The competition is open to solo guitarists of all nationalities, born after January 1st 1985, who are at the outset of their career. Please review the Rules and Regulations (Art. 5) before submitting your video (preliminary round).


> Preliminary round

An unedited web-hosted video recording of an individual program of min. 18 and max. 22 min which must include one piece from each of the following groups:

Group 1.

J.S. Bach        one Prelude* or one Fugue (BWV 995, 996, 997, 998, 1000, 1003, 1005). *Prelude-Presto in case of BWV 995 and 996

J. Dowland     one of the fantasies


Group 2.

M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco     one movement of the Sonata Omaggio a Boccherini or one Capriccio de Goya chosen among n° 1, 2, 6,12,16,18, and 24

H. Villa-Lobos                       one Estudio chosen among n°7, 10 or 11


> Semifinal round

An individual program of up to max. 25 minutes which must include 

  • the commissioned composition by Alex Nante (7’) (available to participants after completing their application)
  • one major work or major part of a work of one of the following composers (min. 7 minutes, max 15 min.):

19th century

D. Aguado ,M. Giuliani, J. K. Mertz, G. Regondi, F. Sor                       


20th century neo-romantic

M. Llobet, M. Castelnuovo- Tedesco, A. José, M.M. Ponce, J. Rodrigo                                           

20th century contemporary

L. Berio, B. Britten, L. BrouwerE. Carter, G. F. Ghedini, A. Ginastera, H.W. Henze, T. Murail, M. Ohana,T. Takemitsu   


The program must include compositions of at least two different stylistic periods. Pieces played in the preliminary round may not be repeated. 


> Final round

The final round program includes two pieces:

  • the commissioned composition by Alex Nante(7 minutes)
  • one of the following concertos with orchestra:

          M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco        Concerto n°1 in Re, Op.99 (1939)

          L. Rodrigo                                 Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)

          M. Arnold                                  Guitar Concerto, Op. 67 (1959)

We recommend preparing also a free choice piece for a possible encore.


Pieces played in the preceding rounds may not be repeated. Each finalist will have at least 60 minutes rehearsal time with orchestra on the day of the final or on the preceding day.

All solo pieces must be played entirely from memory. For the compulsory pieces, the competitors must refer to the recommended editions.



Applications including the video of the preliminary round must be sent before March 31, 2020. For further information please review the complete Rules and Regulations.

The competition will take place at the Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna, Strada Maggiore, 34, 40125 Bologna, Italy.