UT Dallas Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

19th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

March 5 – March 7, 2020

This unique Texas competition, designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students, will award over $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 International Concert Guitarist Competition for college-level students.


International Concert Guitarist Competition Details

Youth Competition Details

Competition Prizes

International Concert Guitarist Competition:

  • First Place: $3000
  • Second Place: $2000
  • Third Place: $1000
  • Fourth Place: $500
  • Audience Choice Award: $500*
  • Alhambra Prize: $1000*
plus merchandise from SAVAREZ.

Per U.S. IRS regulations, prizes awarded to non-U.S. citizens may be subject to tax withholding, dependent upon current tax treaty between the U.S. and the winner's country of citizenship. U.S. 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.

Youth Competition (both divisions):

  • First Place: $300
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $100
  • Alhambra Prize: $250*

plus merchandise from SAVAREZ.

*Audience Choice Award:

  • $500

*Alhambra Prizes:

Alhambra Guitarras of Spain has generously donated prize money to enhance the prizes for the following categories:

  • Adult/International Concert-level: $1000 for the most outstanding interpretation of required works by MM Ponce in the final round
  • Youth I: $250 for most outstanding performance
  • Youth II: $250 for most outstanding performance

These awards will be voted on by the faculty of the festival judging panels on March 6 and 7, 2020. The prize money will be in addition to the announced prizes in each category.

We thank Alhambra Guitarras of Spain for their generous support of outstanding talent on the classical guitar.

2020 Results:

Youth Division I Winners:

1st Place winning $300 plus $250 additional from Alhambra: Nima Moin
2nd Place winning $200: Brandon Kim
3rd Place winning $100: Junnosuke Tomita

Youth Division II Winners:

1st Place winning $300 plus $250 additional from Alhambra: David Manzanares
2nd Place winning $200: Zara Terrazas-Graham
3rd Place winning $100: Aiden Suskic

Adult Competition Winners:

1st Place winning $3000: Samuel Hines
2nd Place winning $2000: Ivan Petricevic
3rd Place winning $1000: Kyle Khembunjong
4th Place winning $500: Anthony Mariano

Martha and John Nye Audience Choice Award:
Winning $500: Ivan Petricevic

Schedule of events

View the event details here for the most current and up to date information.

Thursday, March 5

Laureate Concert (Mengya Tien) 7:30 p.m. University Theatre

Friday, March 6

International Competition Finals

Update 3/5/20: In playing order, the finalists are Kyle Khembunjong, Ivan Petricevic, Samuel Hines, Anthony Mariano.

7:30 p.m.  University Theatre

Saturday, March 7

Youth Competition (both levels)* 9:00 a.m. AH1 1.106 and 1.104
Nuclear Okra 4:00 p.m. University Theatre
Carlos Barbossa Lima & Awards Ceremony 7:30 p.m. University Theatre

*open only to parents and teachers of competitors.

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
Nils Roemer, Interim Dean, UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities
Enric Madriguera, Artistic Director, Head, Guitar Program at UT Dallas
Russell Cleveland, Chairman
Dennis Kratz
Frank Kimlicko
Bryan Milner
Todd Sandler
John Nye
Joe Sullivan

Parking Instructions

For Weekend Parking:

You may park in green parking spaces after 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, or any time on Saturday or Sunday. All other parking is enforced, even after business hours and on weekends.

For Weekday Parking:

If attending an event before 5 p.m. on Friday, or at any time Monday - Thursday, you must obtain a visitor permit to park in the Green spaces. You may obtain two free permits per week from the Visitor Center or the Parking Office, with a valid photo ID presented.

The Visitor Center is open Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Parking Office is open Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For Metered Parking:

Metered parking is also available for more convenient parking. Metered parking is located on the first floor of every parking structure, as well as in Parking Lot G, M-West, and F.

Parking meters accept credit/debit cards only.

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