The winner of the Adelaide International Guitar Competition was announced today, as the first annual Adelaide Guitar Festival program thrilled music lovers last month, featuring some of the finest musicians and performances.

This year’s winner of the prestigious Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition, held online this year, was guitar virtuoso Pavel Ravel (Bulgaria) followed by Ziggy Johnston (Australia) in second place and Clancy McLeod (Australia) in third place.

Ravel received $10,000 in prize money, a Jim Redgate Guitar valued at $23,000 and an invitation to perform at Adelaide Guitar Festival 2022.

Other highlights of this year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival included On the Road, which travelled to more regional towns than ever before to deliver micro-festival experiences throughout the year. The program created more than 170 employment opportunities for artists and provided economic benefits to local communities of around $800,000.

On the Road brought free live music to Kangaroo Island, Lobethal, Clare & Gilbert Valleys, Hindmarsh, Port Augusta, Edithburgh, Tumby Bay and finished in Cleve. Locals enjoyed performances from celebrated artists such as Max Savage, Kelly Menhennett and Cookie Baker.

Back in Adelaide, flamenco legends Paco Lara and Compañía Alma Flamenca mesmerised their audience while award-winning performer Paul Capsis and classical guitarists Slava Grigoryan and Manus Noble received rave reviews for their performance in The Bridge of San Lui Rey on the opening weekend of the festival (9 July – 11 July).

Acclaimed guitarists Andras Tuske and Lincoln Brady directed a classical intensive as part of the Guitar Winter School featuring tutorials and workshops to more than 60 students while 40 blues & roots students were treated to tutors such as Chris Finnen, Chris Parkinson and Marie Therese. The course focused on chord progressions, creative song writing and blues guitar techniques as students prepared for their performance on stage with Hussy Hicks and Liz Stringer.

Further shows set to be presented during the last week of Adelaide Guitar Festival have been postponed due to the recent COVID-19 lockdown in SA:

Adelaide Guitar Festival headliner The Stones’ Sticky Fingers will rock Her Majesty’s Theatre stage on September 22 while Adelaide’s own international cabaret star Carla Lippis will make her Adelaide Guitar Festival debut in a world premiere double bill collaboration between Hugh Stuckey and James Muller on October 14. Ash Grunwald’s double bill with new local band, History of Trees, will perform at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse October 15.

Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan“A huge congratulations to our International Classical Guitar Competition winners! The standard of this year’s applicants was truly extraordinary. We are proud to present this competition and are committed to supporting artists who are at the top of their game.

“It has been such a highlight to collaborate and connect with local and regional audiences as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Guitar Festival. This year’s On the Road program brought acclaimed artists to some of the most remote corners of SA since the start of this year. We look forward to seeing audiences again when we deliver the postponed shows later this year.”

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM“It was wonderful to invite audiences back to Adelaide Festival Centre venues last month for some of Australia’s greatest guitarists and musicians. We were very fortunate to travel to a record number of regional towns which allowed us to entertain and connect with even more South Australians while supporting local communities.

“We are so proud to have delivered this year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival and look forward to welcoming it back again in 2022. We thank our loyal audiences for their ongoing support.”

Next year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival ticketed events will run from 10-24 July 2022 with regional dates to be announced.

The Department for Innovation and Skills through the Music Development Office, The Office for Ageing Well and the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia were the major sponsors of Adelaide Guitar Festival On the Road program.

Adelaide is the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia. As the leading winter music event in Adelaide, Adelaide Guitar Festival is proud to celebrate and contribute to this status as a UNESCO City of Music.

Adelaide Guitar Festival’s programs are made possible by the support of Program Partners, see for a full list.



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