Winner of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, Marko Topchii!

Marko Topchii of Ukraine sweeps prizes in internantional event organized by WNED | WBFO and the BPO

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Following tonight's final round performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,Marko Topchiiofthe Ukraineswept the top prizes in the sixth biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition...Read More

Meet the Competition Finalists

(From left to right) Finalist: Ekachai Jearakul of Thailand, BPO Musical Director: JoAnn Falletta, Finalist: Chad Ibison of the United States, and Finalist: Marko Topchii of Ukraine.

See photos from 2014 Semifinals Night Two

Take a look at the 1st night of performances of the Falletta Competition Semifinals, June 5, 2014...Read More

Three Finalists Selected for the 2014 Falletta Guitar Competition

After two days of performances and considerable deliberation by seven world-renowned judges, three classical guitarists will proceed to the finals round of the sixth biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, produced by WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra...Read More

See photos from 2014 Semifinals Night one

Take a look at the 1st night of performances of the Falletta Competition Semifinals, June 4, 2014...Read More

A beautiful night for the Competition welcome reception.

Tuesday, June 3, at Larkin Square, competitors, judges and about 80 guests enjoyed a great evening at the Filling Station Restaurant in Larkin Square....Read More

COMPETITION WEEK HAS BEGUN!

Most of the  competitors arrived in Buffalo yesterday and had the evening off.  Today begins an intense week of rehearsals and competition...Read More

PERFORMING ORDER FOR THE SEMIFINALS IS ANNOUNCED

This morning, by random draw, the performance order for the semifinals was established.  Here is the order for Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m...Read More

Falletta Competition Artist Shows Kids How Music Influences Art

Hugo Rodriguez, the official artist of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, recently visited 6th and 8th grade students at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts to conduct a workshop that illustrates the relationship between music and art...Read More

GUITAR DAY LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED

On Friday, June 6, five of the eight semifinalists will be fanning out around Buffalo to play for people in the community. You can enjoy these artists at locations all over WNY on “Guitar Day”, Friday, June 6, with events that are free and open to the public...Read More

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

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.