Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

February 27 – March 1, 2014
UT Dallas Alexander Clark Center

This unique Texas competition, designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students, will award approximately $8,000 in cash prizes to the winners. Over the three-day event, students can compete and attend master classes and concerts by internationally recognized guitarists. We have a youth competition for ages 11-18 as well as the main competition for college-level students.

International Concert Guitarist Competition:  

  • First Place $3000
  • Second Place $2000
  • Third Place $1000
  • Fourth Place $500
plus merchandise from SAVAREZ. 

Youth Competition (both divisions have prizes):

  • First Place $300
  • Second Place $200
  • Third Place $100
plus merchandise from  SAVAREZ.


International Concert Guitarist Competition Guidelines (Registration is now closed for this competition)

Youth Competition Guidelines (Registration is now closed for this competition)


13th Annual Guitar Competition Schedule of events

Thursday, February 27  Semi-finals (Not open to the general public)

Friday, February 28   Finals

Competition Finals 8:00 p.m.  Clark Center

Saturday, March 1  Youth Competition and Concerts

Youth Competition (both levels)      9:00 a.m. AH1 1.106 and 1.104
Juan Carlos Laguna Concert     4:00 p.m Clark Center
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Concert  8:00 p.m.  Clark Center    

This years guest artists will be Juan Carlos Laguna and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet 


Juan Carlos Laguna
Saturday, March 1, at 4 p.m.

Internationally renowned classical guitarist Laguna demonstrates his unparalleled skills in a concert sure to delight.  He has performed throughout the world as a soloist and with various orchestras like The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and The Berliner Sinphonietta.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m.

The Grammy winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet featuring John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Matthew Greif concludes the festival.  They consistently sell out concerts with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach including critically acclaimed transcriptions of classical works and their interpretations of contemporary pieces. Since each guitarist is a talented musician, the quartet is “a formidable ensemble, both in terms of technical bravura and musical personality” (Baltimore Sun). 

Winners will be announced after intermission of this concert.

Sponsored by:

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RENN Capital Group

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Dallas Symphony






Competition Directors:
Enric Madriguera, Director
Eddie Healy, Assistant Director and Youth Competition Coordinator

Guitar Advisory Board
Dennis Kratz, Dean, UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities
Enric Madriguera, Artistic Director, Head, Guitar Program at UT Dallas
Russell Cleveland, Chairman
Stan Ballard
David Butler
Camille Fu
Frank Kimlicko
Kenneth Lamb
Harry McClintock
Bryan Milner
Todd Sandler
Brett Webb