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Introduction to the edition 2016


Manufacturas Alhambra is the global leader in the making of traditional Spanish guitars. In the nearly five decades of its history, the company has optimized its entire fabrication process, achieving a level of quality and excellent sound that were scarcely dreamed of just a few years ago.Expertise, hard work, consistency, intelligence and a vision for the future are the essential “daily tools” the company has used to guide its evolution, and they are responsible for the excellent reputation and enormous prestige the company enjoys throughout the world.

Manufacturas Alhambra is dedicated to people, the people whose skilled hands day after day convert wood into art as well as the other people who play the instruments we produce. We believe that even when the manufacturing process has come to an end, our job is still not over. Our philosophy leads us to find ways to stay close to the people who own our guitars and to further maximize the potential of our instruments any way we can.

It is with this aim and to this end, that is to say, with the objective of supporting and rewarding new guitar talent on the international level, that we more than twenty years ago created the Alhambra International Guitar Competition, a biennial contest that we believe is the outward manifestation of our underlying interest in helping musicians, particularly the guitarists who ultimately give true meaning to the work we do.

From the first, careful selection of materials to the last note played in a concert, we strive to offer the best possible quality and sound throughout the entire, long process – a process that combines traditional handwork with musical excellence to achieve success and foster artistic creativity.

The Competition reminds us of and returns us to the human side of the world of guitar-making. The enormous sacrifice, effort and high doses of motivation, perseverance and hard work that are characteristics common to all the participants in the competition are a huge help to us and reveal the importance of working harder every day to offer reliable instruments that are comfortable to play and forceful in expression, with outstanding sound.

We are aware of the important contribution we are able to make to new generations of young guitarists by holding this prestigious competition. That is why, for the twelfth edition of the contest, we have accepted the challenge of maintaining the high level of achievement displayed so far while at the same time working to expanding its reach and its thrust on behalf of the participants and especially the winners of the competition. Working to achieve greater recognition and to advance their artistic trajectories has always been and will remain one of our major thrusts.

Moreover, we believe that the partnerships established with the Alhambra International Guitar Competition Alhambra which will take place in China, the International Competition Francisco Tarrega Benicàssim and the International Classical Guitar Competition Gredos San Diego de Madrid, are important contributions for the winners’ future.

Our interest to enhance the Spanish musical creation from every era brings us to choose, in the compulsory repertoire, memories of great Spanish musicians like Fernando Sor (1778-1839), Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) and Joaquín Malats (1872-1912).

And not only that. Manufacturas Alhambra created in 2012 a collection of Spanish contemporary music for guitar, published by Editorial Piles, which, associated with the International Competition, aims to promote in each edition, composing new works for guitar. This project is ultimately a bid to get better present and promote the future of guitar repertoire.

The compulsory work is : Tres Cuentos para Alhambra by Emilio Calandín, which will be included in the Final Session of the Thirteenth Edition of Competition.

We are looking forward to hearing all the contestants and wish them much success, as they are doubtless the true protagonists of the Alhambra International Guitar Competition.

We are looking forward to hearing all the contestants and wish them much success, as they are doubtless the true protagonists of the Alhambra International Guitar Competition.

José Luis Ruiz del Puerto, artistic director of the Competition.