JURY

The Competition Jury has had over two hundred world-famous musicians and teaching professors from 24 countries around the globe. It is the participation of well-known musicians and celebrated personailites in the world of Music that ensures an unbiassed and fair way to discover ones most gifted and worthy. The very participation in the Competition, however,  makes it a great experience for young musicians as well, and thus enables both laureates and participants to jumps-start a professional career. 

PIANO

Vladimir Ovchinnikov

Russia

Vladimir Ovchinnikov is an award winning pianist, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Aleksey Nasedkin. Director of Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, resident professor at the Moscow Conserv- atory and guest professor at Sakuyo University (Japan). The only pianist ever to win the top prizes at both the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982) and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition (1987). Worked as a chairman and jury member at major international competitions (International Tchaikovsky Competition, International Tchaikovsky Com- petition for Young Musicians, Busoni International Piano Competition etc.).

Ovchinnikov appears regularly with such leading orchestras as the Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow Radio Symphony, St Pe- tersburg Philharmonic, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Grand Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and others.

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Vladimir Ovchinnikov

Vladimir Ovchinnikov

Russia

Yuri Slesarev

Russia

Yuri Slesarev – professor of the Moscow Conservatory, laureate of All-Union and International Competitions. He was taught by the great musician of the 20th century Victor Merzhanov, who was his teacher and tutor while Yuri studied in Moscow Conserv- atory and his postgraduate studentship.

Yuri Slesarev performs with high success and conducts master classes in greatest halls of the world. He was on tour in England, Germany, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, South Korea, Japan, countries of North and South America.

Yuri Slesarev – is a juror of many international competitions. His students won international awards many times. Professor’s master classes in cities of Russia, Europe, Korea, Japan and the USA generated considerable and vivid interest of professionals.

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Yuri Slesarev

Yuri Slesarev

Russia

Valery Pyasetsky

Russia

Valery Pyasetsky graduated from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied under Prof. A.A. Nasedkin.

He performed virtually in every Russian city as well as in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, France, Switzerland, Japan etc.He is a recognized chamber performer. Had a long-time collaboration in duet with the People’s artist of Russia M. Khomitser (cello).

Valery Pyasetsky is a jury member in many international competitions, conducts master classes in Russia and abroad.

Works at Moscow Conservatory since 1994. At present he is a professor at the Piano Division chaired by Prof. S. Dorensky and a Head of Piano Division at the Central Musical School.

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Valery Pyasetsky

Valery Pyasetsky

Russia

Nurlan Izmaylov

Kazakhstan

Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory under of professors Victor Nosov and Nina Emelyanova (1970-1975), assistant internship under People's Artist of the USSR Emil Gilels (1975-1978). Laureate of special prizes at the All-Union Competition (1977), at the International Rakhmaninov Competition (1983).

Worked at the Almaty State Kurmangazy Conservatory (1978-1999), at the Department of Special Piano of the Kazakh National University of Arts (since 1999). Dean of the faculty (2003-2006), Head of the department (2006-2009). Constantly performs with recitals.

At present he is a professor at the Department of Piano at the Kazakh National University of Arts (since 2009). Tought a number of students, among whom many are laureates of Republican and International competitions.

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Nurlan Izmaylov

Nurlan Izmaylov

Kazakhstan

Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova

Kazakhstan

People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Professor of the Piano Department of the Kazakh National Kurmangazy Conservatory. After graduating from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and assistant internship in the class of Professor, Honored Artist of the RSFSR, Gleb Akselrod, in 1974 for about 40 years has successfully been engaged in teaching, concert, performing and social activities. In 1980 she won the First Absolute Prize at the 31st Viotti International Competition in Italy.

Has brought up more than 100 students, among them more than 20 laureates of international competitions. Repeatedly participated in the jury at republican and international piano competitions (Astana, Almaty, Paris, Russia, Austria). In 1981 recorded a solo disc at the Melody record company (Moscow), in 2015 released a CD with all improvisations by F. Schubert (opus 90 and opus 142 ) at HOFA (Germany). Recorded works of Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Liszt, Poulenc, Kazhgaliyev. In 2000 she was awarded the Order of Kurmet, in 2010 - the Order of Parasat.

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Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova

Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova

Kazakhstan

Soyoung Yoon

South Korea

Received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance from Hanyang University (Seoul) as a student of Chung Yoon Park. She continued her studies in the United States at the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2003 as a student of Anton Nel. By 2008 she further received her Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music under Frank Weinstock.

