Congratulations to the 2016 Six String Theory Winners & Finalists!

*All Video Links for Winners and Finalists are listed on News tab. Winners videos are also on the Videos tab.

Guitar Grand Prize Winners (tie): Roland Balogh- Hungary  & Carter Low- Canada

Bass Grand Prize Winner:  Isaias Elpes- Brazil

Piano Grand Prize Winner:  Nicolas Hetko- NY, USA

Drum Grand Prize Winner:  Raphael Pannier- France 

Note from Lee Ritenour to the winners after recording a track in LA, Sept. 6, 2016:

“I want to thank my fantastic Six String winners…. so much fun playing and recording at Richard Gibb’s Woodshed Studio with the guys!  They played amazing! Everyone is literally from around the world and they came together and sounded like a band that’s been together for years!  So cool!  Music from the session and video to come soon… stay tuned!”

GUITAR CATEGORY WINNERS:

Jazz/Fusion Guitar Winner: Roland Balogh- Hungary (Grand Prize Tie)

Blues Guitar Winner:   Carter Low- Canada  (Grand Prize Tie)

Acoustic Guitar Winner:   Rhythm Shaw-  India  (1st Runner Up for Guitar Prizes)

Rock Guitar Winner:  Tom Caunt- UK  (2nd Runner Up for Guitar Prizes)

Classical Guitar Winner:   Stephen Lee-   Indonesia  (3rd Runner Up for Guitar Prizes)

Rhythm Guitar Winner:  Peter Skrabak-  California, USA  (4th Runner Up for Guitar Prizes)   

** Please Note: The Finalists listed below do not win any prizes, only the Guitar Category Winners above. However if you indicated interest in Berklee Scholarships, your information was submitted for consideration of the Scholarships to Berklee.

Jazz/Fusion Guitar Winner: ROLAND BALOGH– Hungary

1st Finalist:  Roman Nochevnyy- Turkmenistan

2nd Finalist: Pablo Romeu-  Brazil

3rd Finalist: Ilya Kamaldinov-  Russia

4th Finalist:  Eduardo Belloni-  Brazil

5th Finalist:  Jan Jakut- Washington, USA

Blues Guitar Winner: CARTER LOW– Canada

1st Finalist:  Hayden Fogle-  New York, USA

2nd Finalist: Tommy Benson-  Florida, USA

3rd Finalist:  Gary Cain-  Canada

4th Finalist: Marc Athlan- France

5th Finalist:  James Howard-  Washington, USA

Acoustic Guitar Winner:   RHYTHM SHAW–  India 

1st  Finalist:   Sandor Nanasi-  Hungary

2nd Finalist:  Kris Schulz-  Canada

3rd Finalist:   Antonio Palumbo- Italy

4th Finalist:   Jamie Dupuis-  Canada

5th Finalist:  Dan Bankhurst- Tennessee, USA

Rock Guitar Winner:  TOM CAUNT– UK

1st  Finalist:   Elmo Karjalainen-  Finland

2nd Finalist:  Craig Pirtle- California, USA

3rd Finalist:   Luke Fortini-  Italy

4th Finalist:   Jorge Almarales-  Florida, USA

5th Finalist:   Luciano Silva-  Brazil

Rhythm Guitar Winner:  PETER SKRABAK–  California, USA  

1st  Finalist:  Viktor Geczy-  Hungary

2nd Finalist:  Brad Bailey- North Carolina, USA

3rd  Finalist:   Yu Ooka- California, USA

4th Finalist:  Orion Meshorer – Israel

5th  Finalist:  Jesse Sullivan- Washington, USA

Classical Guitar Winner:   STEPHEN LEE– Indonesia

1st  Finalist:  Ricardo Giuffrida- Brazil

2nd Finalist: Dominic Flynn- California, USA

3rd Finalist:  Alex Park- California, USA

4th Finalist:  Giorgi Kveliashvili- Georgia (country)

5th Finalist:  Jasmin Lacasse Roy-  Canada

Piano Grand Prize Winner:  NICOLAS HETKO–  New York, USA

1st  Finalist:   Michael Ragonese- California, USA

2nd Finalist:   Yakub Saputra- California, USA

3rd Finalist:   Tim Dvorkin-  Ohio, USA

4th Finalist:   Katarina Kochetova-  Serbia

5th Finalist:   Brian Clay- Tennessee, USA

Bass Grand Prize Winner:  ISAIAS ELPES–  USA/Brazil

1st  Finalist:  Bryan Ladd-  New York, USA

2nd Finalist: Brandon Rose-  Michigan, USA

3rd  Finalist:  Joe Duran-  California, USA

4th Finalist:  Jacob Smith-  Texas, USA

5th Finalist:  Naoki Isobe-  Japan

Drum Grand Prize Winner:  RAPHAEL PANNIER–  France

1st   Finalist:  Yesaya Soemantri – Indonesia

2nd  Finalist:  Shedly Abraham-   New York, USA

3rd  Finalist:  Jeroen Truyen-  Germany

4th  Finalist:  David Hodek-  Slovakia

5th  Finalist:  Jacori Robinson-  Texas, USA

NOTE FROM LEE RITENOUR:

First off, I would like to thank all the musicians that applied to the 2016 Six String Theory Competition. I was thrilled that 170 countries visited our website and 45 countries from around the world signed up for the competition. I personally looked at hundreds of videos the last few months and I can honestly say I’m humbled by the sheer amount of talent from around the world that joined the competition.

I’ve said this before, that in general, I don’t like competitions. Music is not about competition… It’s about giving, growing and bringing joy to other people’s lives through music. I believe with our Six String Theory Competition, we try to reach beyond the competition part to encourage musicians to share their music and have a goal to improve. We’ve had several people who have signed up previously for Six String and either not placed at all or did not reach very high in the rankings. Then we’ve had those same people apply in later years, and in some cases, place very high or even win the grand prize.

This year’s winners were an amazing diverse group of musicians and sometimes the first place, second and third were separated by a few votes. All of the judges wrote back to us that this year was very challenging because of the amazing amount of talent and diversity.

I encourage all the musicians that joined our competition to keep going forward…The gift of receiving and giving music is truly one of the most beautiful things on Earth and all of you are certainly doing just that!

-Lee Ritenour

Guitar Competition

Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Guitar Competition 2016 is now CLOSED. Winners Were Announced June 7, 2016. Next Competition Opens January 2018!

Rhythm Competition

Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Rhythm Competition 2016 is now CLOSED. Winners Were Announced June 7, 2016. Next Competition Opens January 2018!

NOTE FROM LEE RITENOUR:

First off, I would like to thank all the musicians that applied to the 2016 Six String Theory Competition. I was thrilled that 170 countries visited our website and 45 countries from around the world signed up for the competition. I personally looked at hundreds of videos the last few months and I can honestly say I'm humbled by the sheer amount of talent from around the world that joined the competition.

I've said this before, that in general, I don't like competitions. Music is not about competition… It's about giving, growing and bringing joy to other people's lives through music. I believe with our Six String Theory Competition, we try to reach beyond the competition part to encourage musicians to share their music and have a goal to improve. We've had several people who have signed up previously for Six String and either not placed at all or did not reach very high in the rankings. Then we've had those same people apply in later years, and in some cases, place very high or even win the grand prize.

This year's winners were an amazing diverse group of musicians and sometimes the first place, second and third were separated by a few votes. All of the judges wrote back to us that this year was very challenging because of the amazing amount of talent and diversity.

I encourage all the musicians that joined our competition to keep going forward...The gift of receiving and giving music is truly one of the most beautiful things on Earth and all of you are certainly doing just that!

-Lee Ritenour

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