A Guthman contestant plays a guitar-like instrument with LED lights.

2020 Finalists

2020 Finalists

The finalists for the Guthman Competition come from all around the world, and are as varied as the instruments themselves. Some are companies looking to showcase their hot new product that will soon take the music world by storm; others are inventors who created their one of a kind prototype in their garage, and seek to prove that they've made an exciting new discovery that will make us all re-think how music is made.

Regardless of origin, each finalist has a compelling story to tell, and an astounding new way to make music.

2020 Guthman finalists Ork.1 stand in an "orchestra" of instruments.

The Instruments

Given the naturally wide parameters of what it means to create a new musical instrument, it's often impossible to really expect what you'll see and hear at the Guthman Competition year to year. But sometimes, a common thread can be found among some of the instruments. This year, you'll find many of the competitors' instruments have an added emphasis on helping those with disabilities play music, and making music accessible to anyone who wants to pick up an instrument and play.

Klimchak playing a created instrument made of rods and other fabricated materials.


Virtuosic musicians, musical entrepreneurs, researchers, and curators will take the stage during the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition concert. Each virtuoso, appearing together with one of the competition finalists, will help explain how each new musical instrument works and how it transforms musical creation and performance. Most of our virtuosi will also perform on stage with these incredible new musical instruments.


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