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.
Jasmin Hasic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jasmin Hasic was born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied department of Music teory and pedagoy and department of conducting on Music academy Sarajevo. At the same academy, Jasmin was completing his master's degree in conducting.
He received a special award, a silver badge from the University of Sarajevo, as one of the best students of the Sarajevo Music Academy during his studies.
He is the founder and artistic director of the International Choir Championship "Lege Artis Tuzla", the conductor of the children's and mixed choir "Lege Artis" Tuzla, and the director of the Music School in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For the last twelve years, Jasmin has been actively conducting various choral and orchestral ensembles such us University choir Tuzla, Music academy orschestra, Mixed choir „Lege Artis“ Tuzla, Children City choir Tuzla. During this period of Jasmin's artistic work with his ensembles won fourteen international awards from various choral festivals in the country and the world.
Mariusz Mróz, Poland
PhD Mariusz Mróz - a Polish conductor, professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and the Gdańsk University of Technology. The art director of the Gdańsk section of the Polish Choirs and Orchestras Association, the art director of International Gdansk Choir Festival and National Competition of Organ Liturgical Accompaniment and Choral Music. The judge of Polish and foreign choir competitions. The winner of many European choral music competitions.
He has prepared over 110 oratorical pieces with the Academic Choir of Gdańsk University of Technology.
He has performed on many domestic and foreign stages: Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary and North Macedonia.
Tim Sharp, USA
Tim Sharp’s conducting career embraces concert performances of major choral works throughout the world, as well as in-depth vocational work in choral research and writing, higher education teaching and administration, non-profit arts administration, and recording and concert production. Sharp’s musical awards include the Ostrander Award for his conducting of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, the Belmont University Encore Award, Bluefield University’s Hall of Distinguished Graduates, along with Dove and Grammy Award nominations. Tim’s research and writing focuses pedagogically in conducting and score analysis, and his many published essays and books betray his eclectic interests in regional music history, acoustics, creativity, innovation, and aesthetics. He has conducted symphonic, university, church, and children’s choirs, and performs as conductor and clinician in the USA and internationally. His 2020 publication Sacred Choral Music Repertoire: Insights for Conductors (GIA Publications) is a 1119 page encyclopedic treatment of the history of sacred choral music publication containing an annotated listing of the most performed sacred works of the last five centuries. Other publications include Relevance in the Choral Art: A Pathway to Connections, Innovation in the Ensemble Arts: Sustaining Creativity, Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts: Helping Others Find Their Voice and Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well with Others, and the regional histories Nashville Music Before Country, Memphis Music Before the Blues, and Knoxville Music Before Bluegrass. Dr. Sharp is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, with degrees in music and conducting from The School of Church Music of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Belmont University, Bluefield College, and post-graduate studies at the Aspen Music Festival, Harvard University’s NEH Medieval Music Fellowship, and Cambridge University. Tim recently concluded thirteen years as Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the national professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States. He represents choral activity in the USA to the International Federation for Choral Music. Prior to his leadership of ACDA, Tim was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), and earlier, Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University (Nashville, TN).
Jude B. Roldan, Philippines
Internationally-published composer and arranger Jude Bautista Roldan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music where he studied piano and choral conducting.
He also holds a master’s degree in music education and composition.
His works are published by Hal Leonard, Pavane Music Publishing USA and Muziksea. Some of which have been named Editor’s Choice in JW Pepper. These works have been recorded, premiered and performed in festivals and competitions including the Pacific International Choral Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival in USA, Tolosa Choral Competitions and Seghizzi Choral Competitions, Cantemus International Choral Festival in Hungary and recently, at the International Kodaly Symposium in Kuching, Malaysia
Jude has served as chairman at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in the Philippines and has been invited as guest conductor and adjudicator in choral competitions and festivals abroad. He has given composition and choral workshops in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and the United States of America.
Jude is the co-founder and artistic director of the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella. He currently teaches Composition and Music Technology, Piano, Music Theory and Analysis, Arranging, Score Reading, and Counterpoint at the Centro Escolar University.
Daniel Mestre, Spain
Daniel Mestre i Dalmau, one of the young Catalan leading conductors, was born in Igualada (Barcelona) in 1973 and started his musical studies in his city and then at the boys choir Escolania de Montserrat, with which he performed as soloist in concerts, recordings and tours around the world. He studied violin, singing and piano at the Conservatories of Badalona and Barcelona and he assisted at Choir Conducting courses with Manuel Cabero, Pierre Cao and Lászlo Heltay and Orchestra Conducting course with Antoni Ros-Marbà.
He received his degree in Art History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and he was concertmaster of the Chamber Orquestra of Cervera and, as member of the World Youth Choir and the European Youth Choir, toured throughout Europe and America. He obtained his Degree in Conducting with distinction at the Conservatory of Vienna under Profs. Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark, conducting the Bratislava Symphonic Orchestra at the Wiener Konzerthaus. He was member and assistant conductor of the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and he was invited to conduct the European Youth Singers at the New Year’s Music Festival in Prague, the chamber orchestra Camerata Musica Wien in Austria and he founded and conducted the chamber orchestra Camerata Gaudí, taking part in several Summer Festivals in Catalonia.
He was appointed Chorus Master to Cape Town Opera (South Africa) in 2002 and he took part as assistant conductor in many operas like the historical performance of Fidelio at Mandela’s Prision on Robben Island. He has been also invited to do conducting master courses and to take part as Jury member in choir and singing competitions in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban.
He has been Music Director of the Liceu Conservatory Opera School and he has conducted operas from Mozart, Salieri, Donizetti, Bizet, Toldrà, Menotti, Puccini or Rossini in front of the Liceu Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra. He has been often invited to conduct other choirs and orchestras throught Spain.
He is since 2014 the chief conductor of the Coral Càrmina and he teaches ensemble conducting at the ESMUC –Music University of Catalonia-, where he conducts its Opera Atelier (operas from Mozart, Donizetti, Britten and Händel), and chamber music, choir and orchestra at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, where he conducted at the opening concert of its new building in front of the Queen Sofía.
He has been invited to conduct at the Europa Cantat Festival in Torino (Italy) and Pécs (Hungary) or in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and recently in Beijing (China).
Since 2020 he is head of the Technical Team of the Catalan Federation on Choral Music (FCEC) and Artistic Advisor of the World Youth Choir.
Daniel Mestre made also several broadcast and CD recordings for the Austrian and Spanish National Radio, South African SABC, Catalunya Música and the label Columna Música.
Thomas Schüle, Germany/Phillipines
Thomas Schüle is professor of music management and musicology at the Liceo de Cagayan University in the Philippines.
After graduating Master in Musicology he has been an active music manager around the globe for 35 years, touring with orchestras and choirs, organizing music festivals, TV and CD productions, and arranging concerts with world stars, both pop and classical, such as Boney M., Sir Elton John, Mstislav Rostropovich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, etc. He attended advanced training with the "Godfather of Music Management" Mr. Fritz Rau and others.
Thomas was a director of INTERKULTUR Germany for two decades during which he was the core organizer of numerous international choir festivals, and he served in the organizing committee of all eleven editions of the WORLD CHOIR GAMES being held from 2000 to 2021. Media characterized him to be "a moving force and veteran core organizer of many of the world´s foremost choir festivals and competitions". He was member of the Jury at National and International choir competitions in Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and in the Philippines
Thomas was a choral singer himself for about 25 years and has won first prizes in international competitions in Gorizia 1987, Tolosa 1988 and Marktoberdorf 1989 as well as sung with the professional chorus of the Stuttgart State Opera in hundreds of performances.
Ekaterina Galkina (Zaboronok), Russia
2005 - graduated with honors from the State College of Music.The Gnessins. Conducting and choral department. Class of V.K.Gerasimova
2010 - graduated with honors from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Conducting Faculty. Class of Professor B.I. Kulikov.
A public and cultural figure, president of the Interregional Public Organization "Federation of Choral and Vocal Art", organizer of advanced training courses, founder of the "Music School for Adults" and the rehearsal base "Territory of Music", director of the Musical Theater "Resonance", adviser to the head of the Izmailovo district Council, founder of the choral movement "Spiritual Revival", within the framework of which the performance of the "Song of Ascension" by Mitr took place in 2014. Ilariona (Alfeeva), General Director of Music Without Borders LLC, individual entrepreneur, organizer of charity concerts, choral festivals "Autumn Polyphony" and "To You, Russia, our Songs", head of the folk collective "Academic Chorus Moderato", chief choirmaster of the opera and Symphony laboratory "New opera world" (Chamber Stage of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia), co-author of the musical "Ah, festival" of the World Festival of Youth and Students 2017 (WFMS).
