Denver Guitar Festival & Competition

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday – September 11–13, 2020

Welcome to the second Denver Guitar Festival & Competition at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. This three-day celebration of the classical guitar includes guest recitals, lectures, master classes as well as the Josefina P. Tuason International Guitar Competition and Youth Competition, totaling $7000 in prize money.

We hope you can join us in what promises to be an exciting weekend of guitar events!

Laura Husbands, Artistic Director

Josefina P. Tuason International Guitar Competition

First prize $2500
Second prize $1500
Third prize $750
Fourth prize $500

Youth Competition

First prize $1000
Second prize $600
Third prize $300
Fourth prize $100

Contact

Questions? 
Please contact Laura Husbands, Artist Director at

[email protected]

All events will take place in the Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, at the University of Denver.
2344 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

For questions about the guitar program at DU Lamont, please contact Jonathan Leathwood, Chair of Guitar and Harp at

[email protected]

 

 

  • Schedule & Accommodations

    Schedule

    Friday, September 11

    9 a.m.–10 a.m. Registration/Check In (Josefina P. Tuason International Competition) 
    Joy Burns Plaza, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

    10 a.m.–1 p.m. Preliminary Round (Josefina P. Tuason International Competition) 
    Room 300b, Newman Center for the Performing Arts 
    Closed to Public

    2:30 p.m.–5 p.m. Preliminary Round (continued)
    Room 300b
    Closed to Public

    7:30 p.m. Marina Alexandra / Ricardo Cobo Concert 
    Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
    Tickets $10 Newman Center Box Office
    Included in Festival Passes

    Saturday, September 12

    9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Marina Alexandra Master Class 
    Hamilton Recital Hall 
    Open to Public 

    9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Jonathan Leathwood Master Class 
    Williams Recital Salon
    Open to Public

    9:30 a.m.–Close  Vendors Fair
    Room 229

    12 p.m.–2 p.m. Semifinal round (Josefina P. Tuason International Competition) 
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to Public

    2 p.m. Youth Competition Check In
    Joy Burns Plaza, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

    3 p.m.–6 p.m. Youth Competition Preliminary Round 
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to Public

    7:30 p.m. Adam Holzman Concert 
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Tickets $10 Newman Center Box Office
    Included in Festival Passes

    Sunday, September 13

    9:30 a.m.–Close Vendors Fair
    Room 229

    10 a.m. Lecture – Jonathan Leathwood 
    Williams Recital Salon, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

    12 p.m. Laura Husbands Concert 
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Tickets $10 Newman Center Box Office
    Included in Festival Passes

    2 p.m. Youth Competition Final Round 
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to Public

    3 p.m. Youth Awards Ceremony 
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to Public

    3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Adam Holzman Master Class 
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to Public

    3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Ricardo Iznaola Master Class 
    Williams Recital Salon
    Open to Public

    7:30 p.m. Final Round (Josefina P. Tuason International Competition)
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Tickets $10 Newman Center Box Office
    Included in Festival Passes

    9:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to Public

    Parking

    Parking for all Festival Events and Concerts is on the lowest level of the Newman Center Parking Garage (Enter on E. Wesley Ave.). Make an immediate right turn at the entrance gate.

    $8.00 per day, $2.00 per hour.

    Accommodations

    The Denver area has a wide range of accommodations from The Four Seasons to DoubleTree.

