• Once again, a representative from the Canary Islands, Airam de Vera from Gran Canaria, won first prize. The previous one was Luis Alejandro García from Tenerife in 2017

  • The organizing committee distinguished Friends of the Guitar of Valencia with the Honorary Award, for their career with more than 70 years of history and 637 concerts to date

Barcelona | November 8, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Photo: Oriol Miralles @oriol_miralles_photo

After two years of health restrictions that limited mobility worldwide, this nineteenth edition has returned to its usual presence at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Barcelona, official venue of the event. This year we have once again had an exciting and high-level edition, with nine participants from six nationalities, Argentina, Chile, France, Mexico, Portugal and Spain.

In the different phases of the contest, the participants executed the lofty works proposed with great mastery and excellence. The first qualifier presented with its own sound perspective the “Leonesa”, a popular song so exquisitely harmonized by the illustrious guitarist Miquel Llobet, and “Catalanesca”, a sardana, a characteristic dance of Catalonia written by the Catalan cellist Gaspar Cassadó, to whom we wanted to render tribute on the 125th anniversary of his birth.

The second Semifinal phase, they performed the refreshing “Danza Brasilera” by the Argentine master Jorge Morel, along with the inspiring pictorial “Actor’s Mask” del compositor rusby the Russian composer Konstantin Vassiliev, a work awarded first prize at the 2021 Llobet Composition Contest and inspired by the work of the same title by Paul Klee. The final phase was performed by the finalists with the Terrassa 48 Chamber Orchestra Quartet, who sharpened their musical skills with the suggestive “Fantasia per chitarra e quartetto d’archi” by the Italian master composer and guitarist Eros Roselli and the hypnotic “Landscape” by Australian composer Robert Davidson.

The Final began…



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