The fifth day of the convention started off with a lecture by Jonathan Leathwood on Improvisations, Structures and Schemata: Toward Virtuosity in Performance and Cognition. Other lectures included Kevin Garry’s Music for String Quartet from the Late Modern Era, Ari Van Vliet’s The Life of Napoléon Coste: the Revelation of a Great Romantic Composer and Guitarist, and Ron Borczon’s presentation on Performance Anxiety. The Luthier Showcase, in which two players play a variety of different unnamed guitars so the audience can compare the sounds of the instrument, took place throughout the morning and early afternoon.
The Finalists for the International Youth Competition were announced in the afternoon, in the Senior division Kevin Loh, Michael Vascones, Xu Kun Liu, and Zhanxiang Shi, and in the Junior division Tiange Wang, Aytahn Benavi, Jack Davisson, and Ryan Chen.
The first concert of the day was shared by Izhar Elias and Miuchael Nicolella,Judicaël Perroy performed an inspiring and monumental program for the 4pm Concert, including extended works by Bach, Sor, Ponce, and Dubez. Finally, in the evening Benjamin Verdery performed a concert largely consisting of his own works with a variety of special guests, from other guitarists to beat boxers!