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.
The Fourth International Guitar Competition & Festival «The Time of the Guitar» will be held from November 23 to 26, 2023 in Moscow in live and video format. Applications for participation in the competition are accepted until November 1, 2023. For the first time, in addition to classical guitar, the nomination "Seven-string guitar" is included in the competition program. Thanks to enthusiasts of Russian guitar music, this instrument has found a new breath in Russia and arouses genuine interest all over the world.
The organizer of the competition-festival – The Moscow International Association of the Guitar Art.
Partners & sponsors:
Italian Commission of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The company "Corpus Juris"
Charitable Foundation «Artbene»
Niko Art Gallery
The space for creativity and development "Tverskaya 15"
International Competition and Festival named after Frauchi
The Musical Klondike News Agency
Information portal "Guitar magazine"
Luthier David Mirumyan
The artistic director of the festival – president of The Moscow International Association of the Guitar Art, associate professor of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, guitarist, composer and conductor Dmitry Borodaev.