In lieu of the current climate and COVID restrictions, the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition was held online this year. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all our 2021 competitors.
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2021 Winner announcement: 

2021 Winner: Pavel Ralev
2021 Second Place: Ziggy Johnston
2021 Third Pace: Clancy McLeod

The Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition is the most prestigious guitar competition in the Southern Hemisphere and has provided career-launching opportunities for seven incredible young guitarists: Jin-Hee Kim (South Korea) in 2010, Andrey Lebedev (Australia) in 2012, Bogdan Mihailescu (Romania) in 2014, Marko Topchii (Ukraine) in 2016, Miles Johnston (Australia) in 2018, Andrew Blanch (Australia) in 2019 and Pietro Locatto in 2020 (Italy).

Prizes

All prizes are funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation.

First Prize

  • AUD $10,000 prize money
  • A Jim Redgate Guitar, valued at AUD $23,000 
  • An invitation to perform at the next Adelaide Guitar Festival (including all travel expenses)

Second Prize

  • AUD $4,000 prize money

Third Prize

  • AUD $2,000 prize money

 

    

 

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2021 Finalists

Alexis Chin (Australia)

Compulsory Piece: Robert Davidson - Cliffside

Free Choice #1: Prelude from BWV 997 by J.S. Bach

Free Choice #2: Introduction et Caprice, Op. 23 by Giulio Regondi

 

Clancy McLeod (Australia)

Compulsory Piece: Robert Davidson - Cliffside

Free Choice #1: Prelude in E Major, BWV 1006a, J.S. Bach

Free Choice #2: Invocación y danza, Joaquin Rodrigo

 

Connor Whyte (Australia)

Compulsory Piece: Robert Davidson - Cliffside

Free Choice #1: Elegie by Johann Kasper Mertz

Free Choice #2: Junto al Generalife by Joaquín Rodrigo

 

Hayden Burke (Australia)

Compulsory Piece: Robert Davidson - Cliffside

Free Choice #1: Prelude and Presto from BWV 996 - Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Free Choice #2: Gigue from BWV 996 - Johann Sebastien Bach

Free Choice #3: Lento from Drei Tentos - Hans Werner Henze

Free Choice #4: Allegro non troppo from Sonata 3 - Manuel Maria Ponce


Pavel Ralev (Bulgaria)

Compulsory Piece: Robert Davidson - Cliffside

Free Choice #1: J. S. Bach - Violin Partita 2, BWV1004, Allemanda; Giga

Free Choice #2: Carlo Domeniconi - Suite Koyunbaba, I; IV

 

Vuk Dragičević (Serbia)

Compulsory Piece: Robert Davidson - Cliffside

Free Choice #1: L. Legnani - Caprice No. 7

Free Choice #2: A. Barrios - Villancico de Navidad

Free Choice #3: J. Rodrigo - Invocacion y danza

 

Ziggy Johnston (Australia)

Compulsory Piece: Robert Davidson - Cliffside

Free Choice #1: Grave from Violin Sonata 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by J.S. Bach

Free Choice #2: Allegro from Violin Sonata 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by J.S. Bach

Free Choice #3: Canto from Sonata for Guitar by Alberto Ginastera

Free Choice #4: Finale from Sonata for Guitar by Alberto Ginastera