Prize Winner at ARD Music Competition

October 17, 2017

I was awarded Third Prize and Prize for the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Piece at the ARD Music Competition in Munich. The ARD is the largest international classical music competition in Germany. The competition features different instrumental categories each year, and in the past has included voice, piano, strings, brass, woodwind, and harp. This was the first year the competition has included guitarists since 1994.

In the final I performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Reiland, and performed Eugene Bozza’s Concertino de Camera with the Novus String Quartet in the semi-finals. The live video recording of the semi-final and final can be found online here.

Limelight Magazine have published an article about the competition here.

My full program was:

Round 1:

  • Dowland: Fantasia 1a
  • Regondi: Reverie Nocture
  • Ginastera: Sonata for Guitar Op. 47

Round 2:

  • Berio: Sequenza XI
  • Asencio: La Joia, La Calma, La Gaubanca, from Collectici Intim
  • Brouwer: Sonata No. 5 Ars Combinatoria

Round 3:

  • Bozza: Concertino de Camera (with the Novus String Quartet)
  • Zuraj: Interfret for solo guitar (ARD specially commissioned work)

Round 4:

  • Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez