Entries Close August 1st

Each year the Melbourne Guitar Foundation hosts a classical guitar competition as part of the Melbourne International Guitar Festival. Entry is open to all ages, with four categories available based on performance standard and AMEB grade achieved. Significant prizes are available in all categories. Each competitor will receive a certificate and performance notes from our adjudicators. Entries close August 1.  Complete ENTRY HERE

Competition Dates:
OPEN category semi final: September 22, 2017
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced: September 23, 2017
OPEN category final: September 24, 2017

Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

Beginner Category

Up to grade 2 AMEB or equivalent

Up to two pieces can be performed. Time limit is 5 mins.


1st Place – $200
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50

Intermediate Category

Up to grade 5 AMEB or equivalent

Up to two pieces can be performed. Time limit is 6 mins.


1st Place – $200
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50

Advanced Category

Up to grade 8 AMEB or equivalent

Up to two pieces can be performed. Time limit is 8 mins.


1st Place – $200
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50

Open Category

1st round: Online, due by August 1.
2nd round: Live in front of a panel. Friday morning, Sept 22, 2017
3rd round: Final on Sunday Sept 24, 2017


1st round: Online round

Entrants will upload a single take, unedited audio recording of the set work by completing the Competition Entry Form. The set piece is any étude by Giulio Regondi plus an additional free choice. Audio recordings must be one continuous recording, with no added reverb, compression or editing. 10min time limit total.

2nd round: Live panel

Semi-finalists will be required to perform ‘Dervish’ from Stélé by Phillip Houghton plus an additional free choice (must be different to online round). Multiple movements may be performed for the free choice piece. A digital download of the score to Dervish can be purchased HERE. Total time limit 12mins.

3rd round: Live concert (open to public)

Entirely free choice. May repeat pieces from previous rounds if desired. 15min time limit.

Judges decisions are final. Competition entry fees are non-refundable.


1st Place

$1,000 Cash

2017 Australian concert tour (8 concerts):

Melbourne – Solo recital at the 2018 Melbourne International Guitar Festival,
Brisbane – Solo Recital at Magda Community Artz
Sydney – Solo Recital for Guitar Passion
Canberra – Solo Recital for the Canberra Guitar Society
Further exciting concerts to be announced shortly.

*Although fees have been negotiated for the above concerts, the Melbourne Guitar Foundation will not take responsibility for 3rd party concert commitments. Every effort will be made by the MGF to ensure a smooth concert tour in 2018, with our full support and assistance behind the winner

2nd Place

$500 cash

3rd Place

$250 cash