03/30/10

Shon Boublil Wins Guitar Competition

Sixteen-year-old wins Lee Ritenour Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition

Sixteen-year-old guitarist Shon Boublil of Montreal may barely be old enough to drive, but he’s old enough to impress a panel of guitarists and industry veterans. Boublil was named the grand prize winner of Lee Ritenour's Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition at the final competition held recently at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. Boublil was chosen from a field of 13 guitarists from all over the world. His prize for winning? A full scholarship to the Berklee School of Music, a guest appearance on the all-star guitar CD Six String Theory being released on Concord Records, and a Yamaha guitar endorsement.

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Left to right are Ritenour with the judges, finalists and grand prize winner: judge Larry Baione (Chair of the Berklee guitar department), finalist Johan Jorgensen (Denmark), finalist Manuel Bastian (Germany), finalist David B
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Lee Ritenour with Shon Boublil

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Six String Theory is scheduled for release June 2010 and will feature along with Ritenour: B. B. King, George Benson, Steve Lukather, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Mike Stern, Neal Schon, Slash, Vince Gill, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, Andy McKee, Guthrie Govan, Joe Robinson and Kazumi Watanable.

Ritenour told JT in an e-mail at, "As the guitar competition's grand prize winner, 16 year old Shon Boublil shined through both rounds of the finals. This was particulalry evident in the second round when he played a virtuoso piece that exhibited talent way beyond his years. He showed no fear, had a beautiful tone, great interpretation and displayed all signs of being a major artist in the near future."

Shown in the photo above, left to right, following the competition are Ritenour with the judges, finalists and grand prize winner: judge Larry Baione (Chair of the Berklee guitar department), finalist Johan Jorgensen (Denmark), finalist Manuel Bastian (Germany), finalist David Brown Murrary (Ireland), judge Mitch Holder (world-renowned studio musician and teacher), grand prize winner Shon Boublil (Canada), Lee Ritenour, finalist Brooks Robertson (USA), judge Steve Lukather, finalist Jason Thomason (USA), judge Jude Gold (Director, Guitar Institute of Technology Musicians Institute), judge John Burk (Executive VP of Concord Records).

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