Kabir Vinay Dabholkar has won the third prize at the Asia International Guitar Festival and Competition (Junior Category).
Kabir is a 17-year-old who studies at the International School, Bangalore. A regular participant at the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival and Compeition, this is his first win outside of India.
“For the past three years the Calcutta Guitar Festival has been my only interaction with the classical guitar world. Getting to meet and be with the best guitarists in the world has been the biggest motivation for me to keep playing the guitar. The festival has been instrumental (no pun intended) in my progress,” he said.
“I can’t wait for the festival [in Calcutta] this year! The AIGF experience was fantastic. I met some really nice people. It was especially nice of Dr Cesarczyk to compliment me on my performance,” he added.