Dr. Yoon is the recipient of top prizes in several international competitions. Extensively performs as recitalist and collaborative artist in the Republic of Korea through performances at the Korean National Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center, Kumho Art Hall, and the Sejong Center for the Arts. Has also been featured in the US at Carnegie Hall, Indiana University, Texas State University, the University of San Antonio, the Texas Piano Feslival and the Steinway Society. Having been featured as soloist around the world, Dr. Yoon has made concerto appearances with the Nova Vista Symphony, University of Texas, Gyounggi Philharmonic, Sungnam City Philharmonic, Seoul Symphony, Moldova National, the Rumania Timishuara and other orchestras.

Currently, Dr. Yoon is a Professor of Piano Performance at the Seoul Cyber University and is the Artistic Director of the “WE Soloists” chamber ensemble.

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Soyoung Yoon

Soyoung Yoon

South Korea

Yasuo Watanabe

Japan

Born in 1949, the son of Akeo Watanabe, a renowned conductor and founder of the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the composition department of the Music High School of the Tokyo Arts National University, he studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. There he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree and the prestigious Artist's Diploma in Piano, studying with Theodore Lettvin. He then went to the Juilliard School in New York where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki and earned a Master's Degree in Piano
in 1975.

Yasuo made his debut as a Concert Pianist in 1972 in Tokyo. Since then he has performed countless
piano concertos with numerous symphony orchestras throughout the world. He marked his formal debut as a Conductor in September 1992, conducting the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at the renowned Suntory Hall in Tokyo in the presence of Her Majesty the Empress and
His Highness the Crown Prince of Japan. Since then he has conducted many orchestras, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Kyushu Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Dublin, just to mention a few.

Music Director of the Tsuyama International All-Round Music Festival. After serving as the Dean (2008~2010), he works as a Professor of the Faculty of Music at the Kurashiki Sakuyo University.

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Yasuo Watanabe

Yasuo Watanabe

Japan

Francisco Javier Cruz-Plaza

Italy

Received Doctorate with honors and awards, made conducting studies with Sir Norman del Mar and Claudio Abbado. His piano career began with a repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the latest music. Invited by Bella Davidowich interpreted the Well-Tempered Clavier
of J.S.Bach at the Juilliard School in New York, making his American debut with the Goldberg Variations. As a teacher of the "Eleanor Aitken Contemporary Music Center" performed numerous premieres of composers of the late twentieth century. Performed Ligeti’s Etudes under the supervision of the composer himself. Worked as a visiting professor and lecturer at the Universities of Columbia, Harvard, Yale, California, Mexico, Toronto, Cambridge,Tokyo, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Oslo, Michigan, Bordeaux, etc.

After creating the FIM Domenico Scarlatti in their Spanish-US versions and "The Summer Festival" at the University of Cambridge assuming
its artistic direction for four years, ceases all professional activity for more than twenty years, During the early 1990s, he limited his concertizing, preferring to spend these years studying by himself and expanding his repertoire into the complete works of J.S. Bach, all Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms.

Since its recent resurgence, Cruz-Plaza has been enjoying an uninterrupted international career touring 53 countries performing J.S.Bach. Artist Director of the "European Piano Series" in Washington DC.

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Francisco Javier Cruz-Plaza

Francisco Javier Cruz-Plaza

Italy

Xiaohan Wang

China

One of the leading pianists in China, Steinway Artist. Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. As an invited Artistic Director, Xiaohan Wang successfully held of the first Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition in October 2016 in Beijing. The same year in August, he founded the Los Angeles International Piano Master Seminar in USA. As a top prizewinner of ARD Competition in Münich, the Van Cliburn Competition in USA and the Beethoven Competition in Bonn, he has appeared with major orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic and the German Bavarian Broadcasting Symphony.

As a chamber musician, he has also collaborated with Mischa Maisky, Jerusalem Quartet and
Takács Quartet. As a soloist, Wang has staged on the German Bavarian Broadcasting Symphony Hall, Russian Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Israeli Tel Aviv Mann Auditorium. He was also invited to perform at numerous international music festivals. In 2007, his work A Lost Diary was awarded the Second prize at the Chinese Piano Composition Competition. In 2008, his violin composition Scene of the Chinese Village was awarded the Third prize at the Chinese Violin Composition Competition, which was then performed and recorded by the well-known Chinese violinist Ning Feng. His piano composition The Inspiration of Painting was elected as the compulsory piece for the 2007 Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn. His performance with the Köln Chamber Orchestra on Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, which was conducted by Helmut Müller-Brühl, was recorded and published by Naxos.

Wang’s latest 2015 album, his on-stage performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was published by the Austrian Recording Company Bravo Artists.

