Hanoi's first-ever classical guitar competition began on October 21 and will run through October 28 in Vietnam's capital city.
The 32 Vietnamese contestants have been categorized into three age groups: under 13, 13-16 and 17-35. Among them, two hail from Ho Chi Minh City, while the others are residents of Hanoi, according to The Thao & Van Hoa.
The competition is expected to be held every two years. The Vietnam National Academy of Music is hosting the inaugural event, which will award around VND78 million (US$3,743) in total prize money to the winners.
Two well-known international guitarists, Slava Grigoryan and Ermanno Bottiglieri are serving as special guest judges.
Grigoryan, an Australian national born in Kazakhstan, won the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition in 1995 and was named Young Australian of the Year for the Arts in 1998.
Born in the historic city of Siracusa in southern Italy, Bottiglieri founded the Moisycos Intercultural Institute in his home country. He won the 1994 Amici della Musica (Friends in Music) Competition and finished fourth at the Tokyo International Guitar Competition in 1996.
They are joined on the judges' panel by five Vietnamese artists, including chairman Luu Quang Minh from the Vietnam National Academy of Music.