James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

2020

presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Announcements

James Stroud Classical Guitar Youth Competition in the Press
(10/20/2020)
Thank you Clevelandclassical for your wonderful review of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. .

From Clevelandclassical October 20, 2020 by Daniel Hathaway

Stroud Competition Finals impress with high musical & production values (Oct. 16). Although it wasn’t the original plan to go online last weekend for the final round of the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition, moving to a digital format suited the event well. Young performers Aytahn Benavi, Patricia Hernandez, Ian Tubbs, and Eric Wang played in the intimate setting of their own homes, giving everyone who tuned in a front row seat. Read the article

An Announcement from James Stroud, Founder and Director of the JSCGC:
(9/17/2020)

CONGRATULATIONS
to the
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
2020 Winners


To Watch this Year's
Final Round Performances
and
Awards Announcement

Presented in cooperation with the
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
and the
Cleveland Institute of Music
Clevelandclassical Interviews the Finalists in the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
(10/20/2020)
From Clevelandclassical, October 14, 2020 by Daniel Hathaway

Among the many best-laid plans that went awry when the coronavirus pandemic came to town was the premiere of James Stroud’s new Classical Guitar Competition, reconfigured for young guitarists ages 14 to 18, and scheduled to make its debut during the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival last May at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The contest goes on this weekend, thanks to digital technology. The four contestants who have advanced so far via preliminary video performances have sent in final round videos for streaming on Friday, October 16. After vetting by a panel of judges, prizes of $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 will be awarded.

We caught up with the four finalists by telephone to learn more about them and chat about their final round programs. Read the Article


James Stoud Classical Guitar Competition Finalists' Programs and Biographies:
(9/25/2020)

Streaming begins
Friday, October 16, 2020, at  7:00 p.m.
US Eastern Time

JAMES STROUD CLASSICAL GUITAR COMPETITION
FINAL ROUND

Presented in cooperation with the
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
and the
Cleveland Institute of Music


PROGRAM

AYTAHN BENAVI (Texas)

Dionisio Aguado (1784–1849)

    Rondo no. 2 in A minor 

Angelo Gilardino (b. 1941)

    The Joyful Island (conceived and written for Aytahn Benavi)

Vicente Asencio (1908–1979)

    La Joia, Collectici Intim 

PATRICIA HERNANDEZ (Florida)

John Dowland (1563–1626)

    Fantasia No. 7

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806–1856)

   
Fantasie Hongroise, Op. 65, No. 1

Mauro Giuliani (1781–1829)

    Grand Overture, Op. 61

IAN TUBBS (Indiana)

Johann Sebastian Bach  (1685
1750)

    From: Suite in E minor, BWV 996
        Prelude and Presto
 
Johann Kaspar Mertz  (1806–1856)

    Fantasie Hongroise, Op. 65, No. 1

William Walton (1902–1983)

    From 5 Bagatelles
        I. Allegro

Nikita Koshkin
(b.1956)

    From The Prince's Toys
        IV. Playing Soldiers
 
ERIC WANG (California)

Nikita Koshkin (b.1956)

    From Sonata No. 2
        Allegro


Johann Sebartian Bach
(16851750)

    From Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998  
        Fugue


Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948)

    From Sonata Romantica
         Allegro non troppo e serioso

FINAL ROUND JURY

Stephen Aron (USA), Mark Delpriora (USA), Matteo Mela (Italy), Lorenzo Micheli (Italy), Nigel North (England), Marco Sartor (Uruguay), Jason Vieaux (USA).

FINALISTS' BIOGRAPHIES

Aytahn Benavi is 18 years old and lives in Austin, Texas. He began studying guitar at the age of 5. Aytahn enjoys performing solo, as well as with the Austin Classical Guitar and Austin Bella Corda guitar orchestras. His favorite musical experience was playing on the NPR show ?From The Top. Aytahn is currently a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, and enjoys playing tennis in his free time.

