By Euro Weekly News Media • 04 December 2015 • 10:57
NO WINNER: Just runner-up and two third prizes.
FOLLOWING a busy week at La Herradura’s civic centre, the panel of judges for the Andres Segovia classical guitar competition finally decided not to award a first prize this year.
The prize, including €10,000 in cash and a guitar valued at €5,200, required an extremely high level of excellence which the judges decided they had not seen amongst the 14 guitarists who came from 11 different countries to take part in the prestigious competition.
Second prize, with €4,000 and a performance date at next year’s International Music and Dance Festival of Granada, went to Cuban guitarist Ali Arango, while there was a draw for third place between Ukrainian Marko Topchii and Japanese Masataka Suganuma.
Granada University Orchestra joined the participants at the end of the final round and award ceremony and performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concerto of Aranjuez.
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Hummm…. Seems like Spanish practices at work here, if you have a competition and there are prizes for 1st place then it doesn’t matter if the standard was not what was expected, if there where 2nd and 3rd places then there must be a first place. That is how competitions have worked as far I have known for all my nearly 60 years of age but then of course this is Spain and another one of those things that make people doubt the Spanish in everything they do, because that make the rules up as it suits them, sad but true.
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