2019 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition

The Institute is pleased to announce the 2019 Competition Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Cecil Alexander
Max Light
Evgeny Pobozhiy

The three Finalists will advance to the Finals on December 3 at the Kennedy Center, vying for over $150,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Records. Tickets are still available via the Kennedy Center Box Office.

Tax-deductible Gala packages are available for purchase, with benefits including premium seating and reception access. All proceeds from the Gala Concert will support the Institute’s public school jazz education programs in Washington, DC and across the country.

The Institute congratulates all of our competitors, who collectively made this year’s field one of the most challenging on record. We look forward to following their accomplishments in the coming years.


Relive all the action from the 2019 Semifinals round: check out the full webcast below.