The long-awaited moment has finally come. After seven months since the begining of Round I of the inaugural Guitar Masters 2016 competition, the semi-finalists for the Classical guitar category and the finalists for the Fingerstyle category have been announced. 40 classical guitarists and 24 fingerstyle guitarists have been selected from among 204 participants admitted to the Round I. The participants of Round II are of various ages. The youngest is six years old and the oldest is 43. They come from many different countries, some from as far afield as South Korea, Cuba and New Zealand.
In the Fingerstyle category the jury decided to increase the number of participants of the second round. Since there was a draw between six people and they all have been admitted to compete in the finals. Moreover, for each category there was one spot reserved in the Round II for the winner of an innovative YouTube competition Choose Your Master. The competition was judged by an audience. Contestants who received the biggest number of votes in their category have been admitted to the Round II.
The jury consisting of: Krzysztof Pełech, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Berta Rojas, Thomas Kirchhoff, Marek Pasieczny, Annette Kruisbrink, Sean Samimi and Martha Masters in Classical Guitar category and Tommy Emmanuel, Piotr Restecki, Krzysztof Pełech and Ian Cooper in Fingerstyle category.
has decided that the Round II of the Guitar Masters 2016 competition will be entered by (in alphabetical order):
Classical Guitar Competition
Tormund Blikra Vea
Andrea De Vitis
Joaquim Santos Simões
Davide Giovanni Tomasi
Fingerstyle Guitar Competition
Darren James Hodge
Young So Kim
Enrico Maria Milanesi
The winners of the Choose Your Master competition are:
Classical guitar: Joaquim Santos Simões
Fingerstyle: Romario Amorim Dos Santos