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Convention Day 6

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)


Senior Division

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!



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Convention Day 2

This morning kicked off with a technique workshop by Fabio Zanon and Daniel Lippel’s lecture The Invisible Chamber Partner: Electro-Acoustic Music for Guitar which explored the expanded sonic possibilities of the instrument. Directly after Mariano Aguirre held a practical lecture discussing a methodology on how to master the fretboard using principles of music theory. Simultaneously Pamela Kimmel presented her lecture The Relevance of Focal Dystonia: Why understanding this debilitating syndrome is essential for your teaching, practicing, and performing. Marco Sator kicked off the 11:00am concerts with his own arrangement of Alfonso Brocqua’s Three Sonatas. He followed with selections from Evocaciones Criollas by Héctor Tosar, Gandhara: Diferencias entre Si belmo – Mi by Regondi, and Scarlatti’s Introduction et Caprice, Op.23. The Patterson/Sutton Duo  (Kimberly Patterson, cello and Patrick Sutton, guitar) began the second half with Quatre Pieces Intimes by Dusan Bogdanovic, and played The Autumn Song by Stephen Goss. Next they performed the world premiere of Ricardo Iznaola’s Musique de Salon (Suite No. 12). Finally, they concluded the concert with a performance of Goss’ Park of Idols.


The afternoon lectures were How Do Luthiers Optimize Sound with Garett Lee, and Post-College Survival: What’s “In-Store” for You? with Jim McCutcheon. At 4 PM the Aleph Guitar Quartet (Andres Hernandez Alba, Tillmann Reinbeck, Wolfgang Sehringer, and Christian Wernicke took the stage. From Georg Friedrich Haas’ microtonal Quartet for Four Guitars to John Cage, the Aleph Guitar Quartet had an exciting and fresh program executed with precision and sensitivity.

Preceding Raphaella Smits’ evening concert, the GFA Youth Guitar Orchestra with conductor Chuck Hulihan performed Mark Houghton’s Dance Suite.  The ensemble’s performance was excellent, and the maturity demonstrated by each player’s attentive focus was a testament to Hulihan’s skills. Raphaella Smits opened with Manuel María Ponce’s Suite en la menor an Homage to S.L. Weiss on her eight string guitar. The additional range in the bass resonated throughout the hall, further carrying her full, legato tone. Throughout the performance her playing was warm and present. The concert featured works by composers Weiss, Giuliani, Mompou, Ramirez, and Barrios. Looking forward to an exciting week at #gfa2016!


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Convention Day 1

After days of anticipation the 2016 GFA Convention and Competition has begun! The International Concert Artist Competition preliminary rounds took place during the morning and early afternoon in the King Center while the Vendor Fair Exhibitors unpacked in St. Cajetans right across the way. The King Center began to bustle with guitarists as they arrived for ensemble rehearsals in the late afternoon. People flooded onto campus to get settled before the opening concert, Grammy Award winning guitarist and the youngest GFA winner ever, Jason Vieaux.


Vieaux’s concert was incredible and the hall was wonderfully responsive. One could hear his tonal nuances and details even in the furthest seat.He played standard classical guitar repertoire on the first half, with a more varied selection for the second half. Vieaux’s program incorporated Jazz as well as classical, demonstrating his versatility as a solo artist. The program remained engaging and enthralled the audience continuously. At the end of the concert the audience gave Vieaux an instant standing ovation. What an incredible way to start of the #gfa2016 Convention!

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It’s been a busy day here in Denver for the GFA Staff and Volunteers. The team got a sneak peak at the venues and spaces, pictured below. Preparations are well underway around campus and everyone is eagerly awaiting the start of the Convention!

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It’s just about time for the 2016 GFA Convention and Competition at the Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado! Program information, competition results, and daily convention updates will be posted all week long here on the GFA Blog. Stay connected via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat!


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