Recording Contract Prize announced for 2014 Competition

The winner of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition will receive an addition to the great first prize package – a recording contract with the prestigious Fleur de Son Classics, Ltd., a Buffalo, New York recording company...Read More

Falletta Competition secures a major addition to the first prize package!

The winner of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition will receive an additional award as part of the first prize package in the June competition...Read More

Where are they now?

Catch up with the past first place winners in the 10 year history of the Falletta Competition...Read More

2014 Falletta competition prizes are announced!

First prize includes a concert guitar by Master Luthier J.D. Glass. ( jdglassguitars.com) In October of 2014, the winner of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition will have the opportunity to play at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as part of the D'Addario Performance series...Read More

Dates announced for the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

Although the exciting 2012 competition wrapped up a little over four months ago, the planning for the 2014 competition has already started and the dates are in place.

The 2014 competition week begins Sunday, June 1, when the competitors arrive and the excitement really starts to build. Two days of rehearsals, with the semifinals scheduled for Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5.   For the first time in 2012, the semifinals were broadcast live on WNED-TV and both evenings received very high marks from competitors, judges and the audience. Similar live broadcasts are in the works for 2014.

The highly anticipated final, where the top three competitors perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Falletta, will take place Saturday night June 7, at Kleinhans Music Hall.  The winner, chosen by an elite panel of judges, takes home the top prize of $10,000 and other prizes.

There is a lot on the line at the finals, and in 2014, the rewards will be even greater- The winner will also have a future date to perform at Carnegie Hall!

Always looking to add excitement and value to the competition, Artistic Directors Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio and presenters WNED | WBFO and the BPO, are considering additional public performances for the semifinalists in 2014, as well as additional events during the off year ( 2013) to introduce more people to the classical guitar and increase interest in the 2014 competition.