The third edition of the “International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini – cciMB” will be held from 14th to 17th January 2016, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). The location was chosen among the three renowned cities with a great musical tradition where Maurizio Biasini, a physicist and musician, lived with his family, i.e Bologna, Basel and San Francisco. The deadline to apply for participation is August 31, 2015.
The contest has the aim to find out and encourage young talented classical guitarists who are at the beginning of their professional activity. In this edition, the participants will have the possibility to test their skills in front of a jury made up by international musicians and distinguished professionals of the music field: David Tanenbaum (chair of the SFCM Guitar Department), Gérard Abiton (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris et Pôle Supérieur de Paris-Boulogne), Stephan Schmidt (Director of the Musik Akademie Basel), Marco Vinicio Carnicelli (Music Conservatory of Bari), Alberto Martelli (Music Conservatory of Parma), and Walter Zanetti (Music Conservatory of Bologna).
The competition will develop through a number of different concerts but, in particular, the three finalists will execute a composition by Segio Assad, as well as perform the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, always accompanied by the SFCM Orchestra. The winner will receive a cash award of 12.000 $ and also the opportunity to play as a soloist both in Switzerland, during the Rising Stars series 2017/2018 of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft in Basel, as well as in France, at the Festival International de Guitare 2016 in Paris, and in Bologna, Italy.
During the competition, the prestigious John Harris Guitar Collection will be also exhibited, including over two dozen instruments crafted by the great classical and flamenco guitar makers of the 19th – 20th century. The participants will be also given the unique opportunity to try out some of these historic guitars.
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