|La Herradura Bay|
It’s that time of year again when the internationally prestigious XXVIII Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Clásica Andrés Segovia will be held from the 20th to the 24th of November at the La Herradura Civic Centre.
A total of 16 digitally blessed guitarists will compete to add their names to the scroll of winners, and a spot of cash, of course.
The First Prize comes with a 9,000-euro jackpot, as well as a very valuable, handcrafted guitar by the Granada-based luthier, Luis Santiago Hernández, son, disciple and collaborator of Paco Santiago Marín.
The Second Prize is 4,000 and a guitar built by musicologist and luthier, Aarón García Ruizone, which is a copy of the one designed by José Pernas (Granada, 1838).
The Third Prize carries a reward of 2,000; a not inconsiderable amount, capable of funding quite few a bottles of decent red wine and rations of jamón serrano, pata negra, at a squeeze.
There is also a ‘Special Prize, Leo Brouwer” worth 700 euros, which rewards the best free interpretation.
Finally, in the prize department, Juventudes Musicales will also provide a prize for the youngest guitarist that gets past the first stage.
The 16 competitors, true to the international nature of the competition are: Pavel Kukhta (Bielorrussia), Víctor Wagner Marcos (Brasil), Gonzalo Arias Contreras (Chile), Alejandro Escobar (Chile), José Casallas (Colombia), Srdjan Bulat (Croacia), Gabriel Bianco (France), Oman Kaminsky Lara (Mexico), Ekachai Jearukul (Thailand), Antón Baranov (Russia), Mircea Gogoncea (Romania), Dimitri Zagumennikov (Ukraine), as well as Spaniards, Andrea González Caballero, Alejandro López Márquez, Gustavo Adolfo Leguízamo Alcázar and Gustavo Calero Fernández.
The First Councillor for La Herradura said that for the first time in the history of the competition, the event organisers have signed a deal with the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada, whereby the overall winner of this competition will be able to give a concert with in the FIMDG, which is a big international boost for the La Herradura competition.