The greatest guitar players of today and tomorrow will be featured at the 2018 Wilson Center Guitar Festival as 55 semi-finalists from 42 cities around the world compete for their share of $32,000 in prize money and a chance to headline the final concert on Saturday, August 18!

Click on each semi-finalist's name below to view their preliminary YouTube submission. Competitors advancing to the final rounds will be announced on Friday, August 17. First-, second-, and third-place winners in each genre will be announced on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival. 

CLASSICAL

Thomas Aquino • Bloomington, IN
Misael Barraza-Diaz • Tucson, AZ
Adam Cicchillitti • Gatineau, Canada
Jack Cimo • San Luis Obispo, CA
Brendan Cowan • Staten Island, NY
David Echenberg • Québec, Canada
Kacey Ellis • Chicago, IL
Nicholas Epple • Tucson, AZ
Noe Garcia • Denton, TX
Matthew Gillen • Austin, TX
Samuel Hines • Mora, MN
Kenneth Kam • Hong Kong, China
Dan Kyzer • Corinth, TX
YunZhe Lin • Bloomington, IN
Miles McConnell • Middleton, WI
Grant Miller • Tucson, AZ
Bo Peng • Shorewood, WI
Alejandro Rodriguez • Milwaukee, WI
Jone Ruiz • Milwaukee, WI
Jesus Serrano • Mexico City, Mexico
Evan Taucher • Milwaukee, WI
Hector Torres • Denton, TX
Austin Wahl • Minneapolis, MN

FINGERSTYLE

William Boulé • El Dorado Hills, CA
Kevin Horrigan • Milwaukee, WI
Nick Johnson • Pleasant Grove, UT
Niya Keranova • Varna, Bulgaria
Michael McKinnon • Milwaukee, WI
Elias Pinet • Salt Lake City, UT
Bolo Rodrigues • Kailua-Kona, HI
Casey Smithley • Plymouth, MN
Zach Tremblay • West Allis, WI
Mike Williams • Knoxville, TN

JAZZ

Nathan Borton • Lansing, MI
Giovanni Di Carlo • Campolieto, Italy
Jose Emilio Gobbo Junior • Urbana, IL
Jocelyn Gould • Winnipeg, Canada
Ivan Gygi • Logan, UT
Adam Kahana • Ann Arbor, MI
William Kidera • Chicago, IL
Matt Landon • Burlington, IA
Peter Martin • East Lansing, MI
Takahiro Nawashiro • New York, NY
Jackson Potter • South Miami, FL
Dante Turkow • Brookfield, WI
Garrett Waite • Pewaukee, WI

ROCK/BLUES

Thomas Anspach II • Antioch, TN
Hunter Bergman • Draper, UT
Brendan Clyons • Trumbull, CT
Dawid Dobrzynski • San Jose, CA
David Kleczka • Big Bend, WI
Joe Latona • Milwaukee, WI
Jackson Potter • South Miami, FL
Roger Schaumann • Canyon Country, CA
Chris Schuck • Milwaukee, WI
Garrett Waite • Pewaukee, WI
Christopher Wolf • West Allis, WI