Parkening International Guitar Competition Announces Judges for 2012 Competition

January 18, 2012
The judges for the third triennial Parkening International Guitar Competition, to be presented by Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, from Wednesday, May 30, to Saturday, June 2, 2012, have been announced.

Representing different areas of the classical music world, the five judges are Dave Grusin, film composer and jazz artist; Costa Pilavachi, Senior Vice President of Universal Music Group and one of the judges at the 2009 Parkening Competition; David Russell, guitar virtuoso; Julie Smith, Classical Project Manager for the Recording Academy (presenter of the Grammy Awards); and Jim Svejda, Classical KUSC radio host and producer.

The competition, which debuted in 2006, offers the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition in the world, with competitors vying for cash awards in excess of US $65,000. The gold medalist wins the Jack Marshall Prize of US $30,000.

The panel will judge 15 competitors, three of whom will advance to the final round to perform a concerto before a live audience with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra. The gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be announced at the conclusion of the final round.

The Parkening Competition honors classical guitarist Christopher Parkening's lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. Parkening serves as Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine.

In addition to the Parkening International Guitar Competition, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 and 30, 2012, the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition will be held at Pepperdine. This two-day event will help to identify outstanding young guitarists and encourage them to continue their performance careers and studies.
The 2012 Parkening Competition is made possible by generous grants from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson and Juanita and Manny Del Arroz.

Applications, more information about competition requirements and judging, and the competition schedule are available at
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