Classical Guitar Competition Prizes
Dimitri Illarionov (Russia, 1979) was awarded the first prize of 9,000 euros and a Paco Santiago Marin guitar, valued at 8.000 euros.
The second prize of 4.000 euros, went to Brazilian Gustavo Costa (Ribeirao Preto, 1976) and the third, 2.000 euro, was granted to the Croatian Iva Nezic (Zagreb, 1987).
As for the "Leo Brouwer" Special Prize, worth 700 euros fot the best interpretation of the play Temple y Puya by Hector Gonzalez, was granted to Jerzy Chwastik (Poland).
Finally, the award of Jeunesses Musicales of Almuñécar, as stimuli to the youngest guitarist who passed the first round, went to Russian Anna Likhacheva (Rostov-Don, 1993).
First Prize not awarded in the XXII Andrés Segovia Composition Competition
The jury, chaired by Professor of Musicology at the University of Granada, Antonio Martín Moreno, decided not to award the first prize in the XXII Andrés Segovia Composition Competition, held parallel to the Guitar Competition, considering that none of the 66 works submitted "had the required level at the time of granting the award".
The award of this unique Andrés Segovia Composition Competition was endowed with 2,000 euros, the edition of the work and the compulsory inclusion in the next edition of the competition.
15 guitarists from 10 countries performed in the First Round an individually-chosen work and Fantasy for Guitar, op. 107 by Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006).
In the Second Round were selected 9 guitarists: Vladimir Gorbach (Russia), Gustavo Costa (Brazil) Jose Casallas (Colombia), Chwastyk Jerzy (Poland), Dimitri Illarionov (Russia), Shani Inbar (Israel), Alessandro Benedettelli (Italia), Iva Nezic (Croacia) and the young Anna Likhacheva (Russia).
After two sessions of the Second Qualifying Round, the jury decided the list of finalists: Gustavo Costa (Brazil), Chwastyk Jerzy (Poland), Iva Nezic (Croatia) and Dimitri Illarionov (Russia).
Gustavo Costa (Brazil) played Francisco Tarrega - Alborada, Isaac Albéniz - Vermilion Tower and Leo Brouwer - Sonata as free program.
Jerzy Chwastyk's (Poland) free program included the works of Isaac Albeniz - Mallorca, Francisco Tarrega - Lay Oremus and Joaquin Rodrigo - Sonata Giocosa.
Dimitri Illarionov's (Russia) repertory included Mauro Giuliani - Grand Overture Op. 61, Isaac Albéniz -Cádiz and Francisco Tarrega - Variations on Carnival of Venice.
Nezic Iva (Croatia) played Isaac Albéniz - Córdoba, Francisco Tarrega - Prelude No. 2 and Leo Brouwer - Sonata.
In addition, all contestants had to play Hector Gonzalez (Cali, 1961) - Temple y Puya (First Prize in the XXI "Andrés Segovia" Composition Competition, 2008).
In the Final Round the four guitarists played Leo Brouwer - Concert No. 3 "Elegiaco", with the Orchestra of the "Andrés Segovia" Competition, conducted by Miguel Quirós.