The BGFest XVIII Academy Performance Competition is only open to registered participants in the Academy program (Age 15-30, with exceptions for younger participants). Participant’s active attendance at the festival is required. Prize winners should submit a copy of their government ID before receiving their prize.
For GFA contestants: You may receive a special discount. Please contact [email protected] for more details.


  • First round: participants must submit a video made specifically for the BGFest XVIII Academy Performance Competition. Candidates should introduce themselves and the pieces they will play at the beginning of the recording. The verbal introduction shall include “this is my recording for the 2023 Boston GuitarFest Academy performance competition”.
  •  Repertoire : 10 minutes of 2 Contrasting pieces of (free choice) composers from XV-XXI Century.
  • Video Requirements: The recording should consist of one unedited take with clear audio and image quality. The performer’s face, hands, and the entire guitar should be clearly visible in the video.
  • Video submission deadline: June 5th, 2023 (Extended).
  • Finalists will be announced on June 9th, 2023.
  • Second/Final Round: The 5 Finalists should select a new program (not to include works performed in first round) of their choice, about 20 minutes in length. The final round will be held live on June 28th, 2023 at Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, starting at 7:30 PM. This is a public performance.
  • The decisions of the Jury are final. 
  • The first prize winner would be performing at the BGFest final concert on Sunday, July 2nd at Multicultural Arts Center, at 3 PM. The program should be around 30 minutes long. This is a public performance.
The four finalists are:
Adrian Montero Moya
Calvin Junsay
David Duong
Kevin Loh

BGFest XVIII Academy Performance Competition JURY


Classical Guitarist

Jorge Caballero

Guest Artist

Internationally Acclaimed Cellist

Boston GuitarFest Co-Founder

Steve Lin


Guest Judge,
Simon Rios

(US income taxax may withheld for international participants) Awards

1st Prize

$ 2,500 Cash Prize

Multicultural Arts Center Concert on July 2nd, 2023

A Guitar gifted by Alhambra Guitarras:

  • Javier Mengual’s guitar
  • Solid Cedar Canadian top.
  • Bracing traditional Torres fan bracing with double wood top, Canadian cedar.
  • Solid Back and Sides from Indian Rosewood
  • Solid Camerun Ebony fingerboard
  • Solid Cocobolo rosewood for bridge and headstock.
  • French polish gloss in the top, and high gloss in back and sides.
  • Schaller machineheads
  • AB Tweed Case, ultralight, designed by Alhambra and made by BAM in France.

2nd Prize

$1000 Cash Prize

Guitar strings from Augustine  

 Full Scholarship for BGFest XIX

3rd Prize

$500 Cash Prize

Guitar strings from Augustine 

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