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Borislava Taneva, Bulgaria, chairperson

Borislava Taneva is a pianist-performer, a composer, a pedagogue, a chamber musician, an organiser of musical events. Her active participation in the contemporary cultural life in Bulgaria and abroad defines her as a successful, multispectral musician.
She was born in Sofia in the family of distinguished musicians and started her musical education at a very early age. She completed her master’s degree in piano and composition at the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia. There are some other world famous professors like Jacob Lateiner,Germaine Mounier, Vera Gornostaeva and Ludwig Hoffmann who also played a role in her development as a performer. Borislava Taneva has been a laureate of national and international piano, chamber music and composition competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Greece, etc. She has performed multiple recitals in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Brasil, Switzerland, Lithuania, Israel, France, Norway, Macedonia, Spain, etc. After her graduation Borislava Taneva started work as an assistant professor in the Piano Department of the Performance Faculty of the National Music Academy /NMA/ in Sofia. Currently she is a piano and pedagogical practice professor at NMA in Sofia and vice rector of the Academy.
In 2012 a Doctor's degree (PHD) was conferred on Borislava Taneva. For several years she had great success, teaching Interpretation of Contemporary Music in Athens.She gives masterclasses and delivers seminars on various topics at music colleges and academies in Greece, Swiss, France, USA, Luxembourg, Brasil, Spain, USA, Singapore, Norway, Italy etc. Prof. Taneva has appeared as a jury member in many national and international piano competitions in Greece, France, Vienna, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Serbia etc. Her students have been awarded with numerous of prizes from national and international forums and competitions. She is the author of several opuses of piano pieces for beginners, edited by MUSICA FERRUM  in London. She is the founder and a member of the Swiss-Bulgarian Association of Culture – SBAC, based in Geneva. B. Taneva was awarded with special prizes for her contribution to Bulgarian culture.

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Diego Caetano, Brazilia / USA

Brazilian-American pianist Diego Caetano has been performing widely as soloist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including performances at New York's Carnegie Hall, Yokohama's Philia Hall, Lisbon's Palácio da Foz, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecília Meireles, and London's Royal Albert Hall.

Diego Caetano received the top prizes in more than fifty national and international piano competitions. He has frequently served as a masterclass clinician and competition adjudicator in various universities and conservatories around the globe and has presented at various national and international conferences about pedagogical works by Brazilian composers, effective practicing techniques, and performance anxiety. He has recently released the CD “French Connection: Violin Sonatas of the 20th Century” with violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov for the Italian-Japanese label DaVinci Classics.

Diego Caetano maintains an active schedule as an educator. His students have received prizes at national and international piano competitions. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director at Ávila International Music Festival in Ávila (Spain). He is a Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University and a Shigeru Kawai Artist.

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Yuki Negishi, Japan / England

Yuki Negishi has established herself as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity, as well as an adjudicator, educator and researcher, captivating audiences wherever she performs around the world. Yuki has already performed in over 500 concerts in the UK alone, and regularly performs about 30 concerts a year as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in countries such as the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), France, Germany, Switzerland (Zurich Tonhalle), Italy (Festival di Londra, Blanc European Festival), Romania, Japan, China and the USA. 

She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ITV, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio. She will be releasing her second CD through the Quartz label (www.quartzmusic.com) in 2022, including music by Chopin and Kapustin. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, she performed for various online festivals, including the Absolute Classics Festival Live Rooms Online (which reached over 100K views and featured on ITV News). Her "Piano Music by Women" series in June/July 2020 was chosen in the TOP 5 online performances for the week of 29 June 2020 alongside the Wigmore recitals by Angela Hewitt and Mitsuko Uchida/Mark Padmore by PIANIST Magazine. 

She also served as a jury member for the Sussex International Piano Competition consecutively four times since its inauguration in 2010 (including the recent 2018 edition), the Open Piano Competition (2012), the London Youth Piano Competition (2019, 2021), Music and Stars Awards (2020, 2021), the Artepiano International E-Competition (2020) and 10 online competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the International Competition of Music and Arts (2021). She will be on the jury of the Indonesia International Youth Music Olympics in April 2022, and the Jean Sibelius International Instrumental Music Competition in Finland in Nov 2022 (online). 

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Anzhelika Sidorova, Russia

Teacher, member of orchestra
Chuvash Republic honoured culture worker, Honour culture worker of Russian Federation, Teacher of higher qualification, Flute teacher in Cheboksary musical school named after S.M.Maksimov, teacher of Cheboksary musical college named after F.P.Pavlov, senior lecture of the instrumental performance department of the Chuvash State University named after I.N.Ulyanov, senior lecture of the Chuvash State Institute of Culture and Art; actor of the Chuvash State academic symphony chapel.
Being a leaver of the Kazan conservatory conducted expert-classes in Klin, Perm, Uzhgorod, Kazan, Joshkar-Ola, Moscow, Shatarujkhel (Hungury).
Winner of the city competition "Public recognition" under nomination "Person of the year" (2009) - 3-rd place; awarded with the 1st degree diploma of the 1st Republican competition "Teacher of the year: Cheboksary 2003"; laureate of the all-Russia competition "Young Talents of Russia" under nomination "Best Teacher of the art school for children of Russian Federation" (2009, 2014). Winner of the city competition "Public Recognition" under nomination "I give my sole to children" (2011) - 1st place. 1st prize laureate and status of the "Best Teacher of the art school for children" of Chuvash Republic (2014). Diploma of Honour of the Head of Chuvash Republic (2015). Awarded with diplomas of Honour of the Russian Federation Ministry on nationality cause, information policy and archiving of the Chuvash Republic. Head of administration of Cheboksary, of the Head of administration of Cheboksary, of the Union of composers of Chuvashia and editorial staff of encyclopedia "Best people of Russia" , inlisted in "Billboard of Honour" heading of the annual all-Russia encyclopedia "Talented children - Future of Russia".

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Vladislav Provotar, Russia

Vladislav Provotar is an accomplished cellist, senior tutor at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, an artist of the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Maestro Vladimir Spivakov. 
Mr Provotar began his studies at First Music School of Ryazan, tutor N.Danshina, followed by Central Music School at the P.I.Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, part of the class led by Professor Aleksei Seleznev. In 2003 he enrolled into the Gnessins Specialized Music School, after graduation he continued his study in People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Vladimir Tonkha class at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music. 
Mr Provotar has participated and won plaudits at numerous international music competitions, including 
- winner of International A.Janigro Violoncellist Competition in Croatia (2003)
- winner of Russian National Competition Novae Imena in Khanty Mansiisk (2004)
- diploma winner of a prestigious UNESCO program for cellists in People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Tonkha class as well as in chamber ensemble class led by People’s Artist of Russia Professor T.A. Gaidamovich (2004-2005)
- winner of XVIII Citta di Barletta competition in Italy (2008)  
- diploma winner at the Ist S.M.Kozolupov All-Russian Competition for Cellists (Moscow, 2009)
- winner of the S.N. Knushevitsky International Competition for Cellists (Saratov, 2012)
In 2013 Mr Provotar has successfully and with honours defended his Master’s Thesis “Cello Applicanture Principles”. In 2015 Mr Provotar has featured in the nationally televised program “Music Lesson”. 
In 2020 together with S.Ushakova Mr Provotar recorded and released an album of 24 Preludes for Cello and Piano by S.Tsintsadze. 
Actively touring Russia and Europe.

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Chaerin Kim, USA

A multi-instrumentalist, being one of the very few in the world who you can see performing as a soloist with two instruments on the same stage with an orchestra, internationally acclaimed harpist, pianist, composer, and professor Dr. Chaerin Kim is the winner of several international competitions. She was the winner of the Special Prize of Best Performance of Russian Music at the International Harp Competition in Russia, winner of the Future Classic Women Award from the London Radio Station, the CFA Award and Department Honor Award from Boston University, the Garrett Award, Foundation Award, and Julia Leney Harp Prize in London, the Soloist Competition Winner at Ewha University, Kaywon School for the Arts, and Boston University, the Bronze Medalist for Solo Piano at the Walgan Music Competition, and winner of the Grand Prize from the Korean Student's Newspaper.

She has been featured as a soloist on both instruments: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Debussy Danses for Harp, Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with UMB Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Boston Chamber Orchestra, the Ginastera Harp Concerto with BU Symphony Orchestra, Ginastera Harp Concerto with Seongnam Philharmonic, a Guest Soloist of the International Music Festival broadcast live in Korea, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro and Debussy's Danses with Yonsei Sinfonietta, and the Pierne Harp Concerto with EU Orchestra. Her harp performance has been used for the British movie Kaleidoscope (Main actor Toby Jones), which was the winner of Best Performance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. As a composer, her composition, Rendezvous, has 100 versions, including versions for orchestra, harp, piano, and voice, with lyrics written by her and translated into 80 different languages, and the orchestral version of Rendezvous had its world premiere in Boston, Massachusetts. She released 146 songs (7 Albums and 91 Singles), and many of her music was aired on the radio stations in U.S., and UK. Most recently, she was nominated for and awarded the Future Classic Women Awards through the London Radio Station, who interviewed her twice, and also interviewed with WCPE Radio in the U.S.

Dr. Kim's musical studies began when she was six years old. She majored in piano at the Yewon Music Middle School, while also beginning studies in cello and voice. After Yewon, she went on to attend Kaywon High School of Arts, where she continued to major in piano. In her last year, at the age of eighteen, she also started lessons on harp, and six months later won the Soloist Audition for Harp. She received her B.A. with Highest Honors from Ewha University in Seoul – then, while pursuing her master's degree at Ewha, she was offered a scholarship for a PGD at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with "distinction." She got her M.M. from Yale University on a scholarship, graduating summa cum laude. She was invited to the Artist's Diploma program at Yale and Graduate Diploma Program at New England Conservatory – however, she decided to pursue her doctorate at Boston University, where she was offered a full scholarship. She was the "quickest recipient of a Doctorate" in BU Music School's history, completing it in three and a half years.

As a contest judge and jury, Dr. Kim was the artistic director of the USA International Music Competition in 2010, and in 2021& 2022, she is judging at 12 international competitions for both harp and piano: the Music International Grand Prix in New York, the King's Peak International Music Competition in California, the World Vision Music Contest in Germany, the Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition in Canada, the International Music Competition in Serbia, Music Modern in Ukraine, Performer's Certificate in Thailand, Musical South Palmyra in Ukraine, the International Youth Music Competition in Atlanta, Danubia International Music Competition in Hungary, Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival and Competition in Australia, IX Stockholm International Music Competition in Sweden, and IX JSFest International Instrumental Music Competition in Finland. Dr. Kim was formerly a professor at Eastern Nazarene College, where she taught harp, piano, music theory and music history classes, and was also the former Head of the Harp Department at Adagio Music Academy and South Shore Conservatory. Currently, she is an artistic director of UIMC, an artist with the TTF Entertainment company in China, and a professor of both instruments; harp and piano at University of Massachusetts Boston, Schloss Akademie in Germany, and harp and piano through the Office of Arts at Harvard University.

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Konstantin Krasnitsky, Belarus / Croatia

Konstantin Krasnitsky is the absolute winner, laureate of the 1. Prize of the Competition Jury and of the Special prize awarded by the audience at the 1st International Pianist Competition EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) „Svetislav Stančić“ in Zagreb in 1999. At the 3rd International Pianist Competition

„S. V. Rachmaninov“ in Moscow in 2002 he won the fourth Prize and the title of the laureate. He is the winner of the Special prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko  in 2002.
He was born in Minsk into the family of professional musicians, he received his first piano lessons from his mother Valentina Krasnitskaya, who was the pianist. At the age of five he enrolled in the Secondary music school for specially talented and gifted children in the class of the professor Yevgeny Puksta.

After successful completion thereof he continued his education at the Belarusian State Academy  of Music in the class of the renowned professor Vladimir  Nekhaenko. Young Krasnitsky was greatly influenced by the acquaintance of the famous Russian pianist and professor of the Moscow, Trossingen and Warsaw Music Academies, Viktor Karpovič Meržanov with whom he continued his studies for seven years. Konstantin Krasnitsky received his Master's degree from the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, where from 1999 he continued to work as a pedagogue. Soon he attained the position of piano professor of honour at the Anyang Normal University in China, assistant professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Music and associate professor of the Academy of Arts, at the J.J.Strossmayer University in Osijek.  

The piano study at the Academy of Arts in Osijek has been founded thanks to his arrival to Osijek and  a number of his students have been awarded at international music competitions and festivals.
Krasnitsky has been equally involved in pedagogical work and active concerting. He has been performing as a soloist, in an ensamble and orchestras in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the United States of America, China, Tajikistan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Srbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with leading orchestras in Belarus such as the President's Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Symphony Orchestra of the national academy Great Theatre and Balet of the Republic of Belarus, State academy simphony orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, State chamber orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Symphony orchestra of the city of Gomel, Symphony orchestra of the city of Molodechno, Symphony orchestra of the Belarus State Music Academy „the Young Belarus“ as well as with international orchestras such as the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St.Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra. He worked together with a number of renowned musicians such as Pavle Dešpalj, Vladimir Ziva, Berislav Šipuš, Yevgeny Xaviereff, Genadij Provatorov etc. He performed at the Berlin Konzerthaus and also at the Great ,"Rachmaninov" and Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Volkstheateru in Vienna, Concert Hall „Vatroslav Lisinski“ and Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb, at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk, Steinway Chamber Hall in Copenhagen etc.

