• 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 under the leadership and presentation of the actor Jaume Comas, who after thanking the institutions and organizations that annually support this event, highlighting our official sponsor AGBAR and the necessary public support from the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya. The first part began giving way to the finalists and protagonists of the night. The first intervention was in charge of Filipe Neves, representative of Portugal, who interpreted the Fantasia of the master Roselli. Next, the young Mexican José Daniel Salceda, who interpreted Davidson’s Landscape. And it ended with the finalist representative from the Canary Islands, Airam de Vera, que va tornar a interpretar la Fantàsia de Roselli. Fifteen minutes of pause was the time that the attending public invested to decide and cast their vote in the polls for the finalist that they liked the most. The second part was in charge of the Terrassa 48 Quartet formed by Aleix Puig and Judith Ortega on violins, Albert Romero on viola and Marçal Ayats on cello, who performed works by Catalan composers such as the recently deceased Jordi Cervelló, Narcís Bonet, Carme Karr and Aleix Puig himself, first violin of the quartet. Meanwhile, the members of the Jury made up of Paola Requena, Maite Rubio and Dioni Chico, guitarists and accordionist respectively, had the difficult task of …


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