarra “Ferran Sor” de Barcelona
Festival de Guitarra Girona-Costa Brava
International concerts:
Festival Internacional de Guitarra “Maria Luisa Anido” Morón, Argentina
Facultad de Artes de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Chile
2nd PRIZE: 3.000 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma
3rd PRIZE: 1.500 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma
And special Prizes:
Llobet PRIZE, awarded for the best interpretation of the set work by Miguel Llobet: Honorary Diploma and concert at Art Llobet 2024 (Barcelona)
CAT PRIZE, for the best classifying Catalan player: Honorary Diploma and concert at Garrigues Guitar Festival Memorial Emili Pujol
Audience PRIZE: Honorary Diploma and concert at Travicult 2024 (Barcelona)

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


📄 2023 INTERPRETATION RULES



CLASSIFICATION


Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Parsifal (fragment), Richard Wagner (arr. Miquel Llobet)


José Viñas (1823-1888)

El lamento

 


SEMIFINAL


Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Ballet del Fuego Fatuo of “El Amor Brujo” (arr. Miquel Llobet)

 


Pablo Guzmán (1985)

Tres bagatelas (Winning work of the Llobet Composition Competition 2022)

 


FINAL


Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948)

Quatour (rev. José Alberto Ubach)


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)

Quintette op. 143 (I mov Allegro, vivo e schietto)



JORGE CARDOSO (ARGENTINA)


Concertist, composer, researcher, doctor and professor of guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, Jorge Cardoso has given concerts in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, and regularly participates in international meetings and festivals, courses, conferences and seminars and on radio and television throughout the country. He is the author of more than 500 works for guitar with the most diverse formations. His surprising production, together with his interpretations full of virtuosity and emotion, has led the specialized press to unanimously point him out as a living legend of the guitar.


MARTA JARNE (SPAIN)


Born in Barcelona, she completed her musical studies at the Barcelona Municipal Superior Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Rosa Balcells and obtained a higher degree in harp. She has participated on several occasions in the International Harp Weeks, in Holland, Wales, Prague, Pécs (Hungary). She collaborates with the National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia and Barcelona and with other symphonic groups in Catalonia and Spain. She is a harp teacher at the “Joan Manuel Serrat” Municipal Music School in Barcelona’s Eixample, and currently a harp teacher at the Barcelona Municipal Conservatory of Music.


ALEXIS VALLEJOS (CHILE)


Classical guitarist Alexis Vallejos is one of the most important Chilean musicians of his generation, internationally endorsed by his outstanding performances abroad. He has made successful concert tours throughout Asia, Europe and America. He began his musical studies at the age of 18 with maestro Romilio Orellana, in the Music Department of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile. Later she completed Master’s studies in Classical Guitar at the University of Alicante, Spain. In addition, he has been awarded in international competitions in different countries in Europe and America.



FIRST PRIZE PREMIO


BELMIN OKANOVIĆ (BOSNIA)

Belmin Okanović was born in Tuzla in 1997. He began his friendship with the guitar at the age of eight. He has obtained more than 30 awards and recognitions in International competitions. In the last three years he has won seven awards at festivals in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Romania. Due to his achievements during his studies, he received a German scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium) for three years and was selected as a soloist by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in 2019, for which he gave numerous concerts in Germany. Furthermore, the Federal Ministry of Science and Culture declared him the most successful student of music schools in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2011/2012 school year. Belmin Okanović is currently completing her master’s studies at the Robert Schumann University of Düsseldorf in the class of Prof. Joaquin Clerch.


SECOND PRIZE | AUDIENCE AWARD


JEHEE LEE (SOUTH KOREA)

Jehee Lee was born on June 5, 1997 in Seoul, South Korea. She started playing guitar at age 10 and entered Seoul Arts High School in 2013. After graduating from high school, she began her bachelor’s studies with Prof. Marcin Dylla at the Musikhochschule Münster in Germany. In 2019, Summer Jehee obtained the “wyróżnienie” (Diploma with honors) of the Baltic Guitar Days international guitar competition “Moniuszko 2019” in Szczecin, and was also one of the finalists of the international guitar competition in Brno. That same year she performed in winter the Aranjuez Concert by Joaquín Rodrigo with Caelum Kammerensemble in Münster, under the direction of Marion Wood. In June 2023 he was invited to concerts at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. He is currently studying his master’s degree at Musikhochschule Münster, Germany.


