I would like to acknowledge the incredible outpouring of love and support from fans, friends & family for 2 life changing events.
Recently, I found out that I needed to have a medical procedure that could not wait and resulted in canceling my recent tour to Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, & New York. This was unavoidable and was an extremely difficult decision. Shortly after receiving that news, the fires began in California, that have been devastating for so many people. Unfortunately, we lost our house of 40 years in Malibu along with my recording studio & everything with it…My wife, Carmen Santos Ritenour, son Wesley Ritenour and I have been lifted & inspired by the amazing outreach & caring from folks around the world…
With deep gratitude & humbleness, we thank everyone…
Love, The Ritenour’s
Below is the list of the 15 Berklee College of Music Finalists from the Six String Competition 2018.
These 15 Finalists are Invited to Apply to Berklee to Possibly Win the Full, 4 Year Scholarship:
Ramon Luis Galang
Euan Leslie – Certificate
Note From Lee:
I would like to thank all the musicians that applied to the 2018 Six String Theory Competition! This year SST welcomed visitors from 182 countries. It was truly an incredible experience watching, listening and learning from all of you around the world. I am humbled by the sheer amount of talent that’s out there today. You are creating a global music community that is powerful & inspirational with new and fresh concepts.
A little bit about the voting … Competitions are difficult … (I’ve never personally liked them :)) They have to be experienced as a way to gauge your own growth. Similar to the previous competition, this year’s winners were an amazing diverse group and sometimes the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place was separated by single digits. Most of the judges wrote back to us that it was incredibly challenging to pick one over another. There were so many talented people that joined the competition. Keep learning, growing and loving music. The gift of receiving and sharing music is one of the most fulfilling things we can experience …
9 Grand Prize Winners
Rock Guitar: Johannes Persson (Sweden)
Blues Guitar: Hayden Fogle (USA)
Acoustic Guitar: Eric Jayne (USA)
Classical Guitar: Hedvika Svendova (Czech, France)
Rhythm Guitar: Kaspar Jalily (France)
Piano: Holger Marjamaa (Estonia, USA)
Bass: Petar Pera Krstajic (Serbia, USA)
Drums: Euan Leslie (Scotland, USA)
Also Placed: Kenneth Rubenstein (USA)