Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Winner of the 2009 Parkening International Guitar Competition, Performs in Santa Barbara, California

Patrick Russ, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Christopher Parkening after Mr. Villegas' performance with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick Russ, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Christopher Parkening after Mr. Villegas’ performance with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.

Classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, who won the Gold Medal Prize at the inaugural Parkening International Guitar Competition, performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra in May, 2016.  Included on the program was the “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra” by Elmer Bernstein, which he composed specifically for Christopher Parkening.

Also on the program was the US premiere of “Zaragoza,” an arrangement by Patrick Russ for guitar and orchestra of Isaac Albeniz’s solo piano work.

Congratulations on a successful performance!


Parkening on Live Radio Interview

Christopher Parkening will be interviewed on radio station KZSU for the program, “The Musical Treasury” this Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. PDT.

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Parkening Master Class to be Held at Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University presents a master class with guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening once each semester in the Raitt Recital Hall on the Malibu Campus at 24255 Pacific Coast HighwParkening Class Flyer Sept 2015.indday, Malibu, CA 90263.

Join us on Saturday, February 6 from 2:00 to 6:00 for the Spring, 2016 semester’s class, featuring guitarists performing masterpieces from the classical guitar literature spanning multiple centuries and include composers from around the world.

This class will include a coaching session with baritone Jubilant Sykes, working with vocal students accompanied by Prof. Parkening’s guitar students.

This master class is free and open to the general public.


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!

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.