    Hotel information and DU rates

  • Festival Artists
    Richard Iznaola

    RICARDO IZNAOLA

    Professor Emeritus, Lamont School of Music

    One of the most attractive personalities of the guitar world, Ricardo Iznaola has pursued a brilliant, multi-faceted musical career for over forty years. An American citizen, he was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1949, and trained in Caracas under maestros Manuel Pérez Díaz and Alirio Díaz, and in Madrid under the eminent master Regino Sainz de la Maza, while pursuing studies in Theory and Composition at Madrid's Royal Conservatory. Critics, colleagues and audiences in four continents have acclaimed his path-breaking work as concert and recording artist, composer, teacher, lecturer, and writer. Mr. Iznaola has won top prizes in ten international competitions, including the Munich International Performance Competition, the Francisco Tárrega Competition, the Alirio Díaz Competition, the Stroud International Composer's Competition, the NATS Art Song Composition Competition and the Realize Music Challenge Orchestral Composition Competition, among others. Explore more details of Mr. Iznaola's rich career by clicking on the bulleted menu items below. Maestro Iznaola is a Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame inductee (2016) and winner of the Artistic Achievement Award, for his "monumental contributions to the development of the art and life of the classical guitar."

    Website

    Husbands

    LAURA HUSBANDS

    Artistic Director, Guitar Instructor and Director of Guitar Ensembles, Lamont School of Music

    Laura Husbands is an award-winning guitarist from the United Kingdom. At the age of 15, she was accepted into the prestigious Chetham's School of Music. Two years later she went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. While there, Laura won the Chanterelle Guitar Competition (in 2004 and 2006), the NESCGS award in 2007 and the Dundee Guitar Festival Scholarship in 2008. Laura gained her bachelor of music in 2008 with first-class honors and a postgraduate diploma with distinction in 2009.

    Full Bio

    Leathwood

    JONATHAN LEATHWOOD

    Teaching Associate Professor in Guitar and Theory, Lamont School of Music

    Jonathan Leathwood is one of the few guitarists to perform on six-string and ten-string guitars, mixing modern and traditional works in his innovative programs. Some of his recent recitals include appearances at the Festival di Cervo in Italy, the International Festival of the Classical Guitar at West Dean in the UK, the Nürtingen Festival in Germany, the D. Marin Festival in Turkey, London's Wigmore Hall (with flautist William Bennett), the Almeida Festival, the Cheltenham Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. He has performed in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy and the United States.

    Full Bio

    Marina Alexander

    MARINA ALEXANDER

    Award-Winning Classical Guitarist

    Marina Alexandra has established herself as a dynamic performer with a powerful stage presence. Finger Style Guitar Magazine described her as an “amazing player that commands the guitar with world-class technique and musicianship that is uncommon.” Marina Alexandra was listed by the Aaron Shearer Foundation as one of the most influential female classical guitarist in America.

    Website

    Ricardi Cobo

    RICARDO COBO

    One of the Leading Virtuosos of Classical Guitar

    Ricardo Cobo is widely recognized as one of the leading virtuosos of classical guitar around the globe. His professional debut came at the early age of seventeen, when he performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá. That memoriable performance was televised to a nationwide audience of over nine million people. Ricardo is celebrated for his passionate and mesmerizing performances. He is in high demand not only as a soloist, but also a chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist.

    Website

    Adam Holzman

    ADAM HOLZMAN

    International Performer, Recording Artist and Teacher

    Five times a winner in major international competitions including: First Prize  at the 1983 Guitar Foundation of America Competition held in Quebec, Canada and Top Prize at the Ninth Concorso Internazionale di  Interpretazione di Gargnano, Italy. Mr. Holzman has performed at the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and distinguished New York venues such The 92nd St. Y, Merkin Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall. He is also a frequent guest in music festivals and series around the globe. His extensive international performances have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and Latin America.   Recent seasons performances had him appearing in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, Mexico, Boston, Houston, Dallas and Milwaukee. He was also chosen by the 92nd street Y as one of five American artists to appear in a concert honoring Andres Segovia in fall 2013.

    Website

  • Competition Rules

    Competition Rules

    JOSEFINA P. TUASON INTERNATIONAL
    GUITAR COMPETITION

    The Josefina P. Tuason International Guitar Competition is open to classical guitarist regardless of nationality and age.