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Xiaohan Wang

Xiaohan Wang

China

Efrem Briskin

USA

Graduated from St.Petersburg (Leningrad) State Conservatory where he received his D.M.A. with distinction. His mentors were professors Moisey Khalfin and Valentina Kunde. After completion of his studies he became Professor of Piano at the Petrozavodsk branch of the St.Petersburg Conservatory.

His concert calendar included solo and chamber recital tours of the former USSR and solo appearances with orchestras as well as television and radio broadcasts throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. After emigrating to the USA in 1979 Mr. Briskin continued to pursue an active performing career. As a soloist and a chamber musician he performed in U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Venezuela and South Africa. Mr. Briskin collaborated with such artists as Aaron Rosand, Mikhail Kopelman, Nathaniel Rosen, Albert Markov, Stanley Drucker, Julius Backer among others.

Presently, he serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Artistic Director of the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, N.Y. and of Burgos International Music Festival in Spain. He is also the Artistic Director of the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy.

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Efrem Briskin

Efrem Briskin

USA

Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin

Kazakhstan

Born on February 2, 1999. Winner of many prestigious international competitions, the author of more than 100 musical pieces, including large-scale symphonic canvases and a variety of chamber compositions. At the age of 17 he became the youngest cultural figure to be awarded with
the honorary badge “For merits in the development of culture and art” of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly. He is also the winner of the Daryn State Youth Prize.

Rakhat-Bi is the youngest and only composer from independent Kazakhstan whose creations are included in the Discography treasury of the World Foundation for Piano Works with the Orchestra of the University of Southern Illinois (USA). He is the member of the international academies for composers and performers of contemporary music: Impuls (Graz, Austria), ISA (Mürzzuschlag, Austria), KlangZeitMünster (Muenster, Germany), and the youngest lecturer
of ICTM 2015. Rakhat-Bi became a student at 13 years old, but at the
age of 17 he was already a graduate student. Merely a year later, at 18 years of age, he defended his master's thesis (dissertation), becoming a master of art sciences.

The works of Rakhat-Bi are performed by well-known soloists, chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestras of Europe, Asia and America. Premieres of his works were held in Prague, London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Seoul, Ankara, Istanbul, Moscow and other cities. Rakhat-Bi is the author of a number of scientific articles and books.

 

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Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin

Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin

Kazakhstan

VIOLIN

Sergey Kravchenko

Russia

Graduated from the famous Stolyarsky School of Music in Odessa. In Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory his teacher was world-renowned violinist, professor, musician Leonid Kogan. At present time Sergey Kravchenko is a full-time professor of Moscow Conservatory.

After he became a Prize winner at Paganini competition in Geneva, his concert career began. Later he also became a Prize winner in J. Thibaut competition in Paris and in Competition of String Quartets in Liege, Belgium.

Toured extensively throughout Russia and abroad. He played and gave master classes in Germany, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Israel, the USA, Australia etc.

Many of his students are winners of international competitions: V. Igolinsky, V. Mullova, S. Krylov, J. Ko, N. Sachenko, and others. He is a member of jury at many prestige International competitions: Tchaikovsky competition, Brahms competition, Oistrakh competition, Enescu competition, Lysenko competition and others. Sergey Kravchenko has made numerous recordings in Russia, Germany, France, Italy and other countries.

For his outstanding achievements Sergey Kravchenko was awarded an honorary title: “Distinguished Artist of Russia”.

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Sergey Kravchenko

Sergey Kravchenko

Russia

Viktor Tretyakov

Russia

Having started musical education at the Irkutsk Music School, and continuing
it in the Central Music School, Victor Tretyakov brilliantly completed it at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of the legendary teacher Yuri Yankelevich. In 1966 Victor Tretyakov became First prize laureate of the First International Tchaikovsky Competition. From that time the brilliant concert activity of the violinist begins. He successfully performs all over the world as a soloist and in an ensemble with many outstanding conductors and musicians of our time, participates in many international festivals. Geography of his tours includes the
UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavian countries and Latin America.

Viktor Tretyakov manifests himself in various creative activities: from 1983 to 1991 he headed the State Chamber Orchestra of the USSR, becoming the artistic director and following of the legendary Rudolf Barshai. In 1990 he became one of the initiators of the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars.