He also performed at numerous festivals of piano music in Belarusian cities e.g. Minsk, Brest, Mogilev and Grodno, at the festival „the Minsk Spring of 1999“, „the Minsk Spring of 2003“, „ Art to Children and Youth“, at the concerts of the 1st prize winners with the Belarus State Philharmonic and leading festivals in Croatia e.g. „Piano-Fortisssimo“ in Zagreb, the Varaždin Baroque Evenings, the Senj Concert Evenings, the Days of Milko Kelemen, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, May Music Memorial “Josip Štolcer Slavenski",

The Osijek Museum Musical Wednesday, "Romberg Musical Evenings" and other.
He has played the premier of the compositions by Croatian composers Davor Bobić, Josip Štolcer Slavenski and Sanja Drakulić and when he performed Tango by Kelemen at the festival „the Days of Milko Kelemen“ the composer himself was    so delighted and thrilled with the performance that in the middle of the concert he asked Krasnitsky to play it once again! Krasnitsky has also done radio recordings.

He has been a guest in TV shows in Belarus, Russia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He is a member of the Croatian Society of Music Artists. „As the gentle giant he even looks a bit like the young Rachmaninov, Krasnitsky had the most sheerly beautiful sound – sumptuous and mellow – which he achieved with wonderful economy” ( 25th April 2002 “ In Searching of New Stars” The Independent, London) “In the performance of the young Belarus pianist I have heard a number of pieces by S.V. Rachmaninov including his Second sonata and that was the most impressive performance of all performances that I have ever heard ( 5th June 2004, from a letter, Dmitry Bashkirov, Minneapolis, USA)
 

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Darinka Todorov, Serbia

I work as a pianist, professor, accompanist and chamber musician, performing mostly classical music. As a piano professor I work almost 37 years at music school "Stanislav Binički" - Belgrade.

During a long career, as chamber musician, I cooperated with musicians from Sweden, Finland, Serbia etc. On International piano competition in Novi Sad (Serbia), and other domestic competitions I was a jury member. In National theatre - Belgrade I was working on opera "Salome" and cooperating with German conductor Johanes Harneit. For about 15 years, Svetozar Vujic - double bass, and I perform and play together, as a chamber duo "DiS". Among other concerts, we had recitals in Belgrade -Serbia, on BASS CONGRES 2016. - PRAGUE, BASS CONGRES 2018. - LUCCA - ITALY, at ISB Convention 2019. - Bloomington - USA. Our most recent concert was at 10.03.2021. - Historical musem - Belgrade - online streaming.

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Yevgeny Baev, Russia

Yevgeny Anatolyevich Baev (born July 15, 1952, Pervouralsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast) is a Russian guitarist and composer.
In 1977 he graduated from the Ural State Conservatory. M. P. Mussorgsky. Currently he works as a teacher of a guitar class in dshi № 1 the city of Tver (Russia). In 1988, Yevgeny Anatolyevich created an instrumental duo "Musical miniatures" (violin - Elena muravyeva, guitar - Evgeny bayev) for whom he wrote a concert repertoire. The duo "Musical Miniatures" performed concert programs in many cities in Russia, Italy, Latvia, Germany, France and the United States. Currently, the list of writings by author Eugene. Baeva consists of 500 works for guitar, guitar duo, for guitar-violin, guitar-violin-viola, guitar-violin-cello ensembles, for domra-guitar, balalaiki, vocal compositions, for Symphony orchestra, for chamber orchestra, for Russian orchestra. From 2019 - 2020 he wrote four symphonies, five children's musical stories for ORNI and choir: "the adventures of Cipollino", the Show Suite "Malachite box", "jazz-teremok", "Elena wonderraya", "Magic story", thirty symphonic legends (symphonic legends + choir from Greece, Ireland, Poland, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, etc.)

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Ulrich Walther, Germany

Ulrich Walther was born in 1980 in Hagen, Germany, and studied concert organ, church and school music, and music education at the State Conservatory for Music & Performing Arts in Stuttgart, where his teachers were Ludger Lohmann, Jürgen Essl, Hans-Martin Corrinth and Willibald Bezler. He then furthered his musical training through private studies with David Sanger, and through participation in numerous masterclasses with artists such as Hans-Ola Ericsson, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Jon Laukvik, Daniel Roth, Gerhard Weinberger and Heinz Wunderlich. He has won prizes in several international competitions, including Second Prize and Special Prize in Graz (2006) and First Prize and Audience Prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition (2007), as well as First Prize and Special Messiaen Prize in the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition Erfurt – Weimar – Merseburg, performing on historic organs (2008). As the recipient of a grant from the German Music Council, he was admitted in 2010/11 to the national-level selection in Young Artists’ Concerts. Following a two-year stint as a visiting professor, Ulrich Walther was appointed Professor of Organ at the University of Music & Performing Arts in Graz. As a concert artist, he has been the guest of prestigious festivals in Europe, Russia and America, including ION Nürnberg, Jeunesse Wien, St. Albans International Organ Festival, Thüringer Bachwochen, Notre Dame in Chartres, St.-Bavokerk in Haarlem, the Cathedral of Merseburg, the Concert Hall in Bamberg, Capella St. Petersburg, St. James Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, Moscow International House of Music, Frederiksborg Castle in Copenhagen and Birmingham Town Hall. Concurrently, his artistic profile is complemented by teaching courses at home and abroad, improvisations for silent films, CD and radio recordings, publications in specialised journals and serving as a jury member for competitions. Former students include prize-winners at international competitions. His research currently focuses on historical performance practice, as well as innovative musical practice within the area between transcription and composition: 4-CD set of Max Reger’s complete organ arrangements (2018), synoptic CD-project with Bach Trio sonatas in historic, romantic and jazz versions (2018),   musicological thesis “concepts of interpretation and transcription on the organ” (2021).

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Daniela Iolkicheva, Bulgaria/Spain

Michel Plasson - “Daniela is an extraordinary harpist with a highly consolidated technique and enchanting musicality.”
Daniela was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of 9, she started to study the piano and five years later, commenced her harp studies in the L. Pipkov Musical Institute with Constance Karadjova.
In 1980, she received the harp position in the Bulgarian PIONER Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1984, Daniela commenced her studies in the Sofia National Conservatoire. A year later, she won a scholarship to study at the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, where, in 1990 and under the direction of the renowned harpist Tatiana Tauer, she obtained a PhD in Harp studies (as the first study instrument) and a further PhD in Piano studies (as a second study instrument), graduating with first-class honours (Summa Cum Laude).
The following prizes Daniela has won are worth noting: Silver medal in the 7th Bulgarian National Harp Competition (1985), where she also received the Special Prize for the Youngest Participant; she was a prize winner in the International Festivals in Moscow and St. Petersburg (1988); the Andrés Segovia and José Miguel Ruiz Morales prize as the most distinguished student in the Música en Compostela competition, awarded by the prestigious harpist Nicanor Zabaleta; the Jakez François 1st prize in the 1st Iberian Chamber Music with Harp Competition in Madrid (2004), with violinist Sergei Teslia.    
In 1991, Daniela received the harp soloist position in the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002, she has been the harp tutor at the Special School for Music at San Francisco de Paula School in Seville. She also gives master classes sponsored by grants awarded by the Junta de Andalucía (the Andalusian regional government) and the Asociación Amigos de la ROSS (the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra Fellowship). 
In 2017, she was named as the tenured harp lecturer for the Master’s degree in Soloist Performance, speciality: Harp Studies at the KATARINA GURSKA Centre for Higher Musical Education, Madrid.
Since 2002, Daniela has led an intensely active career as a soloist and also in chamber music duos with María Antonia Rodríguez, flute soloist in the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, in conjunction with Don José Enrique Ayarra, Seville Cathedral’s principal organist, Daniela performed a concert of 19th and 20th century music with an electroacoustic harp in the aforementioned cathedral. This repertoire had never before been performed with this type of harp. For the occasion, the instrument was loaned by the Victor Salvi Foundation.
Composers such as Antonio Noguera, Esteban Sanz Vélez, Julio Lozano, Martín Zalba, Luis Ignacio Marín and Gualberto García have dedicated works to her.
Daniela has recorded with many different record labels for Bulgarian, Russian, Spanish and Italian national radio and television broadcasters. She frequently performs in recitals, chamber ensembles in Europe, the USA, Russia and Asia. Furthermore, she performs with highly prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, the State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Symphony Orchestra of India, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, working with conductors such as Maazel, Muti, Jansons, Lazarev, Rostropovich, Plasson, etc. In addition, Daniela frequently performs at festivals, for instance: the Santander International Festival, International Harp Festival “Northern Lyre”, Mariinsky Theatre, the Festival of Granada, Clásicos en Verano and the Festival Dei Due Mondi – Spoleto…

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Ivan Agafonov, Russia

Ivan Agafonov is a co-principal viola of the Russian National Orchestra under M. Pletnev. Since 2017 he has his own viola class in Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. 

After graduating with honors from The Central music school in 2010 ( viola class of Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation Mariya Sitkovskaya ), he continued his education in Moscow Conservatory in the class of Honored Artist of Russia, professor Alexander Bobrovsky. In 2016 Ivan has made his Master Performance Degree in Zurich University of Arts in the class of professor Christoph Schiller, where he also had his conducting lessons with Marc Kissoczy. After graduation Ivan has come back to Moscow and completed his postgraduate studies in Moscow Conservatory.

Being a prizewinner of many international competitions, he regularly performs as a soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras in Russia and Europe, besides he takes part in different chamber music projects.

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Dilbağ Tokay, Turkey

Dilbağ Tokay (cello) 
Dilbağ Tokay started studying the cello at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University İstanbul State Conservatory with Reşit Erzin, and received her DMA from the same Conservatory. She has worked with prominent cellists such as M. Khomitzer, N. Ullner, F. Berthold, A. Rudin and has given numerous recitals, chamber and orchestral concerts as a soloist in Serbia, Sweden, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Kygyzstan, Pakistan, Syria, India and Brazil. She has given masterclasses in Bulgaria, Serbia, Kygyzstan and Brazil. Additionally, she has given masterclasses in Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy and Turkey. With Emine Serdaroğlu, as CelloPianoDuo, she has received superb international feedback after performances at prestigious concert halls and festivals. Their “Turkish Music for Cello and Piano” CD is released by NAXOS and was awarded 2016 “Recording of the Year Award” at the prestigious Donizetti Classical Music Awards. For her instrumental teaching rôle at MSFAU Istanbul State Conservatory, Tokay has been awarded numerous prizes for excellence from international competition bodies.

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Vladimir Gourevich, Russia

In 1971 he graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatory N. And. Rimsky-Korsakov (piano class of Professor. S.M.Chenevoy, class music theory of Professor Yu.N.Tyulin). In 1972 he defended his thesis in 1990 - a doctoral. Professor (1993). Sphere of scientific interests - the history of Russian music, musical culture of the Central Asia, problems of contemporary music education. In 1969-76, he worked in Turkmenistan. From 1976 to 1999 worked in Higher Trade-Union school of culture (Humanitarian University of trade unions), in 1999 - at the Academy of postgraduate pedagogical education, 2004 - in Russian pedagogical university A.I. Herzen. Invited Professor at the Institute of musicology at Leipzig University. The author of five monographs, more than four hundred articles in scientific journals of Russia and foreign countries. Specializes in the genres of piano ensemble and accompaniment. Zam. Chairman of the St. Petersburg Association of piano duets. Chairman of the organizing Committee of the competition «Brother and Sister», member of the jury all-Russian competition of piano duets A.G. Bahchieva. The author of original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions for choir heard on the Philharmonic stages in different countries. One of the leaders of the Union of Composers of Russia, since 1994 - Chairman of the audit Committee of the UK St. Petersburg, from 1995 to 2010 - Chairman of the audit Committee of the IC of Russia. At the tenth Congress of the Union of composers of Russia (2010) elected Secretary of this creative organization. Chairman of the Dissertation Council of the faculty of music University A.I. Herzen. Honorary worker of higher professional education of Russia (2012).

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Denis Oswer, Russia

Denis Oswer (oboe). Soloist of the group of oboes in the State Art Organization "New Russia" Graduated from the Gnessin Academy under Professor Lyubimov in 1997. In 1998. received the highest degree from Boston University, where he studied in the class of prof. Gomberg.

After receiving a master's degree, he continued his education at the University of Hartford in the class of Professor Lucarelli, America's leading solo oboist. In 1998.

Denis Oswer became a laureate of the "Emerson Quartet" Since 2014, Denis Oswer has been actively involved in teaching. Its students are laureates of numerous competitions. Some students from D. Oswer's class enter leading European universities.

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Ivan Dyma, Russia

Ivan Dyma - multi-saxophonist, soloist of the Obraztsov’s theatre, professor at the A. Schnittke Institute of Music. Laureate of All-Russian and International Competitions, Artist of the “Firebird” Theater, Artist of the Yamaha Company, Member of the Musical Society under the guidance of the Rector of the Moscow Conservatory A. Sokolov.

