Christopher Parkening Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Russ DeAngelo presents Lifetime Achievement
Award to Christopher Parkening

At this year’s La Guitarra California Festival held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on September 22-24, Christopher Parkening was presented their Lifetime Achievement Award “presented biennially to an acclaimed musician whose accomplishments have greatly increased the world-wide appreciation of classical guitar.”

Festival Director Russ DeAngelo presented the award on Friday night, followed by a brief concert by Mr. Parkening with baritone Jubilant Sykes.  Mr. DeAngelo commented, “We are supremely honored to etch the name of Maestro Christopher Parkening into the La Guitarra Lifetime Achievement Award in perpetuity.”

La Guitarra California’s Lifetime Achievement
Award sculpture

On Saturday morning of the Festival, Mr. Parkening gave an informative master class to an appreciative sold-out audience.  Four classical guitar students played their pieces, and were given practical ideas on how to improve their technique.

Blair Jackson, editor of Classical Guitar Magazine, who attended the weekend’s events, published a review of the festival online.  His article may be found here.

La Guitarra California Dedicates Festival to Christopher Parkening

Parkening-Sykes

Guitarist Christopher Parkening
and baritone Jubilant Sykes

This weekend, September 22-24, 2017, La Guitarra California Festival will be held on the Cal. Poly San Luis Obispo campus.  As part of Friday night’s festivities, Christopher Parkening will receive the La Guitarra Lifetime Achievement Award “presented biennially to an acclaimed musician whose accomplishments have greatly increased the world-wide appreciation of classical guitar.”

Following this presentation ceremony, Mr. Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes will perform a brief concert in the Cohan Center at Cal. Poly SLO.

Saturday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Christopher Parkening will lead a master class featuring several local guitarists.  The class will be held at Philips Hall,.

Tickets for these events, and others at the Festival, are available through the La Guitarra California Festival site at http://www.laguitarracalifornia.com.

Finals for the Parkening International Guitar Competition

Jury Chairman Lynn Harrell introducing the Judges Panel.

Jury Chairman Lynn Harrell introducing the Judges Panel.

The 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition is history! But you can read all about the winners at the competition website.

Also, watch an archived live-stream of the finals here.

Meng Su from China Wins the Parkening International Guitar Competition

It was an exciting week of amazing guitar players.  Congratulations to the winner, Meng Su!Meng Su

Pepperdine University kindly has left up a rebroadcast of the finals from last Saturday, with the three finalists playing with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra.  You may view the entire concert and the awards ceremony here.  Enjoy!

Finalists Chosen for Parkening International Guitar Competition

Three finalists have been selected by the judges to compete for the Jack Marshall Gold Medal Prize atcompetition finalists tonight’s finals of the Parkening International Guitar Competition:

Rovshan Mamedkuliev from Russia

Meng Su from China

Tengyue Zhang from China

Tonight’s finals, Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. PDT, will include the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and will be live-streamed for the first time from this link.

Parkening International Guitar Competition First Round Completed

The 15 competitors have completed their performances for the first round of the #Parkening2015 and are awaiting the judges’ decision which will happen shortly.  They will draw for the order for tommorow’s semi-final round and then try and not be nervous before tomorrow afternoon’s semi-finals begin at 1:15 p.m.

Don’t forget, the finals will be live-streamed on Saturday night, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  More information will be posted tomorrow.

Every guitarist played very well, and I don’t envy the judges who must advance only 6 players.  Good luck to all competitors!

 

Young Guitarist Competition Finals Today

Finalists for the ‪#‎Parkening2015‬ Young Guitarist competition are Nolan Harvel, Ashwin Krishna, Alan Liu, Jonathan Pryde, Grace Sheppard. Congratulations, and good luck  in the finals today!

More information about the Young Guitarist Competition may be found here.

Parkening International Guitar Competition Coming Soon!

Coming up soon, the Parkening International Guitar Competition​ with the Young Guitarist Competition May 26-27, and the main competition May 28-30.  For more details, visit the official competition web site here, or check the official Facebook page.

 

Deadline for Competition Applications Extended

UPDATE: Because of technical issues, the deadline to submit applications for the 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition has been extended to 11:59 PM PST (GMT-08:00) on Thursday, February 12.

The Parkening International Guitar Competition and Young Guitarist Competition are accepting applications online now. You can apply today for a chance to compete in this prestigious competition.

Cash prizes in excess of US$65,000 were awarded at the 2012 Competition, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition worldwide.

More details about the competition are available on our website.

APPLY TODAY.

Parkening International Guitar Competition
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263 USA
http://arts.pepperdine.edu/parkening
theparkening@pepperdine.edu
310.506.4079

Competition Deadline Fast Approaching

REMINDER: Friday, February 6 is the deadline to submit applications for the 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition and Young Guitarist Competition.

The Parkening International Guitar Competition and Young Guitarist Competition are accepting applications online now. You can apply today for a chance to compete in this prestigious competition.

Cash prizes in excess of US$65,000 were awarded at the 2012 Competition, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition worldwide.

More details about the competition are available on our website: http://arts.pepperdine.edu/parkening/

APPLY TODAY: http://www.cvent.com/events/parkening-international-guitar-competition-2015/event-summary-b6976e5cb0274491ba8da0448d7d0eb3.aspx

Parkening International Guitar Competition
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263 USA
http://arts.pepperdine.edu/parkening
theparkening@pepperdine.edu
310.506.4079