Viktor Tretyakov successfully combines performing with pedagogical and social activities. The musician has been a professor at the Moscow Conservatory and the Cologne Higher School of Music for many years, being regularly invited to conduct master classes, and serves as chairman of the Yankelevich Charity Foundation. Regular Jury member of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

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Viktor Tretyakov

Viktor Tretyakov

Russia

Eduard Grach

Russia

People's Artist of the USSR. Born in Odessa in 1930. Studied at the Stolarsky School of Music, then brilliantly graduated from the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Abram Yampolsky). In 1953 graduated from the Conservatory and in 1958 - post-graduate (under David Oistrakh). Awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the Second Degree (2017), the Order of Honor (2011), The Order of the Eugène Ysaÿe International Foundation, Cavalier of the Imperial Order of St. Anne (2015). Academician of the Italian "Monti Azzuri" Academy. Honorary Professor of the Shanghai and Sichuan Conservatories in China, the Yakut Higher School of Music, the University of Indianapolis in Athens (Greece).

Since 1949 began concert activity, since 1953 - the soloist of Mosconcert, since 1975 - the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic. In 1964 he organized a trio with Evgeny Malinin and Natalia Shakhovskaya, soon after they became one of the leading chamber ensembles in the country. Performed with the best orchestras of the world (conductors: K. Mazur, K. Tzeki, E. Svetlanov, K. Kondrashin, F. Konvichny, A. Samosud, N. Rakhlin, G. Rozhdestvensky, E. Inbal, K. Sander and others). Since 1990 he constantly performs in the ensemble with his wife, Honored Artist
of Russia Valentina Vasilenko (piano).
He organized the Chamber Orchestra "Moskovia" from students of his class, becoming its permanent conductor and artistic director. Since 1995 — head of the violin department of the Moscow Conservatory.

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Eduard Grach

Eduard Grach

Russia

Aiman Mussakhajayeva

Kazakhstan

Peoples’ Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 1983, she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky (class of Professor, People's Artist of Russia Valery
Klimov). In 1990 became the Associate Professor of the violin department of the Almaty State Conservatory named after Kurmangazy. Since 1993 she has been a professor. In 1993, she founded the State Chamber Orchestra "Academy of Soloists" and became its artistic director. As a member of the jury, took part in the international violin competitions named after Tchaikovsky, International Violin Contest by Michelangelo Abbado, International Violin Contest by A.Yampolskiy.

Since 1998 — rector of the Kazakh National Academy of Music in Astana, since 2009 – rector Kazakh National University of Arts. Member of the International Academy of Art, holds the honorary title of UNESCO «Artist for Peace». The winner of State Award of the Republic of Kazakhstan for literature, art, architecture, «Platinum Tarlan» Laureate Award. Aiman Mussakhajayeva’s name was listed in the World IBC honor roll «2000 outstanding musicians of XX century». Professor of the Moscow, Almaty, Bishkek Conservatories, Rector of Kazakh National University of Arts.

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Aiman Mussakhajayeva

Aiman Mussakhajayeva

Kazakhstan

Alma Abatova

Kazakhstan

Honoured worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Associated professor of art criticism. Head of the division of violin and viola department at K. Bayseitova Republican Secondary Specialized Music school for gifted children. Associated professor at the department of string instruments of Kurmangazy Almaty State Conservatory. Alma Abatova studied in class of Honoured worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan Professor N. Patrusheva. She was at the beginning of foundation of Kazakh Music Academy as the dean of orchestral faculty and the head of the department of string instruments. Alma Abatova was the head of the ensemble of little violinists Aigolek which gave performances in Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the USA, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.

Now she conducts vigorous productive pedagogical activity. Among her many students there are prizewinners of republican and international competitions. Alma Abatova regularly holds master classes. She is one of the judges of republican and international competitions.

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Alma Abatova

Alma Abatova

Kazakhstan

Nam Yun Kim

South Korea

The most famed violinist in Korea, made her grand debut as she has won top prizes in the Merriweather Post International Competition and the Tibor Varga International Competition after studying at Juilliard School of Music with Ivan Galamian and Felix Galimir.

She was invited to perform at many internationally renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center and Sydney Opera House and other major concert halls in Europe and Asia.She also performed with major orchestras throughout the world including St. Petersburg and many others worldwide.

Nam Yun Kim, one of the most successful teachers in Korea, has served on the juries of numerous prestigious competitions worldwide like Taipei International Competition and Tibor Varga Competition. Nam Yun Kim was invited to many famous music schools and festivals as the honored and respected faculty and currently she is the professor of violin at the Korea National University of Arts.