 Ivan’s performances as a solo artist were accompanied by continued success in the halls of New York (USA), Badenweiler, Essen, Karlsruhe (Germany), Bogota (Colombia), Tel Aviv (Israel), Druskininkai (Lithuania), as well as Russian cities (Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kirov, Ryazan, Yakutsk, Tyumen, etc.). The play “Old Senor” in the Obraztsov’s theatre, in which Ivan plays solo on three varieties of the saxophone and two Colombian traditional instruments, was awarded the title of Laureate of the Russian National Prize “Golden Mask”, 2014.

 The solo concerts of the performer were held at the Helikon-Opera Theater, the Moscow Conservatory, the Pavel Slobodkin’s Center, the Alexei Kozlov’s Jazz Club, the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral of St. Andrey and other prestigious concert venues. Ivan gave a solo concert with maestro Fabio Mastrangelo and the orchestra Symphonica Artica.

 He has performed at prestigious international jazz and classical festivals, such as the Akkordeonherbst (Germany), “Ethnosphere”, “The Music of the Earth”, “The Absolute Baroque” and many others.

 He performed with the masters of classical and jazz music: Boris Berezovsky, Arkady Shilkloper, Vladimir Chekasin, Fabio Mastrangelo, Alexander Zagorinsky. He collaborated with composers Andrei Eshpay, Armando Gidoni, Yuri Chugunov, Mark Watters, Alexei Kozlov, Vladimir Chekasin and many others.

 Ivan gives master classes to saxophonists throughout Russia and abroad (Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Poland). Plays all saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone)

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Zoraida Avila, Spain

She graduated  at Tchakovsky Moscow Conservatory, where  she studied with the eminent harpist Vera Dulova, obtaining a "Master of Arts" (1983) and "Philosophical Doctor" (1985). She also has the title of "The Associated of Royal College of Music", London, UK (1989). She has received awards in international competitions and festivals such as the National Harp Competition of the USSR (1984) and the "Andrés Segovia" Spanish Music Award. She has performed in Venezuela, USSR, Russia, Bulgaria, England, Belgium, Denmark, Algeria, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway, India and China.
In some of these countries She performed for television and the recordings of her interpretations are often broadcast  by different radio stations worldwide.
She has participated in several international festivals: First Latin American Harp Festival, San Jose, Costa Rica; XV Festival do Estoril, Portugal; II World Harp Festival in Cardiff, Wales; VII Festival of El Hatillo, Venezuela, 5th European Harp Symposium in Amsterdam, Netherlands among others.
She recorded a CD with the chamber music group " Isolda" (1989) Her Solo reccordings have earned her praise from international critics: "Between Two Worlds" (1986) with repertoire transcribed and dedicated to Nicanor Zabaleta; and "Paths" (1998) published by the University of Curaçao, which shows her work as a transcriber and arranger of Latin American music.
She has been a member of the Jury in several competitions: The "International Competition of Harpers", Moscow 1997 and 1999, The "International Festival Vera Dulova" (Moscow, 1997 and 2000) and The "Competition of Chamber Music with Harp," in Arles, France , 2001, The "First International Harp Contest" in Szeged, Hungary, 2007, and The First International Harp Competition "Ksenia Erdely" in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She chairs the Cultural Association Isolda, through which she organizes the international competition " The Iberian Chamber Music Competition with Harp", which reached its fourth edition in February 2014.
In 2008 She participated as a special guest at the Festival "The soul of the Harp" held at The Centre of Art Workers in Moscow, Russia, where she gave a lecture  on" the Spanish music for harp". She has coordinated three editions of compact "Isolda sings Tales" (2018, 2010 and 2012) in which her students perform works of didactic repertoire for solo harp and in combination with other instruments.
She held in usufruct the Harp that belonged the harpist Nicanor Zabaleta, which is provided with an eighth damper pedal, a system designed by the same harpist.
With this instrument she touredd as a soloist and with  the chamber music group  Isolda.
She is currently working on a doctoral thesis in Musicology about" the Romantic Harp in Spain" for the Faculty of Geography and History of the Complutense University of Madrid.

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Cheng-Yu Wu, Taiwan

Cheng-Yu Wu was born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1981. He began his musical education at the National First Senior High School of Taichung under Ms. Li-Ming Chen’s guidance in 1996. He attended National Taiwan University and majored in Philosophy in 1999. Meanwhile, he continued to pursue music career and studied with Mr. Anders Norell and Ms. Yi-Hui Lin. Cheng-Yu was the First Chair flute in the Ministry of National Defense Symphony Orchestra between 2003 and 2004 during the military service. In 2005, Cheng-Yu went to Europe and studied music under Harrie Starreveld, Marten Root, Marieke Schneemann, and Ellen Vergunst at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2011, Cheng-Yu earned his Master’s Degree in Music from Conservatorium van Amsterdam. 
Cheng-Yu is known as a flutist and specialized in interpreting variety of music styles. He studied contemporary music with Mr. Harrie Starreveld, and Baroque flute with Mr. Marten Root. He formed his chamber music group, The CVA Trio, with Violist Mr. Victor Gil Gazapo and Harpist Ms. Anna Steinkogler in 2009 and performed in both the Netherlands and Austria. During this time, Cheng-Yu also collaborated with Pianist Harimada Kusuma as Goudsbloemduo in 2008. They have been performing in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Taiwan till today.   
In 2012, Cheng-Yu started an experimental solo flute recital project titled "Just Flute?!". The project was well received and soon he was invited to feature in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and Taipei International New Music Festival. Cheng-Yu is well-known for his creativity of playing different types of flutes for various music styles. In additional to concert performance, Cheng-Yu is dedicated to flute and composition education. He formed a modern music ensemble, TimeArt Studio, in 2013.  Cheng-Yu's first flute solo album Ten Poems was released in 2014 and was nominated for The Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music in Taiwan. His second album Parallaxis was released in May 2018. Cheng-Yu is currently active as a flute soloist and a music educator in Shanghai and various cities in Taiwan.

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Alexander Zagorinsky, Russia

Alexander Zagorinsky is a renowned Russian cellist. In 1986, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. He is a winner of the domestic (1985) and international competitions, including the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has been a professor since 2018. From 1991 until the year 2000, Zagorinsky was the first concertmaster of the cello group in the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic. As a cellist, he has had a distinguished career in solo and ensemble performance of repertoires ranging from classical to romantic works and modern compositions. He collaborates closely with several contemporary composers and has had the privilege of being the first to perform works by composers such as E. Denisov, V. Dashkevich, Yu. Kasparov A. Shchetinsky (Ukraine), Jon Appleton (USA) and etc. He recorded on compact disc all of Edison Denisov’s chamber works for cello as well as his cello concerto, when the composer was still alive, earning high esteem from him. Alexander Zagorinsky is known for a close creative partnership with the remarkable jazz composer and pianist Nikolai Kapustin, many of whose works he has performed and recorded together with the latter. Alexander Zagorinsky’s recordings were released on Melodiya, Delos and Naxos (USA), Etcetera (Netherlands) and other labels. He has been a member of the duet with the outstanding Norwegian pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg since 2002. Alexander Zagorinsky has been awarded the title Honored Artist of Russia and the Order of Friendship.

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Sam-Jong Shim, Korea

CCM Artist, Classical Saxophonist Psalm Shim. An acclaimed Korean saxophonist whose music freely crosses over to the classical, jazz, pop, and CCM, Psalm-Jong Shim has given recitals at the Arts Club of Washington, Baltimore War Memorial Hall, and Strathmore Manson and performed with Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia Ulan Ude Symphony Orchestra, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, W. Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Korea, Cheongju Korean Music Orchestra. After graduating from the College of Music at Hanyang University, Shim received a Master’s degree in Classical Saxophone Performance and a G.P.D diploma at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University studying with Professor Gary Louie, an internationally renowned classical saxophone soloist.

Shim has founded Ensemble INIZ that has successfully merged artistic originality and popularity of chamber music and has also established and conducted Sounds of Heaven Saxophone Orchestra for amateur saxophonists. Shim has been performing at MBC Beautiful Concert, KBS Radio, CBS Make Us New, CTS Happy Every day, C Chanel, and CGNTV in Korea. He has so far published four CDs, Psalm-Jong Shim Hymn & Gospel Saxophone I and II and The Classical Saxophone I and The Classical Saxophone II, The Presence Trio Album, Digital Single offering the general public a fascinating world of saxophone music. Shim was served 12 years as an adjunct professor of wind instruments at the College of Music, Hanyang University. Now Chair of SHIM Saxophone College in Korea and He holds Doctor of Future Education Leadership.

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Elena Sharova, Russia

Sharova Elena  is a pianist, a full-time teacher of special piano at the Chil-dren's Art School named after

E. A. Mravinsky in St. Petersburg.

A gradu-ate of the Gorky Conservatory named after M. I. Glinka in the piano class.

He conducts active competitive, concert, educational and methodological activities, has students-laureates, including winners of the Grand Prix, In-ternational and national competitions.

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Tatiana Chistyakova, Russia

Tatiana Chistyakova was born in Moscow in a family of musicians. She began to study piano at the age of six at the Children’s Art School named after S. T. Richter (class teacher E. Chistyakova). Throughout her studies at the school, she regularly participated in concerts and competitions. The winners in the youth competitions “Hope” (1996), “Young Talents of Muscovy” (1998), the performance with the orchestra of a concert by I. S. Bach d-moll in the Great Hall of the Kaluga Philharmonic Hall, the first solo concert in two parts in Reutov became significant and participation in the Advendikontsert International Festival in Estonia. Since 2001, she studied at college, and then at the GMPI them. Ippolitova-Ivanova, who graduated with honors in 2011. All the years she studied in the class of professor, member of the Union of Composers of Moscow, laureate of international competitions Aida Petrovna Isakova. She continued her further education at the Incontri col maestro International Piano Academy (Imola, Italy), classes of professors V. Ashkenazi, A. Kravchenko, B.V. Petrushansky. Tatyana took part in master classes by such famous professors as V.K. Merzhanov, M.V. Filippov, V. Chuchkov, A. Kurtev, V.V. Mishchuk, R. Rizaliti, K. Pari, A. A. Pisarev, I. Glinka, D. Masleev. In the summer of 2004 she participated in master classes and concerts at the Margess International creative school in Switzerland. Tatiana Chistyakova is a laureate and diploma winner of more than twenty international competitions in Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, and the USA. Among them: International Competition in Odessa (Grand Prix), «Musica classica» in Ruza, «Great Teachers» in Bulgaria, named after S. V. Rachmaninov in St. Petersburg, «Premio Pianistico Euterpe», «Pietro Argento», « Citta di Pesaro «,» Citta di Fasano «,» Anemos «,» Don Vincenzo Vitti «,» Paolo Serrao «,» Lia Tortora «,» Citta di Barletta «,» Citta di Caraglio «in Italy, Ibiza International Piano Competition , «Contemporary Art and Education», «Talents of the New Century» in Moscow, etc. Tatiana regularly gives solo concerts and in various compositions in the halls of Russia, Italy (including at the MiTo festival), Holland, Kazakhstan, Greece, and Bulgaria. She collaborated with orchestras under the direction of A. Vorontsov, I. Kazhdan, G. Aravidis, A. Khurgin, A. Istomin. Since 2011 - a participant in the programs of the St. Petersburg House of Music under the leadership of S.P. Roldugin. Since 2014, collaborates with the concert agency Classics Concert. Since 2015, regularly takes part in the jury of various competitions, such as the European competition «Don Matteo Colucci», (Fasano, Italy)., International Piano Competition. Aida Isakova (Aiz Almaty, Kazakhstan), the Internet contest «Music Prospect», «Mediterraneo competition» (Bari, Italy), the Art Academy (Kyrgyzstan), the 1st All-Russian Piano Competition «MariaFest» and others. Conducts master classes in Russia and Italy. Since 2017, she is the art director of the Artist creative association. Since 2018 - Member of the World Piano Teachers Association. In November 2018, she performed at Carnegie Hall (New York, USA) Has recordings on the radio «Orpheus», «Russian World». In 2015, a CD was released recording the popular works of P.I. Tchaikovsky in transcription for piano by A. Isakova.

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Tatiana Gurbaeva, Russia

Graduated from the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatory the piano department (class of Prof. Portnoy) and got a master degree in pipe organ (class of associate professor Bakaeva-Petrenko). Winner of international competitions and festivals as a pianist, organist, ensemble player and

concertmaster.

The winner in the nominations «Organ» and «Сhamber ensemble» in the International music competition of Jean Sibelius in Finland and also a «Solo piano» nomination in the International competition festival «Bravo, Turku!». Teacher and concertmaster of Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography in Herzen University.

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Mária Kόsa, Austria

Executive Director International Music Academy INTMA

2011 – Currently working as Executive Director of the "International Music Academy INTMA" based in Vienna, Austria. Ongoing concert and teaching activities with different orchestras and chamber music projects, workshops and festivals.

Founder The Brunette Quartet

2015 – Professional flute quartet based in Vienna, Austria. Ongoing concert activities, co-operations with contemporary composers. Exploring and experimenting with new dimensions.

