Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists

All competitions
11/04/2023 - 16/04/2023
Weimar, Germany
Guitar | Plucked strings

The Weimar based biannual competition started in 1993 and was originally a national event. Its organiser, the Weimar Guitar Association gradually built up its profile and in 1999 – Weimar’s year as European Capital of Culture – the competition became international. It was accepted as a member of EMCY in 2004.




Gitarreverein Weimar e.V.


The participants should be aged up to 20 years old and divided in 3 age categories.
One or two rounds depending on age category.


Every two years

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  • Registration for the 15th edition of the competition is open from January 2023 online at www.gitarreverein-weimar.de
  • A transfer of 50 euro registration fee needs to be made to the account of the Weimar Guitar Association.
  • A copy of a valid personal document and a photo on which the face can be clearly recognized must be submitted with the registration.
  • The number of participants is limited.
  • Admission takes place in the order in which registrations are received.
  • Incomplete or late registrations cannot be considered.
  • The registration fee will not be refunded in case of cancellation by the participant.
  • Participants have to pay for all travelling, accommodation and living expenses arising from participation in the competition themselves.

Age groups (on 11th April 2023)

I : up to 13 years (born after 11th April 2009)
II : 14 – 16 years (born 12th April 2006 – 11th April 2009)
III : 17 – 20 years (born 12th April 2002 – 11th April 2006)


The programme stated in the application is binding. Changes are possible only until application deadline.
The participant is responsible for complying to the rules. If you are uncertain about your programme, consult the organiser. A programme non-compliant to the rules will lead to disqualification.
The order in which the works are played may be chosen by the participant.
The programme must be played from memory.
The playing order of the competitors will be decided by draw.
The assessment will be based on artistic-musical presentation, style accuracy, security and of most importance, musical interpretation. Scores will not be disclosed.
The decision of the jury is final with no right of appeal.
The prize-winners are obliged to be present in person at the award ceremony and, if applicable, to perform at the prize-winners‘ concert. The programme will be determined by the jury.
The auditions and the prize-awarding concert will be recorded on video. A transmission as a live stream is planned. In addition, the videos will be published on the Youtube channel of the Gitarreverein at least until 30 April 2023 (longer publication can be objected to at any time) The participant cannot assert any claims from this.
The participants agree to the non-commercial use of parts of the recordings by the organizer Gitarreverein Weimar e.V., e.g. for image films, documentations or advertising for the competition.


Age group I:
Free programme of works from a minimum of 3 different periods, including one classical* and one contemporary piece (Total duration 12 – 15 min)

Age group II:
(Total duration: 17 – 20 min)
a) Für die Jugend by Ilias Rachaniotis
1 to 2 pieces from: Schattenreflexionen by Romeo Wecks
1 to 2 pieces from: 6 Genera Studies by Elia Koussa
b) one original guitar piece from the classical period*
c) free programme

Age group III:
1st round:
(Total duration: 12 – 15 min)
a) one of the following two Studies by Dionisio Aguado:

b) Für die Jugend by Ilias Rachaniotis
1 to 2 pieces from: Schattenreflexionen by Romeo Wecks
1 to 2 pieces from: 6 Genera Studies by Elia Koussa
c) free programme
Final round:
(Total duration: 17 – 20 min)
a) one original guitar piece from the classical period*
b) free programme
No pieces or movements from the 1st round may be repeated!

*– work originaly written for guitar by a composer of the first half of the 19th century, who is born before 1800, as for example Aguado, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, Paganini (no violin caprices), Sor


In each age group, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize can be awarded. In addition, prizes for the best interpretation of a classical work, the contemporary set pieces and other special prizes may be awarded. The total amount of the prizes will be about 20.000 €.

The jury has the right not to award every prize.


Visit original competition page www.gitarreverein-weimar.de

Prize winners

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