Young Talent competition 2017

First Price: 25,000 SEK
More prices are added. The audience's favorite is also chosen.

The International Young Talent Competition is a very important and internationally acclaimed feature at Uppsala Guitar Festival. The prestigious competition is open to guitarists up to 25 years from around the world and includes all genres - classical, fingerstyle, jazz, rock, etc. The finalists of the year show again the strong position of the guitar in the music world. An international jury chooses the winner. Even the audience can participate by choosing the audience's favorite!

Finalists

Italian Carlotta Dalia is currently studying at the Rinaldo Franci Institute in Siena and for Carlo Marchione in Rome. She also takes lessons for Frédéric Zigante and has previously studied for Aniello Desiderio. She has been D'Addario artist since 2016 and has won nearly thirty Italian and international music competitions.

Dominika Svendova, Czech Republic, is the younger sister of Hedvika Svendova who also performs at this year's festival and previously won the Young Talents Competition. Dominika begins playing the guitar at the age of four and is currently studying at the conservatory of Pardubice. She also plays flute and has been awarded several awards, including young talent of Czech television.

Ioannis Theodoridis
is from Sweden, but resides in England after studying at Trinity Laban and RCM in London with scholarships from Gålöstiftelsen, Helge Ax: son Johnsson Foundation and Kungl. Musical Academy. At the moment he is studying the Master of Advanced Studies at a distance in Switzerland with the teacher Lorenzo Micheli, as a fellow from the Kempe-Carlgrenska Foundation.

Kristian Del Cantero from Ontario, Canada, is currently studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Johannes Möller. He has previously played in both North America and Europe, winning a large number of international guitar competitions. During the summer he studied for Grammy winner Sharon Isbin at Aspen Music Festival and School.

Kristina Vårlid
comes from Norway but graduated with a top grade from the Prince Claus Conservatory in Dutch Groningen. She has obtained a series of awards and is currently pursuing a diploma at the Oslo University of Music. She has also participated in master classes for among others Leo Brouwer, Pepe Romero, Göran Söllscher and Aniello Desiderio.

Marcin Kuzniar comes from Krakow where he started playing the guitar at the age of seven. In 2016 he graduated with a top grade from the Musical Academy in Katowice where he studied for Alina Gruszka and Marcin Dylla. He has won a number of Polish and international prizes and has been awarded several scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture.

Nicklas Boman
from Sweden has studied at Musikhögskolan in Örebro, where he graduated in the artistic master's program in musical form with a focus on jazz and rock music. Nicklas Boman has received a number of awards, among other things, he has received a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music to develop his guitar play.

Salomon Jakobsson, Sweden, creates an imaginative weave of sounds that vary from complex and intense to peaceful and flowing. He inspires inspiration from jazz metal, impressionism and minimalism. Last year, he released his debut album In The Valley of Notes and recently began studying the individual musician program at the Music School of Malmö.
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Participate in the International
Young Talents Competition 2017

Apply before August 1st

First Price: 25,000 SEK
Other Prices: to be announced soon.

Year 2016 there were applicants from twelve countries and the winner became Hedvika Švendová from Czech republic.

For several years, the festival highlights new young talents on guitar by selecting
a maximum of four contestants who will perform in one of the festival's main concert.
These four contestants will be selected from submitted entries on DVD or preferably via sub-grants on YouTube. This is open to guitarists from around the world up to
the age of 25 and for all genres: classical, fingerstyle, jazz, rock, etc.
The constellations may be either soloist or ensembles.

An international jury will after the concert select a finalist. The winner will be
rewarded with a prize handed out at the festival´s dinner on the Saturday evening.
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Winner 2016

1st Prize — Hedvika Svendova
Hedvika Svendova has deserved the first place for her intense commitment to musical values and rapport with the audience. She has an unique technical facility, which she puts at the service of a strong communication of Giuliani's intrinsic virtuosity.

2nd Prize — Tormund Blikra Vea

Tormund has also impressed the jury with his solid technique and ability to charachterize different musical styles.

