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Thanks for coming to the 2019 Charlottesville Classical Guitar & Competition. It was a wonderful experience to hear young classical guitarists play in the competition.

The winners were:
1st place: Octavio Deluchi (Brazil) (Watch video)
2nd place: Maya Loncar (USA)
(Watch video)
3rd place: Jordan Colquitt (USA) (Watch video)
4th place: Joseph Tollefsen (USA) (Watch video)

Videos of their performances will be posted in a few days

This was the information for the

2019 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition

Saturday, September 28, 2019

*Notice: The registration for the competition and the festival has been extended to Saturday, September 28. Come and register at the registration table.

*Notice: The venue has been changed. The new venue is:
 The Aldersgate United Methodist Church
(1500 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA 22901)

festival poster


- Any guitarist from the USA or abroad.
- Any person who is 18 years old or over.
- 3 rounds (New change: Music repetitions will be allowed).
- Family members or students of the judging team are not allowed to participate.


(8 guitarists will advance to the semifinal): Up to 5 minutes of any music by any composer.

Semifinal (4 guitarists will advance to the final): Up to 5 minutes of any music by any composer. Music played in the eliminatory can be played again.

Final: Up to 8 minutes of any music by any composer. Music played in the eliminatory and/or semifinal can be played again.

To enter the competition you have to register for the full guitar festival ($60) at the festival page and there's no extra fee.

Competition Prizes:
1st: $600
2nd: $300
3rd: $150
4th: $75

Competitors will be evaluated on 10 different aspects:
1. Left-hand technique.
2. Right-hand technique.
3. Tone quality.
4. Note accuracy.
5. Rythmic accuracy.
6. Memorization
7. Dynamics
8. Interpretation (musicianship, tempo & style)
9. Difficulty level.
10. Presentation (etiquette & body expression)

Each aspect will be worth 10 points for a total of 100 points. All the judges' decisions are final.

For questions, contact Rafael Scarfullery at:
phone: 434-851-0674

*Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition:
1st place: Phil Goldenberg (Watch Video)
2nd place: Congyi Zhang (Watch Video)
3rd place: Brandon Walker (Watch Video)
4th place: Maya Loncar (Watch Video)

*The 3 winners of the 2017 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Competition were:

1st Place: Anna Leone (Watch her video)
2nd Place: Maya Loncar (Watch her video)
3rd Place: Jan Marie Laman (Watch her video)

The guitar judges were: David Edwards, Jeremy Bass and Rafael Scarfullery.

Congratulations to Anna, Maya and Jan Marie. Read below their artistic biographies.

Anna Leone is a highlighted young classical guitarist in the Brazil’s classical musical scenario. In 2014, she graduated at Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), in the guitar class of Maria Haro. Recently, Anna received a graduate assistantship to study Master in Music Performance at James Madison University in the USA. During the last five years, Anna had the pleasure to be a student in some master classes with renowned musicians, such as: Odair Assad (Brazil), Denis Azabagic (Bosnia - USA), Pedro Rodrigues (Portugal), Marcelo de la Puebla (Chile), Mario Ulloa (Costa Rica), Daniel Wolff (Brazil), among others. She also was a student in Nicolas de Souza Barros’ guitar technique classes and guitar arrangements. Anna Leone has achieved a lot of prizes in Brazil’s music competitions. The past four years she was awarded in seven music/guitar competitions and honorable mentioned in three ones. The most important ones are the 1st prize in X Guitar’s Association of Rio Selection of Young Talents (Av-Rio), 2nd prize in Villa-Lobos Musical Conservatory of FITO Guitar Competition, 3rd prize in VII Music in Museum Young Musicians Competition, 3rd prize in VII Fred Schneiter National Guitar Competition and Revelation Award of I Guitar Moviment Competition. Last year, Anna had performed in Finland, beyond recitals in Brazil and USA. Also, she co-participated in a Brazilian television music program Partituras, at TV Brasil.

Maya Loncar is currently a guitar performance major at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, where she is studying with the legendary guitar pedagogue, Julian Gray. In addition, she has had an international musical upbringing, having studied in Croatia, Canada, and the United States. Maya is a soloist and chamber musician, performing with many different ensembles, and is currently an active performer with her trio, Triple Tango. She has won many top prizes in competitions, having recently won first place for the Undergraduate Division of the 2017 Appalachian State Guitar Festival and Competition, and is sought after in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia area as a performer, educator, and clinician.

Jan Marie Laman is a freshman music education student at Shenandoah Conservatory, under the instruction of Professor Julian Gray. In high-school, she studied privately under Dr. Adam Kossler, and received ensemble direction from Mr. Hart Wells. For three years she was a proud member of the Potomac Falls High School guitar quartet, who regularly performed in and out of school. Jan Marie has received master classes from Dr. Elliot Frank, Ivan Resendiz, Jason Vieaux, Mary Ackerman, Mark Edwards, Gohar Vandanyan, Kevin Gallagher, Patrick Lui, John Kossler, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli, Rene Izquiero, Julian and Serap Gray, Matt Denman, and Matt Palmer. She is a two year member of the All State Virginia Guitar Ensemble. She has performed in many places such as the FSASSY Awards at the department of education in Washington, D.C., Galilee United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Sterling United Methodist Church, Virginia Commonwealth University, East Carolina University, Appalachain State University, Peabody Conservatory and the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York City. She has placed in various competitions throughout the Northeastern United States such as the Aguado Guitar Competition, East Carolina Guitar Festival Competition, Charlottesville Guitar Competition and the Beatty Competition. She hopes to become a future music educator as well as a performer.

Foreign competition winners are subjet to a 30% tax withholding of the total prize amount. US winners will be given the IRS-1099 form.


Copyright 2018 Rafael Scarfullery