THIRD PRIZE


ÉMILIE FEND (FRANCE)

Émilie Fend was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1995. After her DEM at the “Conservatoire de Strasbourg” and her Bachelor of Musicology at the “Université de Strasbourg”, she received her Bachelor of Music with distinction at the HfMT Cologne in 2022 at the class of Prof. Goran Krivokapic, with whom he began his Master of Music that same year. Participation in international competitions allows you to compare yourself with the professional environment, as evidenced by the first prize in the “HASPA Guitar Cup” at the Hamburg Guitar Festival in 2022 and the “NRW Guitar Prize – Stephen Goss” in 2023, as well as awards at the Iserlohn Guitar Festival, the Nürtingen Guitar Festival and the Harmonia Cordis in Romania the same year. Among his most recent activities is a concert as a soloist with the HfMT Cologne String Orchestra performing the work of Leo Brouwer.


LLOBET AWARD


DANIEL SALCEDA (MEXICO)

He started studying the guitar at the age of 8, under the tutelage of Mtro. Juan Jose Barron Amieva. He continued his training at the Conservatorio de las Rosas with Rodrigo Nefthalí and graduated with the highest qualifications. In 2020 he is studying the Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Alicante where he receives the mention “Summa Cum Laude” upon meritorious completion of his studies. He has won more than 25 national and 10 international awards, recently highlighting the first prize of the José Tomás Villa de Petrer International Guitar Competition 2022.



2023 HONORARY AWARD “A LIFETIME FOR THE GUITAR”


JORGE CARDOSO (ARGENTINA)

Concertist, composer, researcher, doctor and professor of guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, Jorge Cardoso has given concerts in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, and regularly participates in international meetings and festivals, courses, conferences and seminars and on radio and television throughout the country. He is the author of more than 500 works for guitar with the most diverse formations. His surprising production, together with his interpretations full of virtuosity and emotion, has led the specialized press to unanimously point him out as a living legend of the guitar.



BOSNIA WINS THE HIGHEST AWARD IN THE 20TH LLOBET COMPETITION


  • The Bosnian guitarist Belmin Okanović was proclaimed the winner of Llobet 2024. The Korean Jehee Lee and the Frenchwoman Émilie Fend came in second and third place
  • The Argentine composer Jorge Cardoso was honored by the organizing commission with the 2023 Honorary Award for A Lifetime for the Guitar

Barcelona | November 6, 2023 | 12:30 p.m.

Photos: Oriol Miralles @oriol_miralles_photo

Barcelona once again dressed as a Guitar in a gala full of hopes and emotions shared by those who have followed and shared the trajectory in these twenty editions of the Llobet Contest. As it could not be otherwise, the Guitar Festival in Barcelona began on Saturday, October 14 with the Art Llobet festival and ended on the afternoon of Sunday, November 5 with the solemn awards ceremony at the Conservatory Municipal Music.

But before reaching the final, the 12 participants from Germany, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia, South Korea, Croatia, France, Mexico and Spain, began their competition in the first qualifying phase where they had to perform a mandatory repertoire selected by the organizing commission composed of a fragment arranged by Miquel Llobet on Parsifal, by Richard Wagner, who was inspired by the Montserrat Monastery to recreate …


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AWARDED

FIRST PRIZE

BELMIN OKANOVIC

BOSNIA

SECOND PRIZE

JEHEE LEE

SOUTH KOREA

THIRD PRIZE

ÉMILIE FEND

FRANCE

SPECIAL PRIZES

HONORARY AWARD

JORGE CARDOSO

ARGENTINA

LLOBET AWARD

DANIEL SALCEDA

MEXICO

CAT AWARD

DESERT

AUDIENCE AWARD

JEHEE LEE

SOUTH KOREA

JURY

JORGE CARDOSO

ARGENTINA

MARTA JARNE

SPAIN

ALEXIS VALLEJOS

CHILE