Sergio Valverde of Mecina Bombarón (province of Granada) has won the gold medal in the Antonio Marín international guitar-making competition. Two silver medals were awarded: Julia Wenzel of Germany and Oscar Muñoz from Cajar (province of Granada) as a testament to the unexpectedly high quality of the instruments submitted for judgement. The Competition was a huge success as was the entire festival which ends on November 3 with a concert by Alexei Khorev. The international jury showed themselves to be very professional and impartial and I am left thinking that maybe this could be continued as is as a venue for aspiring makers. My blog has some information on how the whole thing played out. All five of the Granada makers made it through the first eliminatory round so we have something to cheer about here.
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