Jury members 

Nomeda Kazlaus, Lithuania, chairperson

NOMEDA KAZLAUS, international opera diva, one of the most outstanding Lithuanian opera sopranos of the contemporary generation of singers; laureate of four international singing competitions; TV host; vocal professor; jury chair and member of many international competitions, winner of the Lithuanian Ministery of Culture Young Artist 2007 award. She is author and host of the „Skambantys pasauliai su Nomeda Kazlaus” (The Ringing Worlds with Nomeda Kazlaus) talk show series at the Lithuanian National TV where she interviews world-famous music personalities like Montserrat Caballe, Christoph Eschenbach, Sarah Brightman, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sasha Walz etc. N.Kazlaus is a chair of Eurovision National Jury in Lithuania (2016); chair of Lithuanian national singers‘ competition named after V. Jonuskaite-Zauniene; chair of „Music Talent League” (2016); jury member of the „Golden Voice“. She is a founder of the international annual vocal and stage acting
masterclasses in Lithuania Nomeda Kazlaus’ Summer Academy of Vocal and Acting Techniques (the project started as PALANGA SUMMER ACADEMY - ’PALANGOS VASAROS AKADEMIJA’); author of singing master classes at the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy (2014). N.Kazlaus is as frequent a guest on some of the most prestigious European theatre and concert stages, international festivals as she stars in international productions. She has been performing along a 20th century opera legend Montserrat Caballe since 2000. International reviewers describe the singer as being gifted with an impressive and powerful voice of rich and vibrant color, vast range, exceptional musicality, perfect pitch on every register, emotional precision, enchanting acting and personal charm.

Tatyana Rudneva, Kazakhstan

Tatyana Rudneva (soprano) she graduated from Kurmangazy Alma-Ata State Conservatory on class of solo signing in 1985. She got the second higher education on specialty “Psychology” in 2007. She graduated from fellowship of Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (Academy) named after M.I. Glinka (Russia) on specialty “Academic Signing”. Term of pedagogical employment is more than thirty years. At the present time she is docent of department “Vocal Art and Conducting” of the Kazakh National University of Arts (Astana. Kazakhstan).
T.N. Rudneva works with all signing voices, conducts class of solo signing and chamber class, reads lecture courses on methods and history of vocal art. Students of T.N. Rudneva class a lot of times were laureates of international and republican contests. Alumni of her class successfully continue professional activity as soloists of opera theatres, philharmonias in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, and also as pedagogues of academic and variety vocal in musical colleges and higher educational institutions. Scientific and pedagogic activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by writing of scientific articles and monographs on issues of history of establishment and development of Kazakhstan’s vocal art.
Concert and performance activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by solo concerts, creative contests, master classes, recordings on television. She sang solemn “Mass” during the official visit of head of the Roman-Catholic Church Pope John Paul the II in Kazakhstan in 2001. She sang solo concert “Ave Maria” dedicated to victims of terror of the XX century for religious confessions of the CIS countries and abroad in 2002. Ten musical and thematic programs were recorded on the republican television: “A.S. Pushkin and Music”, “A. Akhmatova in Music”, “Musical Heritage of Abai Kunanbayev”, “Romances of P.I. Tchaikovsky”, “Russian Romance of the XVIII-XIX Centuries”, “Evening of Classical Operetta” and others. Foundation recordings “Russian Folk Songs” and “Kazakh Folk Songs” were executed on all-Union radio.
Tatyana Rudneva is laureate of international contests, Honoured Worker of Education of the RK.

Aida Gainanova, Russia

Aida Arslanovna Gainanova known teacher, singer, performing works by Russian, Western, preferably composers of the Baroque and modern composers. Associate Professor of Opera singing of the Russian State Specialized Academy of Arts and the teacher of the State musical College named. Music work experience of about 40 years. A great connoisseur of music by composers of Baroque and Early Classicism. Very carefully working on all the strokes, featuring the instrumental and vocal voices, the subtlety of good breathing jet. She's a musicologist in his first specialty, Laureate of International competitions, has trained a large number of performers, UkrOliya theatres and concert halls of Russia and Abroad. Aida Arslanovna has the title of Honored worker of culture of the Republic of Tyva. Awarded honorary diplomas of Ministry of Culture of Russia, signed by Vladimir Medinsky. Many of them are Laureates of International and all-Union competitions, have honorary titles of National and Honored artists of Russia and the Republics.

Laima Domikaite, Lithuania

Laima Domikaite is an opera soloist(mezzosoprano) from the Lithuanian,a vocal teacher.She trained at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow  for two years withs prof.E.Obraztsova,and three years in Graz(Austria) at the conservatory with Prof.L.Sukis.
The soloist had the pleasure of singing under the direction ofconductor Lord  Menuhin in Valencia(G.F.Handel,s oratorio“Samson“), and in Austria under the conductor J.Franz.
 Laima Domikaite performed at concerts in the NATIONAL opera houses of Latvia,Estonia,,the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow....concerts in Spain, Greece, Germany, Poland, USA, France,Sweeden...
There are 120records in the archives of the Lithuanian Radio and Television.She is currently vocal teacher-expert,head of the Vocal  Section.Her students are winners of the respublican,international vocal contest in Rome,Tokyo, Paris, Madrid....The teacher is a freguent member on committes of vocal contests, she delivers lectures at international and republican conferences,published methodological works,delivers open lectures. 

