PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Classical guitarist Marko Topchii, 24, won the International Gredos San Diego Classical Guitar Competition on May 14 in Madrid. The competition featured three categories – firm program, free program and guitar concerto. Masataka Suganuma of Japan won second place, and Younho Kim of South Korea won third place.
Mr. Topchii has now won his 25th international competition. Having competed since he was 11, Mr. Topchii performed on May 24 with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Ratheim, Germany, and on April 30 he performed in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as part of the D’Addario Performance Series concerts.
His performance at the competition can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AP_4tSnpmk. More clips can be found on the competition’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/concursoguitarragsd.
Mr. Topchii hails from Kyiv, completed his master’s degree at the National University of Arts in Kharkiv in 2011 and is pursing a doctorate at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kyiv, studying with Prof. Yuri Alexik. He has won more than 50 awards worldwide in international guitar competitions, including 25 first-place finishes. Since 2012 he has been sponsored by D’Addario strings and plays guitars made by Karl-Heinz Roemmich, Yuichi Imai and Sakurai Kohno.
Mr. Topchii won first place in the audience prize at the Concours de Guiitare en Pay Taranais in Albi, France, on March 7-8.