Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists

All competitions
Date TBA
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.

The 15th edition will take place online.



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

Next competition

TBA 2023

Next deadline

TBA 2023



  • Registration for the 15th edition of the competition is open from January 25th to March 12th, 2021 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.


– All participants record their competition program on video.
– The entire recording should be recorded with one camera setting, the player must be fully visible, external microphones are permitted.
– Cuts within a piece / set as well as subsequent processing are not permitted and lead to disqualification.
– Texts or subtitles may not be faded in.
– The program submitted with the registration is binding, changes are only possible up to the registration deadline
– The participant is responsible for compliance with the tender. If you are unsure about the competition program, the organizer can be contacted. A program selection that is not in accordance with the announcement leads to disqualification.
– The program is to be performed by heart.
– The recordings must be submitted via wetransfer.com by Friday, April 2nd (AG III: only 1st round!)
– The following formats are permitted : .mp4 or .mov (max. HD).
– The video file must be named with the participant’s surname and first name (“Last Name-First Name.mp4” or “Last Name- First Name.mov”)
– The videos may be recorded from Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at the earliest. All participants will receive a PDF file on March 26th, 2021. The document must be printed out and be visible in the background during the entire recording.
– The submitted videos are played publicly on YouTube. The exact schedule will be published after the registration deadline.




Age group I:

Free program from at least three different epochs, including a classical *, and a contemporary piece (total duration 12 – 15 min)

Age group II:

(Total time: 17-20 min)

a) 1-2 sentences from: 6 Genera Studies by Elia Koussa, a second selection will follow shortly

b) an original classical work *

c) free program

Age group III:

I round: (Total duration: 12 – 15 min)

a) one of the following studies by Mauro Giuliani from op.48: No. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 or 24

b) 1-2 sentences from: 6 Genera Studies by Elia Koussa, a second selection will follow shortly

c) free program

Final: (Total time: 17-20 min)

a) an original classic *

b) free program

*Original work by a composer from the 1st half of the 19th century, who was born before 1800, such as 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 jury has the right not to award every prize.


Visit original competition page www.gitarreverein-weimar.de

Prize winners

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