Jury members 2021

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.

Michele Josia, Italy

As one of the young emerging composers, Michele Josia's work encompasses film soundtracks, choral and orchestral works, and far more than merely a composer, he's also a well known choir conductor. With his ensemble, he won several first prizes and special awards in national and international choral competitions (Skofja Loka, Maribor, Bad Ischl, Riva del Garda, Bratislava) as well as getting official awards by the government of Slovenia. He was assistant conductor of Fabrizio Barchi, Stojan Kuret, Ursa Lah and co-founder with Mauro Marchetti of the Italian – Slovenian choir “Vocalkor”. With a background experience gained in more than 20 years, Josia has assets of more than 190 concerts in Europe, including the direction and performances of his compositions in renowned international competitions (Maribor, Varna, Tolosa, Vittorio Veneto) as well as in important concert halls such as the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, the “Cankariev Dom” in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg. With his ensembles, as conductor, assistant conductor and composer of concert music and soundtracks for films, he recorded 20 CDs. He was attending masterclasses in choral conducting with Stojan Kuret (Slovenia), Peter Hanke (Denmark) and Gary Graden (USA).He is often appointed as a jury member in composition competitions and in international choral competition contests, as well as lecturer in choral conducting and film music masterclasses. A polyhedric and multi-talented musician, Josia combines his academic knowledge of orchestration, composition, human voice and choirs, with the today’s new technology of digital instruments, which perfectly match with visual images. Among his works, Josia collaborated as choir conductor assistant with Ennio Morricone in the preparation of the soundtracks of films such as “Vatel”, directed by Roland Joffè, “Aida degli alberi” (Aida of the trees) by G. Manuli, “Padre Pio tra cielo e terra” (Padre Pio between Heaven and earth) by Giulio Base, “La Piovra 10” by Luigi Perelli, and also in “Giuseppe di Nazareth”, directed by Raffaele Mertes, with music by Marco Frisina. In December 2011, his music was performed by the renowned American composer, conductor and Grammy Award winner Eric Whitacre.

Up to now, Michele Josia wrote 34 soundtracks from documentaries to short films, medium length films and feature films. He won 5 film industry awards and 30 music awards as composer and conductor. Michele Josia is the artistic director of the International Choral Competition "Musica Eterna Roma", member of the International Film Music Society of China, member of the Italian Film Academy, founder member of the Italian Choral Directors Association, permanent jury member for the David di Donatello awards (2009-2019) and member of the European Film Academy.

Fred Sjöberg, Sweden

Fred Sjöberg, born 1953, is an educated singer and choral conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Örebro. Among others he has studied with Prof. Solwig Grippe, Prof. Eric Ericson and Prof. Helmuth Rilling. He has been the first conductor to conduct the three major international youth choirs as World Youth Choir (1991 and 2005), World Chamber Choir (1993) and European Youth Choir (1999). He has been the principal conductor for the French National Youth Choir and invited guest conductor for Japan National Youth Choir. When the Swedish organization for young choirs “UngiKör” started he was elected as their first president. In 2000 he was appointed as the “Conductor of the Year” in Sweden by SCDA (Swedish Choral Directors Association) appointed with the Johannes Norrby Medallion 2001 for outstanding and service and development to the Swedish Choral Life. From 1997 to 2004 he was the Music Director and conductor of the biggest sponsor project ever for the Swedish Choral life in Sweden called “Notes for Millions”. From 2000 to 2004 he was also Music Director of the Swedish Choral Centre as well as Artistic Director for Lund International Choral Festival from 2005 to 2006. Since 2009 he is Music Director of Swedish International Choral Centre in Örebro. Fred Sjöberg has been Vice President of Europa Cantat as well as President of the Music Commission of Europa Cantat and has also been Vice President of IFCM. He is Council Member of INTERKULTUR and also on the Artistic Directorium of INTERKULTUR. From 2015 he is General Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR.

