Former SST keyboard winner, Giorgi Mikadze, performs with Lee Ritenour in Israel!

Our 2014 Keyboard Winner, Giorgi Mikadze, will perform with Lee Ritenour in Israel. This marks the first time Lee will have performed in Israel making it a real special night.  We like to highlight the continued opportunities that come from being a Six String Winner!


American Grammy award winning jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour will be performing in Israel for the first time on May 31 at Tel Aviv’s Reading 3. Known to fans as “Captain Fingers” for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Ritenour has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic.

In the ’90s, Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason.

The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

Over the years, he has collaborated with an array of diverse artists such as George Benson, Vince Gill, Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and even opera great Renee Fleming.

For the Tel Aviv show, Ritenour will be joined on stage by his band, including Ben Shephard on bass, Wesley Ritenour on drums and Giorgi Mikadze on keyboards.

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Total Prize Package Worth Over $700,000

The total prize package for the 2016 competition is truly extraordinary… with 4 Berklee scholarships, international travel  and performance as well as domestic travel for recording and performing, plus instruments and prizes and priceless access and mentoring, it is a remarkable opportunity for the winners.

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30 days left to Register in 2016 Competition- get your videos ready!

We are on the 30 day countdown left for registering in the 2016 Six String competition in Guitar, Bass, Drums and Piano. If you haven’t already, please get your videos ready and register here on the site either in the guitar competition or the Rhythm competition if you are bass, piano or drums. We look forward to hearing all the great and diverse music from around the world!

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Competition registration open to May 15th!

Update:  The 2016 competition registration is going great and we have applicants from over 21 countries so far. There is still plenty of time to register with the deadline being May 15th. The judges have started reviewing (but not evaluating/judging) the first wave of applicants.  Get your videos ready today!

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Lee discusses competition, change in music industry, technology, mentoring and more

Lee Ritenour talks technology and social changes in the music business

“I take all these changes and try to embrace it. … If you try to stay in the past in the music business, you’re in trouble.”

Lee Ritenour is one of the most prolific and renowned artists in jazz. The legendary guitarist has charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits, has been awarded a Grammy, and has played with the crème de la crème of the music scene. We caught up with Lee Ritenour to talk about how he adapted to technology and social changes that disrupted the music business and were offered great insights and opinions.



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