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This convention is coming to a close already, and what a great week its been for GFA staff and members alike.

We heard some fantastic performances today. The GFA Convention Guitar Orchestra performed Concerto for Guitar Quartet and Guitar Orchestra featuring the Tantalus Quartet, conducted by the composer himself, Gerald Garcia.

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Laura Young played a wonderful concert this afternoon.

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Zoran Dukic made it safely into Louisville, though a few days later than planned, and played a recital this evening.

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He was joined for a surprise encore by Aniello Desiderio.

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Our last day has a big focus on competitions. After a very high caliber of playing in the youth competitions, the judges chose their favorites. Congrats to Grace Sheppard (USA), our 1st place winner in the Junior Division, pictured here with IYC Director Risa Carlson. You can see the full competition results here.

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Congrats to XiaoBo Pu (China), who won 1st place in the Senior Division.

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Competitors receive an array of prizes from some of GFA’s biggest sponsors.

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Our jury gathers round the awards table before the ICAC results are announced.

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The stage is set with the Hall of Fame inductees and some of our sponsor representatives as well.

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This year’s Hall of Fame honored John Williams (Artistic Achievement Award), Rico Stover (Artistic Achievement Award), Bruce Holzman (Artistic Achievement Award), Clare Callahan (Distinguished Service Award), and Maurice Summerfield (Industry Leadership Award).

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And of course, the moment everyone has been waiting for – the results of the International Concert Artist Competition. The four finalists played an incredible final round, and waited patiently through all the Hall of Fame speeches to find out the results. From left to right: 1st – Anton Baranov (Russia), 2nd – Artyom Dervoed (Russia), 3rd – Chad Ibison (USA), and 4th – You Wang (China).

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We look forward to bringing Anton Baranov (Russia), to a city near you in the 2014-2015 season.

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Thank you to Dr. Stephen Mattingly and the University of Louisville for hosting such a great convention! We’ll see you next year in Los Angeles.

 

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GFA International Youth Competition – Junior Division

1 Grace Sheppard (USA)
2 Katie Cho (USA)
3 Beiyan Liu (China)
4 Alberto Quintanilla (Mexico)

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GFA International Youth Competition – Senior Division

1 XiaoBo Pu (China)
2 Louis Xavier Barrette (Canada)
3 Alec Holcomb (USA)
4 Henry Johnston (USA)

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GFA International Concert Artist Competition

1 Anton Baranov (Russia)
2 Artyom Dervoed (Russia)
3 Chad Ibison (USA)
4 You Wang (China)

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How quickly time flies! We’re already on Day 5 of the convention here. This morning started out with a technique workshop with Zoran Dukic, who finally arrived in Louisville after an unexpected visa delay.

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Next, lectures with GFA Director of Education Matthew Denman on “Guitar In Schools” and Isabella Abbonizio on “Maurice Ohana and the Guitar.”

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A lecture given by Graham Wade on “Remembering Segovia” packed the house.

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A concert honoring Bruce Holzman included a star-studded cast of players.

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The concert included the Holzman brothers Bruce and Adam taking the stage.

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Scott Tennant brought the house down in his afternoon recital.

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The highly anticipated Luthier Showcase also occurred today, which gives prospective guitar buyers the chance to hear many of the guitars in the Vendor’s Fair played by the same two players.

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GFA Artistic Director Brian Head introduces the evening concert, featuring Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas with legendary saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera.

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Some old and new indispensable faces of the GFA: (top, from left to right) Richard Long, Graham Wade, Rico Stover, and (bottom, left to right) Jeff Cogan and Galen Wixson, Brian Head, and Martha Masters.

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