Patricia Hernandez is 16 years old and has been playing the classical guitar for 9 years. She has a strong passion for music and performing, which she aims to use to spread goodness. As a 7 year old girl, Patricia started her classes with Doctor Federico Musgrove Stetson at the Hess Conservatory of Music and has been studying with him privately and in other conservatories ever since. Currently she is a scholarship student at the Miami Conservatory of Music. She also studies with Professor Rafael Padron as a soloist and as a part of the Miami Guitar Duo, alongside her twin sister. Patricia has received master classes from various artists such as Jason Vieaux, Martha Masters, René Izquierdo, Irina Kulikova, the Kupinski Guitar Duo, Jorge Luis Zamora and others. She has attended, competed, and won many classical guitar competitions in the past 5 years. Patricia is excited to see what the world of classical guitar will bring her in life and plans on further fulfilling her passion while impacting others with her instrument.

Ian Tubbs is 15 years old. Since 2016, Ian has received top prizes in several competitions, including Guitar Art Festival in Serbia, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Columbus State Guitar Symposium, Latino Arts Guitar Festival in Wisconsin, Texas A&M Guitar Symposium, Orange County Guitar Circle at Chapman University, and the University of Louisville Guitar Festival. He has also had the privilege to play in guitar ensembles at the University of Indianapolis, Latino Arts Guitar Festival and the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society at the Jacobs School of Music, and with a guitar orchestra in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2018, Ian was awarded the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society Aspiring Artist Award, after which he performed a solo concert in Auer Hall at the Jacobs School of Music.  In addition to practicing and performing, Ian enjoys soccer, engineering, church youth group, reading, and photography.

Eric Wang is a 10th grader at Valley Christian High School in his hometown of San Jose, California. He started classical guitar at age 4. He has won 1st prize in many classical guitar competitions including Guitar Foundation of America Competition (2018, Youth Junior Division) and Parkening International Guitar Competition (2019, Youth Division). In 2020 National YoungArts Competition, he was a Silver Award winner. Eric was a featured classical guitarist on NPR’s "From the Top."
2020 Stroud Competition Final Round update:
(8/27/2020)
We will conduct The Final Round of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition by video submission only. This year's four Finalists must submit their videos by midnight EST, Saturday, October 10. We will stream the four 2020 Stroud Competition Finalists' videos on YouTube beginning Friday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. I will announce the 2020 Competition winners immediately following the streaming of the Finalists' videos..

Although we had planned to conduct this year's Final Round in person in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Institute of Music, public health concerns regarding the Covid-19 Virus have made this impossible. I am, however, extremely proud that we will able to complete this year's Stroud Competition. All who view our Finalists' videos, I am sure, will be both impressed and inspired by the high level and artistic beauty of these high school students' achievements.

Finally, we hope you will consider joining us in 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio for the 21st annual Cleveland International Classical Festival and 2nd annual James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition.

With best wishes,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
2020 Stroud Youth Competition Finalists Announced:
(6/14/2020)

Congratulations to our four Stroud Competition Finalists:

Aytahn Benavi (Texas), 18

Patricia Hernandez (Florida), 16

Ian Tubbs (Indiana), 15

Eric Wang
(California), 15

We look forward to a terrific Final Round.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

Attention Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists:
(6/12/2020)

We will announce the names of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition Finalists on Sunday, June 14 and post their Semi-Final Round videos on this website shortly thereafter.

The Semi-Final Round judges have remarked to me how impressed they have all been with the professionalism and playing level of this year's Semi-Finalists.

If you do not advance to the Final Round of this year's Stroud Competition and would like to receive constructive feedback from our distinguished panel of judges, please send me your request by email. I will then arrange a phone or video conference with you so that I may provide you with the judges' feedback.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical guitar Competition
Attention all 2020 Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists:
(6/7/2020)

Dear Stroud Competition Semi-Finalists,

I wish to thank all of you for the excellent videos you have submitted to us. I am extremely proud of your performances and can not begin to express what a joy it was for me to watch all of them. The Judges are now reviewing your videos. We plan to announce the names of the Finalists and post their videos in these web pages by June 14th. I will contact each 2020 Finalist by phone to offer my congratulations. Finally, we hope to announce very soon a date for the in person Final Round to be held at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM).