    Preliminary Round: 7 minutes
    Semi final Round: 10 minutes
    Final round: 20 minutes

    Free-choice programs for all rounds. Competitors may repeat repertoire without penalty. It is expected that repertoire will fit the time limit of each round. Should competitors exceed the time limit, they will be asked to stop playing with no penalty. Up to 12 competitors will be chosen for the semi final round, and 4 for the final round. All competitors will be provided an individual practice room for 1 hour before their performance time. The Preliminary and Semi final round will be judged blind.

    All decisions by the judges are final. Guitar professors teaching at the Lamont School of Music will NOT be taking part in any judging of the Solo Artist Competition.

    Judges 
    To be determined.

    First prize $2500
    Second prize $1500
    Third prize $750
    Fourth prize $500

    All prizes subject to mandatory 30 percent federal tax withholding for foreign prize-winners; US prize-winners will be issued an IRS-1099 Form. By submitting an application to this competition, participants agree to terms allowing the University of Denver to use audio, recording and photo during the competition.

     

    YOUTH COMPETITION

    The Youth Competition is open to all classical guitarists 18 years and under as of September 20th, 2019.
    The Youth Competition will be held in two rounds. Free choice program for all rounds.

    Preliminary round 7 minutes
    Final round 10 minutes

    Free-choice programs for both rounds. Competitors may repeat repertoire without penalty. It is expected that repertoire will fit time limit of each round. Should competitors exceed the time limit, they will be asked to stop playing with no penalty. Up to 4 competitors will be chosen for the final round.

    First Prize – $1000
    Second prize – $600
    Third prize – $300
    Fourth prize – $100

    All finalists will receive gift packages from Iznaola Guitar Works.

    Additionally, all winners are guaranteed admission to the Lamont School of Music* and a minimum scholarship award: 

    First prize – $30,000
    Second prize – $25,000
    Third prize – $20,000
    Fourth prize – $15,000

    *Admission and scholarships are guaranteed provided all the standards for admission into the University of Denver have been met. If the winner is not a senior in high school, admission and scholarship will be awarded upon graduation.

    All decisions by the judges are final.

    Judges for the Youth Competition 
    Laura Husbands
    Jonathan Leathwood
     

    COMPETITION APPLICATION

    By submitting an application to this competition, participants agree to terms allowing the University of Denver to use audio, recording and photography during the competition.

    Once you have purchased your Festival Pass, a link to the competition application will be emailed to you.

  • Registration, Festival Passes & Tickets

    REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JULY 13 AT 10 a.m.

    REGISTRATION & SALE OF COMPETITION PASSES CLOSES AT 11 p.m. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4.

    Registration will be online.

    Once you have purchased your Festival Pass, a link to the competition application will be emailed to you.

    Tickets will be available with your packet at the registration desk. There is a service charge to order online.

    Solo Artist Competition and Festival Pass

    Josefina P. Tuason International Guitar Competition 

    Entry to compete in the Solo Artist Competition and attend Denver Guitar Festival concerts, master classes and other events.

    $110    Early Bird Registration before September 1

    $120 

    Youth Competition and Festival Pass

    Josefina P. Tuason International Guitar Competition 

    Entry to compete in the Youth Competition and attend Denver Guitar Festival concerts, master classes and other events.

    $75   Early Bird Registration before September 1

    $85

    2020 Denver Guitar Festival Pass (Non-Competitors)

    Includes all Denver Guitar Festival concerts and public events.

    $35

    Single Recital & Final Round Tickets

    INCLUDED IN ALL FESTIVAL PASSES.
    On sale individually on Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m.
    Newman Center Box Office 

    Marina Alaxander / Ricardo Cobo Recital   $10    
    Adam Holzman Recital                                $10 
    Laura Husbands Recital                              $10
    Final Round of Competition                         $10

    Parking

    Parking for all Festival Events and Concerts is on the lowest level of the Newman Center Parking Garage (Enter on E. Wesley Ave.) Make an immediate right turn at the entrance gate.

    $8.00 per day, $2.00 per hour.

    Registration will open July 13, 2020

    All applications must be received no later than September 1. Please contact Laura Husbands at [email protected] for questions.