Previous Winners

2014 Performance Competition Winners
1st Place – Xavier Jara (United States — Residing in Paris)
2nd Place – Lazhar Cherouana (France — Residing in Salzburg)
3rd Place – Tal Hurwitz (Israel — Residing in Salzburg)

2014 Composition Competition Winners
1st place – “Obsession” by Viet P. Cuong (Princeton, New Jersey)
Honorable Mention – “Nocturnal and Presto” by Nejc Kuhar (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Honorable Mention – “Naxos Suite” by Yorgos Nousis (Vienna, Austria)

Special thanks to the Boston GuitarFest Composition Competition judges, Dr. Michael Frengel, Dr. Enric Madriguera, Dr. Apostolos Paraskevas, and Dr. Anthony Paul De Ritis.

A large round of applause for the truly exceptional submissions that we received from the guitar composers community! This year we had 45 composers submit 53 works from 15 different U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and 13 different countries — there were so many wonderful compositions. Keep up the good work!


2013 Performance Competition Winners
1st place – Steven C. Cowan
2nd place – Tal Hurwitz
3rd place – Joseph Palmer

2013 Composition Competition Winners
1st place – Improvvisazioni by Marco De Biasi (Veneto, Italy)
Honorable Mention – 5 Impromptus for Guitar by José Mora-Jiminez (The Netherlands)
Honorable Mention – Zia: La Loba y Zozobra by Joseph Williams (Austin, Texas)


2012 Performance Competition Winners
1st place – Chad Ibison
2nd place – Piotr Pakhomkin
3rd place (tie) – Adam Kossler and Edgar Ivan Resendiz

2012 Composition Competition Winners
1st place – Catarsis by Saúl Chapela Díaz (Moanha, Spain)
Honorable mention: Garden of Dreams by Adam Borecki (Orange, California)
Honorable mention: Black Hole by Nejc Kuhar (Ljubljana, Slovenia)


2011 Performance Competition Winners
1st place – Edel Muñoz
2nd place – Jérôme Mouffe
3rd place – Alexander Milovanov

2011 Composition Competition Winners
1st place – Sonatina for guitar solo
by Jonathan Godfrey (Bloomington, Indiana)
Honorable mention: Lila. Star. Bird. by Ying-Chen Kao (Baltimore, Maryland)
Honorable mention: Sequenza by Marek Pasieczny (Zamosc, Poland)
Honorable mention: Reminisce by Luis Nieto Sachica (Bogotá, Colombia, living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)


2010 Adult Performance Competition Winners
1st place: Artyom Dervoed (Russia)
2nd place and special prize for interpretation of American music: Thomas Maillet (Belgium)
3rd place: You Wang (China)
4th place: David Ross (USA)

2010 Youth Performance Competition Winners
1st place: John-Marcel Williams (USA)
2nd place: Ji Yeon Kim (Korea)
3rd place: Alec Holcomb (USA)


2009 Adult Performance Competition Winners
1st place: Pedro Mateo González
2nd place: Raúl Reyes Hernández
3rd place: Nemanja Ostojic
4th place: Laura Klemke
Interpretation Prize for music from a Mexican composer: Raúl Reyes Hernández

2009 Youth Performance Competition Winners
1st place: Bernardino Rodríguez Espejo
2nd place: Matar-Itai Batyonathan
3rd place: Kyle Comer

2009 Composition Competition Winners
1st place: Milonga Today by Bruno Clemente, Cavallaro, Argentina
2nd place: Tres Tientos by Jose Mora-Jimenez, Netherlands
3rd place: By Shadow By Light by Omid Zoufonoun, Oakland, CA, USA
Honorable Mention: Recreation by Eva Kara, Hungary


2008 Adult Performance Competition Winners
1st place: Cecilio Perera
2nd place: Isaac Bustos
3rd place: Yuri Liberzon
4th place: Jonathan Dotson

2008 Youth Performance Competition Winners
1st place: Chaconne Klaverenga
2nd place: Alexina Aron
3rd place: Yaodi Hu

2008 Composition Competition Winners
1st prize: Tal Hurwitz (Israel) – Sonata
2nd prize: Nicos Troullos (Cyprus) – Rondo
3rd prize: Matthew Van Brink (New York, NY) – Prelude miniatures
Honorable Mention: Mark Small (Foxboro, MA) – Beneath the lowering sky
Honorable Mention: Mohammed Fairouz (Watertown, MA) – Airs