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Nam Yun Kim

Nam Yun Kim

South Korea

Duy Bui Cong

Vietnam

Violinist Duy Bùi Công, winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (1997), is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and pedagogue. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide including Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Saint-Petersburg Kapella Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, London Festival Orchestra, Brno Symphony Orchestra, Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra, Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Macedonia, Poland, England, Croatia, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. His competition successes include First Prize at the Zakhar Bron International Violin Competition in Novosibirsk, Russia (1995), First Prize at the Demidov International Violin Competition in Ekaterinburg, Russia (1993), and First Prize at the Vietnamese National Music Competition “Autumn” in Hanoi (1990).

Served as a jury member at the VI International Violin Competition Kazakhstan in 2016, the 8th Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow in 2014, the Demidov International Violin Competition in Ekaterinburg in 2009, and the Vietnamese National Music Competition “Autumn” in 2007.

At present, Dr. Duy Bùi Công is Deputy Rector for Concert Activities of the Vietnam National Academy of Music. He has been Artistic Director of Vietnam Classical Players and Executive Director of Vietnam Connection Music Festival since 2015.

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Duy Bui Cong

Duy Bui Cong

Vietnam

Eduard Schmieder

USA

Born and educated in Russia, Eduard Schmieder has been characterized as an "extraordinary musician of the late 20th century". (Henry Roth). He has collaborated with such musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci, Ida Haendel, Brooks Smith, Nathaniel Rosen and many others. He was a founding member and artistic director of the Venice International Violin Institute and the Moscow Trio. In 1996, Eduard Schmieder performed a recital in Genoa on Paganini's famous Guarneri del Gesu "Il Cannone" violin. He was a staff professor of violin at the University of Southern California, a professor and dean of the Violin and Chamber Music Department at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas.

He teaches at the famous Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg. Distinguished Professor of Carnell fund and Artistic Director for Strings Department in Philadelphia Temple University. Students of professor Schmieder consistently win top prizes at the most prestigious international competitions. He holds master classes, performs, teaches and conducts at international music festivals. Acts as a jury member at the leading international competitions. He is an artistic consultant of Remember Enescu Foundation, Romania. Honored Doctor of Philosophy of the Kazakh National University of Arts.

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Eduard Schmieder

Eduard Schmieder

USA

Petru Munteanu

Germany

Received his professional training in Bucharest from Prof. George Manoliu and participated in masterclasses with Juri Jankelevitsch (Moscow) and Michael Weimann (St. Petersburg). After finishing his studies, he became a director of the Special School of Music in Bucharest. In 1994 Prof. Munteanu was offered a professorship at the newly founded University of Music and Theater in Rostock. The German section of ESTA (European String Teachers Association) has chosen him for the years 2000-2004 as their president. His students are members of the best European orchestras. They often won first Prizes at national and international competitions.

Petru Munteanu became nationally and internationally well known, through concerts, masterclasses and numerous publications and speeches. By invitation of several universities, he taught in masterclasses in many countries: in Russia, Ukraine, China, the United
States, Spain, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, etc. In 1986, he established the International Violin Competition and the International masterclasses for strings in Kloster Schöntal (Baden-Württemberg) and has since been their artistic director.

Petru Munteanu was invited to be jury member of major international competitions in Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Leipzig, Bucharest, Genoa, Brussels, Budapest, Paris, Seoul etc. He
is "honorary professor" at the University of Brasov (Romania) and was awarded by the President of the Republic of Lithuania with the highest medal of the Republic of Lithuania.

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Petru Munteanu

Petru Munteanu

Germany

Jurgis Dvarionas

Lithuania

Jurgis Dvarionas holds a doctorate in humanities and a chair in the Department of String Instruments at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He has performed across Europe, the USA and the former Soviet Union. He has also premièred and edited much Lithuanian music for the violin. He has given master classes in higher education institutions in Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw and Moscow.
He has taught at the Amber Sitting Room international summer workshops in Lithuania, at music universities in Greece, and at interpretation master classes in Poland. He is frequently invited to serve as a member of the jury for international violin competitions. Dvarionas is one of the figures responsible for setting up and running the international Balys Dvarionas and Jascha Heifetz competitions in Vilnius, and the Alexander Glazunov Competition in Paris.

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Jurgis Dvarionas

Jurgis Dvarionas

Lithuania

Akiko Tatsumi

Japan

Graduated first on the list of the strings course at Toho Gakuen School of Music and was sent to West-Berlin as musical delegation by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, where she studied with Saschko Gawriloff and taught at Hochschule der kunste Berlin. A prize winner of international competitions, she has performed with many orchestras in Japan and abroad. In Germany she played with Symhonie- orchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks and Radio Symphonie Orchester Frankfurt under baton of Eliahu Inbal, Gerd Albrecht, and Zdenek Macal. In 1986 she gave recitals and lessons in Beijing and Shanghai conservatories by the invitation of the Chinese Ministry for Cultural Affairs. She has given masterclasses at the following institutions as well: California University, Hochschule fur Musik Mozarteum in Salzburg, Wien University, Graz University and Hochschule Musik Zurich.

