Certamen Llobet 2020 | Presentation

Barcelona Internacional Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet



Due to the world health alarm situation generated by the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we are unable to carry out the Llobet Competition in person. Therefore, the seventeenth edition 2020 will be held extraordinarily online. The classification and semifinal phases will take place with the repertoire so far selected, but not the final that cannot be held with the usual guitar and string quartet training. Consult the rules for more information.

We’re celebrating 25 years since the first edition of the contest in 1995. On that occasion, the contest was developed in an altruistic way with the complicity of musicians and friends of the noble art of the guitar. In 2005, the main public institutions begun to provide their support. 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.

Regarding the Interpretation Contest, it has been suggested in this edition a repertoire of valuable authors in where works of elaborated technique and complex sound stand out.

In the first qualifying phase appears the Andante of the 30th Sonata from Ludwig van Beethoven, skilfully rearranged by a young Llobet in 1899. Twenty years later, a young composer named Heitor Villalobos, composes in Rio de Janeiro the famous Choros no. 1 (1920), a referent composition of Brazilian classical music.

In the semi-final, the classified participants will find a more contemporary reading with the Fantasia of the maestro Robert Gerhard and the young Catalan composer José Galeote  with his fantasia andaluza Iznájar.

In the final phase, the three finalists will interpret with a string quartet choosing between two musical pieces acclaimed by critics and musical experts. We are talking about Quintet No 1 by the young Slovenian guitarist and composer Nejc Kuhar and the well-known Usher-Waltz Fantasia by the Russian maestro Nikita Koshkin.

We hope the participants enjoy this repertoire of great musical richness and that they impart the necessary sounds to move the audience.

Eulogio Dávalos Llanos Artistic Director

Certamen Llobet 2020 | Interpretation Rules


1) Iberamerik Concert Associació, organizer of the Barcelona Internacional Guitar Contest Miquel Llobet, call for XVII edition that will take place in Barcelona, from 5th to 8th of November, 2020.

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 this year in an extraordinary online format.

4) The presentation and the draw of the display order will be designated by a web application of random numbers of the audiovisuals. It will be viewed privately and individually by the members of the Jury and a telematic meeting will be held for its deliberation. The non-presentation of the contestant’s audiovisuals will imply their automatic disqualification.

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.
Deadline for registration and submission of audiovisuals for the 1st qualifying stage: Sunday, October 4, 2020. A maximum of 20 participants will be selected
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 through 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.


14) The competition will be held in three rounds:
1st ROUND (Classification). For all participants. Deadline for sending audiovisuals: Sunday, October 4, 2020. Competitors are required to perform the following set works:

– Andante de la Sonata 30, Op. 109, Ludwig van Beethoven  Arr. Miquel Llobet

Choros n°1, Heitor Villa-lobos

(+ info to Composers and works)

2nd ROUND (Semi-final). For classified participants. Deadline for sending audiovisuals: Sunday, October 18, 2020. Competitors are required to perform the following set works:

Fantasia, Robert Gerhard

– Iznájar (Fantasía Andaluza), José Galeote

(+ info to Composers and works)

3rd ROUND (Final). For the three finalists. Deadline for sending audiovisuals: Sunday, November 1, 2020.

– 3 free choice works will be carried out from different periods between the current Baroque with a total maximum of 12 minutes.

4th STAGE (Awards Ceremony). Sunday, November 8, 2020. The prizes will be announced and the winners will be personally contacted.


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
Recording of a CD produced by JSM Guitar Records
SUSPENDED BY COVID-19 UNTIL NEW NOTICE – 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)
Concerts at:
Garrigues Guitar Festival Memorial Emili Pujol
Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Madrid
Mediterranean Guitar Festival
2nd PRIZE: 3.000 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma
3rd PRIZE: 1.500 Euros, Medal and Honorary Diploma
Special Prizes:
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 Art Llobet 2021 (Barcelona)

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

Certamen Llobet 2020 | Composers and Works


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Andante de la Sonata 30, Op. 109  

Arr. Miquel Llobet

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Choros n°1


Robert Gerhard (1896-1970)


José Galeote(1978)


Iznájar (Fantasía Andaluza)  


3 free choice works of different stages from the Baroque to the present with a maximum time of 12 minutes.

Certamen Llobet 2020 | Registration

Registration deadline: Sunday 4th of October, 2020. There will be a maximum of 20 participants.


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    Certamen Llobet | History

    25 years of Llobet’s Contest

    17 editions | 1995-2020

    Since the endings of the XIX century and beginnings of XX, until the arrival of the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona was considered as the global centre of classical guitar. Researchers and historians note this time as the Golden Age of Classical Guitar, this being confirmed by the front pages of newspapers. Nevertheless, the historical circumstances left the musical instrument in the background and its lack of support made this historical art disappear from the Catalan cultural movement. In 1995 the I International Competition of Guitar of Barcelona was created, tribute to María Luisa Anido, under the direction of its founder, the Chilean maestro Eulogio Dávalos. On that occasion, an altruist event was organised, which maestros and professors claimed as a collective need. Once the contest was finished, the distinguished Lady of the Guitar, María Luisa Anido, requested as an act of generosity that the recognition of the event became the assertion of her beloved maestro guitarist and Catalan composer, Miquel Llobet. After ten years of insistent requests, in 2005 receives the necessary public support to reaffirm this second edition, in which definitely acquires the name of Certamen Internacional de Guitarra de Barcelona Miquel Llobet, rendering justice to this virtuous forgotten musician, that made famous the harmonisations of traditional Catalan songs all over the world. A year later, the rediscovery of his mortal remains, nowadays, kept by the Cercle Guitarristic a Catalunya, worldwide musicians vindicate his figure with an annual tribute. Since its creation, the official headquarter has been the Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona. In the period of 2014 until 2019, due to restoration works of the Conservatory, the new placement was the Museu de la Música and l’Auditori de Barcelona. Currently, the Municipal Conservatory is again the official headquarter. The Llobet Contest has gained a place among the most important guitar contests of the world. Validated by the compliments of important figures of the musical world and recognised by the most important specialized entities, is considered as an event of excellence and artistic quality that contributes to the enrichment of the musical fabric of the city, returns the lost prestige of the classical guitar and encourages young talents to gain momentum in the new concert challenges.

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