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.

Competition Dates:

OPEN category semi-final: September 21, 2018
Intermediate, Advanced: September 22, 2018
Beginner: September 23, 2018
OPEN category final: September 23, 2018

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.

Entry form HERE


1st Place – $200 & Katoh MCG85S (RRP $699) *Sponsored by Dynamic Music
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.

Entry form HERE


1st Place – $200 & Katoh DF-69 (RRP $2495) *Sponsored by Dynamic Music
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 10 mins. Depending on the number of entries we receive, if we are over-subscribed we may need to hold a preliminary online round. This would be in the form of an audio recording, one piece up to 6 mins in length. Details of which will be confirmed once applications close August 1.

Entry form HERE


1st Place – Concert guitar by Andrew Doriean (RRP $6800)
2nd Place – $250
3rd Place – $100

International Concert Artist Competition

1st round: Online, due by August 1.
2nd round: Live in front of a panel. Friday morning, Sept 21, 2018
3rd round: Final on Sunday Sept 23, 2018

Entry form HERE


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 the Courante BWV 995 by J.S. Bach 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 Homenaje a Debussy by Manuel de Falla plus an additional free choice (must be different to online round). Multiple movements may be performed for the free choice piece. Total time limit 10mins.

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

Includes $1,000 Cash

Zoom H5 (RRP $375) *Sponsored by Dynamic Music

12 month HCA membership (RRP $336) *Sponsored by House Concerts Australia

2019 Australian concert tour (minimum 6 concerts) (valued at approximately $6,000):

Melbourne – Solo recital at the 2019 Melbourne International Guitar Festival,
Brisbane – Solo Recital at Magda Community Artz
Sydney – Solo Recital for Guitar Passion
Sydney – House Concert With Chris and Leanne
-WA Guitar Society
– 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 2019, with our full support and assistance behind the winner

2nd Place

$500 cash

3rd Place

$250 cash