Apart from teaching at music academies in many parts of the world, she has sat on the judging panel of many international violin competitions such as International Mozart Competition, International Henryk Wienieawski Violin Competition, David Oistrakh International Violin Competition, Monte-Carlo Violin Masters in Monaco.

Having taught in Germany, she is now the professor of the string section of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan. She also works as the Music Director of the Violin Festa Tokyo at Suntory Hall and the Music Director of Kasama International Music Academy in Japan.

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Akiko Tatsumi

Akiko Tatsumi

Japan

Donghyun Kim

South Korea

Born in October,1999. First prize winner at 9th Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians 2015 (Novosibirsk, Russia). He started violin at 5 year old, and made a debut with Kumho Prodigy concert in 2012. Next year when he won the 1st prize at this competition, he participated in George Enescu International Violin competition in Romania, then won 2nd Prize as the youngest contestant in September 2016. Besides, he was the Grandprix winner of Kumho Cultural Foundation - Seoul Art Center Competition in August 2016. Moreover he has been greatly interested in chamber musics as well ,which made him have numerous chamber concerts, such as in Seoul, Indiana of US, Kuala Lumpur of Maleysia, Kanazawa of Japan and
win the Seoul Youth chamber music competition. He has been playing as a soloist with numerous orchestras such as Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Gangnam Philharmonic, and is supposed to perform at the Marvao Music Festival in Portugal 2018.

Now he plays on the fine violin, Joannes Baptista Guadanini, Parma, 1763
on loan to him from Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. He has been attending Korea National University of Arts, and studying with the world prominent pedagogue, Nam Yun Kim since 2016.

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Donghyun Kim

Donghyun Kim

South Korea

CELLO

Sergey Roldugin

Russia

People's artist of the Russian Federation. Graduated with honors from the Leningrad Conservatory (1975) and took post-graduate course under Professor Anatoly Nikitin. Winner of the "Prague Spring" International competition (1980). Was a member of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Leningrad state Philharmonic (1974-1984), the first soloist of the cello group of the orchestra in the Mariinsky Theater (1984-2003).

Since 2004 works as a conductor, the guest conductor of the Mariinsky theatre, performs with leading Symphony orchestras. Worked as the rector of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (2003-2004), since 2006 - Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg House of Music established on his initiative. Awarded the Order of Honour (2011) and the Order of Alexander Nevsky (2016).

As a soloist collaborates with major orchestras, takes part in the leading musical festivals, gives concerts in Russia and Europe. Participates in the jury of national and international competitions.

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Sergey Roldugin

Sergey Roldugin

Russia

Kirill Rodin

Russia

Studied at the Gnessin Special Music School. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied with professors Vera Birina and Natalia Schakhovskaya. Kirill Rodin was the Gold Medalist at the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1986. Prior to that, he was First Prizewinner at the XIV Jeunesses Musicales Competition for Cellists in Belgrade in 1984.

Rodin’s concert tours as recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician has taken him worldwide to over 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas. His concert performances in Italy, France, Finland, Argentine, Spain, Germany, Austria, Japan, China, the United States among other countries have been met with great acclaim. His discography includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla.

Rodin has served as a juror of international competitions and has been master teacher in Germany, Australia, Spain, Argentina, Japan, South Korea, China and Australia. He is currently Professor of Cello at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory.

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Kirill Rodin

Kirill Rodin

Russia

Boris Andrianov

Russia

Studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya, then at the Hanns Eisler Higher School of Music (Germany) under the famous cellist David Geringas. Scholarship "New names" (since 1991). The winner of many international competitions, including the 1st International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

Participant of many international festivals. Performs with symphony and chamber orchestras in the best concert halls in Russia and abroad. Played with such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Gianandrea Noseda, Pavel Kogan, Alexander Vedernikov, David Geringas, Roman Kofman and others, as well as in ensembles with such eminent musicians as Yuri Bashmet, Menahem Pressler, Akiko Suwanai, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Denis Matsuev and others.

A joint album of Boris Andrianov and guitarist Dmitry Illarionov was included in the preliminary list of nominees of the Grammy Award.

