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Introduction to XV edition CIGA

Alhambra Guitars is conscious of the important contribution that new generations of young guitarists can make joining in this prestigious Competition. For that reason, Alhambra Guitars is committed to present XV Edition of CIGA in Valencia from 8th to 11th June 2022, to maintain the high level achieved up to now and adds the efforts required to increase the dissemination and the impetus in favor of the participants and, especially, of the winners.

Working to get a higher recognition and support of the artistic careers has been and will be one of the most important commitments. Proof of this is the concert tours, presentations, master class… in which the winners of the last editions have been sponsored. They, together with other professional guitarists, are part of that great "Alhambra Family", which we want to take care of it and expand it every day.

Alhambra Guitars also supports the Spanish creation for innovation and research. It wants to not only make the best instruments, but also support and promote all those areas where the guitar is the essential element such as the composition or performance style.

The Alhambra Collection of Contemporary Spanish Guitar Music is good proof of this. It is edited by Editorial Piles, and it was created several years ago in association with the International Guitar Competition. We want this Collection to be an international benchmark for musical quality, being added to our great names of the current guitar; those who, with their daily creative work, produce culture, dreams and illusions that make the universal and Spanish guitar, even bigger.

Until now, works of the following composers have been presented: José Manuel López López, David del Puerto, Emilio Calandín y Juan de Dios García Aguilera.

In the XV Edition of the Competition, the work El manantial by the composer Lorenzo Palomo, will be added to the Collection, serving to set out a new artistic challenge to those contestants who want to gain access to the Interpretation Award associated with the aforementioned piece of work.

Emilio Pujol (1886-1980), Fernando Sor (1778-1839) y Regino Sainz de la Maza  (1896-1981) will be the Spanish composers selected to form part of mandatory repertoire of this edition. One more bet in favour of the international diffusion of the Spanish music for guitar.

We look forward to welcoming all the participants. We wish you good luck. We are confident that you will feel as the real protagonists of the Alhambra International Guitar Competition.


José Luis Ruiz del Puerto

 CIGA Artistic Director