"THE TIME OF THE GUITAR" International Composer Competition 2024, Moscow

Date: 01.02.2024 - 30.04.2024. Applications are accepted, deadline: 15.04.2024
Location: Moscow, Russia, online



The International Guitar & Composer Competition & Festival «The Time of the Guitar» has been in existence since 2019 and includes a competition of classical guitar performers, a competition of composers and a festival program. Every year, the best compositions for guitar are selected and included in the mandatory program of the contestants, which contributes to the expansion and renewal of the professional repertoire of guitarists.

During the existence of the competition-festival, over 300 guitarists and composers from 20 countries of the world have become its participants. The jury and artists were such famous guitarists as Stepan Rak (Czech Republic), Johan Fostier (Belgium), Mauricio Diaz Alvarez (Mexico), Pavel Kukhta (Belarus), Daniel Bolshoy (Canada), Roman Smirnov (Israel), Dimitris Regginos (Cyprus), russian guitarists Dmitry Illarionov, Dmitry Borodaev, Sergey Rudnev, Evgeny Finkelstein, Anton Baranov, Roman Zorkin, Victoria Naletova, Gleb Okunev (flamenco guitar), conductors David Gomez Ramirez (Spain), Jeremy Walker (Great Britain), Russian composers Vladislav Agafonnikov, Valery Kikta, Igor Rekhin, Vsevolod Zaderatsky, Harry Wessman (Finland), Andrea Scalmana (Italy) and many others. 

The winners of the competition are annually awarded handmade guitars by the best russian guitar masters, including Roman Blagodatskikh, Vladislav Novoselov, Alexander Pashentsev, Alexander Koshelev, David Mirumyan, guitars from the NewtoneGuitars factory, Yamaha, strings, sheet music and professional accessories from the festival partners. The winners of «The Time of the Guitar» competition are included in the concert programs of The Moscow International Association of the Guitar Art and the programs of The Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation – partner of the festival.

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Arkhipovsky Salon, the Niko Art Gallery, and the Moscow International House of Music became concert locations of the festival.

Fifth International Composer Competition «The Time of the Guitar» the competition will be held from February, 1st  until April, 30th  2024 in Moscow in pre-recorded format.

Applicaions deadline: April 15th, 2024. 

Jury of the competition 2024:

Vladislav AGAFONNIKOV (Moscow, Russia) – Chairman of the jury, people's artist of Russia, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Moscow state Conservatory, winner of the Shostakovich prize of the Union of composers of the Russian Federation;

Valery KIKTA (Moscow, Russia) – co-Chairman of the jury, honored artist of Russia and Ukraine, Professor, head of the instrumentation Department of the Tchaikovsky Moscow state Conservatory, winner of the Shostakovich prize of the Union of composers of the Russian Federation;

Harri WESSMAN (Helsinki, Finland) - composer, journalist, music critic, teacher at the J. Sibelius Academy;

Sergey RUDNEV (Tula, Russia) – famous guitarist and composer, holder of the title "National treasure of Russia";

Dmitry BORODAEV (Moscow, Russia) - president of the Moscow International Association of the Guitar Art, associate professor of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, guitarist, composer and conductor, member of the Board of the Union of Moscow composers, laureate of the Moscow Government prize.

Alexei SARTAKOV (Novosibirsk, Russia) — guitarist and composer, senior lecturer of the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory, winner of the IV International Composer Competition «The Time of the Guitar» (2023)

Competition is held in the following nominations: "Compositions for guitar solo", "Compositions for 7-strings guitar solo", "Compositions for guitar in ensemble", "Composition for children", "Composition for children ensemble" in three cathegories : “Juniors” (up to18 inclusive), “College students”, “Professionals” (no age limit).

Works of the contest winners will be published by the Edition «Muzyka»

The works that received the highest rating of the jury will be included in the mandatory program of the V International Guitar Competition and Festival "The Time of the Guitar" in November 2024 in Moscow.
All winners and diploma holders of the competition are awarded diplomas of the winner/diploma holder.

Contest organizer:

The Moscow International Association of the Guitar Art


Edition "Muzyka"
The company "Corpus Juris"
The "Musical Klondike" News Agency
Information portal "Guitar magazine"

The artistic director of the festival – Dmitry Borodaev.

More information & regulation of the competition on