For those of you who do not advance to this year's Final Round, you should know that it is my plan to hold this Competition every year. Therefore, I highly encourage you to apply to our Competition again next year as you are clearly among the best of the best in your age group across the nation. This is something of which you should be very proud.

I commend you all for your hard work and dedication to your art.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Attention: All Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists
(5/18/2020)

Dear Stroud Competition Semi-Finalists,

To submit your video you will need to email the link to your video to stroudcompetition@gmail.com

Please state in the video at the beginning your name and your program in chronological order.

Also write in your email that you grant us permission to post your video on line should you make the finals .

Thank You,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Revised 2020 Stroud Youth Competition Status:
(4/13/2020)


Dear Stroud Competition Semi-Finalists,

Due to widespread public health concern about the Covid-19 virus, we have decided to change the format of the 2020 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Although we are disappointed not to hold the inaugural competition in the way we had planned, we’re confident we can still hold a successful, if modified, event. The Semi-Final Round will be conducted by video submission, and, when more information is available about ongoing travel and assembly guidelines, we will decide when to convene the in-person Final Round.

We look forward to staying connected to our candidates, watching their performance videos, and celebrating their talent.

2020 Semi-Final Round Updated Requirements:

Each Semi-Finalist is required to submit a recorded performance video of his or her program. This is to be just like you did for the Preliminary Round with a few changes:

1. Your video must include your entire Semi-Final program recorded in one take with no editing. This video must be no longer than fifteen minutes in length and include the required piece in your program. Your program must also include works from at least two other composers of contrasting time periods. You can place the required piece where ever you believe it best fits in your program. 

2. Your video must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, June 5, 2020. We will post a Semi-Finalists' submission link on the Stroud Competition website in the near future.

2020 Final Round Update:

Finalists will be announced by June 14th, 2020.

The four Finalists will be brought to
Cleveland, Ohio to perform live at the Cleveland Institute of Music. We will announce the date of the Competition's Final Round as soon as it is feasible. Competition prize money will remain the same as previously announced.

Thank you in advance for your understanding, hard work, and perseverance.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

2020 Stroud Youth Competition Semi-Finalists:
(3/10/2020)

Dear Stroud Competition Competitors,

Below are the names of the fifteen youth competition applicants selected from around the USA to perform in the semi-final round of the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. Congratulations to all of you!

Aytahn Benavi
Ethan Boyers
Stephen Crawford
Riley Edwards
Ahbi Milind Gudipati
Angela Hernandez
Patricia Hernandez
Nathaniel Hill
Kassandra Hughes
Avi Mushran
Garrett Podgorski
Mei Yin Steadman
Ian Tubbs
Eric Wang
Darren Wu

We look forward to you joining us in Cleveland, Ohio June 4-7, 2020 for the semi-final and final rounds of the Competition which will be held at and in cooperation with the 20th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition

COVID-19
(3/24/2020)
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 has evolved, we assure you that those of us involved in presenting the 2020 Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival and James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition have been and will continue to monitor relevant guidelines from the State of Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other responsible professional parties. 

At this time it is our hope to go forward with this June's Festival and Competition. Because this is a unique and very fluid situation, however, as the facts unfold we will continue to inform you in a timely manner about the status of this year's Festival and Competition.

For now as always we wish you and your family health and safety.

Sincerely,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition
Thank you to all Stroud Youth Competition participants!
(3/1/2020)

Dear Stroud Competition Competitors,

I extend a sincere thank you to all of the forty-one participants that submitted videos. The judges have decided on our fifteen Semi-Finalists.  We are in the process of providing notification to everyone by way of an official letter delivered by the postal service. We will post the names and bios of all Semi-Finalists soon. Please check back for updates.

With best wishes,
James Stroud, Founder and Director
James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition