The 8th Indiana International Guitar Festival and competition was held on the 27th and 28th of October, 2017. The three divisions of the competition featured 49 competitors in total, 34 contestants from several countries such as Canada, China, Vietnam, Slovakia, Belgium, France, Serbia, Poland, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, as well as guitarists from 15 different U.S States entered the Open Division. The youth and senior youth division featured 15 talented young players.
The first prize of the Open Division went to Steven Lerman, while the second, third and fourth prizes went respectively to Henry Johnston, Austin Wahl and Agustin Rosado. All prize winners received a cash prize.
The Youth Division featured guitarists between 14 and 18 years of age, the first prize went to Nolan Harvel, the second, third and fourth went respectively to Brandon Walker, Liam Hendrick and Nikola Dimitrijevic. The winner of the Junior Youth Division was Jack Davisson, the second prize was offered to Penelope Shvarts, while the third and fourth prizes went Ian Tubbs and Elle Davisson.
In parallel to the competitions the event also presented two guest artists, Illiana Matos from Cuba and Fabio Zanon from Brazil. Both guitarists held master classes and memorable recitals. All events were presented on the campus of Indiana University/ Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.
The 400 seats of Auer Hall were taken by guitar aficionados where Matos and Zanon received standing ovations. On Saturday, Matos presented a great selection of pieces that were interpreted with inexorable musicality and passion. Zanon’s concert was marked by his virtuosity and musical poetry, from Bach to Marco Pereira, the performer displayed a unique sense of style that closed the 8th year of the event.