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The 2015 ICAC results have been announced.

1st Place Thibaut Garcia (France)

2nd Place Armen Doneyan (France)

3rd Place Andras Csaki (Hungary)

4th Place Chiawei Lin (Taiwan)

Congratulations to this years ICAC Competitors!

Convention Day 6

Convention Day 6

Today marks the last day of the GFA Convention 2015, and what an incredible week it has been. Michael Krajewski started off the morning bright and early with his discussion Developing Interactive Lesson Material for the Interactive Studio, which covered the integration of a variety of types of applications and technologies that can be used to enhance and modernize the lesson experience. DSCN4541 DSCN4543The GFA Guitar Orchestra conducted by David Tanenbaum collaborated with the Eden Stell Guitar Duo in a performance of L’Encoouragement, Op.34 by Fernando Sor, arranged by Bryan Johanson. DSCN4552 DSCN4547Dimitri Illarionov finished off the afternoon concert with a diverse program with composers from Bogdanovic to Bach.DSCN4605 DSCN4603 The late afternoon concert featured the Kupinski Guitar Duo, who played an amazing program that ended with a thrilling rendition of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

DSCN4529DSCN4531DSCN4537DSCN4540The excitement continued as the Junior Division finalists, Nadja Jankovic (Montenegro),
Shiong Fan (China),
Sebastian Robles (Canada), 
and Sedona Farber (U.S.A.) performed for judges Olga Amelkina-Vera, Ekachai Jerakul, and Christopher Stell. Jankovic played Torija from Suite Castellana by Federico Moreno Torroba, and Variations on the Carnival of Venice by Francisco Tárrega. Fan continued the program with Fantasie Hongroise, Op. 65 by Johann Kaspar Mertz, and The Finale from Antonio José’s Sonata for Guitar. Robles played Saudade No. 3 by Roland Dyens, and Otoño Porteño by Astor Piazzolla, arr. Sergio Assad. The final player, Farber played Fandanguillo from Suite Castellana by Federico Moreno Torroba, and Suite in D from Terpsichore by Michael Praetorius.

DSCN4575 DSCN4572 DSCN4560 DSCN4558The senior division finalists, Hao Yang (China), José Daniel Salceda Velasco (Mexico), Thanapot Lerttham (Thailand), Audra Vigil (U.S.A.) performed later in the day for judges Mark Ashford, Isaac Bustos, and Alex Komodore. Yang played Sonate VI by Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka, Sonata for Guitar by Antonio José. Velasco chose to perform Prelude from Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a by Bach, and Variations on a Theme by Sor by Miguel Llobet. Lettham played Caprice No. 2 from 36 Caprices, Op. 20 by Luigi Legnani, and A l’Aube du dernier Jour by Francis Kleynjans. Finally Vigil finished off the concert Prelude from BWV 1006a by Bach, Campo from Preludios Americanos by Abel Carlevaro, and No. 2 from Due Canzoni Lidie by Nuccio D’Angelo. The performers all played at an extremely advanced level, amazing the audience with their musical maturity and technical prowess.

DSCN4591 DSCN4595 DSCN4594 DSCN4597 DSCN4601 DSCN4599DSCN4625 DSCN4621 DSCN4614 DSCN4616The ICAC Finals in the evening marked the culmination of the final day here at GFA. Chiawei Lin (Taiwan), Armen Doneyan (France), András Csáki (Hungary), and Thibaut Garcia (France) took the stage and filled the evening with incredible music. The panel of jurors consisted of Sérgio Assad, Amanda Cook, Artyom Dervoed, Mark Eden, Pavel Steidl, Otto Tolonen, and Xuefei Yang. Donald Crockett composed the set piece, a stunning work entitled Fanfare Studies. Each performer had their own take on the work, featuring the compositions complex versatility and each performer’s unique personality and interpretation.

After the ICAC Judges’ deliberation, the crowd reconvened for the evening awards ceremony. Brian Head introduced honorees Kenny Hill, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and the Assad Brothers, Sérgio and Odair. What an incredible convention it has been this year, we are looking forward to next year, GFA 2016 in Colorado!

After much anticipation the IYC Junior and Senior Competition results have been announced.

For the Junior division the results were as follows:

1st Place Sedona Farber (U.S.A.)

2nd Place Nadja Jankovic (Montenegro)

3rd Place Shilong Fan (China)

4th Place Sebastian Robles (Canada)

The Senior division results were as follows:

1st Place Hao Yang (China)

2nd Place José Daniel Salceda Velasco (Mexico)

3rd Place Audra Vigil (U.S.A.)

