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Florida Guitar Foundation International Guitar Competition

March 16, 2019 - March 17, 2019

The Florida Guitar Foundation is inviting all up-and-coming guitar professionals to enter the FGF’s 2019 International Classical Guitar Competition.

Participation Fee: $90

There are Open and Youth Divisions for competitors, based on age.

Competitors will be evaluated on their technique, musicianship, and overall presentation. Judges’ comments will not be made available to competitors. Competitors are encouraged to inquire for comments from the judges directly only after the competition has ended.

Choice of music is entirely at the discretion of the competitor. All music must be performed from memory. A competitor may perform the same or different music from round to round without penalty. It is expected that every competitor’s choice of music fits within the time allowed for each round. If a competitor exceeds the given time allotted, that competitor will be asked to stop but at no penalty to his/her evaluation. All judges’ decisions are final.

Registration covers one (1) entry to the competition, master classes, and admission to performances by Pavel Steidl, and Aniello Desiderio.

By entering and by your presence here, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media by the Florida Guitar Foundation.

All master classes and competition events are free and open to the public. Due to limited space, not every student will have the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with the guest artists. Performing students will be chosen by random drawing.

Per U.S. IRS regulations, prizes awarded to non-U.S. citizens may be subject to tax withholding, dependent upon current tax treaty between the U.S. and the winner’s country of citizenship. U.S. citizens who are awarded prizes will not have tax withheld, and will receive an IRS Form 1099 from the Florida Guitar Foundation at the end of the year if the total of earnings are $600 or more.

No refunds.

Winners will receive prize money and gift bags from our sponsors.

For more information, and to enter the competition, please visit the Competition page here.

The competition features two showcase evening concerts by Pavel Steidl (March 16, 2019 at 8:00pm) and Aniello Desiderio (March 17, 2019 at 8:00pm).

Event Schedule

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Open Competition Wave 1:  11:30am – 1:10pm
Master Class with Aniello Desiderio: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Open Competition Wave 2:  2:00pm – 3:40pm
Open Competition Wave 3:  4:30pm – 6:10pm
Youth Competition 1st Round: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Pavel Steidl Concert: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Open Competition Semifinals: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Master Class with Pavel Steidl: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Youth Finals: 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Open Competition Finals: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Aniello Desiderio Concert: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Winners will be announced during the Aniello Desidero Concert


Florida Guitar Foundation
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University of Miami
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146 United States
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