Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced

16th May 2011 | 09:48

Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced
Young Guitarist Of The Year finalists announced

Five finalists have been selected from thousands of hopefuls to compete for the coveted accolade of Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 in association with Blackstar Amplifiers.

The finalists are: Carlo Bardoli, James Bell, Elliot Noble, Callum Williams and Jordan Swann. The five will compete in the live finals held at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, as part of the London Guitar Festival 2011 at the Southbank Centre, SE1.

The winner on the day will walk away with a Blackstar HT-Stage 60 and HT-1R amplifier package courtesy of Blackstar Amplification, plus a place at the IGF Summer School. Most importantly, they will be crowned Guitarist magazine's Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011.

Previous winners have gone on to great success, and we expect this year to be no exception. Come along and cheer for your favourite - entry is just £3.

Click onwards for more information and to meet the finalists...

Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced
Callum Williams

Name: Callum Williams

Track entered: Guitars On Fire

Current main guitar: PRS Custom 24

12-year-old Callum has been playing guitar for three years, but has already passed Rock School's Grade Six electric guitar exams with merit, after being encouraged to get into playing by his dad, Paul.

A rock and blues fan, Callum's guitar idols are Slash, Joe Satriani, Hendrix and Steve Vai. When asked about the prospect of winning YGOTY he responded: "I want to be recognised as a fantastic guitar player." And why not indeed?

Random fact: He met Joe Satriani at a gig last year, where the guitar god signed his JS2000.

Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced
Elliot Noble

Name: Elliot Noble

Track entered: W.H.E.N.

Current main guitar: Schecter Blackjack ATX C7

Scottish djentleman Elliot has been playing for five years. "I got a few lessons as a bribe to work hard at school and I've been hooked ever since," he tells us.

A big fan of Italian rock guitarist Marco Sfogli and Periphery fret-blazer Misha Mansoor, Elliot is excited by the chance offered by YGOTY. "Winning such a prestigious event would be a great opportunity to show my work to a wider audience."

Random fact: "My mum says that if any more guitars come into the house she's leaving. She doesn't know yet, but my Dad and I just bought a 50th Anniversary Tele off eBay - bye Mum!"

Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced
James Bell

Name: James Bell

Track entered: A New Hope

Current main guitar: Vintage VS6

Having started on drums, 13-year-old James got into guitar after hearing his dad play. "My dad played guitar to help improve his drumming," James recalls. "And then one day he blasted out Smoke On The Water - it sounded so great!"

Hooked, James found himself idolising the likes of Satch, Malmsteen, Michael Angelo Batio and Randy Rhoads. "I'd love to be a professional guitarist when I'm older,” says James. “Winning YGOTY could open up a lot of opportunities for me."

Random fact: James loves to busk and even has a busking slot at the Nantwich Arts Festival this year.

Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced
Jordan Swann

Name: Jordan Swann

Track entered: Swann Song

Current main guitar: Gibson SG

SG-slinger Jordan is a big rock and blues fan, and his choice of axe gives a pretty clear hint about his guitar inspiration, "Watching the AC/DC live at Donington DVD three years ago made me want to start playing," he enthuses.

Jordan has been eyeing up the YGOTY crown for some time, "It's been my major goal since my dad first bought me a copy of Guitarist magazine," he admits. "Plus, Guthrie Govan won it, so it must be a good thing to do!"

Random fact: Jordan keeps up his rock 'n' roll credentials by owning a pet tarantula.

Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced
Carlo Bardoli

Name: Carlo Bardoli

Track entered: Like This

Current main guitar: Schecter Hellraiser C1

Based in Ruislip, North London, Carlo has been playing guitar for 11 years and his preferred musical genres are instrumental rock and metal. Somewhere between studying maths, physics, chemistry and music, Carlo manages to find time to get his head around the equally mind-bending subjects of his favourite players, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert.

“Winning Young Guitarist Of The Year would help me further my career in music and hopefully reward me for the hard work I have put into playing the guitar,” muses the young hopeful.

Random fact: Carlo is Europe’s youngest endorsee of Schecter Guitars, EMG pickups and Line 6 effects

Young Guitarist Of The Year 2011 finalists announced
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