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Prestigious Andrés Segovia prize goes to talented German guitarist

Some of the winners with Aarón García Ruiz and Stephen Hill.
Some of the winners with Aarón García Ruiz and Stephen Hill. / SUR
  • Sixteen young guitarists from 13 different countries took part in this year's international guitar competition, which is in its 34th year

Twenty-two-year-old Julia Trintschuck from Stuttgart in Germany is the winner of this year's international Andrés Segovia guitar competition.

Trintschuck was awarded 10,000 euros and a handmade guitar by Granada luthier, Aarón García Ruiz. The winner will go on to perform at the City of Úbeda international festival of music and dance later this year. "I am very happy with this great prize. The level was very high and we're all playing in the same league," said Trintschuck as she accepted her prize.

The guitar competition, which takes place annually in La Herradura, ended last Saturday with the announcement of the winners. Second prize went to 28-year-old Mircea Gogoncea from Romania. Gogoncea won a 4,000-euro cash prize as well as a handmade guitar by La Herradura-based British luthier, Stephen Hill.

This was the 34th year of the competition, which is held every January in memory of the legendary Spanish guitarist, Andrés Segovia, who had a holiday home in La Herradura until his death in 1987.

This year's event also celebrated the 80th birthday of Cuban guitarist, Leo Brouwer, who was one of the judges at the competition. A special prize was given in his name to Italian guitarist, Domenico Mottola, who received the panel's vote for his performance of Brouwer's 'La Espiral Eterna'.

This year 16 musicians from 13 different countries took part in the event, which is open to guitarists under the age of 35 and aims to promote the legacy of Segovia and the Spanish classical guitar.