Viseu International Guitar Competition

Rules and Regulation (2020)

The committee of the Viseu International Guitar Competition – Portugal, is pleased to announce that the 4th International Competition will take place between 23rd to 25th of April 2020.
Guitarists of all nationalities are eligible, provided they were born not earlier than April 25th 1985. Contestants who have family ties with a jury member or have studied with a jury member in the last two years will not be judged by that jury member.
The composition of the jury will be communicated to the contestants after they have correctly completed their application forms.

1. Enrolment
Applications must be made through the official competition website no later than the 16th of April 2020:; Contestants must also submit the following documents via email to

a) An identity document (which includes age);
b) One recent photograph;
c) Curriculum Vitae.

2. Enrolment fee
The enrolment has an entry fee of 75€, or 65€ if paid by April 6th.
The fee must be received by the 16th of April and must be paid in full via
a) Bank transfer to the following account:

N.º 0045 3180 40033211014 78
IBAN: PT50 0045 3180 40033211014 78
Swift Number: CCCMPTPL

2.1 Travel and accommodation will be at the contestant’s expense.

2.2 Non attendance
The enrolment fee is not refundable.

3. All rounds are open to the public.

4. Programme
4.1 First round:
A freely chosen program of about 15 minutes which must include a Villa-Lobo’s study.
4.2 Second round:
A freely chosen program of about 20 minutes including one piece or movement from the baroque period. It is not possible to repeat works played in the first round.

4.3 Final round:
A 25 minute program that includes one or more works by the following composers: Francisco Tárrega; Agustín Barrios; Antonio Lauro; Roland Dyens; Carlo Domeniconi; Leo Brouwer. It’s allowed to repeat up to 10 minutes of the program played in previous rounds.
Note – A copy of any unpublished piece must be sent to the committee by the 16th of April 2020.

5. Arrival day
The contestants must arrive to Viseu on the 22nd of April (Wednesday) and gathering in Conservatório de Música where a draw will take place at 19h00. The playing order, once decided will not be changed.

6. The beginning of the competition
a) 1st round: April 23th at 9h30.
b) 2nd round: April 24rd at 14h30.
c) Final round: April 25th at 21h30.

7. Jury
The jury has 9 members or more from 6 different countries. Details here.

8. Entrance to the final round will be based on a simple majority of votes. In case of need, the presidency of the jury has a quality vote.
The jury’s decision will be final.

9. Prizes
1st prize – 8.000 €
+ A Kohno Sakurai Guitar Mastro-RF model valued at 8300 €
+ A concert at the International Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz – Bratislava (2020)
+ A concert at the 14th Viseu Spring Music Festival (2021)
+ A concert at Ciclos de Recitais CMP/CMSM – Porto
+ A concert at Guitar Festival de la Guitarra de Sevilla – Spain

2nd prize – 3.000 €
3rd prize – 1.500 €
Audience Award – 500€
Prize for the Best Portuguese Contestant – 500€

10. Contestants will waive all rights now and at any time in the future, in relation to any type of recording made during their performances in this Festival.

11. Participation in the competition implies that the contestant accept the above regulations.

12. In the event of any disagreement concerning the rules, the only valid text will be the original in the Portuguese language.