Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2020
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and international travel restrictions the Koblenz Guitar Competition 2020 will take place online via Video/YouTube. To register please use the form on this page.
GO TO THE RESULTS ↓
Schedule of the Competition
1st Round (Video): 8-10 minutes free choice programme
The title of the 1st Round YouTube video should be, Koblenz Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2020 - Participants Name, (e.g. Koblenz Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2020 John Smith).
The video description should contain the programme (pieces + composers name). Videos must be uploaded as “Unlisted” and the video comments should be deactivated.
The video should be recorded in “one take” and edits are not allowed.
The face and hands of competitors should be visible at all times.
A print out (available as PDF to download here) with Koblenz Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2020 written on it, should also be visible at all times.
Audio post-edits are not allowed.
Competitors can send their YouTube links as of now until the 14.08.2020. It will then be released on the Social-Media channels of Koblenz Guitar Festival.
Competitors are not allowed to make public or share their video link before this time.
The results will be announced via livestream on 15.08.2020.
2nd Round (Video): 17-20 minutes free choice programme
The title of the video should be, Koblenz Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2020 Semi-Final - Participants Name.
Otherwise, the same regulations as by the first round apply.
Competitors have until the 31.08.2020 to send the YouTube link to their video.
The results will be announced via livestream on 10.09.2020.
Final (Video): 25-30 minutes free choice programme
The final will take place on 18.10.2020 at the 28th Koblenz Guitar Festival via video.
The jury will meet and watch together the videos of the finalists. The final will also be shown via livestream.
The results will be announced via livestream shortly after the final.
Finalists should send their videos directly to us by the 01.10.2020. More details about this will follow.
PrizesSpecial Edition 2020 Prize
An additional prize of two scholarships for the 29th Koblenz Guitar Festival 2021, will be awarded for both the 1st and 2nd round video that receives the most “likes” on our Facebook page.
2.000 Euro, 25 sets of Savarez strings, a three-years supply of D’Addario strings (26 sets per year)
1.000 Euro, 25 sets of Savarez strings, a three-years supply of D’Addario strings (26 sets per year)
Premio Joaquín Rodrigo
500 Euro, CDs and scores provided by the Fundación Victoria y Joaquín Rodrigo for the best interpretation of music by Joaquín Rodrigo
500 Euro for the best interpretation of music by Heitor Villa-Lobos
500 Euro for the best interpretation of music by Johann Sebastian Bach
500 Euro for the best interpretation of music by David Kellner
500 Euro for the best interpretation of music by an italian composer
- Prof. Alfred Eickholt
- Prof. Dr. József Eötvös
- Prof. Dale Kavanagh
- Prof. Alexander S. Ramirez
- Prof. Olaf Van Gonnissen
- Prof. Hans-Werner Huppertz
- Prof. Tomasz Zawierucha
- Russell Poyner
- Prof. Gerhard Reichenbach
- Tristan Angenendt
- Prof. Dr. Stephen Goss
- Prof. Lucio Matarazzo
- Jörg Gauchel
- Prof. Takeo Sato
The competition registration fee is 50 Euro and should be transferred to the following account:
Koblenz Guitar Festival IBAN: DE30 57450120 0030279954
Sparkasse Neuwied, Hermannstr. 20, 56564 Neuwied
Heading: Koblenz Competition 2020 + first and last name.
The registration is valid upon receipt of the registration fee.
New: Pay your fee with PayPal
[Form AnmeldungEN not found!]
YouTube Video Link should be sent to
Download Competition Print Out here
Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2020
§ 2. The Competition is held in three rounds the details of which are completely explained on the Festival Website.
§ 3. If the time limit is exceeded, the Head of the Jury may cut off the performance at that point.
§ 4. Pieces played in one round may not be repeated in a later round.
§ 5. There will be a maximum of 20 candidates chosen for the Round 2, and a maximum of 6 candidates chosen for the Final Round.
§ 6. The score will be made in a point system ranging from 0 to 25.
§ 7. The highest and the lowest points of each candidate will be discounted when the points are added together to calculate their score.
§ 8. Where candidates receive an equal score, the score from the previous rounds will serve to distinguish them.
§ 9. The score cannot be approximated or rounded off.
§ 10. The scores will be calculated to only two decimal places.
§ 11. Each jury member must keep their score sheet in the score sheet folder and at the end of each round, must hand over their signed copy to the Head of the Jury.
§ 12. No jury member should give points to their own students.
§ 13. The jury within a particular round cannot be changed.
§ 14. The First Prize may only be awarded for a polished performance of a high artistic standard.
§ 15. The First Prize cannot be shared.
§ 16. Where no First Prize is awarded, the Second Prize can be shared.
§ 17. Where there is no Second Prize awarded, the Third Prize could be shared.
§ 18. Where neither a First nor Second Prize is awarded, the jury may choose to award two Third Prizes.
§ 20. All jury members are required to maintain confidentiality; they must be objective and neutral in their judgement. If any jury member should act contrary to this requirement, the Festival Director reserves the right to remove them from the jury.
§ 21. Jury discussions must be mutually respectful, following the guidance of the Head of the Jury.
§ 22. All decisions of the jury must follow the view of the majority.
§ 23. If the number of competitors exceeds 70, then two juries might be established in the First Round. After the 1st round is completed, the Jury President can decide to call an additional intermediate round. A maximum of 10 competitors will be given the opportunity to perform again their programme from the first round for the complete jury. The number of points received in the intermediate round, will be used to judge if competitors proceed to the 2nd round.
§ 24. Only the German version of these rules are binding.
§ 25. The winners agree to perform in the winners' concert.
signed: Georg Schmitz (Direktor Koblenz Guitar Festival & Academy)
Results of the KOBLENZ INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION HUBERT KÄPPEL 2020
1st Prize - Marko Topchii (Ukraine)
2nd Prize & Premio Joaquin Rodrigo - Jeseok Bang (South Korea)
3rd Prize - Joaquim Santos Simoes (Portugal)
Finalist & Prix Savarez - Pavel Ralev (Bulgaria)
Finalist & Dot.Guitar Prize - Sara Celardo (Italy)
Finalist & Scholarship winner - Ema Kapor (Serbia)
Finalist & Scholarship winner - Bianka Szalaty (Poland)
Awarding ceremony livestream
Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2017:, Results
- 1. Prize: Campbell Diamond (Australia)
- 2. Prize: Elena Fomenko (Russia)
- 3. Prize: Jesse Flowers (Australia)
Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2018:, Results
- 1st Prize: Not awarded
- 2nd Prize: Koki Fujimoto
- 3rd Prize: François-Xavier Dangremont
Finalist's Diploma: Kristina Varlid (Norwegen)
Finalist's Diploma: Michael Butten (Großbritannien)
Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel 2019:, Results
- 1st Prize: Igor Klokov (RUS)
- 2nd Prize: Peter Graneis (GER)
- 3rd Prize: Luis Alejandro García Perez (ESP)
Koki Fujimoto (Japan)
Finalist's Diploma: Koki Fujimoto (Japan)
Finalist's Diploma: Wu You (China)
Finalist's Diploma: Giacomo Susani (Italien)