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THE PARKENING INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
U.S.A.
Dorothy Stotsenberg, Honorary Chair

Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, June 2, 2006

The Parkening International Guitar Competition honors Christopher Parkening’s lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. The Parkening International Guitar Competition will be the most prestigious and preeminent classical guitar competition in the world. Cash prizes in excess of $50,000 U.S. will be awarded, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition worldwide. In addition to the Stotsenberg Prize of $25,000 U.S., the Gold Medalist will receive a professionally managed performance tour of recitals and concerts with orchestra.

The Parkening International Guitar Competition at Pepperdine University builds on the great success of the Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition previously held in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003 at the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University. With the addition of Christopher Parkening to Pepperdine’s music faculty as Distinguished Professor of Music, and a generous grant from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, the Parkening International Guitar Competition will be launched in June 2006 and held thereafter every four years.

The first Parkening Young Guitarists Competition will also be held and will help to identify outstanding young guitarists (eighteen years and younger) and encourage them to continue their performance careers and study.

Schedule

Fifteen competitors will perform the first day of the competition. Five semi-finalists will be selected after the first day to proceed to the second day. Three finalists will be selected after the second day to proceed to the third and final day of the competition.

Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 AM (fifteen competitors):

All competitors will perform a program not to exceed fifteen minutes. The program must include Agustín Barrios Mangoré's La cathedral (approximate time 7:00). All movements should be presented. The balance of the program will be free choice.

Thursday, June 1, 1:00 PM (five semi-finalists):

The five semi-finalists will perform a program not to exceed thirty minutes. The second program must include J.S. Bach's "Chaconne" from the Violin Partita No. 2, transcribed by Andrés Segovia, Schott and Co. edition (approximate time 13:30). The balance of the program will be free choice. Works from the first round may not be included in the second round.

Friday, June 2, 7:30 PM (three finalists):

The three finalists will perform a full concerto on the third day of the competition with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Any one of the following concertos is to be performed. In addition to the concerto, finalists will present an encore piece of their choice, not to exceed five minutes that may be selected from a previous round.

  • Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre, Schott and Co. edition (approximate time 22:00)
  • Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Schott and Co. edition (approximate time 22:00)
  • Castelnuovo -Tedesco: Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Schott and Co. edition (approximate time 20:00)
  • Ponce: Concierto del Sur, Peer International Corporation edition (approximate time 25:00)
  • Elmer Bernstein: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, Bernal Music "Themes and Variations" http://www.tnv.net/ (approximate time 22:00)

The medalists and prizewinners will be announced after the conclusion of the orchestral segment.

All competition performances will be open to the public and will take place in Smothers Theatre.