The Parkening International Guitar Competition honors Christopher Parkening's lifetime commitment to fostering musical excellence in young artists as demonstrated by his mentor, the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. It is held on the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where Christopher Parkening is Distinguished Professor of Music. The Parkening International Guitar Competition is the most prestigious classical guitar competition in the world. Cash prizes in excess of US$50,000 were awarded at the 2012 Competition, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition worldwide.
"We are thrilled to bring such a diverse range of young guitarists from all over the world here to Southern California for what is sure to be an extraordinary week of music," says Rebecca Carson, Executive Director for the Parkening International Guitar Competition and Managing Director for the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. "Our competitors for the 2015 competition will travel to us from just down the road in California to a town in Australia 14,000 miles away. They are united by their passion for classical guitar and by their love of music. We are looking forward to welcoming all of them to Pepperdine."