Guitarist from Russia sweeps all prizes in international event organized by the Buffalo Philharmonic and WNED | WBFO
Following Saturday's final round performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Anton Baranov of Russia won first place in the seventh biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. He was also selected as the Audience Favorite and the Musicians Choice.
Eight classical guitarists, representing seven nations, competed throughout the week in the competition, presented by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and WNED | WBFO.
Baranov will receive a solo concert at the prestigious series Incontri Musicali, (Musical Encounter) in Milan, Italy, in 2017 along with a $10,000 cash prize, national and international broadcast exposure, a recording contract with Fleur de Son, and a return engagement with the BPO.
Baranov is 32 years old. He is the winner of the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Competition. He has recorded on the Naxos and the Contrastes Records label, and is also a professor at Saint-Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, from which he graduated in 2010.
Each competitor performed a concerto and also a solo work of his choice. Baranov's concerto was Concierto Del Sur by Ponce.
Andras Csaki of Hungary placed second, and received a $3,000 prize. Alec Holcomb of the U.S. took third place and a $1,500 prize.
Buffalo-based Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio, a well-known international chamber ensemble duo, are the competition's artistic directors. In addition to Castellani and Andriaccio, Antigoni Goni, Jeff Cogan, Donald Crockett, Mark Delpriora and Jeffrey McFadden judged the live competitions.