Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival
February 28 – March 2, 2013
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 Palce $500
Youth Competition (both divisions have prizes):
- First place $300
- Second Place $200
- Third Place $100
You can now register online, visit your division’s guideline page for application process:
International Concert Guitarist Competition Guidelines (Registration is now closed for the Adult Competition)
Youth Competition Guidelines (Registration is now closed for the Adult Competition)
12th Annual Guitar Competition Schedule of events
Thursday, February 28 Semi-finals (Not open to the general public)
|Eliot Fisk Master Class||7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m||Jonsson Performance Hall|
Friday. March 1 Finals
|Master classes (Gustavo Costa and Chad Ibison)||1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m||Clark Center|
|Eliot Fisk Master Class||3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m||Clark Center|
|Pre-show: Collin College||7:00 p.m.||Clark Center|
|Competition finals||8:00 p.m.||Clark Center|
Saturday, March 2 Youth Competition and Concerts
|Youth Competition (both levels)||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||AH1 1.106 and 1.104|
|Guitar maker demonstrations||11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m||Jonsson Performance Hall|
|Gustavo Costa Concert||4:00 p.m||Clark Center|
|Pre-show: TAMIU International||7:00 p.m.||Clark Center|
|Eliot Fisk concert||8:00 p.m.||Clark Center|
This years guest artists will be Gustavo Costa and Eliot Fisk
Saturday, March 2, at 4 p.m.
Born in 1976, Gustavo Costa graduated from the Arts Institute of São Paulo State University in 1997. In 1998 he continued his studies under Prof. Franz Halász at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg, where he received the Meisterklasse-Diplom, Germany’s highest performance degree, with the distinction "Summa cum Laude." From 2001 to 2004, he studied guitar under Pablo Márquez and early music repertoire under Yasunori Imamura at the Strasbourg (France) Conservatory. He has taught guitar in the music department of São Paulo State University since 2007 when he received his Master’s Degree in Musicology. Costa was a member of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in 2011 when the group won the Latin Grammy for its CD dedicated to Villa-Lobos.
Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m.
A creative innovator linked to the great romantic tradition of the past, Eliot Fisk is one of the most exciting and unique guitarists. He has performed to dazzling critical and public acclaim in the great concert halls of the world. Hailed by Andres Segovia as "at the top line of our artistic world," Fisk returns to UT Dallas for a much anticipated encore performance. The New York Times proclaimed him to be a "fiery player" who "turns up heat on the classical guitar." He was awarded The Grand Cross of Isabel la Cátolica by King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 2006. The medal is one of the highest civilian honors awarded by the government of Spain. Fisk teaches at the New England Conservatory and will conduct master classes for students at the festival.
Winners will be announced after intermission of this concert.
RENN Capital Group
Kathryn Evans, Executive Director
Enric Madriguera, Artistic Director
Eddie Healy, Assistant Director and Youth Competition Coordinator
Guitar Advisory Board
Dennis Kratz, Dean, UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities
Kathryn Evans, Executive Director, UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities
Enric Madriguera, Artistic Director, Head, Guitar Program at UT Dallas
Russell Cleveland, Chairman