Countdown has begun for the third edition of the International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini (cciMB) taking place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) from 14 – 17 January 2016. The cciMB initiated with a concert dedicated to Maurizio Biasini at the Conservatory of Bologna, Italy, in 2009 and has now presented two highly successful editions in Bologna (2011) and Basel (2013). At the upcoming 3rd edition of the cciMB, thirteen young classical guitarists from nine different countries are appearing in the semifinal in San Francisco. Three participants will proceed to the final round on Sunday 17 January when they will perform the Concerto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo accompanied by the SFCM Alumni Orchestra (Nicole Paiement, conductor), Imbricatta in 10 asymmetrical layers (2015) by Sérgio Assad and a free choice piece. At stake for the winner a cash prize of $ 12’000 (2nd prize $ 5’000, 3rd prize $ 3’000), an invitation to perform a recital in Switzerland (Rising Stars Series of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel, 2017/2018), as well as other concerts in Italy (Association Conoscere la Musica – Mario Pellegrini, Bologna) and France (Festival International de Guitare de Paris, 2016).
Under the guidance of Artistic Director David Tanenbaum, the 2016 edition has expanded into a guitar event featuring outstanding guitarists and musicians who interpret a wide variety of repertoire including several world premieres: a new guitar concerto by Clarice Assad, a new composition for amplified guitar with electronics by the Italian composer Nicola Evangelisti (Conservatory of Bologna), a solo piece written for the competition by SFCM faculty member Sérgio Assad, and a composition dedicated to the SFCM by Chilean composer Javier Fariás, in which a guitar ensemble will be joined by two narrators.
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