Jury members 2019

Leena Hiltunen, Turku, Finland, chairperson

Leena Hiltunen works in the cultural center Turku, in the cultural department on work with children. She is a master of arts, a teacher and a musician. Leena Hiltunen worked as a musician in the city orchestra of the city of Turku, and as a teacher of violin and alto in conservatory and regional musical school of the city of Turku. Before coming to the cultural department on work with children, Leena Hiltunen worked in a philharmonic society of the city of Tampere as an assistant to the managing director, as a director for marketing of an orchestra of a philharmonic society of Turku, and as a head of projects in the cultural department of the city of Turku.

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).

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. 
 

Normunds Dregis, Riga, Latvia

Normunds Dregis is a artistic director and conductor of Jazeps Medinš Riga 1st Music School chamber orchestra Armonico, Latvia. He is also chief conductor of joint symphony orchestras in the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration (since 2015), as well as a conductor and leader of many workshops with international youth orchestras in Latvia, Estonia and France.

Normunds Dregis is founder and president of Latvian Orchestras Association, as well as an alderman of Riga Latvian Society (since 2011).

At the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music he received masters`s degrees in choir conducting, opera and symphony orchestra conducting. As a conductor he studied by prof. Imants Kokars and prof. Viesturs Gailis. The professional competence was developed by prof. Volker Wangenheim at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, prof. Eri Klaas at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and master classes with prof. Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany.

Conductor collaborated with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia), the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra (Cologne, Germany), South-Westphalen Philharmonie-Orchestra (Germany) and early music ensemble Ludus (Riga, Latvia).

He has given concerts in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden and England.

He conducted many recordings including W.A.Mozart opera Bastien and Bastienne (2014), ballet Gems (2007), Ecumenic Christmas (2007), Armonico (2007), the recordings of classical operettas (1995) and sacred music recordings (1993) for the Latvian Radio.

He was a conductor at the Latvian National Opera (1996-2013), lecturer at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (2008-2010), principal conductor at the Emils Darzinš Music High School Symphony Orchestra (2008-2011), chief conductor at the Riga Musical Theatre (1993-1996). He founded a sacred music choir Arcus and was its artistic director (1990-1993). He was artistic director and chief conductor of the youth choir Balti of Saldus district (1988-1992), Latvia.

Conductor’s creative work has been awarded with the paper of honor by the Latvian Minisrty of Culture (2015), Ministry of Science and Education (2015), Riga City Council (2015, 2007).

With the chamber orchestra Armonico he gained 1st degree diploma in the 6th International JSFest competition in Turku (Finland, 2018), 1st degree diploma of symphony and chamber orchestras festival-competition for Latvian educational institutions (2018, 2012, 2008), the Laureate diploma in 3rd International festival-competition of chamber music Fiori Musicali in Šiauliai (Lithuania, 2011), and 1st place in the Latvian state music school chamber orchestras competition (2004).

Conductor's repertoire includes more than 20 operas, ballets and operettas, some of which are W.A.Mozart Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Bastien and Bastienne, G.Rossini Il barbiere of Seviglia, R.Wagner The Flying Dutchman, Das Rheingold, G.Bizet Carmen, P.Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, E.Kalman Silva/Csardasfurstin, Joh.Strauss ballet The Blue Danube, L.Delibes ballet Coppelia, B.Asafjev ballet Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Oleg Hodosko Cinderella, J.Lūsēns The Birds’ Opera, Z.Liepiņš opera Of rose and blood, J.Nīmanis Lysistrata, K.Ewald The return of Lysistrata.

Natalia Preziosi, Italy

Natalia Preziosi is one
of the most prominent composers and talents of the vast European music scene, thanks to the collaboration with great artists, theaters and concert squares of Alto Prestiggio "as a Milanese publishing house writes.
Natalia Preziosi graduated in Orchestral Conducting in Minsk, studied the Composition in Moscow,The Aesthetics of Composition in Turin.
Member of the Italian National Composers Committee since 2006,
of the S.I.A.E (music, lyric, DOR) from 1994.
of the "Donne in musica" foundation from 2005 in Rome.
She is a finalist and winner of international composition competitions, such as "Donne in Musica" (2007-2008), T.I.M. Rome 2010, M.A.P. Milan (2014) for Carnegie Hall, "Eurodonne" Award Rome (2016).
Knight of honor of the Federation
United European Nobility (2018.)
His music was performed at the theaters of the main Italian cities in monographic concerts and together with those of:
Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Schubert, Mascagni, Clara Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Biset, Fanny Mendelssohn, Debussy, Ravel, Dvorak, Brahms, Albeniź, Coplamd, Tchajkovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Britten, Berio.
With the presence of the MAESTRO he makes the concert THE ONLY, THE INNOVATIVE and THE AUTHENTIC.
His music is broadcast by some radios including Vatican Radio.
His symphonic compositions, such as baletti "L'aquila di legno", "Soufflè", symphony 1 "L'italiana", "Little simphony", "Concerto for violin and orchestra", "Simfonietta", chamber music are published in Italy and Germany.
Mentioned by newspapers and periodicals such as "La Stampa", "Culture and Entertainment" ,, "Ozero Como", "Basilicata Magazine".

