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New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition

NZ Guitar Comp 2018 final poster-1

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The New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition Form 2018    (Word Doc)

The New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition Form 2018    (pdf)



December 7/8/9 2018, Adam Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music


Prize money (in NZ dollars)

Open Division:

1ˢᵗ $1500, 2ⁿᵈ $800, 3ʳᵈ $500

Youth Division:

1ˢᵗ Rod Capper Guitar and $200,
2ⁿᵈ $150, 3ʳᵈ $100, 4ᵗʰ $70, 5ᵗʰ $60, 6ᵗʰ $50

2 X $200 Prize(s) for the best performance of a New Zealand work (incl audio/visual recording)



Andrew Blanch: Sydney-based classical guitarist, Andrew Blanch, is an up-and-coming classical guitarist whose performance career sees him frequently performing around Australia and internationally. His achievements to date include: the release of a critically-acclaimed solo CD, Spanish Guitar Music, numerous prizes in international guitar competitions, concerto performances with orchestras, and a sell-out solo recital at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Classical Guitar Festival Sydney. Andrew is currently working towards his next solo CD of Latin American guitar music, and touring programs with musical partners Ariel Nurhadi (classical guitar) and renowned Argentinian-Australian opera star Josè Carbò (baritone).

Ariel Nurhadi: Melbourne-born, Sydney-based Ariel Nurhadi is one of Australia’s most exciting young classical guitarists. His diverse collaborations to date have included the José Carbó Trio, Llewellyn Quartet, a guitar duo with Andrew Blanch, and the clarinet-guitar ensemble Duo Divan. Ariel’s first solo album will feature works by Federico Moreno-Torroba, Manuel Ponce, Joaquin Turina, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman and Miguel Llobet. Ariel is a graduate of Timothy Kain’s renowned guitar class at the ANU, which he completed with first-class honours before being accepted into a PhD program under the auspices of the competitive Australian Postgraduate Award.

Clyde Clemett: Experienced teacher and musician from Wellington New Zealand, Clyde was on the judging panel of the 2014 and 2016 New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition. He studied at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music under Matthew Marshall and performed throughout New Zealand as a soloist and member of the Wellington Guitar Quartet, for many years. He is now the musical director and regular performer with the chamber-pop group Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadian Love Saga. He has been teaching guitar in the Wellington Region for over thirty five years.



Competition Guidelines 

    The NZCG Competition is an international competition, no entry restrictions other than the age requirements indicated below.

    Youth Division: ages – born after December 1st 2000
  • 1st round: 5-7 minutes free choice programme
  • Final round: 8-10 minutes (can repeat all music from the first round)
    Open Division: ]no age limit

  • 1st round: 12-15 minutes free choice programme
  • Final round: 20 minutes (including 10 minutes maximum of music repeated from the first round)


  • First round (Youth and Open) open to public
  • Final round (Youth and Open) public concert, including audience vote
  • Repertoire in all divisions is free choice
  • Competitors exceeding the time limit will be stopped without penalty
  • Entries accepted up until Friday 23rd of November. Cancellations will not be refunded.
  • The competition reserves the right to video record the final round for publicity purposes.



Dec 7th Friday 6.45pm Competitors meeting: all competitors to meet in the Adam Concert Room foyer to hand in copies of scores and take a tour of venue and warm-up rooms. Playing order for the first rounds will be announced.

Dec 7th Friday 7.30pm Opening concert: Alchemy – Australian Guitar Duo featuring Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi

Dec 8th Saturday 10am – 1pm Youth division first round (open to public)

Dec 8th Saturday 3pm – 7pm Open division first round (open to public)

Dec 9th Final concert 2pm Youth division /intermission/ Open division (followed by a short break for judge’s decisions and prize giving)

Dec 9th 7pm Audio visual recording of prize winning New Zealand pieces.