The French guitarist, René Bartoli, won the International Guitar Cometition of O.R.T.F. at Salle Gaveau in Paris at age 21. He then started concert tours in France, Belgium, England, etc.
René Bartoli is Senior Professor at the Conservatoire National de Region de Marseille. He recorded several LP's, including one with the renowned flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. He also wrote two pedagogical directories with partitions, which have been used by numerous guitarists.
In 1978 René Bartoli founded the International Guitar Competition that bears his name, which he heads and runs every year.