Terrence Ling Hung Shu, Malaysia
Terrence Ling Hung Shu is a faculty member of his alma mater, the Institute of Music, at UCSI University, where he conducts choirs and instructs for contemporary solo singing.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of OctaVox Malaysia and the Vice President of Dithyrambic Singers.
Terrence began his career as a choral conductor in 2016. Under his leadership, the ensembles win Gold medals at various international choir competitions, including the 1st World Virtual Choir Festival 2020;
Rimini International Choral Competition 2020; 10th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya 2019; 47th Festival of Songs Olomouc 2019; 3rd International Choral Competition in Croatia 2019; as well as the Grand Prix Winner of the 7th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya 2017. In Croatia, Terrence received Special Conductors Prize for exceptional artistic impression.
Terrence was appointed as the Assistant Choral Conductor of the Dithyrambic Singers at the concerts: Carmina Burana, Final Fantasy III, and Queen of Spades under the batons of Roberto Abbado, Arnie Roth, and Stanislav Kochanovsky with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to the appointment, Terrence performed as a chorister with the same ensembles under the world-renowned conductors' baton: Marcello Rota (Tenor Andrea Bocelli Asia Tour 2013), Arnie Roth (Final Fantasy I & II), Benjamin Zander (Mahler Symphony 2), Fabio Mechetti (Opera – Carmen), Andreas Delf (Mozart Requiem), and Naohisa Furusawa (Beethoven Symphony 9). In 2017, Terrence performed Draco's role at the opera Maria and Draco at the
Distant Worlds: Kuala Lumpur 30th Anniversary under Arnie Roth's baton with National Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, he performed with Indonesia Youth Choir as a Malaysian representative.
Terrence is a regular adjudicator for solo singing competitions and a workshop presenter for solo singing, choir, and modern band in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Terrence also performed at jazz festivals locally and internationally as a jazz drummer.
Aida Swenson, Indonesia
Aida Swenson is one of Indonesia’s strongest forces of choral music development. As founder and conductor of the Indonesian Children’s & Youth Choirs Cordana, who have gathered international recognitions and awards, and have been invited to perform in major cities worldwide among others as a guest choir to the National American Choral Director Association convention in 2007, International Federation of Choral Music in 2008, Musical Sacra Marktoberdorf in 2009 and San Juan - Argentina in 2012, World Youth Choral Festival- Basel in 2017, World Choral Expo- Portugal in 2019 and Kennedy Center- Washington D.C in 2018.
As a graduate of the Westminster Choir College,Princeton USA and as a sought after clinician, Aida Swenson conducts numerous workshops and adjudicates national and international events. As a jury member Aida attended choir festivals world wide among others in USA, Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Argentina, China, Latvia, Riminni- Italy and Africa.
Aida has spent many years traveling throughout provinces of Indonesia creating and leading choirs, giving master classes, and training choral conductors.
However, her professional endeavors are largely but not limited to her choral clinician activities.
Her professional activities include: Council Member of the World Choir Games for Indonesia; Member of the Advisory to INTERKULTUR World Choir Games; Chairman of the National Foundation for the Development of Choral Music in Indonesia LPPN, Member of Advisory of the Foundation of Church Music( YAMUGER); Member of the committee Asia Pacific Choral Symposium -IFCM; Artistic Director of National Christian Student Choir Competition in Indonesia and other international choir competitions.
Aida is featured in the “World Who is Who in Choral Music”. Her personal commitment to her musical endeavors in Indonesia is not only centered on her vision in furthering the quality of children’s choral development. Aida is a pillar of change, of progression, and of energy to achieve unassailable quality in choral music in Indonesia and internationally.
Andzhella Talantcheva, Russia
Honorary Worker of Culture and Art of the Tuymen Region of Russia, Laureate of the Christmas International Competition, Winner of a special prize in the category Best conductor. Andzhella Talantcheva has been the Founder and Director of the Chapel Choir of Tyumen Philharmonic Society for 15 year.
Jessica Fedora Amadea, Indonesia
Jessica Fedora Amadea is an aspiring young Choir Director and Conductor in Indonesia. Currently directing several choirs in Indonesia with different age groups, Purwa Caraka Music Studio Children Choir, 78 Youth Choir, Paduan Suara Tara Salvia, Penabur Children Choir and Paduan Suara Svara Prasetya. With the Choirs, Jessica have actively participated and received numerous awards including Grand Prix Winner, Category Winner, Best Program and others in various International Choir Festivals and Competitions such as in Spain, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Croatia, Czech and others.
In 2018, Jessica and Purwa Caraka Music Studio Children Choir was invited by the Distinguished Concerts International New York to perform Alberto Grau’s new composition world premiere “La Avispa Brava” at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York City which was conducted by Maria Guinand. The same year, they receive three awards, including best children album award at Anugerah Musik Indonesia (The Indonesian Music Award). They were also honored to sing the Indonesian National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of 2018 Asian Games, Jakarta. In 2019 they also perform Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.3 in D Minor with Jakarta City Philharmonic Orchestra at Jakarta Theater.
She began her journey in Choir scene at early age when she joined Paduan Suara Anak Indonesia (Indonesian Youth and Children Choir - Cordana) under the direction of Aida Swenson Simanjuntak. She studied conducting with Budi Utomo Prabowo (Indonesia) and have been awarded Best Conductor and Most Inspiring Conductor at several Choir Competition. Jessica is also regularly invited as adjudicator and guest speaker at many Indonesian choir competition, festivals and other events. Recently, Jessica has organized various virtual choir performances for virtual concerts and virtual competition purposes with her choirs and also for other choirs.
David Pérez Anido, Cuba
Graduated in Lyric Singing from the National Lyric Theater of Cuba, attached to the Amadeo Roldan Municipal Conservatory, Havana; Cuba. Studies of Choral and Orchestra Conducting at the Institute of Sacred Music and Musicology of the University of Greifswald, Germany. He is currently director of the Habana Camerata chamber orchestra.
From 2015-2018 he served as singer of the Schola Cantorum Coralina and during 2021-2022 he was in charge of said choral group, belonging to the catalog of excellence of the National Center of Concert Music of Cuba, and extensively awarded nationally and internationally. .
In 2017 he founded the Habana Camerata Chamber Orchestra, recognized in important festivals such as "Mozart Habana", the "CorHabana" International Choir Festival, the Francophonie Festival in Cuba, XVII International Meeting of Youth Orchestras, Argentina.
He has been the Grand Prize winner of the International Youth Music Competition Mai Classical, Atlanta, USA; First Prize in the Chamber Music Category of the World Open Music Competition, Serbia, 2021, Silver Medals at the Canadian International Music Competition in the Traditional and Contemporary Music categories, Overall Winner of the Musicians of the Year Gold Plate 2021 of the United States International Youth Music Competitions.
His remarkable artistic sensitivity and powerful creative energy have led him to be part of festivals in countries such as Germany, Poland and Lithuania. And he has been in charge of numerous prestigious groups worldwide.
Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan, Philippines
Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan finished her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, summa cum laude, at Saint Paul University-Manila Graduate School. She also graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, and Master of Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music.
Presently, she teaches Choral Conducting, Large Ensemble Class and Music Education at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, Centro Escolar University Conservatory of Music Graduate School and St. Paul UniversityManila Doctor of Musical Arts.
As a sought after choral pedagogue and children's choir conductor, Theresa has been invited as a guest conductor, choral clinician and has been giving conducting masterclasses, choral and music education lectures and workshops around the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia,
South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, and the United States of America. She has also been invited to adjudicate in prestigious international choral festivals and competitions and has served as chairman for choir competition at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in the Philippines.
To propagate the Filipino choral music and in their advocacy to strengthen the children’s choral movement in the Philippines, Theresa, together with her husband Jude, arranges Filipino folksongs and writes choral music for children’s choirs. They also founded the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines and its
scholar choirs, the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella, where she is the conductor and the co-artistic director.
They organized the Groundwork for Choirs, a series of choral workshops for conductors around Southeast Asia and launched their book Groundwork for Part-Singing, a collection of short pieces to develop the readiness of choristers to sing in parts.
