Sixteen-year-old guitarist Shon Boublil of Montreal, Canada, was named the grand prize winner of Lee Ritenour’s Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition, the finals of which were held recently in Santa Monica, California. Thirteen aspiring guitarists from around the world were selected to compete in the finals, which awarded six top prizes, including the grand prize: a full scholarship to Boston’s Berklee School of Music, a guest performance on the all-star guitar CD Six String Theory, a Yamaha guitar endorsement and more.
Scheduled for release by Concord Records in June, Six String Theory features 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.
Pictured above: Lee Ritenour (left) and Shon Boublil.