About the Competition

Georgia Tech's 2016 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world's next generation of musical instruments and unveiling the best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering.

Wired magazine called the competition an "X-Prize for music," and contestants liken it to a TED Conference for new musical instrument designers. Some of our previous finalists include the OP-1, Roli Seaboard, Guitarbot and many other groundbreaking musical instruments which have since become successful commercially and artistically.  Previous judges include artists such as Laurie Anderson, Richard Devine, and Young Guru, academic leaders such as David Wessel and Tod Machover, and Music Technology industry leaders such as David Zicarelli, Eran Egozi and Tom Oberheim. The competition has received wide publicity from media outlets such as The New York TimesFast Company, The TODAY Show among others.

The Guthman Competition will take place March 2- 3, 2016, at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts, in Atlanta, Georgia.

2015 First Place Winner

Instrument: Cantor Digitalis

Designers:  Christophe d'Alessandro, Boris Doval, Lionel Feugère, Olivier Perrotin

Origin:  France

2015 Finalists Appear on the Today Show

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