Denver Guitar Festival & Competition

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

Welcome to the second Denver Guitar Festival & Competition at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. Due to COVID-19, this year the International Guitar Competition and Youth Competition will be held virtually.

COMPETITION REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - Preliminary round YouTube video submissions must have been emailed to laura.husbands@du.edu no later than August 23.
 

View Performances & Master Classes
 

International Competition prizes:

1st prize: Katarzyna Smolarek, Salzburg, Austria
2nd prize: Bogdan Mihailescu, Gaillard, France

3rd prize: Ana Maria Iordache, Tucson, AZ
4th prize: Chinnawat Themkumkwun, Bangkok, Thailand

Youth Competition prizes:

1st prize: Pijus Balevičius, Kaunas, Lithuania
2nd prize: Thatcher Harrison, South Dartmouth, MA

3rd prize: Mateo Terán Alcocer, Sangolqui, Ecuador
4th prize: Aleksandr Lapshin, Omsk, Russia

Contact

Questions? 
Please contact Laura Husbands, Artistic Director at laura.husbands@du.edu.

All events will take place virtually.

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

  • Schedule & Zoom Links

    All events are accessible through this link: https://udenver.zoom.us/j/99528505919

    Registration is not is required to watch the events.
     

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    10:00 a.m. - International Competition Semifinal


    Thursday, September 10, 2020

    12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Masterclass with Jonathan Leathwood

    • Giuliani, Grand Sonata Eroica, op. 150, played by Chinnawat Themkumkwun
    • Bach, Prelude to Cello Suite I, BWV 1007, played by Matthew Brill
    • Questions and Answers
       

    Friday, September 11, 2020

    10:00 a.m. - Festival lecture

    12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  - Masterclass with Jonathan Leathwood

    • Giuliani, Grand Sonata Eroica, op. 150, played by Sebastián Blumberg
    • Tárrega, Capricho árabe, played by Andreas Hofer
    • Questions and Answers
       

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    10:00 a.m. - Youth Competition Final and Award

    12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Masterclass with Jonathan Leathwood

    • Bach, Prelude to Suite BWV 1006a, played by Miloš Vuković
    • TBA, played by Alan Liu
    • Questions and Answers


    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    10:00 a.m. - International Competition Final and Award

    12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Masterclass with Jonathan Leathwood

    • Bach, Allemande from Cello Suite VI, BWV 1012, played by Thatcher Harrison
    • Schubert/Mertz, Ständchen, played by Tom Hodgkinson
    • Questions and Answers

     

  • International Guitar Competition

    International Guitar Competition is open to all classical guitarists, regardless of nationality and age. This year the competition will take place virtually.

    Preliminary Round: CLOSED

    Semi final Round: CLOSED

    Final round: a 20-minute video (Due September 11)

    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. Up to 15 competitors will be chosen for the semi-final round and four for the final round. 

    Final round YouTube video submissions must be emailed to laura.husbands@du.edu no later than September 11th.

     

    FINAL ROUND VIDEO REQUIREMENTS:

    Video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube, with the following specifications:

    • Video submissions must be a live recording specifically for the purpose of the competition. Previous recordings may not be submitted. Your video performance must be recorded in a single take, unedited. Video devices should be placed at a distance that your guitar, both hands and face can be seen clearly. 
       
    • Clearly state your name and the pieces that you will perform, including title, composer and movements, as part of your unedited video performance. You must also state “Denver International Guitar Competition, final round”
       
    • Your name and repertoire choices must be listed in your video description. The title of your video should include “Denver Guitar Festival, International Guitar Competition” and your name. Your video must be listed as “public”.

    All decisions by the judges are final. 

    Judges 
    Jonathan Leathwood
    Laura Husbands
    Marina Alexandra

    All current and former students of Jonathan Leathwood and Laura Husbands are ineligible to enter this year. 

    First prize $800
    Second prize $550
    Third prize $400
    Fourth prize $250

    All prizes are subject to mandatory 30% 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 virtual competition.

    For future editions of the Denver Guitar Festival and Competition, we hope to return to a traditional format, on site at the University of Denver. The next edition is planned for September 2021, when the first-prize winners from this year’s online event will be welcome to compete again.

  • Youth Competition

    The Youth Competition is open to all classical guitarists 18 years and under as of September 13, 2020.

    The Youth Competition will be held in two rounds. Free choice program for all rounds.

    Preliminary Round: CLOSED

    Final round: a 10-minute video (deadline September 9)

    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. Four competitors will be chosen for the final round.

    FINAL ROUND VIDEO REQUIREMENTS:

    Video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube, with the following specifications:

    • Video submissions must be a live recording, specifically for the purpose of the competition. Previous recordings may not be submitted. Your video performance must be recorded in a single take, unedited. Video devices should be placed at a distance that your guitar, both hands and face can be seen clearly. Finalists may NOT use preliminary round video submissions.
       
    • Clearly state your name and the pieces that you will perform, including title, composer and movements as part of your unedited video performance. You must also state “Denver Youth Guitar Competition, final round”
       
    • Your name and repertoire choices must be listed in your video description. The title of your video should include “Denver Guitar Festival, Youth Guitar Competition final” and your name. YouTube video’s must be listed as “public”. Final round video submissions must be emailed to laura.husbands@du.edu no later than September 9.

    All decisions by the judges are final. 

    Judges 
    Jonathan Leathwood
    Laura Husbands
    Marina Alexandra

    All current and former students of Jonathan Leathwood and Laura Husbands are ineligible to enter this year. 

    First Prize – $200
    Second prize – $150
    Third prize – $100
    Fourth prize – $50

    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.

    For future editions of the Denver Guitar Festival and Competition, we hope to return to a traditional format, on site at the University of Denver. The next edition is planned for September 2021, when the first-prize winners from this year’s online event will be welcome to compete again.

  • Competition Registration

    Online registration is now CLOSED

    The festival event schedule and free links to virtually attend events and master classes will be posted at a time closer to the festival

    Our first 50 registered competitors will receive a complimentary zoom lesson from Jonathan Leathwood. Jonathan will also teach a virtual masterclass on both Saturday September 12 and Sunday 13, open to the first eight competitors (in registration order) interested in taking performing in these classes.

    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 competition pass, a link to the competition application will be emailed to you.