The International Classical Guitar 2 in 1 Online Competition, organised by the leading guitar festivals of Spain and Finland, is running during the fall 2020. It had 60 applicants from around the world, and 43 of them attended Round 1. Two independent juries from Spain and Finland chose 20 competitors to the semifinals of both countries. Several competitors were selected into the semifinals of both competitions.
The semifinalists in alphabetical order and the semifinal country:
Barraza, Misael (MEX ) – Spain (Barraza won the competition of Finland in 2018 and was allowed to attend only the competition of Spain)
Bedoya, Carlos (COL) – Finland & Spain
Carta, Marco (ITA) – Spain
Dangremont, Francois-Xavier (FRA) – Spain
Delgado González, Samuel (ESP) – Finland & Spain
Egholm, Jonas (DEN) – Finland & Spain
Illyés, Lóránt (HUN) – Finland & Spain
Kuzniar, Marcin (POL) – Finland & Spain
Lim, Jaemin (KOR) – Finland
Lochery, Michael (GBR) – Finland & Spain
Lopes, Francisco (POR) – Finland
Madeira, Bruno (BRA) – Finland & Spain
Min, Jang (KOR) – Finland
Miranda Azzi, Artur (BRA) – Finland
Miranda Leitón, Álvaro David (CRC) – Finland & Spain
Patel, Rémy (FRA) – Spain
Pino, Bruno (ESP) – Finland & Spain
Piperno, Marco (ITA) – Finland & Spain
Salceda Velasco, Jose Daniel (MEX) – Finland & Spain
Salvatori, Simone (ITA) – Finland & Spain
Shi, Cheng (CHN) – Spain
Smolarek, Katarzyna (POL) – Finland & Spain
Speciale, Antonio (ITA) – Finland
Themkumkwun, Chinnawat (THA) – Finland & Spain
Toscano Román, Álvaro (ESP) – Finland & Spain
The favourite artist of the audience with the biggest number of video likes was Anna Della Ragione from Italy.
The semifinals will be held as an online stream on October 3rd in Finland and October 4th in Spain. Results of the semifinals will be announced on October 5th, and the finals will be held on November 8th, 2020.
Prizes include a concert tour in South America and Europe, cash prizes, recording contract and a possibility to become an EuroStrings Artist. The EuroStrings project will take the winners to a tour in Europe consisting of concerts, master classes and teaching. The year will be highlighted by a competition between 17 EuroStrings winners. EuroStrings – European Guitar Festival Collaborative is a platform of 17 European guitar festivals. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union during the years 2018 – 2021.