Board member Austrian Flute Association

2018 – The Austrian Flute Association is a networking platform for all “flute lovers” - our goal is to reorganize and support the Austrian flute society. To connect professional flutists, flute students and amateurs through organizing concerts, workshops, masterclasses, instrument- and music score showcases all around the flute.Education Performance Arts, Flute Vienna Konservatorium, Vienna, Austria

2007 – 2010 - Workshops and masterclasses

Attended masterclasses and was taught by many of the most renowned flutists and professors, like Auréle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud,  Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund Davies, Wissam Boustany, Carin Levine, Ian Clarke.

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Michail Kazinik, Sweden

Michail Kazinik, a world famous violinist virtuoso, a bestselling writer, a director, an educator, and a leading expert of the Nobel Concerts. Michail Kazinik was born in 1951 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia). In 1991 he immigrated to Sweden, where he became a professor at both the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm and the International Business School of Scandinavia, as well as an expert of Nobel Concerts. His life-long passion for the arts has led to a celebrated and prolific career. He has found success as a musician, an art historian, and as an acclaimed director and actor at the Lederman Theater in Stockholm. Kazinik is an author of a number of books and musical albums for adults and children, including a bestselling book “The Secrets of Geniuses.” He lives in Sweden and tours the world leading concerts, lectures and creative programs.

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Liudmila Gurevich, Russia

Liudmila Gurevich was born on 16 July 1950 in Leningrad, USSR. She took her first music lessons at the age of seven. Since 1966 studied in the Music College named by Modest Mussorgsky (violin, class by Anatoly Reznikovsky). Since 1970 studied in Saint-Petersburg Conservatory (class of Prof. Mikhail Belyakov). Graduated from the Conservatory in 1975 with the first-class honors degree. Doctor of Artknowledge (1984), Docent (2008). Since 1970 worked at the Music school No.2 in Saint-Petersburg. Since 1990 is working at the Music College named by RimskyKorsakov (since 2009 – head of the String department). Also since 1984 she is working at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory, now as Docent by the chair of violin and viola. Dr.Doc. Liudmila Gurevich - one of the leading violin-teacher in St.- Petersburg. The author of the monograph «The Violin strokes and fingering» and «The Violin ABC». The leader by the Violin department at the Saint-Petersburg musical college named by Rimski-Korsakov, Docent by St.-Petersburg Conservatory. 

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Andrija Blagojević, Serbia

Serbian clarinettist Andrija Blagojević (b. 1981 in Kruševac, Serbia) is an associate professor of clarinet at the University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica and serves as the International Clarinet Association Country Chairperson for Serbia, European Clarinet Association Board member and the president of the Board of Directors of the National Serbian Clarinet Association.

Blagojević performed as a soloist and member of various ensembles and lectured throughout Serbia, as well as in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland and Spain, and was a jury member in the clarinet and chamber music sections at the international competitions held in Serbia and Bulgaria.

Blagojević has published clarinet-related articles in various journals: The Clarinet (USA), Clarinet & Saxophone  (UK), ‘rohrblatt (Germany) and Putevi kulture (Serbia).

Andrija Blagojević studied the clarinet with Mihajlo Avramović, Tomislav Nikolić and Milenko Stefanović. During his studies, Blagojević was awarded numerous awards, including the Distinguished Student Award by the Chancellor of the University of Priština, and a grant by the Kingdom of Norway, awarded to the selected best students of the Republic of Serbia. Following his postgraduate studies, Blagojević started his university career as an assistant to Professor Milenko Stefanović, the soloist and former longtime principal clarinettist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2010 Blagojević became the first Serbian clarinettist accepted into the membership of the European Clarinet Association, having been previously the founder of the Serbian section of the International Clarinet Association. The ICA president, Dr. John Cipolla, remarked, “Through all my interactions with Mr. Blagojevic, he has displayed nothing but the highest professional standards. He has opened opportunities for students and professionals in this region of the world (…). I am very impressed by both the quality and volume of his work and contributions.”

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Mikhail Totskii, Russia

Mikhail Totskii (button accordion, accordion, accordina) - soloist of the Karelian State Philharmonic, conductor of the Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra Onego of the Karelian State Philharmonic. Honoured Artist of the Republic of Karelia, laureate of international contests and all-Russian festivals, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Karelia (2006), laureate of the Prize of the Head of the Republic of Karelia (2011). In 2008 he won the European prize Eisernen Eversteiner of the international festival FOLKHERBST (for achievements in the genre of world music) as a member of the Exprompt quartet of Russian folk instruments.
He was Born in 1972 in Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk region, graduated from Glazunov Petrozavodsk State Conservatoire (class of accordion of Kalaberda, conducting class of Mironov). In 1993 he joined the Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra Onego of the Karelian State Philharmonic. Since 1997 he has been a soloist and head of the orchestra of the National Song and Dance Ensemble Kantele. In 2011 he became the second conductor of the Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments Onego. He is the head of the tango ensemble Companeros.
Mikhail tours with solo and chamber programmes, collaborates with many philharmonics and orchestras in Russia and abroad: he has performed at venues such as the Moscow International House of Music, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Small Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Metropolia Hall in Helsinki as well as concert halls in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Italy.
His programmes Music of the Blazing Heart, One-man Band and Tango Formula have been performed with Russian orchestras in numerous Russian philharmonics (Petrozavodsk, Vologda, Cherepovets, Velikii Novgorod, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Volgograd, Tolyatti, Ulyanovsk, Astrakhan, Sochi, Krasnodar, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Archangelsk, St Petersburg and Moscow).
Mikhail Totskii cooperates with many famous performers-instrumentalists and singers (in particular he played with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Blackmore`s Night on their tour around Germany in 2006).
Mikhail is the composer of arrangements for the orchestra of Russian folk instruments and various instrumental ensembles and the creator of musical programmes and season tickets for children and young people (the cycles Tales with the Onego Orchestra, Music of Beloved Books). He is an organiser of a number of musical projects in the Republic of Karelia and beyond its borders.

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Edecio Alejandro Garrido Moreno, Venezuela / Peru

-Viola & Violin player, teacher orchestral conductor and choir, born in San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela in 
1965.
-In 1978 he entered the Children's and Youth Orchestras System of Venezuela, at Yaracuy State School of 
Music "Blanca Estrella de Méscoli" by San Felipe. 
-In 1982 he moved to Barquisimeto, Venezuela to continue his musical studies at the Conservatory "Vicente 
Emilio Sojo" culminating them later in the Superior Music Conservatory “Simón Bolívar" of Caracas.
-Violist of the Lara State Symphony Orchestra (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) since 1983 to 2012
-Conductor at the "Lisandro Alvarado" University Chamber Orchestra (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) from 1992 
to 2009. 
-As a member of the Youth and Children's Orchestra System of Venezuela, he performs an important work 
as Violin & Viola Professor and Itinerant Conductor in the different childrens & youth symphony orchestras 
of FUNDAMUSICAL SIMÓN BOLIVAR Children's & Youth System of Venezuela, as well as violist of the Lara 
State Symphony Orchestra, on their national and international tours and concerts. 
-He attended the degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Musical Education at the Musical University 
(UNEARTE) in Caracas.
-In 2018 he moved to Lima, Peru to contribute to the formation and vocation of talent musical of that great 
country.

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Maja Djogo, Serbia

 

Maja Djogo was born 09.05.1984. g. In Belgrade. His first steps in music began in Ukraine in 1993 , in Dniprodzerzhinsk, as the youngest and most talented pupil in school for talents. After returning from abroad ends basic music school Vladimir Djordjevic in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Jelena Filotich as the best student. Secondary music education continues in a ’’Mokranjac’’, where he graduated in piano department in the class of prof. Bozena Griner and prof. Zeljka Vorkapich 2002, also in Belgrade. Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo enrolled in 2002 in the class of prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich and graduated in 2007 with an average score of 9.27. Master studies enrolled and ends in the class of prof. Aleksandra Radosavljevich. During her education in elementary and high school she was performing at piano competitions ( republic, international…) festivals, concerts, seminars, talent competitions, sections, courses and won awards, commendations, diplomas and significant recognitions. She attended master classes with renowned piano pedagogues: mr Aleksandra Romanic, Mr. Jokuthon Mihailovic (Serbia), Mr. Pavel Nersesjan (Russia), Mr. Aleksandar Sandorov (Serbia), Mr. Yuri Kot (Ukraine), Mr. Hinko Haas (Slovenia), Mr. Lili Petrovich (Serbia), Mr. Aleksandar Serdar (Serbia), Mihail Rezek (Czech Republic).On the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the University of East Sarajevo she was invited by the Rector of the University of East Sarajevo to receive the Plaque of the University and the cash prize for the highest score  in her generation and for extraordinary success during her studies at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo.In addition to solo engagements, appearances are active in chamber ensembles and cooperates with many colleagues. For the 10 years of pedagogical work has achieved remarkable results with their students winning over 80 awards. She was a member of the jury of many piano competitions, festivals in the country and the region. Maja got a diploma from the organizers and committee members of the International competition of young pianists in Niš 2012 for excellent educational results in E, K, L category, discipline piano, k1 duo.  She is an active member of the Association of Musical / music and ballet pedagogues FBiH. She works as an professor at the piano department of the Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo.

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Dmitriy Kukushkin, Russia

 

Lecturer at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. Artistic Director of the Cultural Center "Kupina" named after Lyubov Zhuk. Artist of yakovlev's orchestra "Grand melody orchestra" and the ensemble of guslyars "Kupina". Laureate of international and all-Russian competitions.
Performer, teacher, organizer. He graduated in 2012 from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music with a degree in "bayan" (class of folk art. of Russia, prof. V.A. Semenov), in 2014 of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music with a degree in "solo folk singing" (class of folk art of Russia, prof. A.P. Litvinenko, in 2018 the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music with a degree in "gusli" (class of zasl. art. of Russia, prof. L.Y. Zhuk and zasl. art. of Russia L.I. Muravyeva).
Master of the UNESCO Chair of the IGSU of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation. Expert of the manufactory "World of Harpsichords" for the production of musical instruments. Executive Secretary of the International Children's Music Contest of Folk Performers "MiR - Music and Development" and the All-Russian Festival-Contest of Folk Art "Guardians of the Heritage of Russia".

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Svetlana Stepanova, Russia

 

Stepanova Svetlana Gennadievna is a leader and organizer, teacher and musician in the field of higher professional education, who has many years of experience in training highly qualified personnel for Russian organizations and foreign countries working in the field of culture and art, a promising scientist. She has accumulated a huge work experience in educational and administrative work in higher education.
S.G.Stepanova has repeatedly been the organizer and moderator of round tables, scientific and practical seminars, All-Russian and internationally attended creative competitions and festivals, chairman and jury member of creative and performing sections in the field of musical art. Socially significant direction is fruitful work and performances in professional associations and public organizations that contribute to the development of the system of vocational education in the Russian Federation, in the field of international cooperation.
Scientific research, creative projects and educational and methodological developments of the author have been widely recognized, have practical value and published in a number of domestic and foreign publications. S.G.Stepanova has over 60 scientific and methodological, scientific works, publications, including: monograph, educational and teaching aids, scientific reports and articles that have received recognition in the Russian Federation, abroad (Germany, Canada). Her professional achievements in the fields of culture and education are marked by government and departmental awards.
Now he heads the Faculty of Music and Choreographic Art of the East Siberian State Institute of Culture, combining the position of dean with the head of the department, scientific, pedagogical and socio-professional activities, enjoys the authority and respect of the team and the professional community.
In 1994 she graduated from the piano department of the Irkutsk Regional Chopin College of Music. In 1998, she graduated with honors from the Music Faculty of Irkutsk State Pedagogical University. In 2006, she completed her postgraduate studies at Buryat State University with honors. Continuing to improve her professional skills, in 2010 Stepanova S.G. received an education at the Kazan State Conservatory named after N. Zhiganov in the specialty "Instrumental performance" (piano). In 2016, she entered and completed her doctoral studies in the field of "Theory and History of Culture" (Cultural Studies). He continues to improve his pedagogical skills, engage in scientific research, creative and methodical work.

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Desislava Bobrina, Bulgaria / Russia

 

Born in Bulgaria, Desislava Bobrina began studying piano at the age of 7 at music school in Moscow. Since 2003 she continued her education at the Central Music school of the Moscow State Conservatory with M.A Marchenko  Since 2006 she studied in  Moscow State Conservatory in the class of professor Yury Airapetyan.
From 2011-2014 Desislava studied postgraduate performance course in Moscow State Conservatory and in "Alfred Schnittke Akademie International" in Hamburg (2011-2012) with professor Brenno Ambrosini.
Desislava gives concerts in concert halls of Moscow,other Russian cities and abroad(Bulgaria,Belarus,Armenia,Italy, Spain, Croatia, Germany). 
She regularly gives solo concerts,participates in the concerts “Music in the palace'',  “Sofia music weeks”(Sofia,Bulgaria), Festival in Besalu (Spain), Piano Loop (Croatia).  Desislava regularly performs with orchestra in Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory and orchestras in many cities. She has CD records, made by Conservatory, records on National Bulgarian radio and on television.
She is laureate of different competitions, such as:
- “New Names”(Russia,Moscow)in 2003,
- “The days of Rachmaninoff” in Moscow(1 prize) in 2003,
- International Chopin competition in Varna(Bulgaria,4 prize) in 2005,
- International piano competition “Vincenzo Solimene”(Italy,1 prize and Overall winner) in 2008,
- International piano competition ”Antonio Napolitano” in Vietri-sul-Mare (Italy,2 prize)-in 2008,
- International piano competition “Flame” in Paris, France(2 prize)-in 2009.
- International piano competition “Rome-2011” in Italy (1 prize,2011)
Desislava also performs as part of piano duo with her sister Maria Bobrina. 