Leonardo Sagliocca, Italy

Leonardo Sagliocca is an italian bass-baritone. He is also co-founder of the “Florence International Choir Festival” and invited as member of the jury in important Festivals like The Singing World in Saint Petersburg, the Choral Festivals in Bratislava, the Credo Festival in Tallinn, the Nederlands Koor Festival in Haarlem, the Mozart Festival in Prague, the Juozas Naujalis and Kaunas Cantat Festivals in Kaunas, the Monteverdi Choral Competition in Venice, the Mundus Cantat Festival in Sopot, the Silver Bells Festival in Daugavpils. He is also regularly invited as member of committee in official auditions. He was invited, in August 2014, as lecturer in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea. In May 2015 has been invited for masterclasses on opera repertoire for soloists in China in very important institutions like Peking University (PKU), Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing and Xi’an Conservatory of Music (XACOM). Last June 2016 he has been invited to give masterclasses in China in important institutions such as: East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Zhongshan University, South China Normal Unive. 
Leonardo Sagliocc began the soloist career in 1993 in Italy and all over the world, in the fields of symphonic, oratorial, operatic music and from the middle age music to the contemporary. He performed as soloist with the following Associations and Musical Institutions: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence main theatre and one of the oldest Festivals of the world), Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto (Umbria), Sagra Musicale Umbra (Perugia), Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago (where Giacomo Puccini composed many of his masterpieces), Ravenna Festival (organized by the wife of the great italian conductor Riccardo Muti), Nuova Cappella di Palazzo (Lucca), Associazione Musicale Lucchese (Lucca), Amici della Musica Firenze (Florence), Centro Busoni (Empoli), Festival Internazionale di San Gimignano (San Gimignano,Siena), Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (Florence), Centro Internazionale di Musica Antica (CIMA,Rome), Tuscia Opera Festival (Viterbo, Italy), Orchestra della Toscana (ORT,Florence), Estate Regina (Montecatini Terme), South Bank Centre (London Philharmonic Orchestra Festival, London), Jeszienny Salon Muszyczny, Szceczin (Poland), Musiksommer Loisachtal (Germany). He performed together with world famous artists like: Gino Bechi, Rolando Panerai, Leo Nucci, Luis Alva, Gennaro Sica, Susanna Rigacci, Victor Micallef, Giorgio Casciarri, Duccio Dal Monte, Marina Comparato, Barbara Di Castri, Filippo Adami, Leonardo De Lisi, Alfie Boe etc. He performed with the following conductors: Salvatore Accardo, Claudio Scimone, Alberto Veronesi, Lu Jia, James Lockhart, Massimo De Bernart, Jeffrey Tate, Vinko Globokar, Claudio Desderi, Filippo Maria Bressan, Herbert Handt, Alessandro Pinzauti, Marco Balderi, Jonathan Brandani, Elisabetta Maschio, Riccardo Cirri, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Federico Bardazzi, Fabio Neri, Riccardo Martinini, Federico Sardelli, Sergio Siminovich, Marco Severi, Augusto Vismara, Giovan Battista Varoli, Piero Papini, Carlo Moreno Volpini, Franz Schottky etc. He performed with the following directors: Paolo Miccichè, Luciano Alberti, Aldo Tarabella, Luca Ferraris, Riccardo Diana, Gennaro Sica, Graziella Sciutti etc. He sang for the first time in the world works by Ennio Morricone, Luca Lombardi, Franco Mannino, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Riccardo Riccardi always in front of the composers and under their supervision. He has also performed many recitals with piano players, small vocal groups, small orchestras and big orchestras in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Munchen, Frankfurt, Koln, Kassel, Sczeczin, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Zurich, Lugano, New Zealand, Australia and regularly in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Niigata). He is permanent member of high level Ensembles like the “Ensemble San Felice” of Florence,Italy, the “Nuova Cappella di Palazzo” of Lucca,Italy and the “Cappella Musicale di Santo Stefano” of Prato, Italy. He is co-founder of the “Ensemble San Felice”, a vocal and instrumental group specialized in early music, with original instruments. With the Ensemble he performed, among others, “Vespro della Beata Vergine” of C. Monteverdi, Haendel’s “Messiah” and “The Fairy Queen” by H. Purcell. He cooperated as talent scout, teacher and soloist singer with the “Maggio Fiorentino Formazione”, the formation agency of the main theater in Florence and one of the more historical and important festivals in Italy, the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”. He recorded actually 8 cd’s published and sold all over the world for the following labels (Tactus, Bongiovanni, Kicco Classic, Clavis, Brilliant Classics).

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.

