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ICC “The contemporary Guitar” (2017)

International Composition Competition “The contemporary Guitar” (2017)

AN ART ARTISTRY – Cultural Centre – Cultural Activities & Artistic Productions Services (Monis Asteriou 4, Athens)
210 3220082 (Mon-Fri, 14:00-17:00) / E-mail:


Description: Modern compositions for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes. The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc will be taken into account. The only examined quality will be the text itself. Unpublished works & works that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.

Registration fee: €40,00 per work / submission, paid to the following account:
EUROBANK GREECE (SWIFT/BIC: ERBKGRAA) – ΙΒΑΝ: GR3402603280000950101210083
In the grounds, provide name and deposit reason. All transfer and bank charges will be covered by the applicants.

Submissions: Submissions are to be made until March 31, 2017 electronically to including at the same email:
i. An unmarked and unnamed PDF (sheet music) of a work (composition) for solo classical guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes.
ii. A separate file (PDF, RAR, ZIP etc) with a printout of the registration payment (bank receipt), the details of the composer (name, age, address, telephone, email, etc), a bio (biografical notes), a good foto of the composer, title and a text for their submitted work.

Committee – selection: The committee will consist of distinguished guitarists and composers. Will meet in April 2017 and will select by voting up to four (4) works based on their musical quality rather than the degree of difficulty or other criteria. The committee’s decision is final.

Prize – recording: The winning works will receive:
– Audio & video recording by the distinguished guitarist and composer Smaro Gregoriadou, in a high quality AN ART ARTISTRY’s production.
– The recordings will be uploaded and presented at AN ART ARTISTRY’s YOUTUBE channel, sites, social media pages, newsletters etc.
– A page in site will be created for each one of the winning works – composers with a presentation of the works.


AN ART ARTISTRY has organized the composition competition “The contemporary guitar” (2017). The submissions to the competition has ended March 31, 2017. The competition’s subject was modern compositions for solo guitar, duration 3 to 5 minutes, and it was open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The selection criteria where only musical and no non-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas has been taken into account. The only examined quality was the music text itself. A total of 12 compositions where submitted from 7 countries (Australia, Slovakia, U.S.A., Denmark, England, France), which came to the judgment of the committee, consisting of:


The committee after carefully studied the submitted works, awards:

Prize to Theodoris Theodoroudis (Greece) for his work for guitar “The Sky Wasn’t!” with identifier 1121

Honorable mention to Dr. Liao Lin-Ni (France) for her work for guitar ”p.53” with identifier 2251

Our warmest congratulations to the winners!
AN ART ARTISTRY – Athens May 4th, 2017



All comments are transferred unchanged, and express the opinions of the committee members. In no way they reflect the view – opinion or any kind of official statement of AN ART ARTISTRY.

For all works

Regarding the award and the commendation of the submitted works, I sincerely regret but can not propose a work for award or praise, as all the projects are lagging in the following 1) In inspiration. 2) In structure. In more detail, they lack any inspired symmetry or even asymmetry, which could offer any expected musicality to the well-known synthesis protocols, in order to achieve for the listener, the least anticipated and predicted interest of the composition. 3) Knowledge of the structures and forms that a composition must exhibit against randomness. 4) To exhibit a valuable musical content, which is highlighted through well chosen forms and styles. 5) In a structured arrangement, which not only surpasses a random improvisation but has something original, something new and something worthwhile to support. 6) In the original use of the particular technical possibilities of the guitar, which, while not necessarily in absolute need for a guitar composition, however, would help to give positive marks, where a work lacks other elements of form, tempo structuring, meaningful and valuable content data. Certainly, of course, there were few exceptions in some places and in some of the works in relation to the above mentioned deprivations, but these exceptions are not capable of establishing a structured well defined concept of a composition in order for it, to deserve, in my opinion, the award or the praise in a composition competition. The reason being, that a contest, goes beyond the requirements of either improvisation, or randomness, or personal opinion, which may even ignore the details of the attributes that a composition must exhibit.

1121 The ideas and motives could have more extensive development.

1274 A very well written work for the instrument, consisted of two contrasting parts. It has a steady harmonic character and the intentions of the composer are very well presented.

1322 A well written work for the instrument, using the idea of theme and variations. The work is coherent and the composer’s intentions is clearly presented.

1531 A work based on a nice main thematical material that runs the whole work. Well written for the instrument with fluidity.

1831 The musical ideas of the work could be more extensively developed and at some points the harmony could be richer.

1944 It may needed a richer writing in the middle part of the work by using the bass strings that could help also the harmony that presented.

2088 A work – study of the tremolo technique in 2 and 3 beats of it. The harmony is steady and not developed.

2251 The work uses a number of new sounds for the instrument. It is divided in shorter sections that every one of them is based on specific techniques and timbrals.

Glinka, Iwona
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