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Boris Andrianov

Boris Andrianov

Russia

Arystanbek Mukhamediuly

Kazakhstan

Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Art Criticism, Chevalier of the Order of «Kurmet». In 1986 he graduated from the Cello Department of Almaty State Conservatory. 1997 – Graduated from the National School of Public Administration under the President
of the Republic of Kazakhstan ("Governance"). 2001 – Finished the postgraduate studies of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, in 2003 successfully defended his thesis and received a Ph.D. in History. In 2011, he defended his thesis for the Degree of Doctor on the theme: "The Art of Independent Kazakhstan in the Aspect of Cooperation with UNESCO". 1997-2001 – Served as a Chief of the Presidential Orchestra of the Republican Guard of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 2003 – General Director of RSE "Directorate of national and international cultural programs" of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 2005 – President of JSC "Kazakh auenderi."

From 2006 to 2007 - Vice Ministerof Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2008 was appointed as a rector of the T.K. Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts by the Decree of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan. Author of a number of musical compositions and publications devoted to the problems of culture and art.

Сurrently he is the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Arystanbek Mukhamediuly

Arystanbek Mukhamediuly

Kazakhstan

Askar Buribaev

Kazakhstan

Honored worker of Kazakhstan. Graduated from the Almaty State Conservatory named after Kurmangazy, post-graduate course of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. From 1979 to 1988 he worked as a teacher, senior lecturer, Assistant Professor at the Almaty State Conservatory named after Kurmangazy. From 1988 to 1991 — soloist of the State Philharmonic named after Jambul. From 1991 to 2002 — conductor, soloist of the orchestra "Soloists of Patra" (Greece) and at the same time professor of the Athens Conservatory. From 2002 to 2005 — Director of SMMO "Demalys". From 2005 to 2006 - Director of the Department of Culture of the Akimat of Astana. In 2006 - 2007 - Head of the Department of Culture of South- Kazakhstan region. In 2007 - 2008 - Vice Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2008 - Director of the Arts Museum named after Kasteev in Almaty. Since 2010 - Vice Minister of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since 2014 - Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports. Since October 2014 - General Director, Artistic Director of the Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after Abay.

A.I. Buribayev for the period of his activity in the field of culture created a string quartet, chamber orchestra "Concertone", and hosted the following events: classical music festival "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Jazz Music Festival "Astana blues", Folk Music Festival "Saryarka", folk dance "Kos alka" and "Teatr alemi". He performed with concerts in 30 countries.

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Askar Buribaev

Askar Buribaev

Kazakhstan

Laszlo Mezo

Hungary

Graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (prof. Antal Friss) and completed studies with Pablo Casals and Gregor Piatigorsky.

He is a winner and laureate of many major competitions: Casals Competition (Paris, Budapest), Dvorak Competition (Prague), International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow).

In addition to being head of the violoncello department at Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest Hungary, Prof. Mező maintained an active solo career, giving concerts in Hungary and abroad.

He has performed since 1957 as cellist and founding member of the distinguished Bartók Quartet.

Mr Mező has served as adjudicator at many international cello competitions and has given master classes worldwide (Weimar, Paris, Finland, Croatia, Czech Republic among others).

He has made numerous recordings for Hungaroton.

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Laszlo Mezo

Laszlo Mezo

Hungary

Na Mula China

China

Na Mula entered the High School Affiliated to Central Conservatory of Music in 1982, studying cello with Professor Song Tao, a prominent cello master and educator. In 1988 she was exempted from the College Entrance Examination to CCOM. That same year, she won second prize at the National Cello Competition (Junior). She graduated in 1992 with outstanding scores and became a teacher in the school soon afterwards. She won the first prize of National Ensemble & String Quartet Competition as well as Excellent Performer of China Masterpiece. She has served as the director of the cello course in the Middle School of CCOM since 1995. In 2011 she was appointed Principal of the Middle School of CCOM.

Na Mula has participated in many major performances locally and abroad, and held a number of solo recitals, chamber music concerts and lectures in many countries, including Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Australia and France. Na Mula put on many public performances in major cities both at home and abroad with the delegation of the Chinese Musicians.

Na Mula is devoted educator. Many of her teaching CDs and DVDs have been published. In addition, she wrote A Brief Discussion of Cello Teaching, and a series of articles on cello teaching for the magazine, Young Musician. She has been a permanent professor at Morningside Music Bridge since 1997. She has trained many excellent cello talents, most of whom have won international awards.

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Na Mula China

Na Mula China

China

Ravil Kulmametov

Kazakhstan

Upon completion of Republic Special School named after A. Zhubanov (classes of Ye. N. Lutsenko) entered Almaty State Conservatory named after Kurmangazy to the classes of D.K. Bespayev. In 1981 he entered Assistantship-Internship of Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the People’s Artist of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic V.Ya Feygin. Upon completion of his studies he worked as a teacher at Almaty State Conservatory named after Kurmangazy.

