NZ Guitar Competition 2020

Registration Form click here:

The New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition Form 2020    (Word Doc)

The New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition Form 2020    (pdf)


December 4/5/6 2020, Adam Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music

Prize money (in NZ dollars)

Open Division:

1ˢᵗ $1500, 2ⁿᵈ $1000, 3ʳᵈ $800

Youth Division:

1ˢᵗ Rod Capper Guitar and $300,
2ⁿᵈ $250, 3ʳᵈ $200, 4ᵗʰ $150, 5ᵗʰ $100, 6ᵗʰ $50

Sounz Prize:

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


 Clyde Clemett: Experienced teacher and musician from Wellington New Zealand, Clyde was on the judging panel of the 2014, 2016 and 2018 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.

Jamie Garrick:

In 2014, Jamie Garrick completed a Masters in Classical Guitar performance at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, studying with Matthew Marshall and Dr Jane Curry. He has appeared with Matthew Marshall and the Tudor Consort and been a member of various ensembles including the 2012 New Zealand School of Music Guitar Quartet. Jamie received 1st place at the 2014 inaugural New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition and in 2013, was awarded a ‘New Zealand Aspiring Guitarist’ scholarship. This award included a performance at the 2014 Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School and a masterclass with Grammy-award-winning guitarist, William Kanengiser. Jamie has also performed in masterclasses for guitarists such as Ricardo Gallen, Xuefei Yang, and Alieksey Vianna, and in numerous concert series, as well as playing, conducting and teaching in a variety of educational settings in the Wellington region and across New Zealand.

Barkin Sertkaya:

Barkin Sertkaya is an internationally acclaimed guitarist and an academic. He performs frequently in New Zealand, directs the guitar studio at the University of Auckland – School of Music, and teaches in select schools in Auckland.

Barkin’s scope of teaching expertise ranges across various international academia including the Bilkent University- College of Music and Performing Arts, Cankaya University and the University of Auckland. Barkin quintessentially blends pedagogical experience, classical Western ethos and Eastern philosophy, while respecting the contemporary techniques of leading schools, methods and virtuosos of the globe. He has assisted in the organization of annual Bilkent Classical Guitar Festivals (2004-2010), hosting workshops and masterclasses with renown artists, such as Roland Dyens, LeoBrouwer, Costas Cotsiolis, Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukic, Lorenzo Micheli and many more.

As a soloist, he performed in numerous festivals and won competitions throughout Europe, toured East Europe and Asia-minor with renown vocal artist Cem Adrian, performed with celebrated pianist Fazil Say , delivered hundreds of solo/ chamber recitals and was handpicked as a multi-instrumentalist performer in Cirque du Soleil’s ZED.
In his post New Zealand career, he performed in concerts including Auckland town hall, Cambridge and Hamilton guitar societies, Christchurch, Timaru, Nelson, Coromandel and New Plymouth. His debut tour “Anatolia-Aotearoa” was a “Quintessential performance for a unique classical guitar repertoire”(E. Kerr). He has also performed in Taranaki Classical Guitar Festival New Zealand, took the stage as a soloist for Concierto de Aranjuez and Vivaldi’s Lute Concerti with BachMusicaNZ and performed the original works by A.Piazzola with the Auckland Tango Quintet; Apo Konzertmeister Andrew Beer(Violin), Sarah Watkins(Piano), Grayson Masefield(Accordion) and Gordon Hill(Contrabass)

​The unique repertoire he performs as a soloist includes J. S. Bach arrangements, Rodrigo, Dyens, Lobos, Romantic period guitar, and a contemporary Eastern European playlist of Bogdanovic, Bayraktar and Domeniconi that concentrates on Anatolian culturescapes. Further, he has collaborated and commissioned works by Kiwi composers B.Paine; E. De-Castro Robinson, B.Hoadley. In 2020 B.Paine written his masterpiece in dedication to the artist, “Seikilos Chimes”, which was funded by CreativeNZ and premiered in TCGSS2020 New Plymouth.​”

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