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12th International Competition for Young Guitarists
«Andrés Segovia» from 15th to 18th June 2022
in Monheim am Rhein

Enrolment 2022

15th Dec 2021

The enrolment period will last from 1st January till 15th February 2022.


Those who prefer to fill in the enrolment form by hand or by text processing will find a DOWNLOAD link here.

Our postal and email addresses can be found under Contact/Imprint.
Please make sure that your application will not arrive before 1st Jan and after 15th Feb.

Nevertheless we warmly recommend our ONLINE-Enrolment, which also produces a direct automatic answer for you.

The key date to calculate the performer's age is the 19th June 2022

Face-To-Face Competition

9th Nov 2021

We are planning the next competition 2022 as a face-to-face competition.
Like in the past competants and jurors will travel to Monheim.
We will watch live performances, no videos.
We are looking forward seeing you all.
Possible Corona restrictions will be published here in time.

2022 compulsory pieces online

News: 01.07.2021

We are optimistic that in 2022 our next competition can be held in the presence of competants and jurors in Monheim upon Rhine again.

We put the compulsory pieces online for you.
If you consider going for the special EGTA-Prize see also here.

Results 2021

3 April 2021

We are pleased to publish the results of the XI. Segovia Youth Competition. The consistently impressing performances throughout all age groups merit our utmost appreciation. This underscores the extraordinary international level of the competition and of the instrumental tuition.

The following roster of results lists all participants alphabetically within the four scoring categories ("excellent", "very good" ...) Furthermore there are special awards such as the EGTA-prize and 5 scholarships for international festivals.

Scores and prizes

EGTA-prize und Scholarships

All diplomas will be sent out as PDFs via e-mail in about 2 weeks time.

Responding to frequent requests you can watch the videos of all prize winners online using a "playlist" till 1 May 2021.

Prize winners' videos - Playlist

We express our thanks to all involved parties who contributed to the success of the event and we are glad that in spite of the pandemy this years' competition took a lucky course. We warmly congratulate all those young artists on their success and are hopefully looking forward to seeing you again in Monheim upon Rhine in 2022.
The Organization Team

Jury 2021

March 2021

Age group 1 (under 15 years)
Prof. Alfonso Montes Alvaro (YV)
Katrin Klingeberg (D)
Prof. Georg Schmitz (D)

Age group 2 (15-17 years)
Prof. Alfred Eickholt (D)
Dr. Fabian Hinsche (D)
Prof. Gerhard Reichenbach (D)

Age group 3 (18-20 years)
Round 1

Johannes Tonio Kreusch (D)
Liying Zhu (CHN)
Prof. Jorgos Panetsos (GR / A)
Round 2 (Finale)  all jurors

Festival stipends

March 2021

Competition 2021

March 2021

A.  APPLICATION  (December)

Enrolment closed

B.  ADMISSION  (about middle of January)

Admission done

•  After this admittance we ask you to transfer the enrolment fee of 50 Euro.
    You can find our banking details HERE.

C.  COMPETITION - VIDEO  (about the end of February)

Upload finished

•  You must record a video where you play your complete programme.
•  Between the pieces or movements you must not stop the recording.
•  The duration counts from 1st note of 1st piece till the last note of the last piece.
•  The duration must not be less than the minimum performance time of your age group.
•  Your video must not be cut or processed in any way.
•  Your face and your hands must be constantly visible.
•  HERE you can download a sheet with the logo of our competition
    which you must place somewhere in the scene, e.g. on a music stand.
•  Age group 3 must record 2 separate videos: one for round 1, one for the finals.

2  Technical data
•  As format of the video we only accept .MP4 (Codec H.264)
•  The graphical resolution must be 1280 x 720 minimum, preferably 1920 x 1080 pixels.

3  Upload of the videos
From February 15th till 28th you will be able upload your videos to our server,
we will still tell you the exact location of the upload.
Your individual data will be secured by /name/e-mail-address/password/.
You must not publish your video anywhere else before the end of the competition.

