by Blair Jackson
January 2016 may seem like a long way off, but it’ll be here before you know it. That’s when San Francisco is hosting the third edition of the Concorso Chitarristico Internazionale Maurizio Biasini (the first time the prestigious biennial competition has been held in the United States), and it’s not too early for guitarists born after 1980 “who are at the outset of their career” to be thinking about preparing video auditions and applying. The deadline is August 31.
Unedited videos of each entrant performing three prescribed pieces (by Villa-Lobos, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Ponce) will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts from conservatories in Italy, France, Switzerland, and the United States; from that group, 12 semifinalists will be invited to perform at the San Francisco competition, which will also include three concerts. In addition to generous cash prizes, the winner will be invited to perform ad festivals in Paris, Bologna, and Basel, Switzerland. For details, contact guitarcompetitionbiasini.org and check out their Facebook page, as well.
Maurizio Biasini was a world-known physicist who also earned a diploma with honors in classical guitar from Bologna G.B. Martini Conservatory in 1979, the same year he got his physics degree at the University of Bologna. He passed away in 2008. For more: www.guitarcompetitionbiasini.org.