Denver Guitar Festival & Competition

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – September 9 –11, 2022

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Welcome to the third annual 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 over $6000 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 $500
Second prize $300
Third prize $150
Fourth prize $50

Contact

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

All events will take place in the Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, on the University of Denver campus.
2344 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

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

  • Schedule

    All events will take place in the Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, on the University of Denver campus.
    2344 East Iliff Avenue
    Denver, CO 80210

    Festival schedule


    Friday, September 9

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration & Check-In
    Joy Burns Plaza

    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Preliminary Round - Josefina P Tuason International Competition
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Closed to public.

    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m, Preliminary Round (continued)
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Closed to public.

    7:30 p.m. Marina Alexandra & Ricardo Cobo Recital
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    $15 Ticket (On sale July 18)
    Newman Center Box Office


    Saturday, September 10

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Jonathan Leathwood Master Class
    Hamilton Recital Hall

    Open to the public.

    12:00 p.m. Adam Moore Guitars
    Room 209

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Semifinal Round - Josefina P Tuason International Competition
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to the public.

    3:00 p.m.  Youth Competition Check-In
    Plaza

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Youth Competition Preliminary Round
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to the public.

    7:30 p.m. Adam Holzman Recital
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    $15 Ticket (On sale July 18)
    Newman Center Box Office


    Sunday, September 11

    10:00 a.m. Lecture – Jonathan Leathwood
    Williams Recital Salon

    Open to the public.

    11:00 a.m. "Discovering Ease at the Guitar: An Alexander Technique Workshop for Guitarists,” with Jonathan Leathwood
    Williams Recital Salon
    Open to the public.

    12:00 p.m. Adam Moore Guitars
    Room 209

    1:00 p.m. Youth Competition Final Round
    Hamilton Recital Hall

    Open to the public.

    2:00 p.m. Youth Competition Awards Ceremony
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to the public.

    3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. Adam Holzman Master Class
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    Open to the public.

    3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. Marina Alexandra Master Class
    Williams Recital Salon

    Open to the public.

    7:30 p.m. Final Round - Josefina P Tuason International Competition
    Hamilton Recital Hall
    $15 Ticket (On sale July 18)
    Newman Center Box Office

    9:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
    Hamilton Recital Hall

    Open to the public.
     

     

  • Josefina P. Tuason International Guitar Competition

    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 blindly.

    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 announced.

    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

    YOUTH COMPETITION

    The Youth Competition is open to all classical guitarists 18 years and under as of September 11th, 2022.
    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 - $500
    Second prize - $300
    Third prize - $150
    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.

    Judges for the Youth Competition 
    Laura Husbands
    Jonathan Leathwood
     

  • Guest Artists
    Marina Alexandra

    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.”

    She has received awards in several guitar competitions including the Music Teachers National Association State and Regional Competitions and semifinalist in the 6th annual Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt National String Competition for classical guitar. Marina has a concert career spanning the last fifteen years, taking her to Piccolo Spoleto Festival, National Public Radio, Allentown Radio, and hundreds of venues including colleges, guitar festivals and museums throughout USA.  She has released three albums   including; Timeless Enchantment (Baroque, Classical, Modern, and Latin-American music) , A Moment of Magic (modern music by Russian composer, Nikita Koshkin) and Americas from North to South (flute and guitar music). Her albums received high praises from such prestigious music magazines as Soundboard, Classical Guitar (UK) and American Record Guide.

    Marina Alexandra was born in the Ukraine, where she began her guitar studies at the age of six. In 1996 she immigrated with her family to the United States, and in 1998 she was awarded an assistantship to earn her Master of Music degree at the University of South Carolina.  She has served on the faculties of Furman University, University of South Carolina- Aiken, SC, Wingate University, and Columbia College.  Her students have been awarded scholarships to attend music schools such as the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Southern California.  Under Marina’s direction, numerous students have also received top prizes in national guitar competitions.

    Marina performs regularly on stages throughout the southeast United States. In addition to her concert solo career, Marina Alexandra participates in the group Duo de Vista (with flutist Teri Forscher-Milter) and the Moon Duo group (with drummer Natalie Petrova).

    Marina is a major contributor to the guitar community on both the local and national levels. Mrs. Alexandra is the founding president of the Guitar Muse Society, which  hosts yearly concert and educational events in Columbia, SC.  Mrs. Alexandra is also the artistic and executive director of the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, which attracts participants from all over the US and abroad. Mrs. Alexandra plays a major role in advocating for the arts, she was invited to be on the planning committee for Midlands Art Conservatory (SC) as well as grant approval  committee for the  South Arts non-profit organization, that represents nine Southeastern states. Marina lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.

