Meng Su wins Gold Medal at 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition!

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Parkening International Guitar Competition Names 2015 Winners

June 2, 2015 Malibu, CA – After an exciting week of classical guitar performances, Christopher Parkening and Pepperdine University announced the winner of the fourth triennial Parkening International Guitar Competition. The competition, the world’s preeminent guitar competition, took place from May 26 through May 30, 2015.

Meng Su, 27, of China took the Gold Medal with her rich interpretation of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre during the sold-out final round on Saturday, May 30. She received the US$30,000 Jack Marshall Prize in addition to her medal.

Meng Su was also the winner of the 2006 inaugural Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, and is the first female guitarist to both make it to the final round of the main competition and win the Gold Medal.

The Silver Medalist, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, 28, of Russia received US$12,500; the Bronze Medalist, Tengyue Zhang, 21, of China was awarded US$7,500.

The three finalists, each of whom performed a concerto with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra under the baton of conductor Roger Kalia, were selected from a pool of 15 standout competitors from 11 different countries.

About the Parkening Competition: The competition, which debuted in 2006, offers the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition in the world, with competitors vying for cash awards that total in excess of US$65,000. After three days of intense public performances, the winner of the Parkening International Guitar Competition receives a gold medal, the Jack Marshall Prize of US$30,000, and the most prestigious title in classical guitar. The 2015 Parkening Competition was made possible by a generous grant from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson. More information online: