Mikhail Slavkin, Russia, chairperson
Artistic director of Children’s choir of the Union of composers of Russia “Preobrajhenie” («Transfiguration»), Honored worker of culture of the Russian Federation, winner of the International competitions, member of the Union of composers of Russia. Was born in 1953 in Moscow. One of the known choir-masters in Russia. The author of choral works and songs for children. Works at the State Children’s Musical Theatre named after Natalia Sats and the Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera. Took part in jury work at the Choir Competitions INTERKULTUR in 1998-1999, 2010-2016 and also at the International Competitions in Finland, Poland, Bulgaria. Artistic Director of the Children’s and Youth Choir “Preobrajhenie”, head of the Foundation of Creative Development “Preobrajhenie”, member of the Union of Composers of Russia, author of choral works and songs for children and adults, choirmaster at the Natalya Satz Musical Theatre and the Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera, juror at International Choir Competitions worldwide, chairman of the jury of the International Vocal and Choral, competition of Jean Sibelius in Turku, Finland. Since 1978 has worked in Children’s Choral studio «PreobraJhenie» as a teacher of a class of a violin, vocal ensemble, solfeggio and music basics. Since 1985 has worked as Artistic director of studio. In 1997 the studio was given the status of the Union of composers of Russia. In 2013 was invited to a position of the choir-master of Children’s opera studio of the Moscow State Academic Children’s musical theatre named after Nataly Sats.
Borislava Taneva, Bulgaria
Borislava Taneva is a pianist-performer, a composer, a pedagogue, a chamber musician, an organiser of musical events. Her active participation in the contemporary cultural life in Bulgaria and abroad defines her as a successful, multispectral musician.
She was born in Sofia in the family of distinguished musicians and started her musical education at a very early age. She completed her master’s degree in piano and composition at the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia. There are some other world famous professors like Jacob Lateiner,Germaine Mounier, Vera Gornostaeva and Ludwig Hoffmann who also played a role in her development as a performer. Borislava Taneva has been a laureate of national and international piano, chamber music and composition competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Greece, etc. She has performed multiple recitals in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Brasil, Switzerland, Lithuania, Israel, France, Norway, Macedonia, Spain, etc. After her graduation Borislava Taneva started work as an assistant professor in the Piano Department of the Performance Faculty of the National Music Academy /NMA/ in Sofia. Currently she is a piano and pedagogical practice professor at NMA in Sofia and vice rector of the Academy.
In 2012 a Doctor's degree (PHD) was conferred on Borislava Taneva. For several years she had great success, teaching Interpretation of Contemporary Music in Athens.She gives masterclasses and delivers seminars on various topics at music colleges and academies in Greece, Swiss, France, USA, Luxembourg, Brasil, Spain, USA, Singapore, Norway, Italy etc. Prof. Taneva has appeared as a jury member in many national and international piano competitions in Greece, France, Vienna, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Serbia etc. Her students have been awarded with numerous of prizes from national and international forums and competitions. She is the author of several opuses of piano pieces for beginners, edited by MUSICA FERRUM in London. She is the founder and a member of the Swiss-Bulgarian Association of Culture – SBAC, based in Geneva. B. Taneva was awarded with special prizes for her contribution to Bulgarian culture.
Soundarie David Rodrigo, Sri Lanka
Soundarie David Rodrigo, is a Pianist, Music Educator, Choraldirector, Composer, and Intellectual Property Lawyer. She pursed her musicaleducation at the Royal College of Music, London, specializing in piano performance and piano accompaniment. She also pursued her legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she specialized in Entertainment Law, having being a recipient of the Rotary World PeaceScholarship. Soundarie is the Founder and Music Director of Sri Lanka's premiere female ensemble 'Soul Sounds' the first choir in Sri Lanka to perform and win awards internationally. Over the last sixteen years Soul Sounds has given highly acclaimed performances in India, Australia, China, Kuwait, Austria, France, USA, Malaysia and South Africa, thus placing Sri Lanka on the map of nternationalchoralMusic. She is the Founder of one of SriLanka's leading Mus c Academies - The SoulSounds Academy focusing on all aspects of music. The Academy focuses on Music Education for young children starting at the age of 5 and has classes for Voice, Piano, Violin, Music Therapy, Drums, Guitar, and basic appreciation of Music classes.
Soundarie has directed many Music Productions and has collaborated with many artists for concert recitals. Soundarie is also the Sri lankan Representative on the World Choir CouncilCouncilfor INTERKULTUR - the International Organisation that hosts severalcelebrated lnternationa I Choral Festivals and Competitions.
