Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor, Leo Brouwer will be a judge at the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition, held in La Herradura, Costa Tropical, from 22-26 January.
The well-known competition this year will be dedicated to the extraordinary Cuban artist, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2019. "Several of Brouwer's pieces have been included in the programme to be performed in the competition. The Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Salvador Vázquez will also perform," explains deputy mayor for La Herradura, Juan José Ruiz Joya.
Contestants from all over the world, including Cuba, Spain, Italy, Chile, China, Japan, Ukraine and Romania, will be performing this year. Ruiz Joya expresses his excitement at the internationally recognised musicians that are taking part in the competition. "A high level of excellence is guaranteed," he says.
The competition will consist of three qualifying rounds, which will be open to public viewing. All performances must be played off by heart and must not exceed 15 minutes. The judges will then decide who continues to the next round.
The second round consists of a performance from each competitor of their own choice and an interpretation of Leo Brouwer's The Eternal Spiral. The contestants that reach the final must perform Concerto de Toronto by Brouwer, accompanied by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra.
The first place prize is 10,000 euros, a concert guitar valued at 5,200 euros and the chance to perform at the International Festival of Music and Dance 2019. Prizes are also given to those who make second and third place. There will also be a Leo Brouwer Prize of 700 euros for the best interpretation of Brouwer's work.