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Firgat Musin, Russia

 

In 2006 he graduated from I.V. Aukhadeev Kazan Сollege of Music (tuba class of the Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, Professor N.A. Shadrov).
In 2011 he graduated from the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music (tuba class of the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor V.N. Dosadin).
In 2013 he graduated from the Post Graduate Programme of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music majoring in “Musical Arts” (tuba).
During his study at I.V. Aukhadeev Kazan College of Music and the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music he has won numerous international and all-Russian competitions, including the grand prix laureate of A.A. Nesterov all-Russian competition (Nizhniy Novgorod, 2007), the 1st award of T.A. Dokschitzer International competition of the brass wind musicians (2009). In 2021 Firgat Musin won the 1st creative work competition award “Moy pedagog-gnesinets” in “Essay” nominated category.
2007-2008     Soloist and principal of the tuba section of the State Wind Orchestra of Russia
2008-2011     Soloist and principal of the tuba section of the Orchestra of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre 
of Moscow
2011-present     Soloist of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov"
2011-present    He has been teaching at the Department of brass wind and percussion instruments 
(from 2014 - the Department of brass wind instruments) of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music
He regularly takes part at the various competitions as an award panel member, conducts open lessons and master-classes. He is also an artistic director and cultural event organizer of the 1st V.N. Dosadin Orchestral Brass Wind and Percussion Instruments Festival (2021).

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Tatiana Koleva, Bulgaria / Netherlands

 

Recognized as virtuoso, versatile and innovative artist in marimba and percussion Tatiana Koleva has premiered over 100 works created especially for her solo and ensemble projects. 
Born in Bulgaria, currently Koleva lives in The Netherlands and combines her intensive concert agenda with education activities, holding a teaching position at the Prince Claus Conservatory / Hanze University, Groningen, NL. She is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning formation ‘Youth Percussion Pool’ - an education and performing platform for young professionals and the biannual festival event ‘Amsterdam Marimba Weekend’.
Tatiana Koleva has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Jordan and Mexico and has appeared as a soloist of number of orchestras. She is regularly invited to join projects of leading ensembles and theatre groups and forms duo partnerships with the organist Jan Hage, bass clarinetist Fie Schouten and the jazz saxophonist Rutger van Otterloo. In addition to her activities as a classical musician she is often involved in cross-genre projects with improvised jazz, rock, film and stage music. One of the very successful such formation is the cult-band Rubatong.
Koleva has recorded for NovaLinia Records (her own label), Decca, New World Records, Attacca, Unsounds, Mode Records, Orgelpark Records, Wergo, BVHAAST, ICSM Records and more. Tatiana Koleva is award winner of various International Competitions. In the beginning of 2010 she received the prestigious Prize ‘Musician of the Year 2009’ by the National Radio and the audience of Bulgaria, and her Youth Percussion Pool was awarded “Ensemble of the Year 2012” in that same contest. In 2019 Koleva has been granted a ‘Golden Medal’ Special Award of the ‘Manhattan Music Competition’, NY, USA.
2017 marked the release of a new album “Songs for Marimba” and currently Tatiana and her Percussion Pool are touring successfully with their shows 'How to Play the Cactus', and 'Trampoline' a program with new cross genre compositions and a special arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story for percussion ensemble
From the press:
"... superb percussionist... brilliantly played performance ... explosive energy..." New York Times, USA
“... Tatiana Koleva opens the doors widely for her instrument, her colleagues and her students. A splendid CD, incomparably beautifully played and wonderfully recorded...” Review ‘Songs for marimba’ CD by Opus Klassiek, NL
"... exceptional musician..." Percussions Magazine, France; 
"... a truly remarkable percussionist..." Business News Radio, NL;
"... star-percussionist..." Volkskrant, NL

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Mariana Kuindzhi, Russia

 

Associate Professor,  teaches at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music at the piano department.
Born in 1974 in Moscow.
In 1993 she graduated from the MSSMSH them. Gnesins in the piano class  (class of Professor Tatiana  Zelikman). In 2000 she graduated with honors from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Gnessins in the class of special piano (class of Professor Vladimir  Tropp,  class of the chamber ensemble of Professor Irina Anastasyeva).
Since 2006 he has been teaching at the piano department of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. Continues the family dynasty teachers  of music.
Pedagogical work combines with active performing activities. Often performs with solo programs, as an accompanist, as part of a chamber ensemble with  the accompanist of the cello group of the Yevgeny Svetlana State Symphony Orchestra Paul Suss.

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Sergey Kuznetsov, Russia

 

Has started studying music at the age of 10, graduated from the Academy of Arts in Ufa in 1985
Worked in the opera and ballet theatre, brass band, circus.
Has started pedagogical activity in 1988.
Has recorded several CDs: Slavic mystery, Old record, White-winged Angel, Sleeping heart, etc.
Honoured Culture Worker of Russia, Musician of the Year according to the Rendezvous magazine, prizewinner of international competitions, prizewinner of the competition 'Best Teacher of the Year of Russian Art Schools'.
Jury member of international and Russian competitions.
Author of the technique Preparation for the competition in the clarinet and saxophone class.
Head of the orchestra Department, teacher of clarinet and saxophone, conductor of the variety orchestra of the Vologda College of Arts.
Project Manager - Zen Trio SV, Saxodrome, Break Orchestra, Saxophoniana, Denneriana, Masters of Arts - for children, etc.

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Pyotr Kazimir, Russia

 

Pyotr Kazimir is a musician, Professor at Dmitri Hvorostovsky Siberian State Academy of Arts, Honoured Artist of the Tyva Republic.
After his military service from 1990 to 1995, Kazimir studied at Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts (since 2018 – Dmitri Hvorostovsky Siberian State Academy of Arts) – V. N. Styro’s trumpet class; V. P. Troyan’s wind band conducting class. Being a student, Pyotr worked in the orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk State Musical Comedy Theatre (1991-1992); in the Symphony Orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre (1992-1993; 1997-2010); in the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments (1993-1995). From 1995 to 1997, he was a soloist of the Volga Band Concert Wind Orchestra at the Saratov Philharmonic and a musician in the symphony orchestra at the N. G. Chernyshevsky Saratov Opera Theatre.
Since 1998, he has been teaching at his alma mater – Dmitri Hvorostovsky Siberian State Academy of Arts at the Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments. From 2006 to 2014, he was the Head of the student wind orchestra. He also taught trumpet, conducting and instrumentation at the Krasnoyarsk College of Arts (now the P. I. Ivanov-Radkevich Krasnoyarsk College of Arts) and was the Head of the student wind orchestra there too. The orchestra under his direction won the Grand Prix of the Ensemble and Orchestral Music Competition (Krasnoyarsk, 2002); the First prize at the 8th All-Russian Patriotic Television Festival Young Russia (Krasnoyarsk, 2002); was awarded the 1st degree in the nomination "Student Orchestras" at the 2nd International Festival of Wind Orchestras and Ensembles Fanfare in the Centre of Asia (Kyzyl, 2014).
From 1990 to 2015, he was the Artistic Director of the Krasnoyarsk Brass Quintet, which participated in the Heart of Asia International Jazz Festival. The band toured in Korea (2006), in Germany (2007) and took part in seven International festivals.
He also created the variety orchestra Krasnoyarsk Summit Band (2006-2010), which consisted of the best Krasnoyarsk students and musicians. The orchestra repeatedly performed in the Grand Concert Hall of the Regional Philharmonic and was a regular participant of the International Festival Jazz over the Yenisey. The leading jazz musicians Eve Cornelious (the USA), the Syndicate group (the USA / West Germany); Daniel Kramer, Igor Bril, Sergey Manukyan (Moscow); Irina Babicheva (Krasnodar); Veronika Makhotina (Krasnoyarsk) and others performed with the orchestra.
In 2008, he participated in the creation of the Wind Orchestra of the Government of the Republic of Tyva. In 2009, he was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of the Tyva Republic.
In 2015, Pyotr Kazimir graduated from Novosibirsk State Conservatory named after M. I. Glinka, Professor A. A. Lyudmilin’s class (his specialist field was Opera and Symphony Conducting). From 2010 to 2018, he conducted the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra. Since 2017 he has been working as a conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Dmitri Hvorostovsky Siberian State Academy of Arts. He also worked as a conductor and arranger with orchestras in Irkutsk, Khakassia, Tyva, Latvia, Poland, Belarus.
In 2010, he was awarded the academic title of Associate Professor and in 2019 – the academic title of Professor. Since 2019, he has been holding the position of the Head of the Department of Orchestra Wind and Percussion Instruments. Kazimir devotes himself to composition and arrangement: writes music for performances; arrangements for ensembles; chamber, symphony, wind orchestras and big band. He is also the author of scientific articles.
Kazimir gives master-classes and public lectures in Russia and abroad. In 2020, he initiated, organized and held the First All-Russian Wind Art Forum The Yenisey Fanfare-2020" on the base of Dmitri Hvorostovsky Siberian State Academy of Arts; the participants were the world's best performers in the sphere of wind art.
Pyotr Kazimir is the winner of many prestigious competitions and festivals. In 2003, by the Decree of the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, he was awarded an Honorary Certificate “For many years of dedicated work and a great contribution to the development of musical art”. In 2007, Kazimir was awarded the Governor’s grant for his personal contribution to the development of culture in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. He received the Medal “For Faith and Goodness” from the Governor of the Kemerovo Oblast Aman Tuleev (2013); the Badge “Vasily Agapkin 100 Years of the March "Farewell of Slavianka” (Kemerovo, 2013); the Badge “300 years of Military Music in Russia” (Kyzyl (2014); the Badge “For Contribution to the Development of Wind Art” (Minsk, 2020).

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Amelia Tionanda, Indonesia

 

Amelia obtained her Bachelor and Master degree in Classical Music Performance at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Ghent, Belgium; under the guidance of Alessandro Moccia, Mikhail Kugel, Mikhail Bezverkhny, and Liliya Umnova.
During her stay in Europe 2008-2014, she was a member of some orchestras in Belgium and France, such as Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Symphonistes Europèens, Koninklijk Lyrisch Toneel Kortrijk, Het Vlaams-Brabant Orchestra, Alden Biesen Zomeropera, and orchestra projects from Conservatorium Gent, Tilburg, and Maastricht with the conductors such as Dirk Brosse, Arjan Tien, and Michael Tabachnik. 
She also had performed in festivals such as Crescendo Summer Institute (Hungary) and Oberstdorf Musiksommer (Germany), and had masterclasses with Tanja Becker-Bender, Uwe Steinmeitz, David Danel, Dag Erik Anderson, and Shirly Laub; as well as for chamber music with Doric Quartet and Minguett Quartet.
In 2010-2015, she taught violin at Jeugd en Muziek Brussel, Belgium.
In 2007, Amelia won the 1st prize of Dr. Johannes Oentoro Violin Competition at Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia.
Before her departure to Europe for further study, she was a member of many orchestra in Jakarta, and in 2008 she was chosen to play with The Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since her return in  2014, Ms. Tionanda is the concertmistress of Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of Bandung Philharmonic, and an active member of Jakarta Sinfonietta, Jakarta Concert Orchestra, and Jakarta Symfonia Orchestra.
She is regularly giving masterclasses, orchestra and chamber music workshop, and violin jury in various violin competitions and festivals in Indonesia.
Ms. Tionanda is currently working at at The Music Conservatory of Pelita Harapan University as violin lecturer and Head of String Department, and at the Gloriamus Music School as Head of String Department and violin teacher.
Her violin students are winners of several prestigious violin competitions in Indonesia, such as Semarang Violin Competition, Gloriamus Violin Competition, IYMO, PPC Bandung, etc.

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Anna Wandtke, Poland

 

Anna Wandtke is an extraordinary violinist of uniquely expressive musical personality and sensitivity, which is reflected in her brave interpretations, phenomenally precious sound of her violin, brilliant, simply perfect virtuosity and emotional authenticity. 
Endowed with a virtuoso technique, the artist freely performs various musical concepts, guiding audiences through the magic world of sounds in classical repertoire but also not keeping off elements of jazz, flamenco or gypsy music. 
She toured Poland and the world widely - USA, South America, China, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, England, playing along with the most prominent artists of our times, including Roby Lakatos, Julian Rachlin, Renaud Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Sara Chang, as well as her countrymen, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Wojciech Rajski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tytus Wojnowicz, Grzech Piotrowski, Sebastian Wypych, Krzysztof Herdzin, Robert Kabara and Karol Radziwonowicz. She cooperated with such conductors as James Levine, Paavo Jarvi, Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev. 
Anna Wandtke’s vast repertoire proves her versatility. She eagerly reaches for classical stylistics but also boldly engages in combining classical with other genres, including film music. Topped up with a stunning setting - lighting, video projection mapping by Sylwester Łuczak, her concert becomes a show, where the violinist invites her audiences on a quest through the most remote corners of her soul. 
She has recorded few cd’s: Violin Soul, Wandtke Plays Polish, Avarp Prologue, Poldowski Creations. 
Anna Wandtke has a PhD in music and has been an adjunct professor at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk. She gives regular masterclasses in Poland and abroad.

