Prize Winner in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition 2017

July 27, 2017

I’ve just come back from Los Angeles where I was Fourth Prize winner in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

It was a buzz to compete in the event for the first time. The decision came about following my trip playing with Aleksandr Tsiboulski to San Fransisco in April. The GFA came up in numerous conversations with friends there, which alerted my attention to the impact the GFA must have in USA. The month preceding the competition was an intense period of focused practice and performing in any capacity I could find, memorising the newly commissioned Herjan by Jeffrey Holmes, and trying to balance the breadth of repertoire needed to make each individual round feel diverse and vibrant.

LA itself felt like a bit of dream – 30 degree days and the chance to see friends from across the globe. Also a fun opportunity to geek out on new contraptions, instrument building, extended techniques, and hear about the lives of players from other parts of the globe.

For those interested, I played:

First Round:

  • Dowland: Fantasia 1a
  • Brouwer: Danza de los Ancestros
  • Holmes: Herjan

Second Round:

  • Berkeley: Allegretto, from Sonatina
  • Asencio: La Joia, La Calma, La Gaubanca, from Collectici Intim
  • Ginastera: Finale, from Sonata

Third Round:

  • Brouwer: Sonata No. 5 Ars Combinatoria
  • Bach: Andante and Allegro, from Violin Sonata No.2
  • Holmes: Herjan