Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

International Concert Guitarist Competition Guidelines:

Application Deadline:

January 14, 2016 (for international students living outside the US)

January 25, 2016 (for applicants in the US)

The following materials must be submitted by each competitor, including previous winners. Previous first place winners are ineligible to compete. A committee will pre-screen and select the initial field of competitors who will be invited to participate in the competition.

2016 Results:

Dean's Awards Winners:

Best Performance of Set Piece in Semi-Finals: Stephen Lochbaum
Best Performance of Set Piece in Finals: Silviu Ciulei
Audience Choice Award: Silviu Ciulei

Adult Competition Winners:

1st Place: Silviu Ciulei
2nd Place: Stephen Lochbaum
3rd Place: Joerg Holzmann
4th Place: Ian Tuski

Registration Instructions:

The deadline has passed and registration is currently closed.

You must be present Saturday night at the award presentation in order to receive the merchandise prizes. If you are not present, only the check for the award amount will be mailed to you.

Per US IRS regulations, prizes awarded to non-US citizens may be subject to tax withholding, dependent upon current tax treaty between the US and the winner's country of citizenship. US citizens who are awarded prizes will not have tax withheld, and will receive an IRS Form 1099 from UT Dallas at the end of the year if the total of earnings from UT Dallas are $600 or more.

Semi-Final Round - Thursday in AH1:

Invited players will play the recorded works submitted with their application in the first round of the competition.

Update 3/3/16: In playing order, the finalists are Joerg Holzmann, Ian Tuski, Stephen Lochbaum, and Silvu Ciulei!

Final Round - Friday evening in the Clark Center:

The top FOUR final competitors will play a program of 25 minutes in length. All competitors will be required to play the set piece Fandango from the Tres Piezas EspaƱolas by Joaquin Rodrigo. The rest of the program will consist of free selections from two (2) or more of the following style periods. Pieces should not duplicate the semi-final round, but performers may use unplayed movements from works included in the semi-final round. The order of the final program is at the discretion of the performer.


Applicants selected for the preliminary round of the competition will be asked to submit their 25-minute final program on the day of the final competition in advance. The judges will determine if the program does not meet the requirements of the final round and request a change of program if it is determined that the program does not cover at least two distinct periods.

Contestants who wish to have a pre-determination of their final program may email it to Dr. Enric Madriguera.

Performers will be judged on the following:

    Performance Characteristics