The last day of the convention was packed with excitement! Judicaël Perroy led the morning technique workshop as José Manuel González lectured on the Guitar in a Spanish Civil War. This was followed by a lecture by Robert Ruck and the IYC Finals.
The afternoon concert began with Alex Dunn conducting the Guitar Orchestra in a performance of Villa-Lobos’ arrangement of Bach’s Prelude no.22 and Fugue no.8. Duo Cancionâncias (Cyro Delvizio on guitar and soprano Manuelai Camargo) then took the stage and performed a program dedicated mainly to the diffusion of Brazilian concert music.
Before the 4pm Concert, the International Youth Competition results were announced. Junior Division
1st Place: Tiange Wang (China)
2nd Place: Aytahn Benavi (USA)
3rd Place: Jack Davisson (USA)
4th Place: Ryan Chen (USA)
1st Place: Kevin Loh (Singapore)
2nd Place: Xu Kun Liu (Canada)
3rd Place: Zhangxiang Shi (China)
4th Place: Michael Vascones (USA)
The day continued with a concert by the Montenegrin Duo (Goran Krivokapic and Danijel Cerović) featuring Bach, Gerard Drozd, de Falla, and Piazzolla.
The finals for the International Concert Artist Competition were absolutely incredible. Each had their own unique take on the set piece by Stephen Goss, a multi movement piece where it is up to the performer to choose the order. The finalists, in order of performance, were Andrea De Vitis (Italy), Pavel Kulhta (Belarus), Xavier Jara (USA), and Celil Refik Kaya (Turkey). The jurors were Ricardo Iznaola, Goran Krivokapic, Michael Partington, Raphaella Smits, Marc Teicholz, Jason Vieauz, and Fabio Zanon.
As the judges deliberated the evening Awards Ceremony began. This year the GFA was pleased to honor Robert Ruck with the Industry Leadership Award. This award honors entrepreneurs, artisans, and businesses who have made significant or visionary contributions to the advancement of the classical guitar and its community.
Before receiving his Artistic Achievement Award, Ricardo Iznaola was introduced by his former student Jonathan Leathwood. The Artistic Achievement Award is reserved for performers, composers, pedagogues, and scholars who have made monumental contributions of the development of the art and life of the classical guitar.
After the Hall of Fame Inductees had been honored, GFA President Martha Masters took the stage to announce the results of the International Concert Artist Competition.The Rose Augustine Grand Prize went to Xavier Jara (United States), in 2nd Place was Andrea De Vitis (Italy), in 3rd Place was Pavel Kukhta (Belarus), and in 4th Place Celil Refik Kaya (Turkey). The evening concluded with a reception hosted by the Denver Guitar Societies. After an incredible week of music and festivities we are looking forward to next year’s GFA 2017 in Fullerton California!