She also regular y serves as a jury member at international choral competitions. She was one of the judges for the franchised talent show 'SriLanka's got Talent' Soundar e plays an important role Inthe promotion of culture and artsin Sri Lanka and the region. She was the Deputy Director at the SAARC Cultural Centre based in Sri Lanka from 2010 having set up all its programs from inception andlater on was Director, Programs for the Colombo CulturalHub rill 2018. Her awards include the SAAAC Woman of Achievement Award, the Zonta Award, the Bunka Award presented by the Japan/Sri Lanka Association and most recently the Women InManagement Award 2019/ 20 for the Arts and CreativeIndustry.
Vladimir Gourevich, Russia
In 1971 he graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatory N. And. Rimsky-Korsakov (piano class of Professor. S.M.Chenevoy, class music theory of Professor Yu.N.Tyulin). In 1972 he defended his thesis in 1990 - a doctoral. Professor (1993). Sphere of scientific interests - the history of Russian music, musical culture of the Central Asia, problems of contemporary music education. In 1969-76, he worked in Turkmenistan. From 1976 to 1999 worked in Higher Trade-Union school of culture (Humanitarian University of trade unions), in 1999 - at the Academy of postgraduate pedagogical education, 2004 - in Russian pedagogical university A.I. Herzen. Invited Professor at the Institute of musicology at Leipzig University. The author of five monographs, more than four hundred articles in scientific journals of Russia and foreign countries. Specializes in the genres of piano ensemble and accompaniment. Zam. Chairman of the St. Petersburg Association of piano duets. Chairman of the organizing Committee of the competition «Brother and Sister», member of the jury all-Russian competition of piano duets A.G. Bahchieva. The author of original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions for choir heard on the Philharmonic stages in different countries. One of the leaders of the Union of Composers of Russia, since 1994 - Chairman of the audit Committee of the UK St. Petersburg, from 1995 to 2010 - Chairman of the audit Committee of the IC of Russia. At the tenth Congress of the Union of composers of Russia (2010) elected Secretary of this creative organization. Chairman of the Dissertation Council of the faculty of music University A.I. Herzen. Honorary worker of higher professional education of Russia (2012).
Hao Liu, China
Dr. Hao Liu (China), composer, producer, music theory researcher, professor of composition, PhD / Master supervisor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, member of Chinese Musicians Association, director of Shanghai Computer Music Association, is an expert of classical music, electronic music design, music technology, and music intelligence. He has made over 20 articles published in national famous magazines. He organized and participated in five national art fund projects, and established MusiCure team to assist hospitals and help patients to recover. He was also the judge for National College Students Computer Design Competition organized by Ministry of Education of China.
He has completed around 200 works, including a great number of commissioned works for Shanghai Opera House, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Suzhou Opera Theatre, China Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Yue Opera House, etc. His works cover a variety of styles and include a great number of traditional and western instruments, widely performed by symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and soloists, and were presented in dance operas, dramas, movies, stage performances, large musical events, recitals, and concerts.
His students won top prizes in International Competition For Acousmatic Competition METAMORPHOSES, Belgium, International Piano Competition Smederevo Composition Competition, Serbia，International Youth Music Competition, Atlanta, USA, Donne in Musica International Composition Competition, Serbia, Denny Awards International Electronic Music Competition, etc.
Evgeny Petrov, Russia
Evgeny Petrov is a composer, associate professor of the Department of Orchestration and General Course of Composition in the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, member of the Board of the St. Petersburg Composers Union, artistic director of the International Music Festival "Earth of Children" and laureate of Russian competitions. Evgeny Petrov was born in 1973 in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region. He graduated from the Saint Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in composition (2001) and finished post-graduate school (2003) under the supervision of the People's Artist of Russia, Professor Yuri Falik.His compositions are performed at concerts and festivals all over Russia and in other countries across the world. Conductors like Mariss Jansons, Yuri Bashmet, Alexander Sladkovsky, Fabio Mastrangelo, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Gavriel Heine, Vladimir Simkin, Alexander Titov, Vladimir Altshuler, Valentin Nesterov, Alexander Chernushenkо, Arcady Steinlucht, Alim Shakh, Fyodor Lednyov, Mikhail Golikov, Edward Banko, Ho Chung Yeh (Taiwan), and others include Petrov’s compositions in their repertoire.The composer's work covers various genres. Among Petrov’s opuses one can mention his instrumental opera “Olga the Russian”, his symphony “Petersburg”, Concerto for symphony orchestra, symphony–cantata "Monasteries of the Russian North", musical-theatrical performance “Russian Proverbs”, Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra “Italian Carnival”, two concertos for choir, five chamber concertos, “Film-concert(o)” for double bass and piano with orchestra and many other chamber, choral and orchestral works, as well as music for theatre. Evgeny Petrov’s works are being published in the “Compozitor • Saint Petersburg” Publishing House. In 2016, the publisher released the book “The Composer Yevgeniy Petrov” by Marina Smirnova, Professor of the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.