There are different kinds of categories during the Nordhorn Guitar Festival 2020.

This competition could be organized thanks to our sponsors.

Category 1:

Solo-playing conservatory-students and professionals   

Date: 24 April, first round, divided in 3 categories:

1A: Set piece 'Song Of My Heart' by Louis Ignatius Gall + 6 minutes free repertoire

1B: Set piece 'Fantasia' by Annette Kruisbrink + 6 minutes free repertoire

1C: Set piece 'Valentine Rose' by Bernard Aaron + 6 minutes free repertoire

*Each participant can choose if he/she wants to participate in 1 or more of the above categories.

Scroll down this page to download the set pieces in PDF.

Date 26 April, grand final, 20 minutes free repertoire

Category 2:

Solo-playing for amateurs            

Date: 25 April, 1 round, 8 minutes, free repertoire

Category 3: Ensemble Competition

Ensembles from minimal 2 till maximum 5 musicians can participate as long as at least one instrument is a guitar.

Date: 25 April, 1 round, 15 minutes, free repertoire


Category 4: Composition Competition

Composers and aspiring composers can send their classical-guitar related composition

Date: 26 April, 1 round

Category 5: Asturias Vodka Competition

Solo-playing conservatory-students and professionals up from 18 years
Date: 24 April, max 5 rounds, max 5 minutes per round, repertoire: fast part of Asturias by Isaac Albeniz


First prize in Category 1A: Entry to the Grand Final + 250,- Euro + 3 concerts (with a total fee of 750,- Euro) + a professional recording and release of the set piece.


First prize in Category 1B: Entry to the Grand Final + 250,- Euro + 3 concerts (with a total fee of 750,- Euro) + a professional recording and release of the set piece.


First prize in Category 1C: Entry to the Grand Final + 250,- Euro + 3 concerts (with a total fee of 750,- Euro) + a professional recording and release of the set piece.


Grand first prize in Category 1, Grand Final: A classical guitar build by luthier Michael Batell worth 7000,- Euro, a brand new composition by composer Annette Kruisbrink, a CD-recording and release by Samsong Productions of the entire competition programme of both rounds + a collector's item wrist watch from the 70's, NOS condition.


Second prize in Category 1, Grand Final:

A classical guitar build by luthier John van Gool worth 3250,- Euro

Free participation in Guitar Festival Nordhorn 2021

Third prize in Category 1, Grand Final:

Refund of participation fee

Free participation in Guitar Festival Nordhorn 2021

Audience prize in Category 1:

Refund of participation fee

Concerts for winners in Category 1 are provided by: ev. ref. Kirche Lüneburg-Uelzen Germany, Festival Internacional de Música Villa Navas de San Juan Spain, Ikebana Festival Spain, Zomiac Concert Series Lonneker Netherlands, Guitar Festival Aalborg Denmark, International Guitar Festival Rodrigo Italy, Accera Guitar Meetings Italy, Lahontan Guitar Festival France, Louis Ignatius Gall Concert Series Netherlands.


First prize in Category 2:

Refund of participation fee

Sheet Music

First prize in Category 3:

250,- Euro 

Sheet Music


First prize in Category 4:

Your composition will be published on sheet-music, recorded and released by a guitarist on cd and performed by one of the featured artists during Nordhorn Guitar Festival 2021

First prize in Category 5:

5 liters of Vodka and refund of participation fee


Special prize in every Category:

In each category the best guitarist of 18 years or younger wins free participation in the next edition of the Kirov Guitar Competition

Other prizes in all categories:
All other 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in all categories are packages with guitar-related articles
To Be Announced.





By entry every participant declares to agree with:
-    the regulations of this competition
-    the decisions of the jury
-    the directions of the administration of the competition

1. The competition is organised by “Kulturhaus NIHZ”.

2. The management rests with the executive committee of this organisation and the administration of the competition.

3. There can be no discussion or correspondence about the jury’s judgment.

4. Deadline for application:  15th of April 2020

5. The application form will not be registered until the registration fee has been received.

6. Only 50% of the registration fee will be refunded if a participant decides not to take part after all and cancels before the 1st of April 2020.

7. If a participant cancels participation after the 1st of April 2020 no registration fees will be refunded.

8. The administration of the competition can refuse an application.

9. Participation is open to guitar-players and composers of all countries. 

10. Each competitor is to announce the compositions (s)he will play himself (herself).

11. A guitarist who did win the first prize at Guitar Festival Nordhorn Category 1 can not sign up again for the same category.

12. In the Categories 1, 2 and 3 the first, second and third place will get a prize. In the Categories 4 and 5 there will only be a first prize.

13. The administration of the competition determines the maximum number of participating guitarists in each category and in the competition as a whole.

14. The competition is open to public.

15. Those whose entry has been accepted will be duly informed when they are to perform.

16. If a guitarist is not present in due time he will be excluded from further participation without remittance of the entrance-fee.

17. Exceeding the time limits will lead to disqualification.




Category 1:

- In Category 1 the winners of 1A, 1B and 1C go to the Grand Final.

- The jury is free to choose maximum 3 additional competitors of 1A, 1B and/or 1C to play in the Grand Final.

- The order of performers in each round in Category 1 will be drawn the evening before the round

- For the audience prize in category 1 each audience-member who attends the final round may give 1 vote.

- In Category 1 participants should bring 2 copies of each piece which is composed after 1950 of every round. Participant shall put all pieces together in a sealed enveloppe with participants name + the order of the pieces written on the enveloppe. This enveloppe shall be handed over to the administration of the competition between 18.00 and 19.00 on the 23th of April 2020 or between 9.00 and 10.00 on the 24th of April 2020. Please note: Scanned documents by email will NOT be accepted. Debating the time of handing over the sheet music will also not be accepted.

- In Category 1, first round (1A, 1B, 1C) a participant is allowed to choose if he/she wants to participate in only one or all 3 categories.

- Download the set pieces for 1A, 1B and 1C here:

Category 4:

- No rounds, composers send in their sheet music and winning composition will be announced after the final concert. 

- Participant should send by post before the 15th of April 2020 3 copies of his/her composition. The art of the composition is completely free as long as there is at least one classical guitar involved. The composition can be for solo, duo, ensemble with one classical guitar, multiple classical guitars or classical guitar in combination with other instrument(s)/voice(s). A jury of guitarists and composers will study the pieces during the Guitar Festival Nordhorn and select a winner. The winner will be announced during the ceremony after the final concert on the 26th of April 2020. Participants of Category 5 are welcome to visit the festival but this is not obligated for participation in Category 5. Please note: Scanned documents by email will NOT be accepted.

Category 5:

In the Asturias-Vodka Competition, each round will be proceeded by a glass of Vodka for the participants. Best playing participants will be selected by the jury to continue to the next round until there is a final winner or 'Last Man Standing'. All rounds will be played immediatly after eachother.


Kulturhaus NIHZ is entitled to make audio and visual recordings of the competition and arrange broadcasts and distribute without any remuneration to the recorder players concerned.



In any situation that is not covered by these regulations the administration of the competition decides.


Members of the board:
Mr S.A. Rootveld        
Ms S.M. van Elst

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