D.  PERFORMANCE  (1st till 3rd April)

There will be no live-performances, the participants do not travel to Monheim.
The 3 juries will watch your videos at home.
•  Friday 2 April, 12 h (CET) Publication of the finalists (age group 3) on our website.
•  Saturday 3 April, 9 -12 h (CET) live-stream of the finals (AG 3)
•  Saturday 3 April, 15 h (CET) Publication of all results on our website.

Enrolment closed

05 Jan 21

Our 11th youth competition which this year will be held by video performances can book a new record with more than 100 applications from 28 countries. We are looking forward to the recordings which will be assessed on-site by 3 high-carat juries from 1st till 3rd April.
Regrettably we could not accept all applications as we reached the absolute limit of our capacity.

To all applicants, their families and teachers we wish a happy, healthy and successful 2021.

master instrument donated

16th March 2021

With his model "Carolina" the German luthier Thorsten Sven Lietz donates a valuable instrument from his production as a special prize. Because of the Corona situation this instrument will probably be awarded in the next competition 2022 in presence of the competitors.

This prizewinner's instrument is based on a typically Granadian flamenco guitar which in the course of time developed into an absolute classic model. The soundboard being made of alpine spruce, the sides and bottom being made of satin-wood from Sri Lanka - this refers to Francisco Simplicio in Barcelona. All instruments originating from his workshop are solely handmade guitars for concert and flamenco, plucking instruments from the last 450 years, guitars and lutes in Baroque and Renaissance style.
Since 2006 T. S. Lietz has been a self-employed luthier with a workshop of his own in Essen-Werden.

Competition character changed

30th October 20

Dear young guitar talents, dear parents and teachers!

In these Corona times many plans are turned upside down.
Yesterday we decided that the international young talents will not compete personnally but per video.
Holding the competition in this manner we can guarantee, that the event can take place independently from the development of the pandemy. Our "Regulations" have been adapted to the changed procedure.
We are looking forward to a vibrant echo from the world of guitar.

compulsory pieces online

4th April 2020

The 2021 Compulsory Pieces for all age groups are online.
We changed the rules concerning the special EGTA-prize.

Message from the Minister for Culture and Science

04 May 2018

Minister Pfeiffer-Poensgen Dear readers, for many people, a passion for music begins with a guitar. There is hardly any instrument that is more popular among budding musicians - and consequently this stringed instrument employed in such a variety of musical styles marks the beginning of many careers in music. However, enthusiasm for the guitar is not restricted to beginners. Technically demanding compositions and many-faceted uses in musical compositions make the guitar an instrument for virtuoso performances.

Over the next few days the International Competition for Young Guitarists will once again prove this and will focus on the high standards achieved by young guitarists. These talented youngsters will show in their performance of specially chosen works in front of a jury of renowned experts that the guitar is not only a popular instrument but is at the same time one that makes great demands on the player.

I am very pleased that in this competition - taking place this year for the 10th time - young musicians from so many different countries are going to demonstrate their skills to audiences of music lovers and to leading lights in the world of guitarists. As well as ensuring cultural exchange, the next few days here in Monheim will give participants the opportunity to push their playing to new limits and test it in new combinations of instruments.

Giving those with outstanding musical talent the opportunity to display and develop their skills - regardless of their family background or their country of birth - is one of the important aims of our policy in the field of culture. This competition for young musicians achieves just that for guitarists with great success. Nine months ago, the Prime Minister of our federal state, Armin Laschet, presented the Prize for the Promotion of Culture of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for 2017 to the guitar duo Sören Golz und Ivan Danilov. These two young men had participated, from 2004 on, in this competition for young guitarists and repeatedly won prizes. I would be delighted to see participants in this year's competition follow their example so that I could meet them again later in their careers.

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
Minister for Culture and Science
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Video Trailer

Get an impression of our competition by this VIDEO-TRAILER.


Here you will find a detailed report on our 2016 competition (sorry in German only)

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1st Jan till 15th Feb

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