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56th International Composition Competition for classical guitar 'Michele Pittaluga'


Dedicated to the memory of Agustin Barrios Mangoré on the 80th anniversary of his death, the “City of Alexandria” International Classical Guitar Competition was born in 1968 on the occasion of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the founding of the city.
From Mon 23 Sep '24

To Sat 28 Sep '24

Registration ends 31 Aug '24


The 56th “Michele Pittaluga” International Classical Guitar Competition will be held from 23 to 28 September 2024 in Alessandria, Italy. It is dedicated to guitarists of all nationalities born after 1 January 1991. Registration requires the sending of specific documents and has a fee of €100. The competition includes three tests with varied repertoire, including pieces by AB Mangoré and a quintet for the final.

Competition "Michele Pittaluga» was born in 1997 on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation of the “Città di Alessandri” classical guitar competition to pay homage to Michele Pittaluga. the founder of the Guitar Interpretation Award. man of great culture and charisma. a few years after his death.
Prizes: Prizes range from €2,000 to €12,000, with touring opportunities and other special recognition.
56th International Composition Competition for classical guitar 'Michele Pittaluga'

More information on the Contest

The “Città di Alessandria” International Guitar Competition, started in 1968, is one of the most prestigious events in the field of classical guitar worldwide. In its 55 editions, the competition has awarded over 150 guitarists who have subsequently undertaken notable concert careers, despite the first prize not being awarded on ten occasions. Around 1500 participants from 66 countries competed, evaluated by juries composed of eminent classical music figures, including Joaquin Rodrigo, Leo Brouwer.

The competition has been a member of the Fédération World des Concours Internationaux de Musique (WFIMC) since 1981 and has obtained the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and the Italian UNESCO Commission. Originally focused on solo guitar, since 1974 the repertoire has expanded to include chamber music and concerts for guitar and orchestra, with famous works such as Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

Michele Pittaluga, born in Alessandria in 1918, dedicated his life to music, overcoming the adversities of war and becoming a key figure in the world of classical guitar. After the war, he continued his pharmaceutical profession while maintaining his interest in music, founding the competition that now bears his name and achieving national and international recognition until his death in 1995.

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