Her choral works have been published, performed, and premiered at various choral festivals and competitions around the world. These works were published by Hal Leonard Publishing Company and Pavane Publishing in the USA. She was one of the featured composers at the 2015 Pacific International Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Dr. Vizconde-Roldan was invited as one of the jury members and lecturers at Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival in Singapore, Satya Dharma Gita Choir Festival in Indonesia, BALI International Choir Festival in Indonesia. She was invited as guest conductor of the Taipei Philharmonic Children's Choir on their 20th Anniversary at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Treble Voices Festival in Singapore, Saint Angela Children and Youth Choir Festival in Indonesia. Dr. Vizconde-Roldan was also invited as a guest lecturer at the Asian Pacific Children's Choir Assembly in Japan, Children's Choral Camp and Retreat in Indonesia, at the BALI International Choir Festival in Indonesia, and at the 2019 International Kodaly Symposium in Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia.
She led the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir to choral competitions winning first-ever Children’s Choir of the World title at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales, United Kingdom, and Choir Olympic Champion at the World Choir Games in Bremen, Germany. Under her leadership, the choir
was featured and guested in international choir festivals such as the 12th Cantemus International Choral Festival and Conducting Mastercourse in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Pacific International Choral Festival in Oregon Bach Festival, USA, 6th World Vision International Children's Choir Festival in South Korea.
Dr. Vizconde-Roldan is the President of the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines and the Vice President for Projects of the Philippine Choral Directors Association. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella.
Se Ho Kim, South Korea
Secretary team leader of the Korean Federation of Choral Association
Conductor of Korean Adopted Children's Choir
Artistic Director of ALLMYT Classic Ensemble
Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Gyeongbuk, Jeonbuk, Ulsan Education Training Center
Lectured at the Legal Training Institute, Chungnam Civil Service Education Center, and Korea Lifelong Education Center
Planning Team Leader of Jeju International Choral Festival & Symposium
Planning Office Manager of Jeju World Youth Choral festival
Trainer of Gwacheon City Women's Choir
Conductor of Gwacheon City Civil Service Choir
Conductor of Holy Flames Choir
Conductor of Suji Union Bank Children's Choir
Conductor of iChoir
2022 World Choir Games (Choral Olympics) Organizing Committee
Toh Ban Sheng, Singapore
Starting out essentially as a self-taught musician, former Physics teacher Toh Ban Sheng completed two master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Voice from the USA with the support of a National Arts Council Bursary. Toh has since come to be recognized as an eminent conductor and music educator with an illustrious track record, having garnered numerous Grands Prix, Category Champions, Jury Prizes and some 80 gold awards at international and national competitions.
An active member in the international choral scene, Toh is highly sought-after as an adjudicator, clinician and guest-conductor. He has also written for the International Choral Bulletin and had his music published in the United States and Europe. Perhaps, the most awarded Singaporean choral conductor with seven Conductor’s Prizes in Europe under his belt and an outstanding pedagogue, he has been invited to adjudicate, conduct, or teach in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan and USA. With Raffles Singers, he proudly presented two concerts at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain, and recently won double Grands Prix in Austria and Slovakia.
At home in Singapore, Toh’s choirs have twice won the highest national accolade of Best Choir of the Year Award in consecutive years. He has served as a Music Specialist with the Ministry of Education and part-time lecturer at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the National Institute of Education. For many years, he also mentors teachers under the NAC-STAR Artist-Mentor Scheme and sits on panels of review in the National Arts Council.
Among many other notable appointments, he was privileged to conduct an 800- strong National Day Parade Combined Choir at the National Stadium on live telecast. His work as a Chorus Master for Mahler Symphony Nr. 2 and Beethoven Symphony Nr. 9 has won him raved reviews by Straits Times. In recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions in the music arena, Toh was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2006 by the National Arts Council and the Honorary Member of the Choral Directors Association of Singapore.
He currently directs five award-winning choirs in Singapore schools and junior colleges, in addition to directing the Amoris Singers and Raffles Singers. Since 2014, he has been serving as the Artistic Director of International Choral Festival Orientale Concentus held in Singapore. Two new upcoming international festivals have sought him out as the Artistic Director. His self-titled biography, “The Accidental Conductor”, was published in 2010 and the Choral Series under his name with Earthsongs Music Publication (USA) was launched in 2002.
Cool-Jae Huh, South Korea
He had founded Korean Choral Composers Association and Seoul International A Cappella Festival. Recently, he was elected as one of the tenure board members for Korean Federation for Choral Music (KFCM). He also actively takes a part in international Choral/A Cappella events held in various countries such as Australia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Guam, Hong-Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Swiss, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam as well as Korea as an adjudicator or lecturer.
The initial collegiate course he finished was Business Management. However, in Korean Choral Music Society, the contribution and the inspiration he influenced to the revival of choral repertoire based on Korean traditional music is very significant. He went to University of Seoul majoring in music composition after spending several couple of years as a trading company staff. The deeper contemporary music he studied, the further understanding he gained in the importance of blending the old tradition and new perspectives together. Thus, he went back to music school again in traditional Korean music for another Bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University. Later on, he took several Jazz courses at Berklee on-line, achieved degree of Master in music at Seoul National University, and Doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at Gwangju University.
He served as Composer-in-Residence for National Chorus of Korea since 2017, and working for K-Choral Organizing Committee as artistic director. He also has taught at the University of Seoul and the Graduate School of Gwangju University, and is currently working as a columnist for Choir & Organ Korea, a monthly music magazine. Up to date, he has written 5 secular cantatas and 12 musical theatres, 5 masses, more than 100 small pieces, and numerous choral arrangements of traditional music, art songs and popular songs. His small pieces are frequently performed at choral competitions in particular. Among his larger works, the Missa Arirang, his maiden work, was published by Carus in Germany, 2016. And his third mass setting, Missa IEODO was premiered during the WSCM in Copenhagen-Denmark, 2008.
Andrey Dumchenko, Russia
Laureate of International Competitions as a conductor, composer and teacher. Honorary Worker of Education of the Russian Federation. Head of the Laureate of the International Competitions of the Junior Choir of the «Iskra» Children's Choir Studio at the Na Lenskoy Children's School of St. Petersburg, the artistic director of the Laureate of the International Competitions of the «Cantabile» Children's Choir Studio of the Children's Choir Studio of the Moskovsky District of St. Petersburg, senior methodologist of the City Educational and Methodological Association of the leaders of children's choir groups additional education in St. Petersburg.
Author of teaching materials, manuals and articles on working with a children's choir. As a composer, he published several author's choir collections for children and adult choirs. Some works are published in St. Petersburg, Moscow in repertoire collections of music for the choir. Winner of the GRAND PRIX of the international composer competition "Ethnomiriada" in 2019.
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.
Tatyana Rudneva, Kazakhstan
Tatyana Rudneva (soprano) she graduated from Kurmangazy Alma-Ata State Conservatory on class of solo signing in 1985. She got the second higher education on specialty “Psychology” in 2007. She graduated from fellowship of Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (Academy) named after M.I. Glinka (Russia) on specialty “Academic Signing”. Term of pedagogical employment is more than thirty years. At the present time she is docent of department “Vocal Art and Conducting” of the Kazakh National University of Arts (Astana. Kazakhstan).
T.N. Rudneva works with all signing voices, conducts class of solo signing and chamber class, reads lecture courses on methods and history of vocal art. Students of T.N. Rudneva class a lot of times were laureates of international and republican contests. Alumni of her class successfully continue professional activity as soloists of opera theatres, philharmonias in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, and also as pedagogues of academic and variety vocal in musical colleges and higher educational institutions. Scientific and pedagogic activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by writing of scientific articles and monographs on issues of history of establishment and development of Kazakhstan’s vocal art.
Concert and performance activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by solo concerts, creative contests, master classes, recordings on television. She sang solemn “Mass” during the official visit of head of the Roman-Catholic Church Pope John Paul the II in Kazakhstan in 2001. She sang solo concert “Ave Maria” dedicated to victims of terror of the XX century for religious confessions of the CIS countries and abroad in 2002. Ten musical and thematic programs were recorded on the republican television: “A.S. Pushkin and Music”, “A. Akhmatova in Music”, “Musical Heritage of Abai Kunanbayev”, “Romances of P.I. Tchaikovsky”, “Russian Romance of the XVIII-XIX Centuries”, “Evening of Classical Operetta” and others. Foundation recordings “Russian Folk Songs” and “Kazakh Folk Songs” were executed on all-Union radio.
Tatyana Rudneva is laureate of international contests, Honoured Worker of Education of the RK.