German Shakhramanian, Russia

German Shakhramanian was born on June 23, 1943 in the city of Baku (Azerbaijan). In 1975, also in Baku, he graduated from the Azerbaijan Conservatory as a choir conductor.
In 1977, he moved to Krasnoyarsk (Siberia), where in 1978 he organized the Krasnoyarsk amateur Women's Choir of Teachers. With this choir, he later became a laureate of international choir competitions in Germany, Italy, Israel, Belgium, Austria, Japan, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, and Greece.
In 1998, he organized mixed choir "Belcanto", with which became a laureate of international competitions in Ukraine, Macedonia, and Italy.
Now he continues to lead these two choirs.
Laureate of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor's Prize.

Justin Smith, USA

Dr. Justin Smith is an assistant professor of music and the director of choral activities at Queens University of Charlotte. He conducts three choirs and teaches courses in music history and conducting. For six years he was the director of choral activities and holder of the Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. Under his leadership, Marylhurst choirs grew from eighteen to a hundred singers and from one to three choirs. 
Dr. Smith is the founder and director of the Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir, which has achieved international recognition. The Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir has won awards at the Cork Festival (2016), the European Choir Games (2017) and the Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival (2018). In 2020, they will appear by invitation at the Northwestern Regional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Spokane, Washington. 
Dr. Smith is in demand as a judge and clinician. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in April of 2012, conducting the Fauré Requiem for MidAmerica Productions, and again in 2015, conducting the Randall Thompson Testament of Freedom. He conducted the Mozart Missa Brevis in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 2016. He is a scholar of American choral music, having been published twice in Choral Journal on neglected choral works of Marc Blitzstein and Vincent Persichetti. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the Oregon Music Educators Association. 
Education
D.M.A., Choral Conducting, Moores School of Music
M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Oregon
B.A., Music, Wesleyan University

Linas Balandis, Lithuania

Dr. Linas Balandis (b. 1988, Lithuania) graduated in Choir Conducting under Vytautas Miškinis from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (2013) and PhD at the same institution, under Povilas Gylys and Danutė Kalavinskaitė (2018). He is the winner of four international competitions: The Art and Education in the 21st Century in Portugal (2009);  V. Rovdo Conductors’ Competition (2014) in Minsk, at which he was also awarded two Special Prizes (the prize of the magazine Belarus Musician among them); VII International choir conductors’ competitions „Towards Polyphony“1st place winner, special choir sympathy prize, special prize for the best interpretation of K. Szymanowski „A chtóz tam puka“ (Poland, 2016); III International Juozas Naujalis choir conductors’ competition 2nd place winner, special prize for the best interpretation of Western Europe composer’s piece – Anton Bruckner Os justi (Lithuania, 2017). Furthermore, he has won prizes at five Lithuanian competitions (including the Lithuanian Young Conductors Competition). He is currently the conductor and Artistic Director of the male choir Kariūnas at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Artistic Director of Šiauliai State Chamber Choir „Polifonija“. Choirmaster of mixed choir in Music and Theater Academy of Lithuania (Choir Conducting Department). He is also Assistant Conductor of the Boys and Youth choir Ąžuoliukas.

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)

Tamara Fedoseeva, Russia

Tamara Fedoseeva was born in Moskow in 1948. She was engaged in Children’s choral studio «Young Leninists» from which she graduated in 1965. She returned there as a teacher in 1971 after having graduated from the Moscow musical college named after the October revolution. Her pedagogical and creative activity doesn’t stop. In Children’s choral studio «Preobrajhenie»  Tamara Fedoseyeva heads the chorus «Crane». The chorus participated in the anniversary concerts in the State Kremlin Palace devoted to the 100 anniversary of I.Dunayevsky, M.Blanter, V.Solovyov-Sedoy, B.Mokrousov, A.Ostrovsky; in the Big Hall of the Moscow State conservatory of Tchaikovsky (premiere of compositions of Vladimir Ryabov and Victor Semyonov), in Evgeny Krylatov, Alexander Kulygin, Igor Kadomtsev, Mikhail Slavkin’s  concerts, etc.  In 2013 Tamara Fedoseyeva got the position of a teacher of vocal of Children’s opera studio of the Moscow State Academic Children’s musical theatre named after N. I. Sats.
Tamara Fedoseyeva in 1999 was awarded an honorary title the Honoured worker of culture of the Russian Federation. Her pedagogical credo is «Each child is talented and has to open the talents». 
• Shef choir-master of the Children’s and Youth Choir «Preobrajhenie» 

• Choir-master at the Natalya Satz Musical Theatre and the Musical 
   TheatreHelikon-Opera
• Juror at International Choir Competitions worldwide