The 2018 Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival & Competition welcomes Jack Cimo as new Competition Director. For more info see

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Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival & Competition
, July 2018, Reno, Nevada, tba - New! Two day workshop at Lake Tahoe following concerts and competition in Reno

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Please support us with your generous donation for our operations, prizes and scholarships for deserving students. Email for more info or specific donation requests. Mail checks to: CGW, P.O. Box 5083, Incline Village, Nv 89450. Online donations will be back soon.

Classical Gala West is one of the premier organizations in the American West presenting concerts, festivals and educational events. A division of LTCGS (Lake Tahoe Classic Guitar Society), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ID 20-1754458 organization and donations may be tax deductible. Donations may be made specifically for any geographic area where we present concerts, scholarships for competition prize winners, and to support our overall programs.

Larry Aynesmith, President
David Forristall, Vice President
Terry Boyes, Treasurer
Jack Cimo, Secretary

• Thanks to all those who help make this series possible in part, including:

All of our sponsors, donors volunteers and attendees, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, Nevada Arts Council, Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno, St. John's Presbyterian, Reno, UNR Scheduling Dept., Reno, First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, National Endowment for the Arts, Artown Festival, Reno

Classical Gala West and its associated programs have presented a plethora of fine artists and events including:

Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival
SF Bay Guitar Festival
Duo Siqueira Lima
Andrew York
Victor Villadangos
Maximo Diego Pujol
Paul Galbraith
Denis Azabagic
Vida Guitar Quartet
Celso Machado
Celino and Lito Romero
Marc Teicholz
Adam Levin
San Francisco Guitar Quartet
Sedona Farber
and many others

(c) 2017 Classical Gala West
P.O. Box 6083, Incline Village, NV 89451


Irina Kulikova
Friday, October 27, 2017
7:00pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Reno

With the rare beauty of her tone and her enchanting presence on stage, Irina Kulikova catches the hearts of audiences across the globe. She belongs to that class of musicians that have something pure and special to say with their instrument. Her secret, in life as in music: It’s about the touch. "If you take special care of everything and everybody that is dear to you, if you show love and devotion in those little details that make a difference, then you may touch the lives of other people in a way that they will cherish."

Irina Kulikova graduated with distinction at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria), the Conservatoire of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and the Gnessins Academy in Moscow (Russia).

She was awarded 1st prizes in the highly prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Alessandria, Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Valencia, Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and the international Guitar Competition of Iserlohn in Germany and the Scharpach Guitar Competition in The Netherlands. Also she was awarded the Youth, Culture and Podia prize in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival, July 20-21, 2017

Thanks to all who made the 2017 Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival & Competition such a great event.

2017 Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Competition Results

Adult Competition Winners:
1st - Bradly Pupa
2nd - Dan Kyzer
3rd - Jack Cimo
4th - Nicolas Emilfork

Youth Division I (ages 15-18):
1st - Dilip Kumar
2nd - Kyle Khembunjong
3rd - Darren Wu
Honorable Mentions - Suvan Agarwal and Morgan Vallat

Youth Division II (ages 14 and under):
1st - Roshan Prabhakar
2nd - Charlie Zhou
3rd - Hannelore Whetstone
Honorable Mentions - Constantin Chekardzhikov, Jacob Everett, Tam-An Nguyen, Andrew Barbuta

2017 Guest Artists were:


Duo Siqueira Lima is one of the world's most prestigious chamber ensembles having won the Profissionais da Música Award 2015 in Brazil and the International Press Award 2014 in the
United States. Their work features music of the classical repertoire to popular music of Latin America. The Duo includes Cecilia Siqueira, born in Uruguay, and Fernando de Lima from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Cecilia and Fernando are recognized for their technical and interpretive virtuosity as well as for their daring and original arrangements for two guitars. Since 2003, they have toured the world performing in major European capitals, many cities in North America as well as sojourns to Africa and Russia. They are favorites throughout major music centers in Latin America and in prestigious halls including Lincoln Center (New York), New World Center (Miami) and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Concert: Friday, July 21, 12:00pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno

It’s always exciting to discover genuinely talented young players. Sedona Farber has already won or placed in a number of competitions, including first prize in the 2016 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, first prize in the 2015 GFA International Youth Competition, the SF Bay Competition, the Indiana University International Guitar Competition, the Pacific Guitar Competition, and others. A student at Orange County High School for the Arts in southern California, she also plays in the Farber Duo with her sister Haley.

Friday, July 21, 1:15pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno
With top prizes of $2000.00, $1250.00, and $750.00, this year's internationally recognized adult classical guitar competition promises
to be an exciting event. Watch four finalists compete for top prizes, open to the public!

Larry Aynesmith ________ Jack Cimo
Festival Director ________ Competition Director _____