Pekka Nebelung, Finland
Pekka Nebelung is a musician and music teacher from Pöytyä. Nebelung's compositions and arrangements have been played in Finland, as well as Germany, Latvia, Italy, Russia and United States of America. During his 10 years as a choir director he has, for example, led the KaMu choir, which was founded by him, and has won the 2016 Children and Youth Choral World Championship in Russia. In January 2015, Pekka received an award for his pedagogical work in the Silver Bells competition in Latvia, and he was chosen as the best conductor of the Jean Sibelius choral competition in autumn. Nebelung has recorded for the MILS record company as a trumpeter and orchestral conductor, and for Alba as a choral conductor. He has led Concentus Aboensis, Ikaalinen Youth Orchestra, and Collegium musicum Turku among other things. Currently, Nebelung works as the director of the musical theatre line of the upper secondary school of Kaarina, a trumpet teacher in the Arkipelag Music School, the conductor of Collegium Musicum Turku orchestra and the art director of the KaMu choirs.
Roberto Maggio, Italy
Roberto Maggio, Italy
Flute teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Avellino.
Visiting Professor at Truman State University, University of Columbia-Missouri (USA), Silla University of Busan (South Korea), Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music (Nagoya - Japan).
He has given concerts in Italy, Austria, Holland, Greece, Poland, South Korea, USA, China and Japan.
As director of the Youth Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music in Avellino he has given concerts in Italy, Lithuania, Turkey.
He attended the courses of the Advanced Training School for choir conductors of the "Guido D 'Arezzo" Foundation.
He is director of the Laeti Cantores Choir of Salerno and of the Academia Vocal Ensemble.
He has held choral masterclasses at the VDU University of Kaunas (Lithuania) and the University Of Winchester (UK).
He has conducted, as a guest conductor, in France (vocal ensemble LA SESTINA of Nice), in Japan (Chamber Choir of the Aichi Prefectural University of Nagoya), in the United Kingdom (Winchester Consort, chamber choir of the University Of Winchester and the 'ACADEMIA Vocal Ensemble) at the local cathedral.
He is a member of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)
Ana Patricia Carbajal Córdova, México
Choral Conductor and Cultural Promoter Born in México City.
She founded Ensamble Coral Voce in Tempore in 1989 and Voce in Tempore Association in 1997, to promote, distribute an professionalize choral music in México. Since 1997, promotes and hosts EnCantada, a music-radio show broadcasted by Opus 94 of Mexican Radio. Today she has a Masters in Promotion and Cultural Direction, she works as a teacher of the Music Faculty of UNAM, director of the young choral initiation workshop Tsiris and coordinator of Encuentro Coral Infantil at Universidad La Salle. She also coordinates the Programa Coral Universitario National University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Festival Internacional de Coros Universitarios. She works as a representative of Central America and the Caribbeans of the IFCM (better known as International Federation for Choral Music). She is also professor and Choir Conductor at the Faculty of Music at UNAM and Spokeswoman in many festivals and choral workshops.
Anthony Go Villanueva, Philippines
Anthony Go Villanueva—choral conductor, pianist, singer, and arranger—is acknowledged as one of the Philippines’ most esteemed choral conductors of his generation, with his musical dynamism enabling him to reach a level of success and distinction rarely found at his very young age. Anthony is Musical Director of Kammerchor Manila, an internationally acclaimed church-based choir comprising young professionals from various walks of life. The group is a three-time recipient of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Ani ng Dangal Award. Due to his numerous achievements, Anthony was recognized by the Municipality of Malabon for his excellence in the field of music and acknowledged as “Dangal ng Malabon” during the 38th Gintong Parangal ng Malabon. After winning as the Best Conductor at the Queen of the Adriatic Sea International Choral Festival and Competition, Anthony received his 1st Ani ng Dangal award from Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Aris Sudibyo, Indonesia
My first degree is in Architecture from Petra Christian University of Surabaya, Indonesia. My second degree is in Church Music, with major in vocal performance, from Singapore Bible College, of Singapore. Currently is finishing my Master program in Choral Conducting at Bandung Theological Seminary & Singapore Bible College
After 8 years become director of choral activity and director of the church music program at Petra Christian University in Surabaya-Indonesia, then I had moved I Papua for 14 years for pioneering teaching music and choir for young people, from children to young adult choir. I was the head of Education and Training Department of the Provincial Foundation of Indonesian Church Music Development. Actively become adjudicator for the local, regional/provincial, and national choir competitions, and also international competitions.
Since 2012 become a member of the World Choir Council of the World Choir Games
Currently, moved back to Petra Christian University in Surabaya.
Batyrzhan Smakov, Kazakhstan
Countertenor Batyrzhan Smakov has captivated audiences in many countries including Russia, Italy, France, Poland, Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates. Batyrzhan is a prize winner of the "Grand Prix of Saint-Petersburg" in Russia, and "Concorso della Musica Sacra" in Turin, Italy. He was featured in numerous productions including J. Offenbach "Les contes H"Offmann", A. Scarlatti "Passione del Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo", Mascagli "Cavalleria rusticana", "Tancredi", Concert for UNICEF, etc. In 2016, received the title of Artist for Peace UNESCO after performing numerous charitable concerts to support children of Syria.
Batyrzhan Smakov is often invited to adjudicate international competitions in Kazakhstan, Italy, and UAE. Currently, he serves as faculty member at the Kazakh National University of Arts, Music Director of Mixed Choir at KazNUA, soloist at Kazakhkonzert, and guest conductor of "Coro lirico Perla Verde" in Italy. He has recorded four solo albums.
Batyrzhan Smakov completed his education at the Kazakh National Academy of Music, International Academy of Opera in Osimo, Italy, and completed his master's degree at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, Italy.
Galina Lukanova, Bulgaria
Galina Lukanova is conductor of Sveta Paraskeva Academic Choir at the National Academy of Art – Sofia, Bulgaria and assisting conductor of Vassil Arnaoudov Sofia Chamber Choir (conductor Theodora Pavlovitch). She graduated National Academy of Music – Sofia, Bulgaria, where she studied choral conducting under the tutelage of prof. Georghi Robev and prof. Theodora Pavlovitch.
She took part in the master class of the European Academy for Young Choral Conductors, Marktoberdorf, Germany under prof. W. Hempfling (Germany) and prof. P. Ledger (Great Britain). Galina Lukanova has PHD degree in Folkloristic and she is an associate professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Galina Lukanova has also worked as an assistant and conductor of Sveta Paraskeva Choir School, conductor of Male Chamber Choir “Paroria” and Children’s Choir “Zvezditsi”, Sofia. She taught ear training and headed the school choir at the National School for Music and Performing Arts, Burgas and she was a teacher in department of Music at Sofia University. From 2015 to 2018 Galina Lukanova is President of Bulgarian Choral Union.
Helma Haller, Brazil
Helma Haller , from Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, was a member of the professional choir Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba from 1980 to 2012, first as a singer then as choir rehearser and member of the Artistic Council. Later on, as musical director and choir conductor. Ex. Brahms “Deustsches Requiem” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDBq7zK-SREu4K6hbUorsqA
In 2000 she created her own group, the female choir Collegium Cantorum, with which she has been developing important rescue and promotion of Brazilian choral music for this formation.
Throughout its 22 years of independent and continuous activity, this group acts as a permanent choir school, seldom found in the musical institutions in Brazil. She conducted the Collegium Cantorum at DCINY Distinguished Concerts International New York, Lincoln Center (2014); Grand Prix of Nations Berlin,b(2015 and 2017); in concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie, also participating with her singers in the Sing Along Workshop with the Rundfunkchor Berlin (2017). Artistic Director of 5 CDs: “Echoes of Faith”, “Brazilian Christmas”, “Rodrigo Herrmann” “Villa-Lobos Sacred”, and “Acordes Poéticos”.
She also has been acting as coach for instrumental soloists and singers, chamber groups and choirs. Further she has been Brazil’s delegate in the World Choir Council of Interkultur and Crescendo International. 2018 she participated in the chamber choir Soli Deo Gloria from Stuttgart, with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (David Shemer) conducted by Monica Meira Vasques, in a recording of Handel's “Der Messias” in Hebrew, launched at the beginning of 2019. More of her published work:
Ivan Yohan, Indonesia
Ivan Yohan conductor Ivan Yohan started to have an interest in vocal and choral music since he first attended his study at the Parahyangan Catholic University, where he became a member of the university choir. During his studies in accountancy, he studied voice privately under Catharina W. Leimena, Avip Priatna, Binu D. Soekaman, Rachelle Gerodias and Christopher Abimanyu. As a conductor, he took private lessons from Avip Priatna and attended lessons from Jonathan Velasco. He has been chorus master of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", Mascagni's "Cavaleria Rusticana" and conductor of Parahyangan Catholic University Choir's production of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas". As a soloist, he has performed Handel's "Messiah", First Sailor in the aforementioned Purcell opera and Sanjaya in the Indonesian opera, "Kali" by Tony Prabowo. After completing his accounting degree, Ivan moved to Holland for his bachelor studies in classical singing.
He studied voice at the Utrecht Conservatory with Henny Diemer and took composition lessons from Henk Alkema. He then pursued a master’s degree in choral conducting with Rob Vermeulen at the same conservatory. As part of his studies, Ivan completed a student exchange programme in Lithuania, where he studied choral conducting with Vytautas Miškinis and vocal performance with Algirdas Janutas. In his native Indonesia, Ivan is a conductor and music director for the Parahyangan Catholic University Choir (PCUC). In 2014, he conducted PCUC at the 51st International Choir Competition in Spittal an der Drau, Austria, and led the ensemble achieve the first prize and receive special commendation for best interpretation of a modern piece. In 2016, Ivan founded SWARA, a Brussels-based choral ensemble committed to the promotion and performance of modern a cappella repertoire.
Ivan earned the "Special Award for Excellent Conducting Performance" at the “Béla-Bartók 27th International Choir Competition 2016” in Debrecen, Hungary and “Best Conductor Award” at the “Baltic Sea International Choir Competition 2018” in Jurmala, Latvia. Starting from 2017, he works as one of the associate conductors of Le Concert Spirituel with the principal conductor Hervé Niquet in a project of performing the works of a Renaissance composer Orazio Benevolo which has just been rediscovered. He is also appointed as one of the conductors of the Ghent Singers, a newly formed professional vocal ensemble based in Ghent, Belgium. Starting September 2019, he is appointed choir director of Moroccan Philharmonic Choir in Rabat, Morocco. Ivan is also an accomplished composer whose choral compositions have been performed in concerts and choir competitions in Asia, Europe and the United States. In May 2011, he won the first prize of "Prix pour une oeuvre de création - Concours international" for his composition "Après un Rêve" at Florilège Vocal de Tours 2011, France. Some of his works have been published by Porfiri & Horváth Publishers (Germany), and Earthsongs (United States).
Kathy Fok, Hong Kong
Music Director / Principal Conductor
The Hong Kong Children’s Choir
Born in Hong Kong, Fok developed a passion for music at a very young age. She obtained her BM degree in Composition and MM degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Houston, USA in 1990 and 1992 respectively. She studied choral conducting with Dr Charles Hausmann, orchestral conducting with Nicholas Wyss, and composition with Dr David A White.
After returning to Hong Kong in 1995, Fok joined The Hong Kong Children's Choir and was appointed Music Director since 1997. Under her leadership, the Hong Kong Children's Choir is currently the biggest children’s choirs in the world with over five thousand members. The choir is invited to perform in many international events including 10th IFCM World Choral Symposium and 1st World Choral Expo, awarded as one of the “Top Ten Children and Youth Choirs in China”. Fok enjoys an international reputation for her dedication to children’s choral music. She has conducted workshops and masterclasses in Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. She has also performed as guest conductor with numerous organizations such as the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as well as outstanding choirs such as the Hong Kong Youth Choir, Shanghai Youth Choir, Xinhai Children’s Palace Choir, Good Hope School Choir and St. Paul’s Co-educational College Choir. Fok has also given the Hong Kong premiers of distinguished works including “Mass of the Children” by John Rutter and “African Sanctus” by David Fanshaw.
Fok was one of the Hong Kong “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” awardees in 2001. In 2007, Fok was recognized as “Persons with Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Arts and Culture” under the Secretary for Home Affairs Commendation Scheme and in the same year, she was also named among the “Top 100 Musicians of the Year” by the International Biographical Centre. Fok is currently appointed as Honorary Artist-in-Residence at the Education University of Hong Kong, Country Representative of World Alliance of Children’s Choirs and IFCM’s Asian Council.
Evgeniya Kravchenko, Russia
Evgeniya Kravchenko is a choral conductor, vice-rector for design and creative work of the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (Academy) named after M. I. Glinka (MaGK), head of the Department of Conducting MaGK, head of the women's and mixed choirs of MaGK (laureates of international and All-Russian choral competitions), professor of MaGK.
Evgenia Alexandrovna (2020) - winner of the Grand Prix of the international competition of choral conductors named after I. A. Mikhailovsky, winner of the I degree and the title of "Best Choirmaster" (Tula).
Many students of Kravchenko E. A.'s class participated in conducting and choral competitions and became diploma holders and laureates.
Since 1998, he has been leading the MaGK Mixed Choir, which constantly conducts concert activities and participates in competitions of various levels, becoming laureates and is the owner of the GRAND PRIX of the International Competition.
Since 2021, Evgenia Alexandrovna has become the head of the Women's Choir of the MaGK Music College.
Kravchenko E. A. is a member of the jury of choral and conducting competitions.
He oversees many children's choirs and conducts open master classes on working with the choir and conducting.
He is the organizer of the author's concerts of contemporary composers of Russia and continues the tradition of holding the All-Russian Competition of Young Conductors named after People's Artist of the RSFSR S. G. Eidinov (Magnitogorsk).
Anna Moskovchuk, Russia
Anna Moskovchuk is the founder and artistic director of the Leading creative collective of the Moscow Choral department «Rainbow» of Moscow School No.18. Anna Moskovchuk is the graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the laureate of international competitions, she is rewarded with the medal «Our Heritage» named after George Sviridov, her work is marked with certificates and letters of thanks.
Mrs. Moskovchuk the author is the developer of additional general education programs of the Rainbow Choral Department, the author of articles about the Rainbow Choral Department, methodological developments published in the collections of articles of the Joy publishing house, is a regular participant in methodological seminars, master classes and choral forums, sharing his experience with choirmaster teachers. The winner of the Moscow city competition of professional skills of teachers of additional education «RESONANCE-2018».
Besides conducting the Choral Section «Raduga» Mrs. Moskovchuk organizes concerts, cultural and entertainment events in Moscow. In addition to that «Raduga» has annual international concert tours, summer choral and recreation camp and big concerts on the best concert venues in Moscow.
Mrs. Moskovchuk is one of the developers of the teaching system that helps to find and develop the musical abilities of children of young age. She is the ideological inspirer, co-author and developer of the VIII International Open Festival-Competition of Young Musicians «VIVAT MUSICA!».
Nina Petcheva, Bulgaria/Italy
Nina Petcheva is an Orchestra Conductor , Choir Conductor, and a Professor of Harmony, Conducting, and Piano with a career spanning 40 years. She has conducted symphonic, university, church, and children’s choirs, and performs as a conductor. Born in Bulgaria in 1963, she has been living in Italy for 25 years. She was the Conductor of the Bulgarian TV Choir, “The mystery of the Bulgarian voices” , with who she won at the Grammy Awards in 1990 in the category "A cappella choirs".
She was Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum - Lovech, Conductor of Polyphonic Choir “St. Joseph” of the Catholic Apostolic Nunciature of the Balkans, Conductor of Chamber Orchestra “Ansemble” Sofia and Orchestra Lovech, Conductor of the Sofia Conservatory Choir, and Conductor of the Children’s Choir of the Catholic High School in Pescara. Her pedagogical activity involves being a professor of Harmony, Composition, Musical Polyphony, Musical Analysis, Solfeggio, Piano, and Conducting at the Music Academy “Music & Art International” in Italy, the Conservatory Fermo in Italy, the Conservatory in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Music High School in Pescara, Italy and Lovech, Bulgaria. Ms. Petcheva has been a part of juries at music competitions and festivals internationally in Bulgaria and Italy since 1989.
She is a specialist in sacred music, Renaissance, Gregorian chants, Baroque, Classical choral and orchestral music, and contemporary music. She has done concerts in more than 25 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Romans Vanags, Latvia
Romans Vanags a graduate of Emils Darzins’ specialized music college and of the Department of Choir and Orchestra Conducting Jazeps Vitols’ Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. He received diploma in choir conducting as well as in music pedagogy. In addition, he was studying also symphonic orchestra conducting. In 2003 he received professional master’s degree in music.
Since 1990 he has been the principal conductor of the Latvian University female choir named “Minjona”. Since 1987 he has been chief conductor and artistic director of Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st. Music School boys’ choir. Since 1987 Romans Vanags was employed at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga as professor of choir conducting, 2005-2012 head of conducting department.
He has been the organizer of various courses for conductors in numerous countries around the world and also jury member of many international choral competitions. He has also been appointed as one of the chief conductors of the All Latvian Song Celebration (1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018) Since 2008 he are also council member of World Choir Games (WCG) organization. Romans Vanags was the artistic director of WCG 2014 in Riga. Since August 2014 Romans Vanags are Artistic Director of Interkultur (Germany) organization. In 2008 Romans Vanags recieve the highest civil decoration in Latvia – the Three Star Order. In 2023 professor Romans Vanags has been elected Artistic Director of All Latvian Song Celebration.
Vladimir Sinenko, Russia
Lecturer at the Primorsky Regional College of Arts (PKKI), Associate Professor of the Department of Vocal Art and Choral Conducting of the Far Eastern State Institute of Arts.
Vladimir Ivanovich Sinenko was born on November 22, 1961 in the city of Vladivostok.
In 1977 he entered the conducting and choral department of the Vladivostok Music College, and then in 1981 he became a student of the Far Eastern Pedagogical Institute of Arts (Department of Choral Conducting).
To date, Vladimir Ivanovich Sinenko is the author of 10 collections of songs and choirs for children and youth, a collection of romances, as well as a collection for ensembles of violinists and piano.
Vladimir Ivanovich's sheet music was published in Vladivostok, Moscow ("Music") and St. Petersburg ("Composer", "Planet of Music").
From 1997 to 2017, he was the musical director of the Drama Theater of the Pacific Fleet. He wrote music and designed more than 30 performances. Collaborates with almost all theaters of the region.
In 1991 he was awarded the Primorsky Komsomol Prize in the field of musical art.
Since 1995 he has been a member of the board of the Primorsky branch of the All-Russian Musical Society. In October 2001 he was elected Vice-Chairman.
In 1992, 1995 and 1998 he underwent an internship at the Gnessin State Music College and at the Children's Academy of Music in Moscow.
In 1997, together with the children's choir of the music school, he participated in the 9th International Festival of Children's and Youth Choral Music in Osaka (Japan).
In 1998, he was awarded the Prize of the Governor of primorsky Krai for success in pedagogical work.
In 2000 he was awarded the badge "Honored Worker of the All-Russian Musical Society".
In December 1999, at the invitation of the Federation of Children's and Youth Choirs of Russia, he participated in the International Scientific and Practical Conference dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the birth of Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky (Moscow).
From 13 to 20 May 2001 he was in Moscow at a meeting at the Institute of Art Education at the Russian Academy of Education.
In October 2003 he became the Laureate of the International Competition-Festival "Musical Rainbow" in Volgograd for the song "In the world of music we live!".
In 2004, with master classes, he visited the "Summer Creative School" - "Inspiration" (he worked with the combined children's choir of the Sakhalin Region).
In 2005, within the framework of the "Choirmaster School" (Sakhalin), he conducted master classes with the combined choir of choirmasters of the Sakhalin Region.
In February 2004, V. I. Sinenko was awarded the State Scholarship of the President of Russia for 2004.
In December 2004, he was a participant of the International Scientific and Practical Conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky (Moscow).
In April 2008, he was awarded the Gratitude of the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.
In April 2008 he worked with the Jury of the All-Russian competition "Golden Ring" (Suzdal). He conducted master classes with a combined choir, which performed the song "In the world of music we live!".
In March 2010, he worked as the chairman of the jury of the choral contest "Spring Drop" of the Trans-Baikal Territory and the contest of performers of children's pop songs "Musical Rain" (GTRK "Chita") in Chita.
In March-April 2011 he worked as the chairman of the jury of the contest of performers of children's pop songs "Musical Rain" (GTRK "Chita") in Chita.
In February 2012, by the Decree of the President of Russia, he was awarded the honorary title "Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation".
In October 2012, he was awarded the commemorative medal "Patriot of Russia"
On September 27, 2012 he was admitted to the Union of Composers of Russia.
Since 2018, he has been a member of the Union of Theater Workers of the Russian Federation.
Since 2020, he has been a member of the Russian Music Union.
Honored Worker of Musical Art of Primorsky Krai (2016).
He was awarded the Badge of Distinction "For Merit to Vladivostok" - 2nd degree (2021).
Participant of theater festivals:
"Young Theatres of Russia" (Omsk, 2005),
"Star Mask" (Moscow, 2007),
South Korea Theatre Festival (2011).
Anton Maximov, Russia
Anton Maximov has studied choral conducting at the St.Petersburg State Conservatory with Prof. Koudriavtseva, where he earned his degree with distinction. In following years Mr. Maximov has continued his training, eventually receiving an assistant professor position with the same institution. At the same time, Mr. Maximov was appointed as a choral conducting teacher at the Petrozavodsk Conservatory and also served as a choral conductor with the St. Petesrburg Boys College of Choral Music, which he has also extensively and very successfully toured with around Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, Germany and China.
Having started in 2007, Mr. Maximov serves as a guest conductor of the «Gracias» Orchestra and Choir, South Korea, combining it with a position of the head of Choral conducting department at the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, which he has received in 2011.
At present, Mr. Maximov’s main position is the head of Choral conducting department and a leader of the St. Petersburg Conservatory chamber choir. Through his career Mr. Maximov has been actively collaborating with a number of outstanding musicians, such as maestri Jansons, Temirkanov, Sinaisky, Titov, Alexeyev, Statdler, to name a few. In May 2009, Mr. Maximov, leading the Conservatory Choire, has received a 1-st Prize at the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music «Hajnówka 2009» in Poland and International Festival and Contest of concert programs «In Anticipation of Christmas 2019» in St. Petersburg, as well as winning the Grand Prix at the International CREDO competition in Tallinn in 2011.
In 2013 Mr. Maximov became the laureate and winner of the audience prize at the International competition of choral conductors of the European choral Association Europa Cantat. Among the last concert programs are «Vespers» by Sergei Rachmaninoff and the world premiere of the Prayers Symphony «Reche Gospod’» by Sergei Yekimov.
Viktor Zaslavsky, Russia
Viktor Zaslavsky - artistic director and chief conductor of the choir "School Years", a graduate of the Odessa Conservatory (1974) has been leading the chapel "School Years" since its inception (1974), and to the present, director of the Simferopol Children's Music and Choral School, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Crimea, Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine, laureate international competitions, winner of special diplomas "Best Conductor of the competition" in Hajnówka (Poland), "Singing World" (St. Petersburg), "Peter's Days" (St. Petersburg), "Premonition of Christmas".
Member of the jury of international competitions in Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Spain. He introduced modern methods and technologies into pedagogical practice, which allowed the children's choir from a small village to win more than 50 major international competitions, including becoming world champions twice in 2015 and 2016 in St. Petersburg.
Vera Slasnaya, Russia
Conductor, choir and vocal teacher, musical critic.
2010 – graduated from St. Petersburg Musical College n/a N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov,
speciality – choir conducting.
2015 – graduated with honors from St. Petersburg State Conservatory n/a N. A. RimskyKorsakov, speciality – choir conducting.
2019 – graduated from Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sience of St. Petersburg
State University, speciality – musical criticism.
2008-2018 – founder and conductor of youth choir “Art Sonus”. The choir became the
laureate of russian and international choral competitions and gave more than a hundred
concerts in St. Petersburg.
Since 2011 – working as a choir teacher in Musical School for adults n/a N. A. RimskyKorsakov.
2011-2012 – at the invitation of the Southern University in Odense (Denmark),
conducted a series of master classes on the performance of Russian choral music. In
2016, at the invitation of the Minsk State College of Arts (Belarus), held a master class
on working with Russian sacred choral music of the XIV-XVI centuries.
2016-2017 – worked as a conducting and choral scores reading teacher in Russian
Christian Humanitarian Academy.
2015-2017 – worked as accompanist at Valentin Nesterov’s conducting class in St.
Petersburg State Conservatory.
Since 2021 – working as a conducting teacher in St. Petersburg Music College n/a N. A.
2015 – participant of the Boris Abalyan’s conducting master class in St. Petersburg.
2016 – participant of the Frieder Bernius’s conducting master class in Stuttgart,
2017 – participant of the Vitaly Polonsky’s conducting master class during Dyagilev
Festival educational programme in Perm, Russia
2018 – participant of the Markdavin Obenza’s Renaissance music performing master
class in Milan, Italy.
Laureate of russian and international conducting competitions.
Since 2020 – co-founder, musical director and conductor of GAMAJUN Consort.
As a singer, collaborates with the early music ensemble “Laterna Magica”.
As a critic, wrote articles for “Musical Life” magazine and the online magazine about
William Cordero, Philippines
Choir Conductor William Cordero obtained his Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts and Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of the Philippines, College of Music. He was a piano major for two years and shifted to choral conducting because of his passion in teaching and conducting his former church choir. While in college, he joined the UP Vocal Ensemble directed by Dr. Raul Navarro, and the Asian Youth Singing Ambassadors which was conducted by the late Prof. Andrea Veneracion, former conductor of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.