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Zhaorong Chen, China

 

Zhaorong Chen currently serves as Professor of flute at the China Conservatory of Music. He is the first mainland Chinese flutist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the USA. After he graduated from the University of Bridgeport, he continued his study and achieved a Master of Music degree from the Yale University. Doctor of Music Arts from University of Washington. He is a Guest Flute Professor at Yunnan Arts University and serves as Secretary General of the China Flute Association.
As a flutiest, Chen has performed in the world's most prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Woolsey Hall and Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale University, Musical Hall at the National Center for the Performing Arts.
While pursuing his dream as a flutist in the USA, Chen studied with Yale University's renowned Ransom Wilson, American flute soloist Robert Stallman, the Hartt School flute professor John Wion, the Juilliard School's flute professor Bradley Garner, the University of Washington's flute professor Donna Shin and Zart Dombourian-Ebay, University of Bridgeport flute professor Barbara Siesel, and others.

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 Ángel Soria Diaz, Spain

 

Ángel Soria is one of the most eminent musicians of his generation. His career as saxophonist has taken him to countries like Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Italy, Estonia, the United States, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Jamaica and Thailand. He has taken part in the programs of concert halls such as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Stadtcasino in Basel, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City or the Concert Hall of Mahidol University in Bangkok. 
He has collaborated in recordings with the record labels Deutsche Grammophon, Sigma Records, Verso, Orpheus and Col-legno along with groups such as SIGMA Project, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Choir and the Spanish National Orchestra. Among his discographic production, the personal project TRUTHS, the saxophone in the early 21st century is remarkable, where Soria presents the most representative works of Spanish composers of different generations such as Juan Magrané, Jesús Torres, Javier Quislant, Juan José Eslava, Alberto Posadas and Alberto Bernal. 
Ángel Soria finished his studies with Marcus Weiss in the Hochschule für Musik Basel and in the Pädagogische Hochschule FHNW, where he obtained the degree of Master of Arts Musikalische Performance (2012) and Master of Arts Musikpädagogik (2014). He graduated with honors in all his studies and in 2014 he finished his studying period winning the second prize in the fourth edition of the “Jean-Marie Londeix Competition” in Bangkok, where he was praised for the depth of his performance of the traditional repertoire for saxophone. 
From 2014 to 2019, Ángel Soria was a professor of Saxophone at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León. Since 2019 Ángel Soria is professor of saxophone, chamber music and contemporary music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra, in Pamplona.

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Zlatko Dimitrov Velichkov, Bulgaria / United Kingdom

 

Zlatko Dimitrov Velichkov performed internationally in variety of guises, since finishing his music 
education at State Academy of Music, Bulgaria.
As soloist as a violin and viola he worked with the Shumen Symphony, Bulgaria, State Philharmonic 
Orchestra, Varna, Bulgaria, University Leicester Sinfonia, UK, Tunisian National Symphony Orchestra 
and Cairo Symphony Orchestra and has performed Bartok’s Viola concerto, Telemann’s Viola 
concerto, Max Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet (Violin) and Viola (Viola solo part), Gustav 
Holst's Lyric movement for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote Viola solo 
part.
Zlatko is a very active chamber musician performing with different chamber groups including London 
Schubert Players String Quartet, Mici String Quartet, Orama Encemble, International Chamber 
Collegiums, Cairo. 
He was a Co-principal Viola at Cairo Symphony Orchestra, visiting principal Viola at Tunisian National 
Symphony Orchestra, principal Viola at London Schubert Players, principal Viola at Trinity College 
Symphony Orchestra, Viola rank and file at Sofia Philharmonic, 2nd Violin rank and file at Varna 
Philharmonic Orchestra and freelance player (Royal Concert & Pops Orchestra, Oxford Symphony 
Orchestra, British Chamber Orchestra, British Youth Opera, London Philharmonia). 
Education is a central part of Zlatko’s professional life. He was Associate Professor of Viola& 
Chamber Music at Institut Suppereur de Musique de Sousse, Tunisia, Upper String teacher at British 
International School, Cairo, Upper Strings teacher at Tees Valley Music Service, Upper Strings 
teacher at Cocethorpe School, King’s School, Oxford ,Conductor of Youth String Orchestra Red Car & 
Cleveland, Camden and Ealing Music Services, ,London, Every Child a Musician, Newham, London, 
School 21 , Stratford, London. 
Zlatko is a winner Audience Price-Nirbator’s Music Festival, Hungary.

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Lidia Fomenko, Russia

 


Lidia Fomenko - Laureate of international competitions, Professor, Head of the Department of wind and percussion instruments, Academic Secretary of the Academic Council of the Ufa State Institute of Arts named after Zagir Ismagilov (from 2010 to 2021), Honored Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan. She graduated from the Institute in 1991 with the flute specialization (class of Honoured artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan, senior lecturer S. Mukhamedyanova). The Institute has 28 years of pedagogical experience. (concurrently with the teaching in the specialized secondary musical college). 
In 2003 she undertook a traineeship at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. In 2003 she undertook a traineeship at the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in the class of Professor Vavilina-Mravinskaya. From 1992 to 2002 she combined teaching activity with concert activities: she taught at the Institute, was an artist of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Bashkortostan and a member of the Early Music Ensemble of the Bashkir State Philharmonic Society. There are numerous solo and ensemble performances, recordings on television and radio of the Republic of Bashkortostan.
While working at the institute, Lidia Fomenko has proved herself as a highly qualified and gifted teacher and musician, possessing a wealth of pedagogical experience and skill. The notion of the "Bashkir flute school" has long been firmly associated with the musician's name. More than once she has proven her pedagogical skills, representing her students at prestigious music competitions in Russia and abroad. Among them are diploma winners and laureates of the recent years: International Competition of Young Performers of the Islamic world (Baku); XXII All-Russian Brass Music Competition (Zlatoust); International Competition of Performers on Wind and Percussion Instruments "Legni&Ottoni" (Kurgan) and others. Students of the flute class take part in the most significant musical events of Ufa: World Kurultai of Bashkirs, East-West music festival, Days of German Culture in Bashkortostan, a series of concerts "Children play with symphony orchestra", early music evenings in the organ hall of the Bashkir State Philharmonic Society. Since 2000. Lydia Borisovna has been the leader of the chamber music ensemble "Orpheus" that includes the best students of the flute class. The ensemble is the winner of the 3rd prize of the International contest "Talents. Hopes. Masters" in Bulgaria (2002) and a diploma winner of the International Festival "East - West" in Ufa (2003), there are records of its concert performances on television in the country. 
Lidia Fomenko is the author and compiler of 15 published scientific and methodological works devoted to the problems of wind instruments performance. 
Lidia's pedagogical work has been noted by Certificates of Merit: Ufa City Council "For great contribution to the education of young talents and active participation in the implementation of the program "New Names of Bashkortostan" (2002), the Republican charity program "New Names" - "For contribution to the education of talented youth and support young talents" (2003), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bashkortostan (2013), Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation(2021)
She has repeatedly taken part in the jury of musical contests in the Republic of Bashkortostan and beyond its borders; she is the chairman of the state attestation commission of musical educational institutions.
In recent years she has been in charge of conducting International Wind and Percussion Instrument Performers Contests, which are organized by the department and have already gained wide popularity in Russia and abroad.

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Mikhail Dektjarev, Russia

 

Since 1985 Mikhal Dektjarev studied at the Music Secondary School of the Sankt-Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in the class of professor E.Dernova. In period of 1996 until 2001 was a student at the Sankt-Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov in the class of outstanding professor of russian cello school A.Nikitin and  K.Kravtsov, also with Professor N.Arzumanova as a chamber music.
since 1997 worked as a soloist in the Chamber Sankt-Petersburg Orchestra "Divertisment" under conducted of Iliya Ioff. In 1997 took a part in the international master-courses of Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1999 has studied authentic music at orighinal instruments at the class of Maris Leonchard.
In 2007 was graduated student of the Stuttgart Hochschule fuer Musik und Darschtellender Kunst (class of professor P.Buck)
Today Michail Degtyarev is a soloist of the Worldfamous cello quartett, that was organised of amazing musicians like S.Drabkin and K.Kravtsov. This colliktive has named "Rasstrelli Cello Quartett". The quartett has regulary concerts in Europa,USA,Russia
Was a participant of the many internationales music fetivals as Obersdorfer Musiksommer, Meadowlark Music festival in Lincoln/Nebraska, Cello Festival Beauvais, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festspiel, Rheingau Musik Festspiel and etc.
Since 2008 has regulary soloist at the ansamble "TRIO+" under control of "Twice-Music of Russia", outstanding jazz trompett, Vjacheslav Gajvorunsky
As a member of the «Rastrelli Cello quartett» he has played with such artists as, Giora Feidman,Giles Apap,David Geringas,King Singers,etc.
Teaches quartet class at the St. Petersburg Conservatory

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Danijela Gazdić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Danijela Gazdić, MA, professor 
She finished elementary music school "Vojislav Vuckovic" in Sarajevo in Desanka Olenjuk class, and the music high school "Dr. Miloje Milojevic" in Kragujevac in the class of prof. Radomir Tomić. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Kiev State Conservatory '' P.I. Tchaikovsky '' in 1995 in the class of prof. V.V. Besfaljmiljnova with an average grade of 10 during her studies, and received her master's degree from the National Academy of Music of Ukraine in Kiev in 1997 with the highest grades in the class of academician NA Davidov. She started working at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo in 1998, she had founded the Department of Accordion, where today she teaches as a professor, and at the same time performing the function of the head of the Department of Accordion. From the beginning of her work at the Academy, she had a number of notable pedagogical results. Students from her class have won over 300 awards (special, laureate, first, second and third) at domestic and international competitions and festivals (Republika Srpska  and BiH, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Ukraine, Austria, Russia, Belarus , Czech Republic, Australia, Northern Macedonia and Great Britain). In addition to teaching, Danijela is also involved in concert activities. She has performed at the Opening of the World Trophy (Serbia), festivals: Sarajevo Winter, Chamber Festival Music (Montenegro), Koral  (East Sarajevo) and within numerous events and scientific conferences in the city of East Sarajevo. She has given solo concerts in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia, Austria and in a number of cities in Republika Srpska and BiH, as well as notable concert performances in collaboration with artists in the field of music and other areas of stage creation. The result of this cooperation is a successful project with the Forum Theater from East Sarajevo on the shooting of the documentary "Gate of Romania", which took first place in the competition of 80 films at the International Film Festival in Nis, as the musical background of this film was used wind '' by Dutch composer Las Pihlajama. In cooperation with SPKD "Prosveta", together with the actor Milan Milidrag, she recorded a poetic monodrama based on the verses of Velja Milosevic "Bagem Basta", where she designed the musical background for the mentioned monodrama, which was successfully performed in a number of cities in Republika Srpska and Serbia. In order to evoke the accordion as an academic instrument, with a rich arsenal of sound and performance possibilities, she recorded the CD "Memories", which recorded works by various authors and styles. As a result of many years of concert activities in the field of chamber music, she selected and edited parts for flute and accordion, violin and accordion, and voice and accordion, which she published in a collection entitled "Concert Repertoire for Chamber Music - I". As a member of the duo "Lagrimas", she recorded the CD "Duo Lagrimas", which recorded and immortalized compositions by various authors, and the transcriptions for the accordion were done by Daniela. The voice as the most perfect musical instrument and the accordion, which with its sound and technical possibilities evokes vocality in the performance, give the duo "Lagrimas" recognizability by the way and style of interpretation. She was a member of the jury of the most prestigious world and domestic accordion competitions such as: World Cup, World Trophy (China, Italy, France), Slovenian Music Festival (Russia) Star Trek, Belgrade Accordion Festival, Euphony (Serbia) Accordion Fest (Austria) , Accordion Art (BiH), International Аnniversary Festival (Great Britain), Kaunus Sonorum (Lithuania), Polihimnia, Ohrid and Sakam (Northern Macedonia). She participated in the scientific conference "The Art of Learning" in Lithuania, and successfully held a series of master classes in Lithuania, Serbia, Montenegro, Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a reviewer of professional literature for accordion and an associate in several commissions at the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska. She performed the function of the Head of the Accordion Department (from 2000 to 2011), as well as the function of the Vice-Dean for Scientific Research and Artistic Work (from 2005 to 2007) at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo. Pedagogical and artistic work and activities to spread music culture and spirituality were awarded several Plaques by the Academy of Music, and letters of thanks from music schools and festivals in the country and abroad (Republika Srpska, BiH, Serbia, Macedonia, Russia, Lithuania, France, United Kingdom). Danijela was also awarded the Plaque for the most successful woman in the city of East Sarajevo in 2006, and her biography was included in the Encyclopedia of the Republic of Srpska. 