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)

Trofim Antipov, Belarus

Trofim Antipov is undoubtedly the national pride of Belarus, the face of modern Belarusian culture. He is a laureate of a special award of the President of the Republic of Belarus to cultural and art workers. 
After studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Master’s degree programme at the Belarusian Academy of Music in 2000, Trofim Antipov immediately attracted the attention of the international public. Within just a few years, he became a laureate of many world’s famous competitions and festivals, 36 awards.
For the last 20 years, Trofim Antipov toured with various programs in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, etc.), Latvia (Riga, Jurmala, etc.), Lithuania ((Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga, etc.), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto), China (Beijing and Shanghai), Poland (Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Helm, Zielona Góra, Przemysl, etc.), Serbia (Belgrade, Niš, etc.), Montenegro (Tivat, Podgorica, Budva, etc.), Germany (Dresden, Munich, Frankfurt, Klingenthal, Konstanz, Schalksmülle, Frankfurt (Oder), etc.), Austria (Vienna, Linz, Freistadt, Salzburg, etc.), Italy (Rome, Milan, Venice, Verona, etc.), Ukraine (Kiev, Odessa, Uzhgorod, Drohobych, Lviv, Dnepr, Kryvyi Rih, etc.), Portugal (Lisbon, Alcobasso and Sabugal), France (Paris, Cannes, Mont-Dore, La Bourboule, etc.), Bulgaria (Albena, Dobrich, etc.)
Contributing to the development of musicians' technical skills, Trofim Antipov in 2017 organized an international competition of accordionists and ensembles AccoPremium, as well as an international summer and winter school of master classes AccoPremium.

Mikhail Dzyudze, Russia

Mikhail Dzyudze is an outstanding performer on bass-balalaika, since 1986 to 2015 - a soloist of "Terem-Quartet" ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia. Until now he remains an unsurpassed music performer on bass balalaika by virtuosity and power of impact on the listener. A true innovator, who invented many performing tricks to this instrument, Mikhail Dzyudze first transferred it to the rank of solo instruments. The musician has a unique performing style of playing the instrument, which attracts the musicians all around the world. Thanks to a bright performing and artistic manner such compositions as “Bachianas Brasileiras No.5” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, "Shutkabaha" by Terem-Quartet, "Imitation to Albenis" in Shchedrin’s arrangement, and many others acquired their unique sound and performing interpretation.

As a part of "Terem-Quartet" Mikhail Dzyudze had created many iconic programs for this group. For the first time in the history of Russian musical culture in a group of folk instruments he creates a program with a symphony orchestra which was performed with the leading orchestras of the world: State Chamber Orchestra "Moscow Virtuosi", The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, orchestras of Russia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway and others.

Memorable performances of Mikhail Dzyudze at events of international importance: in Vatican in front of 120,000 audience, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa; in Venice at St. Mark's Square, in London at St. James's Palace by the invitation of Prince Charles, at 3000 Anniversary of Jerusalem, at G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, at Eurovision Contest (2009), at Olympic Games in Vancouver (2010), at Moscow International Film Festival (2011), at the Olympic Games in London (2012), at the Olympic Games in Sochi (2014), at "Russian Night" at Odeonsplatz (Germany 2014).

As a part of the "Terem-quartet" Mikhail Dzyudze has recorded 24 albums.

Mikhail Dzyudze belongs to that rare type of an artist who is capable to create the atmosphere, to set the intonation and to “make music” yet by his look. His cinematic and magnetizing appearance is the dream of every musical ensemble, where the personal look of the soloists plays a significant role in the era of visual principle dominance. Stage existence organics that usually gives grounds to talk about such artists as “stage animals”, where all actions are performed as if by instinct, easily and naturally, allows him to use a generous range of expressive possibilities – from comedy to tragedy, from great to amusing. Mikhail’s innate ironical view of life is a kind of a lie detector that does not allow him to neither slide into vulgarity nor to rise to false pathos. He travels around the world for many years together with his inseparable “friend” balalaika-contrabass as Don Juan with Leporello, who could not imagine a day without an adventure. One of the founders of the legendary ensemble “Terem-Quartet” from St. Petersburg, being a part of it for 29 years, Mikhail was not only its so called “broad back”, the vivid expression of masculinity, but also de facto the ensemble’s image, as long as for all these years he was in a vertical position mostly opened to the insatiable eyes of the public. The performing manner of Mikhail Dzyudze – the flesh and blood of Terem’s style – combines a bouquet of qualities. External modesty and economy hides a volcano of passion. His artistic flair, intuition and the ability to get used to the polar opposite of musical images, give him the opportunity to speak a variety of musical languages revealing different stylistic codes.

Anatoly Krastev, Bulgaria

 Anatoly Krastev  is a cello professor and vice-principal at the State  Academy of Music “Pancho Vladiguerov” in Sofia. He has done master classes in Belgium, France, England, USA, Greece, Brazil, Macedonia, Korea, Serbia etc. He is honorary president of the Academy for Young Talents in Marseille (together with Janos Starker and Maurice Baquet). Krastev has numerous awards and distinctions and is a member of the jury of the International competitions in Weimar (”Jeunesses Musicales”). Prague (“Prague spring”), Rio de Janeiro, Bulgaria etc.  His unconditional professionalism, bright artistic presence and impressive repertoire bring him to the most prestigious stages in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa. He has been soloist of all Bulgarian and a number of European and American orchestras. The international concert activity of Anatoly Krastev includes participation in festivals (the Flanders’ festival in Belgium, the International meetings of violoncellists in Brazil etc.), solo recitals and music-making with famous artists and conductors. Since 2000 he founded the piano trio “Kinor” and the violoncello trio “Cellissimo”. He has accomplished a great number of premieres, has recorded over 25 CDs for European, North and South American Labels, numerous radio and TV recordings and live broadcasts in Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Russia, Hungary, Greece, Brazil, Vietnam etc. 

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