Felipe Conde was that sponsor of one of the prizes and a jury member for the First International Flamenco Guitar Competition in Memory of Paco de Lucía.
This seventh edition of the Guitar Festival of Seville was dedicated to the great Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and the Spanish baroque painter of Sevillian origin Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The festival brought to Andalusian capital’s public a fantastic line up of formidable artists from every corner of the world, such as Zoran Dukic, Kiyoshi Shomura, Marko Topchii, Marth Masters, Judicael Perroy or Slava and Leonard Grigoyan, to name just a few. They interpreted a varied program spanning from compositions of J. S. Bach to Takemitsu or Dusan Bogdanovic.
For us, it was a great honor to be a part of the I International Flamenco Guitar Festival in Memeory of Paco de Lucía organized within the framework of the festival. The semi-final took place on the 13th and the final on the 14th of October respectively. Felipe Conde was humbled to have been a member of the jury along with Manolo Franco, José Luís Postigo, Eduardo Rebollar and Francisco Bernier, founder and artistic director of the festival.
The semi-finalists were:
Yannick Corre (France), Joseph Fernández “Pepe Fernández” (France), Alberto López Vivas (Spain), Alejandro Mondaray López (Spain), Álvaro Mora Domínguez (Spain), Inmaculada Morales Peinado (Spain) Marcelo Palanco Hidalgo (Spain), Yago Santos (Spain).
The four finalists were selected after a difficult deliberation of the jury:
- Yago Santos (First Prize)
- Álvaro Mora Domínguez (Second Prize)
- Marcelo Palanco Hidalgo (Third Prize)
- Yannick Corre (Diploma)
As sponsors of this competition we were delighted to have donated one of our guitars model FP17N as part of the First Prize.
Congratulations to the four finalists that all demonstrated a very high level of preparation and talent. A special mention goes to the winner of the competition, Yago Santos for sharing with us his passionate interpretation. We are convinced that the four finalists have a very bright future in their careers as artists.
We would also like to mention the virtuous finalists of the VII Classical Guitar Competition. We were wowed by their expression and technique: Damiano Pisanello (Switzerland) – First Prize, Davide Giovanni Tomasi (Italy) – Second Prize, Hugo Moltó Medina (Spain) – Third Prize, Masataka Suganuma (Japan) – Diploma and Prize of the Audience.
Our very special thanks to Francisco Bernier and Royds Fuentes-Imbert for this wonderful opportunity to participate in this very important event.