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Dušan Đorđevic, Bulgaria / Serbia

 

Dušan Đorđevic was born in Zaječar (Serbia) in 1992. He began primary music education in his hometown in the class of prof. Jelena Srbinoska. Already at the beginning of his music school education, he showed great love for music, which resulted with his participation in many international and national competitions. After finishing primary school, he continued his music education in high music school "Dr. Miloje Milojević" in Kragujevac, the class of prof. Dušan Vučković. He completed his undergraduate and masters studies at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac, in the class of prof. Predrag Kostovic. He is currently studying a master's of chamber music at the Faculty of  Philology and Arts in the class of prof. Borislav Čičovački.
He participated  many festivals and competitions in the country and abroad, among which are:
Accordion art (Sarajevo) 2010 - First prize
Star Trek (Kragujevac) 2009 - First prize
Accordion Days (Smederevo) 2007,2009 - First prize
Meh fest (Belgrade) 2015 - First prize
Kligenthal (Germany) 2015 – 8th place
With the chamber ensemble, he was the laureate of the competition "Donne in musica" in Kragujevac, 2014.
He played in the accordion orchestra and in Kragujevac. He performed the world premiere of Fiver Haiku for accordion flute and cello, composed by Vladimir Trmcic with chamber ensembles at SANU gallery in 2014, Belgrade.
As a soloist and with the chamber ensemble Sagum Rubrum duo, he performed in many cities in Serbia and abroad, including performances in Linz, Vienna (Austria), Detmold, Lemgo (Germany), Turn Severin (Romania), Doboj (BiH). 
He participated in the 59th March Days of Music Festival in Ruse (Bulgaria), and the concert was recorded by the National Radio of Bulgaria.
He has attended numerous seminars with eminent professors from abroad:
Krasimir Šterev (Munich), Yuri Šiškin (Rostov-on-Don),
Markus Kohler (Detmold), Raimondas Svickevičius and Eduardo Gabins (Lithuania).

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Miguel Pineda Záccara, Venezuela

 

Director, Flautista y Piccolista Venezolano, residente en la Ciudad de Mendoza, fundador de la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela, Director de Orquesta y profesor de la Cátedra Nacional de Flauta y Flauta Píccolo del Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles con sede en el conservatorio Simón Bolívar de la ciudad de Caracas y además Profesor de la Escuela Nacional de Flauta. 
Formado íntegramente en Venezuela, comenzando sus estudios musicales con su padre, posteriormente continuó su educación en el sistema de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela. Egresado de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Ha sido Primera Flauta de la Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, Flautista Principal de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Carabobo, Solista Asociado de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. Miembro del “Quinteto Contemporáneo de Caracas” especialista en este ámbito de la música de cámara, además de ser Director y entrenador de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles del Sistema de Orquestas y Coros de Venezuela (Fundamusical Simón Bolívar) 
Como Director se ha desempeñado como Titular de la Orquesta Juvenil de San Carlos y de la Banda Sinfónica “24 de Junio” del estado Carabobo. Fue Director Asociado de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Carabobo y Director de planta de la Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas. Desde el 2016 hasta Septiembre del 2018 se desempeñó como Director Titular de la Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado Mérida y de la Banda Marcial Caracas, que es la institución orquestal más antigua de Venezuela. Desde 2015 hasta 2018 fue Director de la Orquesta Juvenil Regional Caracas “José Francisco Del Castillo” Codirector de la Orquesta Barroca de Mendoza.
Desde el año 1989 hasta el año 2013 formó parte de la reconocida agrupación de Música Venezolana, Popular y Latinoamericana “Saúl Vera y su ensamble” como Flautista y Director Musical, realizando giras a nivel internacional.
Su experiencia en el extranjero incluye actuaciones destacadas en países de América, Europa y Asia.
Miguel Pineda Záccara dirige en calidad de invitado las principales orquestas sinfónicas del país, y en diciembre del año 2015 fue invitado por la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Radio y Televisión de Bielorrusia en la ciudad de Minsk a dirigirla ya tocar como solista. En Argentina ha sido invitado a dirigir regularmente las Orquestas, Filarmónica Provincial de Mendoza y la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de CUYO, también invitado a dirigir el concierto de Píccolo de Lowell Liebermann en la ciudad de Paraná Argentina, con la Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos . Ha sido entrenador de la Orquesta Pre Juvenil de la Filarmónica de Bogotá y además de la Orquesta Bolivia Joven en la Ciudad de Oruro.
Orquesta Bolivia Joven en la Ciudad de Oruro.

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Charina Quintana, Spain

 

Flute teacher at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Canary Islands  and Yamaha Artist. 
On September 23rd 2021, she was appointed ambassador of the music of S. Mercadante to the world and of the city of Altamura, (Italy) for his research and dedication to the dissemination of the Altamurian composer.
She was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands and finished her studies at the Reale Conservatory of  Madrid with excellent marks and then in the Accademia Musicale di Stoccarda, in the pedagogy area too.  
Her vocation for chamber music and ensembles has led her to create various chamber ensembles as the "Altilia Ensemble”. She is also the founder and president of the association of flautists “AFLAUCAN” and artistic director of FlauTeam International Festival, created in 2017 , festival dedicated to flute ensembles .
Charina combines her teaching work with an extensive concert career, gives Masterclasses-concert, workshops and seminar room on the technique of  circular breathing and the pedagogia of the flute. She participates regularly in Festivals and  is invited to participate in the juries of international competitions.
She has also collaborated with various orchestras: the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Atlantico, Orchestra Filarmonica di Gran Canaria, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Las Palmas, the Orchestra Filarmonica Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno, Orchestra Sinfonica Ritmico Italian, Orchestra Classical of Altamura.
Various composers have dedicated works to Charina, such as Massimo Voltarel, Francisco Crespo, Marco Tamanin, Marco Massimiliani, and Alfredo Cornachia.

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Jose Ramon Olmo Fernandez, Spain

 

He was born in Mancha Real (Jaén), where he began his musical career as a percussionist in the "Villa de Mancha Real Musical Group" and later as a saxophonist in "Friends of the music of Mancha Real". At an early age he began his studies at the "Ramos de Pareja" conservatory in Baeza and at the 
Professional Conservatory of Music in Jaén. He attends the Superior degree of music "Rafael Orozco" of Córdoba obtaining the highest qualifications in the specialty of saxophone.
In 2004 he is selected to play with the OJA (Andalusian Youth Orchestra) in Pilas (Seville). In 2007 he obtained the 2nd prize in the alto saxophone contest held in Los Villares (Jaén). Two years later, he obtains a scholarship to take the 5th Master Class for alto saxophone in Germany (Laubach), with teachers Vincent David and Arno Borkapm among others.
In this year he obtains the Title of University Expert in instrumental interpretation in the specialty of saxophone, taught by the most recognized saxophonists worldwide such as Claude Delangle or Arno Bornkamp, obtaining the qualification of OUTSTANDING. During the next two years (2009 to 2011), 
he moved to Montpellier (France) to complete the Improvement cycle at the Conservatory of Music and Dance of Montpellier (France), with Professor Phillipe Braquart obtaining the qualification of Honors.
In that country he participates with the band of the Montpellier Conservatory, under the direction of Philippe Ferro (Conductor of the Paris Conservatory of Music) and in collaboration with the Diastema saxophone quartet, carrying out a tour of the French country through cities such as Toulouse, Paris, Béziers or Lyon among others.
In 2013 he participates in a concert tour with the Provincial Orchestra and Choir of Jaén. In 2016 he is appointed member by selection of the Young Symphony Orchestra of the South of Spain, with which he performs numerous concerts throughout Andalusia.
In the field of pedagogy, he has a Master's Degree in Teacher Training. In 2017 he obtained the title of Career Official, by opposition to the body of Professors of Music and Performing Arts, in the specialty of saxophone. From 2015 to 2018 he directed the Municipal Music Band of Porcuna (Jaén) and later the band "Pila Pellenda" of Torres (Jaén). He is currently a member of the “PRÉLUDE” saxophone quartet with which he offers numerous concerts and courses throughout the Spanish geography, representing the prestigious SELMER saxophone brand, with which he recorded his first CD “Prélude”. He teaches as a saxophone teacher at the "Ramón Garay" Professional Conservatory of Music in Jaén.

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Maciej Zakrzewski, Poland

 

Dr Maciej Zakrzewski, organist, composer, improviser, lecturer at the Stanislaw Moniuszko
Academy of Music in Gdansk.
He graduated with honors from Academy of Music in Gdansk, where he studied the organ under the
tutelage of Professor Roman Perucki and dr Hanna Dys. In 2019 he recived a doctoral degree in
music for his dissertation about Naji Hakim's Organ Works. He has participated in many organ and
composition competitions. He has won first prize at the 7th J. P. Sweelinck International Organ
Competition and fourth prize in the „Premio Elvira di Renna” International Organ Competition in
Italy. In 2010 he received the „Golden Laurel for Young Organist” at the 33rd International Festival
of Organ and Chamber Music in Giżycko.
In his career Maciej Zakrzewski has actively participated in numerous master classes, having had
opportunity to work with such splendid organists including Olivier Latry, Pieter van Dijk, Wolfgang
Zerer, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Helmut Deutsch, Martin Hoselbeck, Pierre Damiano Peretti. He has also
participated in master classes of improvisation under the direction of Pierre Pincemaille, Tomasz
Adam Nowak.
Maciej Zakrzewski co- operates on a regular basis with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Polish
Chamber Orchestra, The PROGRESS Chamber Orchestra, Elblag Chamber Orchesra and
„Discantus” Chamber Choir with whom he recorded „Kashubian Mass” composed by Michał
Sławecki and „Te Deum” composed by Adam Disner. He took part in the recording of Mozart's
Church Sonatas conducted by Maxim Vengerov. He also recorded music by Franz Liszt, Charles
Marie Widor, Feliks Nowowiejski, Naji Hakim, Daniel Magnus Gronau and contemporary
composers. His own CD's (with solo organ music by Liszt, Widor and Hakim) get a great reviews in
music press. As a composer Zakrzewski wrote mostly for organ, voice and chamber orchestra.
Maciej Zakrzewski is vice-chairman of The Pomeranian Association "Musica Giovane" which
organizes Tczew Organ Festiwal and concerts around the Pomeranian Region. He was nominated
for the City of Gdansk Award for Young Artist in the Field of Culture 2009, and a year later for the
„Pomeranian Griffin Award” in the category „Pomeranian Artistic Hope”. In 2010 he was
nominated for the prize of Gdansk „Splendor Gedanensis” for taking part in a number of artistic
events in Pomerania.

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Maria Krasnova, Russia

 

As a concert pianist, Maria Krasnova has given solo recitals around Russia and Europe. Her repertoire includes masterpieces such as late Beethoven's Sonatas (op. 110-111), Chopin's Scherzos, Etudes and Nocturnes and the most virtuosic pieces of piano repertoire such as Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, Petrushka by Stravinsky, and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit.​ In few past seasons Maria has collaborated with the Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra performing with them Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23,​ Liszt's piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, Prokofiev's Piano Concertos No. 1, Op. 10 and No. 3, Op. 26. Mrs. Krasnova has also appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Evgeny Svetlanov's State Academic Symphony Orchestra performing Piano Concertos by Grieg and Schumann.
Mrs. Krasnova has achieved the International recognition of her performing skills winning at International Piano Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan (Grand Prix, 2003), International Competition "Russian Season in Yekaterinburg", Russia (Grand Prix, 2005), International Piano Competition in Andorra, Italy (Special Prize, 2006), International piano Competition in Ufa, Russia (Third Prize, 2011),Vera Lotar-Schevchenko​ International Competition in Yekaterinburg, Russia (Fourth Prize, 2012).
Maria has received her advanced degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the Ural State Conservatory and currently holds a faculty position at the same conservatory.

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Evgeny Petrov, Russia

 

Evgeny Petrov  is a composer, associate professor of the Department of Orchestration and General Course of Composition in the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, member of the Board of the St. Petersburg Composers Union, artistic director of the International Music Festival "Earth of Children" and laureate of Russian competitions. 
Evgeny Petrov was born in 1973 in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region. He graduated from the Saint Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in composition (2001) and finished post-graduate school (2003) under the supervision of the People's Artist of Russia, Professor Yuri Falik.
His compositions are performed at concerts and festivals all over Russia and in other countries across the world. Conductors like Mariss Jansons, Yuri Bashmet, Alexander Sladkovsky, Fabio Mastrangelo, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Gavriel Heine, Vladimir Simkin, Alexander Titov, Vladimir Altshuler, Valentin Nesterov, Alexander Chernushenkо, Arcady Steinlucht, Alim Shakh, Fyodor Lednyov, Mikhail Golikov, Edward Banko, Ho Chung Yeh (Taiwan), and others include Petrov’s compositions in their repertoire.
The composer's work covers various genres. Among Petrov’s opuses one can mention his instrumental opera “Olga the Russian”, his symphony “Petersburg”, Concerto for symphony orchestra, symphony–cantata "Monasteries of the Russian North", musical-theatrical performance “Russian Proverbs”, Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra “Italian Carnival”, two concertos for choir, five chamber concertos, “Film-concert(o)” for double bass and piano with orchestra and many other chamber, choral and orchestral works, as well as music for theatre. 
Evgeny Petrov’s works are being published in the “Compozitor • Saint Petersburg” Publishing House. In 2016, the publisher released the book “The Composer Yevgeniy Petrov” by Marina Smirnova, Professor of the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.

