The 2012 Parkening International Guitar Competition is actively seeking competitors.
The competition is the most prestigious classical guitar competition in the world. Cash prizes in excess of $65,000 U.S. will be awarded, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition. It honors Christopher Parkening's lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia. It is held on the ocean-side campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where Mr. Parkening is Distinguished Professor of Music.
The Parkening International Guitar Competition will be held from May 30-June 2, 2012. Eligible classical guitarists ages 18-30 (born on or after May 29, 1982) are invited to apply.
The Parkening Young Guitarist Competition will be held on May 29 and May 30, 2012. It helps to identify outstanding young guitarists (17 years and younger) and encourages them to continue their performance careers and study.
For more information, application materials, and repertoire requirements, click here.