John and Susie Beatty Competition for Classical Guitar
Winners of the 4th Annual John and Susie Beatty Competition for Classical Guitar held in Washington, DC, March 12-15, 2010 perform in a recital. The winner of the best performance of a composition by Heitor Villa-Lobos (sponsored by the Embassy of Brazil) is featured along with the division winners from the Youth, Junior and Senior age groups. These winners rose to the top of a field of 35 contestants, demonstrating consistent performances, mastery of technique, and moving interpretation.
John and Susie Beatty have underwritten this scholarship competition to celebrate and encourage young musicians in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. Judges for the Beatty Competition come from across the United States and are selected for their dedication to music education. For 2010's Beatty Competition we are honored to have Dr. Jeffrey Cogan, Orange, CA, Ms. Kami Rowan of Greensboro, NC, and Mr. Ernesto Cordero, San Juan, PR as our jury. The required set pieces for the 2010 Beatty Competition were commissioned from Argentinean composer Jose Luis Merlin - this recital performance on the Millennium Stage will mark the public international debut of these works.
The classical guitar is the featured instrument class of the Beatty Competition, acknowledging nearly 100 years of strong support for this instrument in the Washington, DC area. In 1993 the International Conservatory of Music (ICM) began the John E. Marlow Guitar Series, which brings leading international classical, jazz and flamenco guitarists to Washington, DC to perform recitals, teach classes, and give lectures and in 2007 the ICM added the Beatty Competition among its list of community programs. Dr. Glenn Caluda is the Artistic Director for the 2010 Beatty Competition and Dr. Amy Crews Cutts is the Executive Director.