(Co-presented with Mount Royal University)

August 2-7, 2020

GuitarFest West 2020

The MRU Conservatory and the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary are proud to present the first annual GuitarFest West International Classical Guitar Competition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the GuitarFest West Festival in Calgary, Alberta! 

***Due to restrictions regarding COVID-19 the competition will be entirely held online. Competitiors will submit pre-recorded YouTube videos over 3 rounds to be assessed and adjudicated by our faculty.  


Course CRN Day Fee
GuitarFest West - Adult (18+)  70186 Sunday - Saturday $100
GuitarFest West - Youth (Under 18) 70187 Sunday - Saturday $50


Jeffrey McFadden (University of Toronto), Ralph Maier (Mount Royal University, University of Calgary), Illana Matos (University of Lethbridge), Emma Rush (Mowhawk College)


Adjudicator YouTube Playlist: GuitarFest West Adjudicators


Program Director
Brett Gunther (Mount Royal University)


Murray Visscher (Mount Royal University, Ambrose University)


To find out more about the inaugural GuitarFest West 2020 competition, please visit the following link: MRU GuitarFest West 2020


GuitarFest West Competition Round 1: Adult Category

GuitarFest West Competition Round 1: Youth Category

GuitarFest West Competition Round 2 (Semi-Finals): Adult Category

GuitarFest West Competition Round 2 (Semi-Finals): Youth Category



Youth Category: Finalist Videos

1st Place: Hazel Szekely (North Vancouver, BC)

2nd Place: Lucia Guo (Calgary, AB)

3rd Place: Tony Xie (Calgary, AB)


Adult Category: Finalist Videos

1st Place: Tim Beattie (Barrie, ON)

2nd Place: Dragos Ilie (Iasi, Romania)

3rd Place: Ana Maria Iordache (Bucharest, Romania)

4th Place: Adam Chiccillitti (Ottawa, ON)


GuitarFest West Sponsors:

Classical Guitar Society of Calgary

Dominelli Guitars

Scott Classical Guitars

Morrish Guitars

KS Guitars

52 Instruments Co.

The Royal Conservatory of Music

2020 GFW Concerts

August 6, 2020 | Azuline Duo

Online event featuring adjudicator Emma Rush and duo partner Sara Traficante (flute) at 6:00 pm MST

Event Link: Azuline Duo in Concert and Conversation


All concerts by donation, suggested donation of $20