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Italy’s Andrea Roberto regaled guests with his musical prowess and won first place in the Parkening International Guitar Competition Saturday, June 1, at Pepperdine University. Photos by Suzy Demeter
First runner-up Alec Holcomb, from Tennessee, captivates guests with Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo’s composition.
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
11:15 am PDT June 3, 2019

Every four years, Pepperdine hosts the Parkening International Guitar Competition, a two-day event featuring a roster of classical guitarists from all over the world who are carefully vetted through challenging qualifying rounds.  The fifth annual competition, held from Tuesday-Saturday, May 28-June 1, featured 15 competitors from seven countries who vied for a $30,000 prize.