Viseu International Guitar Competition

Rules and Regulation (Revised on January 2022)

The committee of the International Viseu Guitar Competition – Portugal is pleased to announce that the 5th International Competition will take place between March 19th to April 9th, 2022.
Guitarists of all nationalities are eligible, provided they were born after March 19th 1987.
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.

1. Enrolment
Applications must be made through the official competition website no later than the March 7th 2022:; 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 March 1st.
The fee must be received by the 7th of March 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. Competition format

The first round will be online, through the submission of a video. The remaining 2 qualifiers will be in person.

 a) 1st Round in online format on March 19th.
All competitors must submit 1 video corresponding to the 1st round by March 13th.
Once received, the videos will be posted by us on social media on March 19th for viewing by the public and appreciation by the Jury.
b) 2nd Round in face-to-face form on April 8th at 9:30 am
c) Final round in face-to-face form on April 9th at 21:00.

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. 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; Joaquín Rodrigo, Roland Dyens; Carlo Domeniconi; Leo Brouwer; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. 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Note – A copy of any unpublished piece must be sent to the committee.

5. Video
a) The competitor must frame himself entirely while still remaining close to the camera. The video should be as clear as possible (well illuminated).
b) The video, one per round, must not be edited nor can it contain cuts between the pieces.
c) Must be recorded on purpose for this competition with 1920×1080 (FullHD) minimum resolution. The record must be done horizontally (traditional format).

5.1 Videos should be sent by Google Drive, Dropbox, My Air Bridge or another equivalent service to

6. Publication of results
The first round results will be published on the official website the day after the videos are viewed.

7. Jury
The jury has 8 members or more from 5 different countries.

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 – 6.000 €
+ A concert at the International Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz – Bratislava (2023)
+ A concert at the Viseu Spring Music Festival – Portugal (2023)
+ A concert at the Festival de la Guitarra de Sevilha – Spain (2022)
+ A concert at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra do Fundão – Portugal (2023)

2nd prize – 2.000 €
3rd prize – 1.000 €
Prize for the Best Portuguese Contestant – 500€
Audience Award – 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 accepts the above regulations.