The 2016 Six String Theory Competition is coming soon with registration opening January 15, 2016- stay tuned here!

We are thrilled to announce that “A Twist of Rit”- Lee Ritenour’s new album, featuring 2014 Six String Theory guitar winner, Tony Pusztai, has hit #1 of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Congratulations Lee & Tony!

Lee Billboard #1 Week 2

Congratulations to our 2014 Six String Theory Winners who performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival opening for Lee Ritenour’s show, July 8, 2014!

Photo:  Tony Antal Pusztai (SST guitar winner), Giorgi Mikadze (SST piano winner), Kenneth Salters (SST drum winner), Lee Ritenour, Andres Rotmistrovsky (SST 1st Runner Up bass winner), and Leandro Pellegrino (MJF guitar winner 2013). MonoNeon, our 2014 Bass Winner, was not able to perform due to a previous booked performance so Andres came in place. The show was a big success! The guys also launched the nightly jam sessions at the Montreux Jazz Club!

Congratulations to our 2014 Six String Theory Berklee College of Music Scholarship Winners!

Full Ride Scholarship:
Brooks Robertson, Guitarist from Portland, OR – Fall 2015 entering

Half scholarships:

Jonathan Brown, Guitarist from Nashville, TN – Fall 2015 entering

Yotam Ishay, Pianist from Israel – Fall 2015 entering

Andrea Erd, Guitarist from Austria

Quotes from some of the 2014 SST Judges:

Keb’ Mo’: “They are all fantastic. Hard to choose, but this is only one contest in the game of life.”

Vince Gill: “Picking a winner was truly impossible. All these guitar players have my utmost respect.

Steve Lukather: “Jeez I love them all and wish I could hug them, for trying so hard. They are ALL great, they really are. OK here goes… God I hate this… damn glad it is not ME on the chopping block! haha

Abe Laboriel Jr: “this was not easy…

Chris Coleman: “This was seriously close!! CRAZY!!

Daniel Jobim: “So many good players out there so it was hard to choose!

Don Alder: “The winners are getting some incredible opportunities, like performing at venues I’ve only dreamed of playing.

Pat Kelley: “I really enjoyed seeing all of the videos. The semi-finalists are all amazing players and it was a difficult choice

Nathan East: “Wow, some of these bass players are crazy good!

Will Kennedy: “Wow! That was an amazing line up this year!!

Hotei: “All of the candidates were really fantastic, so it was not so easy to evaluate them

Tom Kennedy: “It’s always difficult, but I definitely based my decisions on functionality first

From Lee Ritenour:

Congratulations to all our final winners, our runner ups, semi finalists and everyone who participated in the 2014 Six String Theory competition!

You’ll notice from the final list of winners that it was a truly global contest, and as I mentioned before, I had the best seat in the house watching guitar, piano, bass, and drum videos from literally all over the world…

It was fascinating to work closely with all our legendary judges and you’ll see from their quotes that they were knocked out with everyone! It is so amazing the way music and musicians impact the listener.  Often the voting came down to a one point difference between the players…

I continue to encourage everyone to keep on your individual journeys… Learning and growing on your instrument is a lifetime struggle and being in the music business adds additional challenges, but the joy we receive from music and ultimately give back to our listeners is something that we must always hold sacred.

Good luck to everyone on your continued journey… we’ll be back in 2016 for the next competition so hope to see you then!

– Lee

Guitar Competition

The 2014 Competition is now over. The competition is held every other year and the next competition will be in 2016. Registration will open in early January 2016.

Guitarists enter in one of 6 categories: Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Country, Acoustic and Classical/Flamenco

Rhythm Competition

The 2014 Competition is now over. The competition is held every other year and the next competition will be in 2016. Registration will open in early January 2016.

Rhythm players may perform in any contemporary music style such as jazz, fusion, R&B, rock, blues, etc.

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