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20th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

Saturday, March 5

Various Locations, Various Locations

This unique Texas competition, designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students, will award over $8,000 in cash prizes to the winners. Over the three-day event, students can compete and attend master classes and concerts by internationally recognized guitarists.

We have a Youth Competition for ages 11-18 as well as the main International Concert Guitarist Competition for college-level students.

Entry into the competition will include master classes, performances from internationally renowned guitarists David Russell (Grammy award winner), Javier Garcia Moreno, and Samuel Hines (2020 Laureate).

All of the public performances take place in University Theatre and the Vendor Fair (from March 3-5) takes place each day in the lobby outside Jonsson Performance Hall.

Event Program


March 2:

Lecture by Olga Amelkina Vera
5 p.m.
Jonsson Performance Hall


March 3:

Vendor Fair
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
the lobby outside Jonsson Performance Hall

Pre-concert: the UT Dallas Festival Ensemble directed by James Wilder
7 p.m.
University Theatre

Keynote Opening Concert: David Russell
7:30 p.m.
University Theatre
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View recording of "Western Vista" by Olga Amelkina-Vera, which was premiered by David Russell in this performance


March 4:

Vendor Fair
1 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
the lobby outside Jonsson Performance Hall

Pre-concert: the Tyler Jr. College Guitar Ensemble directed by Frank Kimlicko
7 p.m.
University Theatre

Final Round Competition featuring the four finalists
In playing order, the finalists for tomorrow's Guitar Competition Finals are Calogero Miceli, Ivan Petricevic, Alejandro Rodriguez Ruiz, and Ulysses Deleon!
7:30 p.m.
University Theatre


March 5:

Youth Competition
9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Vendor Fair
12 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.
the lobby outside Jonsson Performance Hall

Laureate Concert: Samuel Hines
4 p.m.
University Theatre

Pre-concert: the UT Tyler Guitar Ensemble directed by Dr. Dan Kyzer
7 p.m.
University Theatre

Concert: Javier Garcia Moreno
7:30 p.m.
University Theatre

Awards Ceremony and Festival Closure
8:30 p.m.
University Theatre


2022 Guitar Competition Results:

Adult Competition:
1st Place: Ivan Petricevic
2nd Place: Alejandro Rodriguez Ruiz
3rd Place: Ulysses Deleon
4th Place: Calogero Miceli

Alhambra Prize:
Ivan Petricevic

Martha and John Nye Audience Choice Award:
Alejandro Rodriguez Ruiz

Youth Division I Winners:
1st Place: Brandon Kim
2nd Place: Elise Garza
3rd Place: Miriam Wells

Youth Division II Winners:
1st Place: Zara Terrazas-Graham
2nd Place: Shiheng Qiu
3rd Place: Arjun Inamdar


The 2022 Guitar Competition is sponsored by:

The University of Texas at Dallas

The School of Arts and Humanities

Russell Cleveland

Friends of the Guitar Program

The Guitar Advisory Board

The Arts and Humanities Council


Alhambra Guitarras

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

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