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Johann-Peter Taferner, Germany

 

Johann-Peter Taferner (JPT) was born in Hamburg and was initially influenced musically by his mother, a singer. Manfred Richter and Prof. Stefan Geiger (orchestra), Prof. Guido Müller (clarinet), Brigitte Siebenkittel (vocals) and Prof. Michael Höltzel (chamber music) also played a significant role in his youth education. JPT is, among other things, a multiple federal prize winner of the Jugend musiziert competition.
JPT completed his music studies with Prof. Ralph Manno in Cologne. He received further clarinetist impulses from Professors Martin Spangenberg, Hans-Dietrich Klaus and Johannes Peitz. He deepened his studies of chamber music with the professors/teachers Renate Greiss-Armin, Georg Klütsch, Christian Wetzel, Robert Winn, Eberhard Feltz, Anthony Spiri and Roglit Ishay. JPT owes its knowledge of music theory primarily to Joachim Herbold and Prof. Henning Pohlmann. JPT was a scholarship holder in the Orchestra Academy of the Essen Philharmonic, a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and a finalist in the German Music Competition.
JPT is the board member and principal clarinetist of the Hamburg Camerata, Member of the Ensemble Obligat and Head of the Bad Neuenahrer QuAHRtetts — an ensemble specialising in salon music with its own concert series at the eponymous location.
Various projects as a soloist and chamber musician have also brought him together with renowned artists such as Martina Gedeck, Matthias Brandt, Burkard Sondermeier, Simone Young, Martin Stadtfeld, Gustav Frielinghaus, Marianna Shirinyan, Harri Mäki and Helge Slaatto.
He has worked as principal clarinetist in the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra and the orchestras of the stages of Essen, Wuppertal, Solingen, Remscheid, Recklinghausen and Gelsenkirchen and has worked under conductors such as Lothar Zagrosek, Kristjan Järvi, Michael Sanderling, Stefan Soltesz, Simon Gaudenz, Helmut Müller-Brühl and Ralf Gothóni.
He accepted invitations to the USA, the Middle East and across Europe. In Germany he has been heard at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Hohenlohe Music Summer, the Ludwigsluster Schlosskonzerten and the IMF Buxtehude. He regularly performs at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
JPT teaches as a freelance lecturer at the institute, among others MenschMusik Hamburg. Numerous students won national prizes at the Jugend musiziert competition and successfully qualified for further studies at the leading music academies. In addition to jury activities, JPT is a regular lecturer at the Kultursommer Arnsberg.
The circle to his musical roots is closed by musical "foreign passages" as a singer in the field of jazz and chanson. But even as a clarinetist he always remains curious and has been working for some time with the Iranian singer Maryam Akhondy in the field of world music and has made guest appearances at the KulturSommer Wolfenbüttel or the renowned world music series Masters from all over the world in Herdecke.

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Rodolfo La Banca's, Italy

 

Interest in historical clarinets led him to specialize in this practice at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Brussels - Belgium.
He graduated in D.A.M.S. Musicology
He has held master classes in Sweden at the "Royal College of Music" in Stockholm, Malta at the "J. Strauss School" in Valletta, in China, Argentina at the Conservatory of Buenos Aires and Banfild, the Nortrher University in Los Angeles, Conservatory of Lisbon, UNT university in Dallas - USA.
exceptional soloist, he has participated as a soloist in numerous events and with important orchestras in asia and in the united states.
Founder of the chamber trio "Trio Seikilos - Clarinet, Cello and Piano", with which he has performed, in Italy and abroad, the complete works by L. van Beethoven written for this ensemble.
Founder of the "Kalamus trio", a group that performs the 18th century repertoire for clarinet on original instruments. Guest Lecturer at Nagoya College of Music in Japan. Lecturer in historical clarinet at the University of Clarinet in Camerino. Currently he is professor of  historical clarinet at the Conservatory: A. Boito in Parma, L. Refice in Frosinone and S. Giacomantonio in  Cosenza.

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Jovan Jakovljević, Serbia

 

Born in the city of Šabac 28.07.1991. Started his musical education at the "Mihailo Vukdragović" Music School in Šabac. He improved at numerous master courses (Prof. Zoran Krajišnik, Prof. Darko Karajić and Guitar Art Eos Guitar Quartet). During his education, he distinguished himself by winning numerous awards at recognized competitions.He collaborates and performs in several orchestras playing various musical genres on the electric guitar.

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Safak Eriskin, Turkey

 

Born in Istanbul in 1971, Safak Eriskin started her first music lessons at Turkish Radio and Television’s 
Children Choir when she was only 7. After graduating from the Violoncello department of Mimar 
Sinan University State Conservatoire Istanbul as a student of Prof. Resit Erzin at 1991, she attended to 
the master-classes of M. Rostropovic, A. Rudin, D. Shafran, M. Maisky and N. Gutman. During her 
master’s program at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul in the fields of ‘Aesthetics, Philosophy, 19th 
Century Art History, Cello, Pre-School Cello Education, in 1994 as a member of Istanbul Quartett, she 
was accepted with full scholarship into four years of ‘Quartett Perfection’ programmes of Accademia 
Musicale Chigiana and Scuola di Musica di Fiesole-Firenze by Maestro Piero Farulli (the founder of 
famous Italian Quartett) and she was awarded to ‘Honorary Diploma’ from both of these instutitions 
in 1997. She received various degrees with Istanbul Quartett by attending to the competitions in 
Cremona Quartet, Florence V. GUI and Moscow Schostakovitch. During her education and after, she 
attended to many concerts in whole Italy, Europe, United States, Russia and Middle East. She also had 
the opportunity of working with famous cellist of Borodin Quartett, Valentin Berlinsky in Moscow and 
with the Takacs Quartett in Denver, Colorado University in perfection programme . She released a Cd 
in 1997 consisting works of J. Brahms for the occasion of Brahms Year. Performed Chamber Music 
concerts with distinguished artists such as Idil Biret, Peter Jablonski, Steven Kovacevic, Huseyin 
Sermet. She arranged Tchaikovsky’s Love Songs and recorded it with Bass Ayhan Baran and Pianist 
Judith Ulug in 2006. Attended to various dance and music festivals in Netherlands, Germany and 
Spain as guest artist. Having the Professional Coaching Certificate approved from International 
Coaching Federation ‘ICF’, Eriskin worked with professional musicians in the fields of ; Stage, Artist, 
Career, Performance, Stage Psychology and Artistic Development. She also coached young orchestra 
musicians at the National Youth Orchestra of Turkey. 
Besides her solo cello post at the State Opera and Ballet Orchestra now in Istanbul, Safak Eriskin was 
the Principal Cellist of Akbank Chamber Orchestra for 12 years, also the principal cellist of Borusan 
Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra until season 2017 which is the first Turkish Orchestra being invited to 
BBC Prom’s in London. As well as her individual concerts and trainings, she is currently Cello teacher 
in BAU Conservatuary in İstanbul and member of Cello Paradiso Quartet and BAU Trio. 

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Antonio Spaccarotella, Italy

 

Despite his young age, Antonio Spaccarotella is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and multifaceted accordionists of the new generation, he is the leader of projects ranging from the Solo to the Symphony Orchestra, with which he has performed countless concerts of various artistic origins, treading the stages of all over the world, with tours in: Russia, Czech Republic, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, China, Canada, USA, India, Brazil, Chile, Argentina France, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Finland, Croatia, Holland, Romania, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland, England, with concerts at: Shanghai Grand Theater, Conca Austica by Salvador de Bahia, Art Center by SEUL, Gnessin Hall in Moscow, Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane WA – (USA), KolKatta Classical Teather (India), Philarmonics Hall in Bacau- (Romania), Teatro Nuovo and Teatro Menotti – Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Astra Theater in Castelfidardo, White Hall in San Pietro burgo, Rostov State Musical Theater and many more.
He has participated and won the most significant and important international accordion competitions and in October 2008 he won the PIF International Prize of Castelfidardo, considered by the accordion scene as the most important and coveted competition and recognition in the world.
He made his first disc of his unpublished compositions Non c’è Tempo (NSJ Italy) with saxophonist Alberto La Neve in 2014 and later with Nicola Pisani (baritone saxophone) he will make an entire CD of contemporary music and guided improvisations.
He is the Production Director of the OFC Calabrian Philharmonic and supports its Leader Filippo Arlia for all productions, collaborations, recordings and projects of various artistic backgrounds that concern him: Fortissimo Festival, Campus AFAM, Festival del Mediterraneo, OPM Orchestra.
In 2017 he made his debut as a soloist at the Kaunas Philharmonic (Lithuania) on the occasion of the world premiere of Sūrya Horiental Tango, an original composition for accordion and symphony orchestra that embodies the personal idea of research and avant-garde accordion.
He is involved in various higher education institutes in Italy and abroad, holding seminars and masterclasses at: Shanghai Normal University (China), Department of Music of the Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil), Conservatoire National de Musique et Art Coreographique de Rabat (Morocco), Stanislao Giacomantonio State Conservatory of Music (Italy), The prestigious Gnessin Academy of Moscow (Russia), PI Conservatory of Music Tchaikovsky (Italy) where he conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria on the occasion of the AFAM Campus. In 2016, the Italian Accordion Culture nominated him Accordion Ambassador for the great achievements and enhancement of the Italian accordion in the world.
In 2017, the Confederation Internationale des Accordéonistes – International Music Council – UNESCO awarded him the MERIT AWARD along with Yuri Shiskyn in Rostov on Don (Russia).
In 2018 he was awarded the honorary honor of honorary professor by the National Academy S. Rachmaninov – Rostov State Music Conservatory (Russia). He is the didactic coordinator of the Agreement Advance, a project synergy for international professional training. He boasts a class of students from all over the world including numerous winners of the most important international competitions (CIA, CMA, PIF, Klingenthal), many already carrying out teaching and concert activities.
He is one of the seven members elected by the congress (2018) of the Music Committee of the Confederation Internationale des Accordéonistes. He is titular professor of classical and traditional accordion at the PITchaikovsky Catanzaro-Nocera Terinese State Conservatory of Music and founding president of the Astor Piazzolla Academy, the first and exclusive academy in the world of the Astor Piazzolla Foundation of (Buenos Aires) directed by Laura Escalada Piazzolla, widow of the Argentine visionary genius and who later personally assigns the PIAZZOLLA AWARD to her URBAN project (research work and promotion of Tango).

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Olga Ushakova, Russia

 

Olga Ushakova (1948), Assistant Professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Faculty of Art. She graduated from Russian Gnesin's Academy of Music, Russian State Social University, and works as a piano professor. Olga Ushakova supervises and coordinates creative work of piano and chamber ensemble at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. 
Olga Ushakova regularly participates in a wide range of concerts, in particular, as a concertmaster accompanying both vocalist and instrumental groups, as a part of Violin Ensemble of Siberia and the soloists’ ensemble “Concertino” at Moscow State Philharmonic. For many years she was the first performer that played Russian composers’ works at the "Moscow Autumn" Festival and one of the organizers of the International Festival-Competition "Music of Childhood" in Moscow.
Olga Ushakova’s students and graduates constantly participate in city conferences, international scientific and practical conferences, festivals, and competitions. She has trained more than 40 laureates (including Grand Prix Laureates) in various musical competitions in Russia, Greece, China, and Finland. 
Olga Ushakova has been decorated with the Badge of Honour of the Ministry Education and Science and in 2014 was enlisted in digital catalogue “Top 100 Russian lecturers at the year of 2014” («100 лучших педагогов России - 2014»). She is a laureate of both international (Greece, China) and Moscow musical competitions; Olga Ushakova was awarded multiple diplomas, certificates of merit, and letters of gratitude from the Moscow goverment. 
The main purpose of Olga Ushakova’s teaching activity is the development and full realization of creative potential of each student.

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Ryan Namkoong, South Korea

 

Mr. Namkoong is a native of South Korea. He earned a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and Master of Music in choral conducting from West Chester University, where he served as a graduate assistantship, concertmaster of WCU orchestra, conductor of the WCU opera productions, Jazz Vocal Choir sound system director, Lotus String Quartet leader, and served on the WCU Composition Competition Committee. Mr. Namkoong is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of South Carolina. In addition to his academic achievements, he is a performer, an active violinist, violist, singer, teacher, and conductor. He led a successful teaching career where he taught choral music, orchestra conductor, instrumental professor, and academic affairs coordinator for Chun University. Mr. Namkoong currently serves as Charlotte Mecklenburg School District as orchestra director. During his school years, Namkoong serves district and state honors orchestra for middle and high school students. He is also the artistic director of Carolina chorale. Namkoong is the liaison between American Choral Directors Association and Korean Choral Directors Association. Namkoong is recently joined Honors Performance Series for middle school, high school, and adult groups at New York Carnegie - New York, Musikverein - Vienna, and Opera House - Sydney as assistant conductor.  At the age of four, he began teaching himself to play piano and took violin lessons young age, along with music composition and theory.