3rd Prize — Martina Barlota
has displayed great experience and an engaging stage presence.
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The 7 finalists 2016 

Katarzyna Smolarek, Poland
Tormund Blikra Vea, Norway
Hedvika Švendová, Czech republic
Marton Stummer, Hungary
Martina Barlotta, Italia
Švendová sisters(duo), Czech republic
Ioannis Theodoridis, Sweden

This year's finalists from six countries represent several different styles. Classical guitarist Katarzyna Smolarek from Poland has won several awards and is studying at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg. Marton Stummer Gyor, give his own concerts and also participated in last year's competition. Also Swedish Ioannis Theodoridis we recognize from last year's final. He is now studying in London and gives concerts in churches and concert halls in Sweden and England. Norwegian Tormund Blikra Vea from Stavanger has been playing classical guitar since the age of ten, and he studies at the Academy of Music in Oslo. Classical guitarist Martina Barlotta from Italy graduated from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and has won numerous international awards. The Czech sisters Hedvika and Dominika Švendová both started playing guitar at the age of four. Hedvika Švendová studied at the Conservatory in Pardubice and won several awards, including the young talent of the Czech television. A prize also went to Dominika Švendová, also she is now studying at the conservatory in Pardubice.

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Participate in the International
Young Talents Competition 2016

Winner prize: 25 000 SEK

For several years, the festival highlights new young talents on guitar by selecting
a maximum of four contestants who will perform in one of the festival's main concert.
These four contestants will be selected from submitted entries on DVD or preferably via sub-grants on YouTube. This is open to guitarists from around the world up to
the age of 25 and for all genres: classical, fingerstyle, jazz, rock, etc.
The constellations may be either soloist or ensembles.

An international jury will after the concert select a finalist. The winner will be
rewarded with a prize handed out at the festival´s dinner on the Saturday evening.

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The finalists 2015 are selected

Competition for Young Musicians — The International Young Talent Competition — has become an increasingly important element of Uppsala International Guitar Festival. The competition is open to guitarists up to 25 years from all over the world and covers all genres — classical, fingerstyle jazz, rock, etc.

Never before have so many sought to Young Talents Competition that at this year's festival, says festival leaders Klaus Pontvik & Stefan Löfvenius. After painstaking jury's work is now seven finalists selected for the final concert Saturday, October 10. After the concert appoints an international jury this year's winners.

The finalists in this year's competition for young talents come from many different countries, representing a variety of genres. Icelandic Gulli Björnsson is both classical guitarist and composer and is currently studying at the Yale School of Music in the United States. Carlotta Dalia coming from Italy has won numerous awards for her classical guitar playing and is studying right now for Aniello Desiderio. Nordic Guitar Duo consists of guitarists Alvi Joensen from Iceland and the German Max Napel. They met at the Malmö Academy of Music. Together, they have acquired a broad repertoire, but has a particular focus on Latin American music. Swedish Ioannis Theodoridis currently studying in London for Chris Stell and Carlos Bonell scholarship of Gålöstiftelsen and Helge Ax: son Johnson Foundation. He also gives about 60 concerts annually in churches and concert halls in both Sweden and England. Self taught fingerstyle guitarist Jacky Bastek from Norway has just finished high school and is currently based in Frankfurt, Germany. Ho Yan Kok comes from Oslo, and is currently studying at the Academy for Music and Dance in Cologne. Marton Stummer from Gyor, Hungary, has won several competitions and is active in several genres, both as a teacher and soloist. He has also toured internationally, including in the United States.

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Participate in the International
Young Talents Competition 2015

Winner prize: 20 000 SEK

For several years, the festival highlights new young talents on guitar by selecting
a maximum of four contestants who will perform in one of the festival's main concert.
These four contestants will be selected from submitted entries on DVD or via
sub-grants on YouTube. This is open to guitarists from around the world up to
the age of 25 and for all genres: classical, fingerstyle, jazz, rock, etc.
The constellations may be either soloist or ensembles.

An international jury will after the concert select a finalist. The winner will be
rewarded with a prize handed out at the festival´s dinner on the Saturday evening.

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Winner 2014

The winner of the International Young Talents Competition 2014 at Uppsala International Guitar Festival is Peter Graneis from Germany with the following motivation:
"... for the ability of letting the music speak,
through a total command of the instrument ..."

The international jury consisted of chairman Peter Berlind Carlson, Berta Rojas, Bobbo Andersson and Matt Withers.

The other three finalists were: Susanna Risberg (Sweden), Zvonimir Filjak (Croatia) and Fredrik Toremark (Sweden).

All finalists received a certificate and the winner received 20 000 SEK. The announcement took place on Saturday night October 11th during the festival celebration dinner at Uppsala Concert Hall.

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Finalists 2014

Never before have so many sought to Young Talents Competition at Uppsala Guitar Festival as this year. After some tough selection work led by Stefan Löfvenius, Artistic Director at the Guitar Festival, four finalists has now been nominated for the contest concert which will be held Saturday, October 11. An international jury will elect the winner.