From 1999 to 2003, he was the choir director of the Manila Children’s Choir.
In 2003, he joined the Manila Chamber Singers (MCS), one of the award-winning choirs in the Philippines. In June of 2004, he toured and performed with them in Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and France. He was also the accompanist of MCS and performed at the Gustav Mahler Hall during the Alta Pusteria International Choral Festival in Sudtirol, Italy. In 2010, he became their choir conductor and led the choir to different competitions and festivals
Under his guidance, MetCC and MCS won in local and international competitions. In December 2005, MetCC won 1st place in the 11th Paskong Himig sa Lungsod ng Pasig. The choir went on to take part in the 4th World Choir Games in Xiamen, China, where they received a silver diploma in the Children’s Choir category. The group also received a gold diploma and was declared champion of the category in the Music of the Religions category.
In 2011, he toured with the Manila Chamber Singers, and they won 1st place in the Mixed Chamber Category and the Grand Prix at the 3rd Antalya International Choir Festival in Antalya, Turkey.
In July of 2012, they won 1st place in Contemporary Works Category, 1st place in Folk and Cultural Music Category, and 2nd place in Chamber Music Category at the XV International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.
In 2016, he conducted Metropolitan Children’s Choir and the Cornerstone Academy Youth Chorus and joined the 5th Bali International Choir Festival where they were awarded gold and silver diplomas. And in 2017, he toured with the Manila Chamber Singers, and they won 1st place in the Ensemble Category, and 2nd place in the Chamber Category at the Singapore International Choral Festival.
In 2019, he guided the Manila Chamber Singers on its 4th Europe Tour where they joined the 56th International Competition of Choral Singing in Spittal an der Drau, Austria, and the 10th Musica Eterna Roma International Choir Festival and Competition in Rome, Italy. The group went home with Gold Diploma Level I in Sacred Music category and Gold Diploma Level II in Mixed Choirs category. From 2020 until 2021, he recorded with the Manila Chamber Singers, and they have produced songs of inspiration and encouragement, and their videos were uploaded in social media platforms. Currently, he is actively serving in the music ministry of Calvary Baptist Church in Quezon City, and he is part of the music faculty at Temple Hill International School.
Marian Cristi Stroe, Romania
Candidate for a doctoral study in choral art, Marian Cristi Stroe is a violin professor and conductor at the Art Highschool from Ramnicu Valcea, Romania. In 2003 established Cantus Children Choir and participate in different events, festivals and competitions (National Olympics, Advent Prague). One year later, in 2004, took over and reorganize the Episcopal church choir which was founded in 1871. With the mixed choir he participated in several national and international Festivals and Competitions and had a concert in the European Parliament from Strasbourg in 2013. Is a guest conductor at the Philharmonic choir from Ramnicu Valcea. He also graduated a master`s degree in Intercultural Management under UNESCO Chair.
He is invited in different competitions as a jury member. Marian is also the Official Representative in Romania of INTERKULTUR foundation and he worked as a member of the organizational team during several World Choir Games (Cincinnati, Riga, Sochi) and European Choir Games (Magdeburg). He is also a member of National Choral Association from Romania.
Emanuel Pecingina, Romania
Born on January 1, 1964 in Timisoara, Romania. Has been studying music (cello)
since 7 at the Music High School, which he graduates in 1982. He pursues his
music study at the National Music University in Bucharest, which he graduates in
1990. While still in university, he is admitted in the Madrigal Choir (1987) as
tenor voice. He commences his activity as choir conductor in 1989, thus
conducting sundry amateur choirs and receives awards at the National festival
“Cantarea Romaniei”. He is one of the disciples of maestros Petre Craciun and
Marin Constantin. He then pursues his music studies at UNMB, where he attends
a Master’s Degree class in Science of Conducting under the tutorship of Marin
Constantin 1999, PhD in music 2011 and post PhD classes within the MIDAS
programme at UNMB 2013.
Since 2002 he has been a conductor and co-repetition maestro for the MadrigalMarin Constantin National Chamber Choir and with this entity he holds more than
60 concerts in Romanian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Polish, Japanese and Macedonian
cities. Right now, he is co-repetition maestro for the Madrigal Choir and tutors
conductors within Cantus Mundi National programme. He organizes every year,
in Timisoara, Canto and Choral conducting Masterclass together with "Cantus
Redivivus" Chamber Choir and altogether holds concerts in cities from western
Romania. Since 2021 he has conducted also the "Emanuel" Chamber Choir
belonging to the " Parcul Domenii-Cașin" Church, in Bucharest, and with the
latter he had concerts in Bucharest.
He attended masterclasses with Marin Constantin, Vytautas Miškinis, Ivonne
Reperant, Ion Marin and Konrad von Abel.
Felipe Ramos Taky, Chile
Tenured professor at the Institute of Music of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, he is trained both in music and humanities. He studied choral conducting at UC and specialised in Chile, Spain, England, Peru and Argentina; with further studies in Renaissance music in the United States, England and the Czech Republic. With more than 10 years of experience condutcting choirs and vocal ensembles, he has performed on the most important venues in the country and abroad. He was Assistant Conductor of the UC Chamber Choir, Executive Coordinator of Crecer Cantando, expert evaluator of the Chilean Ministry of Education for the area of music, and advisor to the Ibáñez-Atkinson Foundation in the RedCoral programme. In addition, he has been a member of the jury of the National Choral Contest Crecer Cantando in several occasions and also in the Grand Prix San Juan Coral 2018 in Argentina.
He is also conductor of the UC Student Choir and General Director of the Voces de Vitacura programme.
Guillermo Román Reyes, Mexico
Guillermo Román Reyes studied a Bachelor of Music with a singing option at the Universidad Veracruzana in Meixico. He graduated with a degree in Music Education from the same University.
In addition to having a master's degree in music with a specialty in choral conducting.
He has been a professor at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas in Mexico, where he taught music theory and children's instrumental ensembles, he was appointed Academic Coordinator of the solfeggio academy, assistant director of the Vocal Convivium choir and founder of the Schola Cantorum de Zacatecas.
She has attended advanced courses with Lourdes Sánchez, who is the director of the Simón Bolívar National Choir of Venezuela, and with the teacher Corina Campos, director of “Vocal Leo” of Cuba.
From May 2019 to date, he is the Artistic Coordinator of the University Choir Festival of the Universidad Veracruzana.
He is currently a full-time professor at the same university, and also general coordinator of the National Network of Directors and Choirs of Mexico
Kelvin Lo, Hong Kong
The Best Conductor of the 8th Cantemus International Choir Festival, Kelvin got a Master of Arts (Music) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Bachelor of Education (Honors) from Hong Kong Baptist University, and attained the “Award for Outstanding Teaching Practice” from The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Kelvin studied choral conducting with the world-renowned choir conductor Prof. Leon Shiu-wai Tong. Enlighted by Prof. Tong, Kelvin’s passionate expression for music with a sharp mind for details is manifested in the enchantment of his baton.
On the international platform, Kelvin has led the Choir to concert tours in Austria, the UK, Germany, Poland and Beijing. In 2015, Kelvin conducted the Choir to perform with world famous Tapiola Choir at Helsinki Rock Church. In 2018 Bratislava International Youth Music Festival, the Choir led by Kelvin attained the Gold Diploma and the Category Champion of Children’s Choir Competition, and was also adjudged overall champion. Recently, Kelvin received The British Carnatic Choir Awards for Arts and Culture 2021 to recognize his excellence in music education and choral conducting.
Being the former Deputy Director of Hong Kong Treble Choir, Kelvin has been leading the Choir at many local and international stages in Hungary, France, Russia, Estonia, Italy, Slovakia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and different cities in China with tremendous success. Under Kelvin’s baton, the Choir has achieved the following international choir awards:
2009: First in the 4th China Treble Choir Festival Competition and attained “The Outstanding Treble Choir of China Award”;
2010: Gold Diploma in the 8th Cantemus International Choir Festival in Hungary;
2012: Gold Diploma and the Category Champion of children’s choir competition in the 10th Singing World International Choral Festival in Russia;
2015: Gold Diploma and the Category Champion of children’s choir competition in the 4th Florence International Choir Festival in Italy;
2015: Gold Diploma and the Category Champion of children’s choir competition in 2015 Bratislava International Youth Music Festival in Slovakia.