In 1998 he was invited by Professor A.K. Mussakhаdzhayeva, the rector of Kazakh National Academy of Music, to the position of the Head of Department of violoncello and contrabass. He worked as a concertmaster of a group of violoncello of the symphony orchestra of Astana Philharmonics as well as a concertmaster of a group of Opera Theater named after
K. Bayseitova. Currently he is the assistant professor of the Department of string instruments of the Kazakh National University of Arts and appears in concerts in different cities of the country as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras of Karaganda, Astana and Almaty.

He conducts an active teacher’s work; many of his students became laureates of different republic and international competitions.

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Ravil Kulmametov

Ravil Kulmametov

Kazakhstan

Martti Rousi

Finland

Martti Rousi was born in Turku 1960 in a musical family. His early teachers were Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen. In 1979 he entered the Sibelius Academy to continue his studies with professor Arto Noras. At age of 21 he won the first prize at Turku Cello Competition. In 1985
he received Fulbright scholarship to study with Janos Starker at the Indiana University winning the annual cello competition there. Between 1977 and 1983 he regularly had masterclasses with William Pleeth and Valter Deshpalj and took private lessons with Natalia Gutman. In 1986 Rousi won the silver medal at the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since that he has been performing with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras like Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo Radio symphonies, Copenhagen philharmonic, Mariinsky orchestra, Moscow Symphony, Polish, Hungarian and other national orchestras. He has worked with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valeri Gergiev, Okko Kamu and many others. Between 1993 and 2009 Rousi was the artistic director of Turku music festival and during his years many legendary artists like Svjatoslav Richter, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Azkenazy, Valeri Gergiev and Lang Lang appeared there. In 2010 he became the artistic director of SIBAFEST in Helsinki, 2010-2011 he
was artistic director of Sibelius series at Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna.

He has been serving as a jury member for major competitions like the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow 2011 and 2015, Vittorio Gui in Florence, Lyon International duo competition, Eleanore Schoenfeld competition, Mravinsky competition, Solistpriset in Stockholm and Paulo cello competition in Helsinki. Since 1995 Rousi has been professor of cello at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

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Martti Rousi

Martti Rousi

Finland

Yunil Jin

Korea

Yunil Jin had his musical education at College of Music of Seoul National University and Moscow State Conservatory to finish postgraduate (D.M) course, where he had as his mentors Prof. V. Sinaisky (conducting), E. Grach, and A. Bobrovsky (viola).

Before studying in Moscow, he had been already a very active violist, playing in Seoul Chamber Orchestra, KBS Symphony, and Masters Quartet, also being invited to perform at distinguished musical festivals such as Chamber Festival of Shrine of Arts, Korean Music Festival and Grand Teton Festival in the USA.

After finishing his degree in Moscow, he performed in Japan, US and Korea as a violist of ASIA Philharmony Orchestra with famous musicians.

He also performed as the conductor or the soloist in Concertos with many orchestras including Astana symphony (Kazakhstan), Wieniawski Orchestra (Poland), Mongolian State Philharmony and numerous Korean orchestras. He also played with S. Kravchenko, a world famous violinist and Director of Moscow State Conservatory. He was the principal violist of Seoul Chamber Orchestra and Busan Symphonieta.

During the 7 years of successful career as music director and conductor of City of Mokpo Symphony Orchestra, he elevated it to the one of the highly acknowledged and energetic orchestra in Korea.

Besides being an active music performer, he has been active as a jury member of numerous competitions including International Music Competition of Franck, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Mexico, Mongolia and recognized Korean competitions; and also as a lecturer at several music colleges and high schools of arts.

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Yunil Jin

Yunil Jin

Korea

Anastasia Ushakova

Russia

First prize winner of the IX International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition (Novosibirsk, 2015). Chairman of the youth section of the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars. Student of the 8th grade of the Central Music School at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of associate professor Kirill Rodin).
She performed at concert venues in Russia, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Austria, South Korea, the United States of America, etc. The Grand Prix winner and the First Prize winner of all-Russian and international competitions. Participant of the Trans- Siberian Art Festival (Novosibirsk, Russia, 2015), Summit Music Festival (New York, USA, 2013). Performed with the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, the "New Russia" State Symphony Orchestra and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus. Initiator, organizer and participant of the International Tchaikovsky Youth Festival (Moscow - Klin, 2017).

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Anastasia Ushakova

Anastasia Ushakova

Russia