As part of the celebration of the 100 years of the Ensemble à Plectre municipal d'Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxemburg - www.ensemble-a-plectre.com - an international composition contest for guitar orchestra has been published. The jury was composed by musicians and composers from different countries of Europe and had the task to choose 3 laureates and 2 honorable mentions from anonymous submitted compositions. In total, 33 composers from 13 countries, including 16 nationalities have participated. The award ceremony should have taken place on the 24th of October 2020 in the Theater of Esch-sur Alzette, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been postponed until next spring. However, the jury didn't want to wait for so long to announce the results and therefore the announcement has been published per video.
The Gitarrenklänge congratulate their conductor Emilio M. Padrón for his award ! With his composition "De part et d'autre du Rhin..." he was awarded with the 2nd prize from the international jury. The piece will be performed next spring by the Ensemble à Plectre of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxemburg, then published and also broadcasted on the radio.