The 21-year-old victor picks up a $16,000 custom-made guitar along with his prize money.

Australian National University School of Music student Andrey Lebedev has been crowned winner of the 2012 Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition, the finals of which were held on Saturday 11 August in the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse.

The 21-year-old former Adelaide University Elder Conservatorium of Music student, a protégé of guitarist Timothy Kain, scoops $10,000 in prize money and guitar valued at $16,000, specially made by renowned Australian luthier Jim Redgate.

In its second year running, the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition attracted young hopefuls from around the globe, including finalists Andrey Lebedev (Australia), Samuel Klemke (Germany), Chun Xie (China), Claire Sannaikone (France), Daniel Nistico (Australia), Ekachai Jearakul (Thailand), Christopher Chidiac (Australia) and Stephanie Jones (Australia). Each performed a set of 15 minutes for a judging panel featuring international guitarists and experts in the field: Jim Redgate, Guitar Trek’s Minh le Hoang, Geoffrey Morris, Ana Vidovic, Richard Charlton, Aleksandr Tsiboulski and Simon Powis among others.

Lebedev impressed the judges with Agustin Barrios Mangore’s Una Limosne Por Amor Dios, Bach’s Allegro from the Second Violin Sonata and Alberto Ginastera’s Canto and Finalefrom the Guitar Sonata.

Artistic director of the 2012 Adelaide International Guitar...