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    Musicians Compete in St. Petersburg, Russia

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    Music written by Bach (pron Bahk), Rimskiy-Korsokov, and modern composers can be heard at the seventh international Guitar Virtuoso competition in St. Petersburg. Participants from all over the
    world are competing in 11 categories.

    [...]

    Today, small guitar ensembles are up for nomination. Participants are presenting a special program. A trio from Magnitogorsk showed-off their skills on stage. The musicians shared the benefits of playing the guitar as a group.

    [Andrai Astashov, Participant from Magnigorsk]:
    “It is difficult to convey what you are feeling in a solo, but easier as a part of a group.”

    [Andrei Antonenko, Participant from Magnigorsk]:
    “For instance, if you make a mistake, they may not notice it.”

    The competition has strict rules, especially in the classic guitar category. Some of the participants in this category experimented with different techniques.

    [Kirill Doroshkevich, Omsk Recipient of the Third Class Solo Guitar]:
    “It is a two-sided technique, when a guitar player is using the right hand to play the fingerboard. I took a risk and I'm basically happy with the result.”

    [...]

    [Miroslav Simich, Judge]:
    “Nails are the best instrument for a classical guitarist, like a bow for a violinist. No mediator is necessary. A classical guitarist has five mediators. And the guitar has to be good.”

    One of the nominations included young composers who combined various instruments and styles.

    [Ivan Karyakin, Composer Nominee]:
    “We played two pieces; one was called ‘Confession’, the other – ‘Blues’. Confession of love, of course. In this piece, elements of flamenco are used, because this is the type of genre which expresses love, passion, and feelings.”

    Participants also competed in a unique category called “hand-made guitar.” A guitar made by a German master was recognized as the most prominent instrument.

    NTD, Saint Petersburg, Russia.