     

    Ricardo Copo

     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 memorable 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.

    Ricardo holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music from Florida State University where he was awarded a doctoral fellowship. While completing his studies, he competed in and won numerous competitions, both nationally and internationally. Additionally, he received several academic excellence awards and scholarships during this time. In 1987, Ricardo won the 6th Annual Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, the first hispanic to win this highly regarded competition. He also won the 9th Alirio Díaz International Competition in Caracas and the 9th Casa de España Competition in San Juan in addition and many others.

    Ricardo’s affinity and deep connection with the legendary Leo Brouwer's music is apparent in both his live performances and recordings under the composer's own baton. In 2000, at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Convention and Competition, Ricardo performed the historic American premiere of “Concerto de Toronto” during the closing concert with the San Antonio Symphony to critical acclaim. Ricardo and Leo previously appeared as special guests with Les Violons du Roy performing Brouwer’s “3rd Concerto” at the Domaine Forget in Quebec, as part of an all-Brouwer festival. Most recently, Ricardo is collaborating with living composers in creating new music for the guitar based on the rich literary and cultural legacy of Latin America.

    Ricardo currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where he teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the founding president of the Guitar Las Vegas, a non-profit organization devoted to providing educational opportunities for the enrichment of classical guitar in the lives of young people. Be on the lookout for some exciting news in early 2020!

     

    Adam Holzman

    Adam Holzman, international performer, recording artist and teacher is hailed as “...polished and quite dazzling,” by The New York Times, “...brilliant!,” by De Gelderlander, Holland, and “...masterful!,”  by The Toronto Star.

    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 5 American artists to appear in a concert honoring Andres Segovia in fall 2013.

    Mr. Holzman’s recordings for the Naxos label have been critically acclaimed. The first two are discs of the music of Fernando Sor and have been called "...irresistible” by Gramophone Magazine. Discs three and four contain the music of Manuel Ponce. Of the Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord on Ponce Volume II Classical Guitar Magazine (England) says “It’s a fine and substantial work and here it receives the finest recording yet...” Of his Naxos release, The Venezuelan Waltzes of Antonio Lauro, the American Record Guide had this to say: “The landmark recording was David Russell’s 1980 LP.  Now, 20 years later, comes another masterly recording by Adam Holzman: in many ways it raises the benchmark still further.”  His Naxos release Bardenklange, Opus 13, of Johann Kaspar Mertz is considered a seminal recording and has been praised by critics around the world. His recording debut, on HRH Records, was a collection of rarely or never before recorded selections. According to The American Record Guide this performance is “…so flawless he makes it all sound easy." His recordings are all featured on the Adam Holzman channel on Pandora.

    Mr. Holzman's commitment to new music led him to co-commission Samuel Adler's first Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. He has also premiered works by composers Robert Helps, Roland Dyens, and Stephen Funk Pearson among others. In 2018 he was part of a Consortium Grant to commission the new concerto for Guitar and Orchestra Colours by Stephen Goss

    Adam Holzman, founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music and the Austin Guitar Society  is considered one of America’s leading guitar pedagogues. He heads a thriving guitar studio and his students have won an astounding array of international prizes. He is also Program Director for Classical Guitar Studies at the Brevard Music Festival where he runs two three week summer sessions focused on intensive study of all aspects of solo and chamber playing for students 14-29 years of age. www.brevardmusic.org/institute/highschool/classicalguitar/

    He also directs the Adult Guitar Workshop for students of all levels 30 years of age and older. www.brevardmusic.org/institute/guitarworkshop/

    From 1992-1994 Mr. Holzman held the title of “Maestro Extraordinario” given by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, where he served as artist-in-residence.  He was awarded the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize for Outstanding Achievement from Florida State University and has been named The Parker C. Fielder Regents Fellow in Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Holzman has been featured on the covers of both Classical Guitar Magazine and Guitart Magazine.

    Mr. Holzman’s performance studies were with Bruce Holzman, Albert Valdes Blain, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia. He was chosen twice to perform in the historic Master classes of the legendary Andres Segovia.

    You can learn more about Adam Holzman at  www.adamholzman.net.

  • Applications & Competition Registration

    Registration, passes & tickets are available now!
    Newman Center Box Office

    Festival Passes (Admission to all ticketed events):

    • International Competition registration and pass (early bird)
      $120
    • International Competition registration and pass (received after September 1)
      $130
    • Youth Competition registration and pass (early bird)
      $80
    • Youth Competition registration and pass (received after September 1)
      $90

    Once competitors have paid their registration fee they will be emailed an application form. This may take up to one business day.

    • Non-Competitor Festival Pass
      $35
    • Concert & Competition Individual Ticket
      $15
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