Kelvin is now the Secretary General of World Youth and Children Choral Artists' Association, the Founding Member of International Choral Conductors Federation, the Vice President of Hong Kong Treble Choirs’ Association, the advisor and chorus master of True Colors Symphony in Hong Kong, and the Sub-Committee Member of Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. He is also frequently invited to adjudicate different local and international choral competitions.
Fidel Gener Calalang Jr, Philippines
Fidel Calalang, Jr. finished his music studies in piano performance and conducting at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in Manila where he is currently a faculty member of the UST Conservatory Piano and Conducting departments. He also teaches at the UST Graduate School.
He is the founder and conductor of the University of Santo Tomas Singers. Since its foundation in 1993, he has led the choir in 36 International Concert tours of Europe, USA, Canada, Asia, Australia and Mexico winning over 82 top prizes in various international choral competitions all over the world, such as Tours France, Tolosa, Torrevieja and Cantonigros Spain, Gorizia and Florence Italy, Baden and Spittal Austria, California USA, and including the 1998 Gran Premio Cotta di Gorizia and the 2019 Choir of the World Champion of Champions title and the 2010 and 1995 Choir of the World Grand Prize at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfodd in Wales, UK.
Awarded Most Outstanding Alumni in the field of Music and Performing Arts and recipient of the Outstanding Artist in Music by UST. He also won the First Prize at the 1999 International Composition Competition in Ojai California USA, the Best Conductor prize at the 2002 International Choral Competition in Monster the Netherlands, the Best Contemporary Choral Arrangement Prize at the 2015 Florence International Choral Competition in Florence Italy, the Second Prize at the 4th Ennio Morricone International Composition Competition in Florence Italy last 2018 for his composition Laudate Dominum, the Third Prize at the 2021 Academia Musica Composition Competition in Vienna, Austria; and the Third Prize at the 2022 Franz Schubert Konservatorium Composition Competition in Vienna, Austria.
He conducted masterclasses and workshops in Turin Italy, Beijing China, Normandy France, Barcelona and Madrid Spain, Daegu and Jeju South Korea, Taipei Taiwan, Colorado and Washington USA, Gdansk Poland, and Freiburg Germany.
He was also the guest conductor of the Vox Aurea Chamber Choir in Madrid, Spain, the Yeunoul Mixed Choir in South Korea, and the Beijing Wuzi University Chorus in China.
He was a member of the international jury in the choral competitions in Pardubice, Czech Republic in 2006 and 2008, in Wales, the United Kingdom in 2004, in Sopot, Poland in 2013, in North Sumatra, Indonesia in 2016, and Chairman of the jury at the 65th Certain Internacional Habaneras y Polifonia in Torrevieja, Spain in 2019.
His choral compositions are published by Earthsongs Choral Music USA under the Music of Asia and the Pacific series, and Muziksea Publishing Singapore.
Vera Belyaeva, Russia
Vera Belyaeva - Laureate of International and All-Russian competitions. Head of the department "Choral Conducting", teacher of choral and musical-theoretical disciplines of the Vologda Regional College of Arts.
Graduated from the Latvian State Conservatory named after Jazeps Vitols (Riga) Faculty of Choral Conducting and Vocal Art.
1990 - 1994: Vologda State Pedagogical University, Faculty of Music and Singing - senior lecturer, choir conductor.
Since 1994: Vologda Regional College of Arts - teacher, (highest qualification category) of specialties: "Choral Conducting", "Vocal Art", "Orchestral String Instruments", "Folk Orchestra Instruments", "Musical sound engineering skills". She led the choirs, chamber and symphony orchestra of the college.
1998: Laureate of the II All-Russian competition of choir conductors, (Salavat, Republic of Bashkortostan).
1999 - 2000: Internship at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Vladimir Minin's Moscow Chamber Choir.
Publications: "Regency Art" - the author's program. (Collection "Innovative activities of educational institutions of secondary professional level in the implementation of educational standards of the new generation" 2005). Research work “The system of osmosis of znamenny chant and its coverage in Russian musicology”, (Collection of articles “Musical text: the problem of analysis and teaching”, Vologda, 2005).
Pupils: Vitaly Shevelev - Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater - conductor of a symphony orchestra, winner of the IV International Competition for Young Conductors of Symphony Orchestras. I. Musina. Currently, V. Shevelev works with maestro Valery Gergiev and is the conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Alexander Balashov - Laureate of International and All-Russian competitions. Teacher, choirmaster of the chamber choir of the Saratov Conservatory named after L.V. Sobinova.
Denis Sanichev, General Director of the Vologda Regional Philharmonic named after V.A. Gavrilina, conductor of the Male Choir.
As a teacher and accompanist, she participated in the VI International Competition for Young Vocalists Elena Obraztsova St. Petersburg, 2016, (Diploma), in the XVII International Competition and Master Class on Academic Saxophone Lübeck, Germany, 2017, (Laureate), in the International Competition "Northern Rhapsody" Cherepovets, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (Laureate), in the All-Russian competition - festival of arts "Christmas Lights", "Raspberry Ringing of Easter".
Since 2017 is a member of the concert programs of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation. House of Music, Moscow.
Stanislav Chubenko, Russia
In 2009 he graduated with honors from the Kharkiv Special Music School with a degree in choir conductor.
In 2009-2012 he studied at the Kharkiv National University of Arts.
Kotlyarevsky in the class of Honored Art Worker of Ukraine, Professor Agnes
Since 2012, he has been the owner of a grant from the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.
In 2016 he graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. ON THE. Rimsky-Korsakov, specialty conductor of the academic choir in the class of the Honored Art Worker of the Karelian SSR, Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation, Professor
Since 2019, he has been collaborating with Musicaeterna and Teodor Currentzis.
Collaborated with the orchestra of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the Kostroma Philharmonic, the Classic Orchestra in St. Petersburg, as well as the Kyiv Orchestra and the Alexander Pustovalov Choir. In 2021, together with director Gennady Shaposhnikov, he staged the play "The Third Map" at Wawelberg Hall.
Actively participates in competitions and master classes.
In 2016, he was a participant in the fourth international competition for young conductors of symphony and chamber orchestras named after I.A. Musina (Russia, Kostroma). In 2017, he took part in the Master class of Professor Vladimir Fedoseev in St. Petersburg. In 2019, he became a laureate of the third international competition "Silk Road" in the category "Symphonic Conductors". In 2020 he took part in the Master Class of Professor Brenda Lynch. Toured in Spain, Germany, Austria, Poland, Greece, Russia and Ukraine.
Federico Jose Galiana, Argentina
Is an argentine singer (bass), born in 1946 in the Province of Entre Ríos.
He lives in Buenos Aires since 1978 and is also Lawyer.
In 1968 he create the Opus Cuatro vocal “a capella” quartet with members of the Universitary Choir of La Plata and since then they have made over 8.000 performances in 38 countries of América, Europa and Asia.
The repertoire of the group is dedicated to recreate the popular and folk music of all América, including latínamerican rhytms, tango and negro-spirituals.
Federico was responsible of the production of the 24 masterpieces of the group and took part in the recordings of many other artists of Argentina. Part of this works were edited in many countries of America, Europa and Japan.
Is the artistic manager of Opus Cuatro since their beginning and responsible of the activity promotional and the relationships with the cultural organizations of the countries they have visited. Is “Outstanding Personality of the Culture of the City of Buenos Aires” since 2008.
In July 2018 he edited the book “My experiences with Opus Cuatro”, a history of his group and the popular music in the last fifty years.
Between 1984 and 1988 he was Artistic Manager of LRA National Radio of Argentina and actually he has a program to divulge the poets of all the world.
Yavor Taskov, Bulgaria
I was born on 04.05.1985. in Kyustendil. My interest in music started at an early age in my hometown. I built up great skills in mastering the Bulgarian tamboura which gave me the opportunity to study at the "National School of folk arts" in the town of Kotel. After my successful graduation, I continued my studies at the " Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts" in Plovdiv. In 2008 I completed my bachelor's degree. In July 2009 I completed my master's degree.
I have been on the concert stage as a performer since I was a child. I am a laureate of various national competitions, as a tamboura player. From 2007 to 2018 I worked as an artist-orchestrator in the Academy's State Folk Orchestra.
I have participated in the forum "New Bulgarian Music" in Chepelare and Sofia. I have competed with the best tamboura players from other schools for folk music. I have also been to a number of international competitions in Italy, Turkey, Greece, etc.
In 2012 I graduated with another master's degree with a focus on "Conducting traditional folk ensembles, orchestras and choirs" in the " Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts". Since 2017 I have been working as a conductor at the National School of Music and Dance "Dobrin Petkov" in Plovdiv.