Competition for Young Guitarists
We are delighted to announce that, starting on May 30, 2024, we will once again be able to host our highly significant International Competition for young, top-tier guitar talents in Monheim am Rhein, and this time, it will be held in person. Despite the unique challenges we faced in recent times, we successfully continued this exceptional artistic project online, earning recognition from the entire professional world.
On this occasion, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the City of Monheim am Rhein, our steadfast partner for the fifth consecutive time, for their pivotal role in ensuring the competition's continued growth. We particularly want to thank Mr. Daniel Zimmermann, the Mayor of the city, the members of the cultural committee, and the invaluable collaborative institutions: the Monheimer Kulturwerke and the Monheim Music School.
Our special appreciation also goes out to Torsten Sven Lietz, who generously donated a high-quality master instrument from his workshop, as well as all those who support this competition through their sponsorships, scholarships, participation as jurors, organizational contributions, and active assistance.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants, their parents, and colleagues for their dedicated preparation and support in order to be able to take part in this challenging competition. We wish them success in all their endeavors. Furthermore, we hope that, alongside the competition, they will relish international interactions and exchanges in this city and its surrounding region, fostering friendship, mutual respect, and peace.
We eagerly anticipate the arrival of exceptionally talented young artists from across the globe who play our instrument. We are excited to witness the programs and performances they will showcase to both our jury and the audience.
Head of EGTA D e.V.
For the fifth consecutive time, in collaboration with the European Guitar Teachers Association, the city is hosting the Andrés Segovia International Youth Competition for young guitar talents in Monheim am Rhein. I am highly pleased about this.
Cultural education for children and young people holds a significant place in our city, particularly in the field of music. All first-graders receive free music lessons, and over half of them continue these lessons from the second grade onwards, learning to play a musical instrument. Monheim am Rhein is perhaps the only city in Germany where every elementary school has its own school orchestra. Additionally, our secondary schools offer orchestra classes, wind instrument classes, and specialized musical classes. Alongside these diverse activities, the promotion of special talents through the city's music schoolremains a critical priority for us. To achieve this, the City Council has implemented a support program that has been operating successfully for almost a decade.
In 2015, when the European Guitar Teachers Association approached us about hosting the competition in Monheim am Rhein, we readily accepted without hesitation. Over the past four competitions, hundreds of young talents have been evaluated by a distinguished jury, both online and in Monheim am Rhein. The level of performance is exceptionally high, providing numerous young listeners in the region with a remarkable chance to be inspired and motivated by the world's finest young guitarists. I am especially delighted that participants from Monheim have already demonstrated their exceptional talent.
Mayor of Monheim am Rhein
The presentations at the 12th Youth Guitar Competition "Andrés Segovia" in 2022 deserve significant acknowledgment across all three age categories. They highlight the competition's outstanding international standard and instrumental training. As a result, all entries achieved either the top two rankings of "excellent" or "very good."
For a glimpse into the performances of the 2022 competition, you can view the videos of the prize winners 2022.