The International Guitar Festival highlights since many years back new young talent on guitar by selecting at the most four finalists to the concert contest Young Talents Competition. The competition is open to guitarists from all around the world up to 25 years and for all genres, classical, fingerstyle, jazz, rock, etc. An international jury will after the concert appoint one of the finalists as the winner. The winner will receive 20000 SEK and a diploma.

This year, twice as many has sought to contest and, happily, many from abroad. The level is higher than ever.

The selected finalists Young Talents Competition 2014 are: 
Susanna Risberg (Sweden) — Peter Graneis (Germany) 
Filjak Zvonimir (Croatia) — Fredrik Toremark (Sweden)
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Winner 2013

At the end of the guitar festival, the future stars showed up in the competition Young Talents. All four finalists excelled. The international jury had to select one winner: Jonathan Bougt. Here is the jurys' motivation for selecting Jonatan Bougt: "natural musicality, professionalism, focused stage presence and technical brilliance."

Jonathan, 19 years old, comes from Högdalen in Stockholm. He has, after three years of study for Bo Hansson at Södra Latins professional musicians department, now started his training on classical guitar at the Royal College of Music in London.

At the festival dinner was Jonathan receive a diploma and received the first prize consisting of a Premium Ibanez electric guitar and an Ibanez Jemini distortion pedal designed by Steve Vai , value 10 000 SEK. Prize is bestowed by Crafton Music AB. In addition, he received a gift box of various guitar accessories from D'addario Foundation.

A special mention of the jury also got singer-songwriter Madeleine Eliasson for her "personal songs and an obvious communication with the audience ." She was also awarded with diploma and a gift box with guitar accessories from D'addario Foundation.

Young Talents Competition encourages and highlights the new generation of guitarists in any genre. For several years now, the Uppsala International Guitar Festival has invited guitarists up to the age of 25 to send in their entries. An international jury selects the winner.
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Finalist 2013


The finalists of the contest concert Young Talents 2013 are selected!

The finalists 2013
Jonatan Bougt — Sarah Longfield — Madelene Eliasson — Rasmus Vamos Fecher

The concert with the four finalists will take place:
Saturday Oct 12 at 1:30 pm Hall B
Come and cheer the new young talents!

Jonathan Bougt Sweden
Jonathan Bougt is 19 years old and comes from Högdalen in Stockholm. He has, after three years of study for Bo Hansson at Södra Latins professional musicians department, now started his training on classical guitar at the Royal College of Music in London. Jonathan has received several scholarships, including Jörgen Rörby Scholarship and the Royal Musical Academy Youth Scholarship and a brazil scholarship that led to concerts and TV appearances in Brazil Summer 2012.
Madelene Eliasson Sweden
Madelene Eliasson started playing guitar at the age of ten. In the beginning mostly acoustic because she always loved folk-inspired music. But when she came into Kulturamas electric guitar line in high school, also the electric guitar a given. She broadened her range to include both jazz and rock and began writing her own music. Her inspirational sources includes Tallest Man on Earth and Joni Mitchell.
Sarah Longfield USA
Self-taught Sarah Longfield of Wisconsin in the United States early started playing piano but switched to guitar at the age of 12. Since then she has also added vocals, bass, drums and keyboards to her skills. The guitar is still her main instrument, but six strings only lasted a couple of years for Sarah. Via seven-stringed guitar, she plays today at age 21 on a eight stringed guitar.
Rasmus Vamos Fecher Sweden
Rasmus Vamos Fecher was born in 1990 in Stockholm. He started playing guitar at age nine and later got Mårten Falk as a teacher. It came to be a crucial meeting for then realized Rasmus that he wanted to pursue a life as a guitarist. After that Rasmus studied for Bo Hansson at Södra Latins Gymnasium and Göran Söllscher at Malmö School of Music. Currently, he is the music program at Oskarshamn Folk High School where he has Eric Lammers as one of his teachers.
YOUNG TALENT COMPETITION

CONCERT

Saturday October 14 at 12:30 PM
Ticket price — 195 SEK
Youth under 20 years — 90 SEK
(service fee adds on)

The audience will have the right to vote.

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Technical information

Submission length: 10 min max
Submission: YouTube link to tavlingo@ouppsalagitarrfestival.se
DVD sent to:
Uppsala International Guitar Festival, Salagatan 18A,
753 30 Uppsala, Sweden 
Deadline: August 1, 2017.

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