Stadttheater Aschaffenburg: Veranstaltungsreihen Gitarrentage

International Competition for Chamber Music with Guitar

From 20th to 22nd of March 2020

In spring 2020 the City of Aschaffenburg will host the 6th International Competition for Chamber Music with Guitar within the 41st Aschaffenburger Gitarrentage. The competition is open for musicians of all ages and nationalities. Guitar ensembles and chamber music ensembles with at least one guitar and at most four members are admitted to the competition. They have to be ensembles primarily devoted to the performance of classical music.



  • 1. Prize: 5.000 EUR
  • 2. Prize: 3.000 EUR
  • 3. Prize: 1.000 EUR
  • Prize for best original transcription: 350 EUR (sponsored by Kaltchev Guitar Duo)
  • Audience award: Concert at the Aschaffenburger Gitarrentage 2019


Jury Members
A jury of five experts chosen from internationally renowned music academies will judge the competition. The jury will consist of:
- Two members of the guitar department, Ivo Kaltchev and Marco Socías
- One member of the wind instrument department, Natalia Gerakis
- One member of the bowed instrument department, Gudrun Euler
- One member of the department Early Music - Mandoline, Julien Martineau

Special Rule with Regards to Contestants and Jurors
If there is a family relationship between a participating ensemble member and a juror; or if the contestant has been a student of a juror for the last two years, the jury must be informed. In that case the juror loses his or her voting right for the ensemble concerned.

After the first as well as after the second round, the jury will announce the contestants who have qualified to continue into the next round. The jury’s vote is expressed as an average mark for the ensemble in a particular round. Each jury member awards ensemble points between 1 and 100 per round, whereby 1 is the worst and 100 is the best mark.

Competition Procedures

The program will go for about 70 minutes and must contain at least one piece by Johann Sebastian Bach and one own transcription. The competition consists of three rounds. The order of the performing ensembles will be allotted. An international jury of five will decide the outcome. For the 2nd round a maximum of ten, for the final round a maximum of three ensembles will be competing. Each round is open to the public. The jury reserves the right to interrupt the program at any time. Any performance exceeding the set time limits will be penalized with either point deduction or complete disqualification from the competition. Opuses from the preliminary round must not be repeated. Upon request the jury must be given a transcript of the notes for each performed opus. The decision by the jury is incontestable. Legal recourse is excluded.

1st Round 
Length of time: 10 to max. 15 minutes. The program of the first round must contain a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach.

2nd Round
Length of time: 20 to max. 25 minutes. The program for the second round can be chosen individually.

3rd Round and final concert with awards ceremony
Length of time: 30 to max. 35 minutes. The program for the final round must contain one own transcription.


Eminent Duo

Venti Chiavi Guitar Trio

Ensemble Reynold

Winners of the 5th International Competition for Chamber Music with Guitar in 2018:

  • 1. Prize: Eminent Duo (Slovenia/Germany)
  • 2. Prize: Venti Chiavi Guitar Trio (Hungary)
  • 3. Prize: Ensemble Reynold (France/Switzerland)
  • Audience award: Ensemble Reynold
  • Prize for best original transcription: Venti Chiavi Guitar Trio