Aytahn Benavi, a student of Kevin Taylor, recently participated in the Ex Aeque Artist International online competition. Over 145 entries of professional guitarists of all ages participated with video entries. There were 24 semi-finalists and eventually 12 finalists who performed a live set online. Aytahn made it to the finals – the youngest player involved – and then received 1st prize!  Aytahn did not prepare for the competition, having sent in his entry 2 days after he had heard about it! This shows how important it is to keep one’s skills ready for performance! Aytahn is a senior in high school. He is the son of Hillel & Irit Benavi of Austin.