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School of Music hosts international guitar convention and competition


The world’s leading classical guitarists will gather at the University of Louisville’s School of Music June 25-30 for the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition.

The six-day festival, the largest of its kind in North America, will feature concerts, master classes on technique and artistic development, lectures and an international competition. Winner of the top prize will receive $7,500, recording contracts and a 50-city concert tour at venues in the U.S., United Kingdom, Brazil and China.

Dr. Stephen Mattingly, guitar instructor and festival host, said the event is expected to attract as many as 700 with about 30 percent coming from outside the U.S.

“The festival attracts guitar enthusiasts and artists from around the world,” Mattingly said. “The top prize is the classical guitar community’s equivalent to the Van Cliburn Piano Competition.”

Mattingly worked with the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau to compete with Vancouver, Canada, and St. Louis, Mo., to be selected for the GFA convention, which is in its 40th year. The bureau estimates that the event will have a $1.5 million economic impact for the city.


Concerts will be held in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music, unless otherwise noted. Featured performers include:


Rovshan Mamedkulief, Russia, 4 p.m. and Marcin Dylla, Poland, 8 p.m., June 25

Cavatina Duo, Bosnia, 8 p.m., June 26

Les Freres Meduses, Norway, 4 p.m., and Aniello Desiderio, Italy, 8 p.m., June 27

Michael, Chapdelaine, Albuquerque, NM, 4 p.m., Eliot Fisk, Boston, MA, 8 p.m., June 28

Scott Tennant, Los Angeles, CA, 4 p.m., Comstock Concert Hall and Berta Rojas with Paquito D’Rivera, Paraquay, 8 p.m., June  29, Brown Theatre

Zoran Dukic, Croatia, 4 p.m., June 30, Brown Theatre

Competition Finals, 6:30 p.m., and Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony, 9 p.m., June 30, Brown Theatre


Concert tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Day packages are also available.

For more information and concert sponsor opportunities, contact Mattingly at 502-852-5607 or or visit

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