Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival
March 7 – March 9, 2019
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.
- First Place $3000
- Second Place $2000
- Third Place $1000
- Fourth Place $500
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.
Audience Choice Award:
- First Place $300
- Second Place $200
- Third Place $100
2019 Competition Results:
Youth Division I
1st Place: Qianchen Qiu
2nd Place: Nima Moin
3rd Place: Abhi Gudipati
Youth Division II
1st Place: Riley Edwards
2nd Place: Marina Delacruz
3rd Place: Mei Yin Steadman
1st Place: Mengya Tian
2nd Place: Brendon Grabowski
3rd Place: Ariel Alba
4th Place: Chris Unzicker
Audience Choice Award
Registration for the Texas Competition
18th Annual Guitar Competition Schedule of events
View the event details here for the most current and up to date information.
Thursday, March 7
|Nicolas Emilfork Diaz||7:30 p.m.||University Theatre|
Friday, March 8
|Duo Melis||7:30 p.m.||University Theatre|
Saturday, March 9 Youth Competition, International Concert Guitar Finals, Scott Tennant
|Youth Competition (both levels)*||9:00 a.m.||AH1 1.106 and 1.104|
|International Competition Finals
Update 3/7/19: In playing order, the finalists are Ariel Alba, Brendon Grabowski, Chris Unzicker, and Mengya Tian.
|4:00 p.m.||University Theatre|
|Scott Tennant||7:30 p.m.||University Theatre|
*open only to parents and teachers of competitors.
RENN Capital Group
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
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.