4th Place Thanapot Lerttham (Thailand)

Congratulations to all of the competitors in this year’s Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition!

Competition Programs

Full programs for the IYC Junior, IYC Senior, and ICAC Finals are available below:

ICAC FinalsProgram 2015

IYC Junior Finals Program

IYC Senior Finals Program

Here is the link to stream the finals! http://portal.stretchinternet.com/okcumusic/

Convention Day 5

Convention Day 5

DSCN4434Xuefei Yang taught today’s technique workshop to an eager group of participants in the Kirkpatrick Auditorium at 9:00 in the morning. DSCN4436At the same time, lecturer Fernando Araújo discussed Interpretative Aspects of Brazilian Music: An Approach Based on Newly Discovered Manuscripts of Francisco Mignone. He discussed the implications of certain ways of interpreting Mignone’s music, and what his works can tell us about Brazilian music as a whole. DSCN4441Next Bryan Burns approached questions of the Baroque aesthetic by applying evidence of rhetorical principles in the Baroque era to specific musical examples from the repertoire in his presentation Sophisticated Bach: Rhetorical Paradigms for Baroque Binary Forms.

DSCN4449The Luthier Showcase enabled participants and builders to listen to the best guitars at the convention anonymously. Colin Diebert and Andrew Wilson each played a short contrasting excerpt to showcase individual guitars ranges and capabilities.

DSCN4443 DSCN4444Dimitris Kotronakis began the first concert of the day with Bach’s Chiaconna from Partita in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004. He then quickly transitioned to a much more contemporary set of pieces, consisting of Fantasia Carioca by Sérgio Assad, Toryanse Tales by Atanas Ourkouzounov, and finally Balalaika by Rak. DSCN4446 DSCN4447Tariq Harib continued the concert with Joaquin Rodrigo’s En Los Trigales, Les Soirées d’Auteuil, Op. 23 by Napoléon Coste, his own arrangement of Allemande from Violin Partita No. 1, BWV 1002 by Bach, Paganini’s Grand Sonata in A Major, Torroba’s Madroños, Pujol’s Seguidilla, and finally Pasaje Abierto by Edin Solis.

DSCN4463 DSCN4476 DSCN4474Scott Borg spoke on the topic of Rethinking Guitar Orchestra Arrangements, addressing the sonic ramifications of the guitar, how it can be used to enhance a piece, and other new ways of approaching the Guitar Orchestra as a medium.

DSCN4499 DSCN4502Pablo Sáinz Villegas performed an incredible concert in the early afternoon that featured works by Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, Gerhard, Barrios, John Williams, and Elías Gutiérrez. The audience was eager to hear him after the amazing premiere of Sérgio Assad’s Concerto last night and enjoyed the performance immensely.

DSCN4504 DSCN4508The evening concert featured the Assad Brothers, Sérgio and Odair. They opened the greatly anticipated performance with Córdoba from Cantos de España, Op. 232 by Isaac Albéniz. They were without fail in sync physically and musically, hardly having to glance at each other to maintain the energy that carried through the pieces. They took advantage of the full range of the guitar’s dynamic and color range, perfectly exhibiting the dense intimate textures that make the guitar duo such a unique and popular medium. The first half of the concert continued with Ochoe valses poeticos by Granados, Bandonéon and Zita from Suite Troileana by Piazzolla, and Egberto Gismonti’s Palhaço and Baiao malandro.DSCN4505 DSCN4524 The second half of the concert featured works bye Pernambuco, Américo Jacomino “Canhoto”, Aníbal Augusto Sardinha “Garoto”, Dilermando Reis, Baden Powell, Paulo Bellinati and finally Sérgio Assad. Their bows were met with a roar of applause from the audience and a standing ovation, an incredible end to another packed day here at the GFA!

DSCN4516The IYC finalists were announced during intermission and will perform tomorrow in the following order:

DSCN4519Junior Division:
Nadja Jankovic
Shiong Fan
Sebastian Robles
Sedona Farber

DSCN4522Senior Division:
Hao Yang
Jose Daniel Salceda Velasco
Thanapot Lerttham
Audra Vigil

Congratulations to this year’s GFA International Youth Competition finalists!

Junior Division:
Nadja Jankovic
Shiong Fan
Sebastian Robles
Sedona Farber

Senior Division:
Hao Yang
Jose Daniel Salceda Velasco
Thanapot Lerttham
Audra Vigil

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