FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2009
APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR 2009 PARKENING INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION
Malibu, CA -- The February 9 deadline for competitors to apply for the 2009 Parkening International Guitar Competition is approaching.
The competition, to be presented by Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, will be held from Thursday, May 28, to Saturday, May 30, 2009. Applicants must have been born on or after January 1, 1979.
In addition to the Parkening International Guitar Competition, the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition will be held at Pepperdine on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27, 2009. This two-day event will help to identify outstanding young guitarists and encourage them to continue their performance careers and studies. Applicants to the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition must have been born on or after May 28, 1991; however, young guitarists may elect to enter the Parkening International Guitar Competition at their discretion.
All applications must be received at the Pepperdine University Center for the Arts in Malibu by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009.
Applications, more information about competition requirements and judging, and the competition schedule are available at http://arts.pepperdine.edu/parkening/.
Judging the competition are Nancy Allen, principal harpist with the New York Philharmonic; Manuel Barrueco, world-famous guitar virtuoso; Stephanie L. Challener, publisher of Musical America Worldwide; Thomas Frost, Grammy Award-winning record producer; and Costa Pilavachi, former president of EMI Classics.
The competition, which debuted in 2006, offers the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition in the world, with competitors vying for cash awards in excess of US$65,000. The gold medalist wins the Stotsenberg Prize of US$30,000.
The panel will judge 15 competitors, three of whom will advance to the final round to perform a concerto before a live audience with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be announced at the conclusion of the final round.
The Parkening Competition honors classical guitarist Christopher Parkening's lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia. Parkening serves as Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine.
The 2009 Parkening Competition is made possible by generous grants from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson and Manny and Juanita Del Arroz.