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    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!

     

    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.