Alla Nikolaeva-Forte, Russia

Alla Nikolaeva-Forte is an opera, chamber, pop singer, actress and a director – the last graduate of RUTI-GITIS named after People's Artist of Russia, prof. G. P. Ansimov. An actress of the Moscow Musical Theater named after K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko, an honored Artist of Russia, member of the Union of Theater Workers of Russia, member of the Screen Actors Guild of Russia, winner of All-Russian and International competitions and festivals.

Member of the jury of the festivals "Admiralty Star", "Shores of Hope", "Musical Olympus", festivals of the International Cultural Association Festival & Contest.

A teacher of solo singing at the Ostankino Theater in Moscow. Specialization - academic (pop-jazz) vocals, acting; conducts master classes on academic (pop-jazz) vocals, work on the stage image, performing art of the singer, breathing in the Italian technique "bel canto".

Olga Matveeva, Russia

Olga Matveeva (soprano) graduated from the vocal department of Petrozavodsk musical school named K. Rautio, department "Actor of musical theater" RATI / GITIS / (Studio of People's Artist of the USSR Professor Bolshaya Pokrovskaya). Currently O.Matveeva is a singer and actress of the "Manor House", the artistic director of the Children's Musical Theater "Reflection", the teacher of the Moscow theater «Et Cetera» under the direction of A.Kalyagina.

 Many tours in Russia and abroad. Frequently gives concerts and performances in Petrozavodsk, including the stage of the Karelian Philharmonic: O.Matveeva was a participant of the program of the charity ball "first ball of Natasha" one-man show "Praskovya Zhemchugov - Countess Sheremetyev" program with a symphony orchestra, "Music in the house thick "and the play" Of course, yes! "," Autumn lyre "programs of the festival. Often collaborating with a quartet of Russian folk instruments "Impromptu".

Olga Matveeva perfectly familiar with the life of Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana, she repeatedly took part in joint projects with the Museum-Estate.

Tatyana Smelkova, Russia

Professor, Honored Worker of Culture of Russia, Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of Russia. Since 2004 - Head of the Department of Solo Singing of the Russian State Pedagogical University named after Alexander Herzen. Member of the jury of a number of international competitions, head of the largest in Russia (over 200 participants) International Boris Shtokolov vocal competition. Her students successfully perform on the stages of the countries of Europe, Asia and America, she has brought up more than twenty laureates of international vocal competitions.

Dariusz Niemirowicz, Austria

I was born in Warsaw in 1952. After graduation from school 1971 I started my singing education at the Middle School of Music in Warsaw with Prof. Zofia Bregy. From 1973 to 1978 I took vocal studies at the Music University in Warsaw with Prof. Alina Bolechowska. I am prize winner of national music competitions in 1976 and 77. In 1977 I received the 2nd prize at the International Music Competion in Genf. In 1978 I was awarded the „Stichting Buma-Fonds“– Prize at the International Music Competition in s`Hertogenbosch. In 1980 I won the 2nd prize at the International ARD Competition in Munich. From 1977 to 1981 I was soloist at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and the Warsaw Chamber Opera. From 1981 to 1985 I was soloist at the Landestheater in Coburg. For the season of 85/86 I was engaged at the Theater Heidelberg. From 1986 to 1990 I was soloist at the Musiktheater in Gelsenkirchen. From 1990 to 1996 I was soloist at the Volksoper and the Staatsoper in Vienna. From 1997 to 2004 I was soloist at the Theater Freiburg. From 2006 to 2012 I was working as a doctoral candidate and assistant professor at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw. From 2008 to 2014 I was a singing professor at the Fryderyk Chopin Music High School in Warsaw.

Maria Aria, Russia

Maria Aria is a well-known chamber music singer. She has an amazingly beautiful voice with a silvery timbre and sonority.

At the famous opera stages of Moscow, the singer sang Tatiana's parts (P. I. Tchaikovsky

"Eugene Onegin"), Rosina (G. Rossini "The Barber of Seville"), Mimi (G. Puccini

"Bohemia"). She toured with a great success in the leading opera houses (incl.

Staatsoper in Berlin) and festivals in Latvia, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria,

Spain; successfully collaborates with famous conductors and chamber orchestras from

Russia and Europe (Justus Franz, Harry Curtis).

The singer was awarded several prestigious awards and diplomas at international competitions. In

1986 at the contest of authentic music in Ireland (Cork) she was awarded with a diploma of the Laureate of the II degree with the awarding of the title "Silver soprano".

In 1993 she became the laureate of the II degree of the International Competition in France (Dinan).

In 2008, Maria Aria, along with organist Alexei Shmitov, had recorded her first

solo disc with spiritual works of Russian and French masters.

In 2015, Maria Aria successfully performed in St. Paul's Basilica of San-

Paolo-fuori-le-Mura (Vatican) with the orchestra and the Philharmonic of Nations choir (conductor Justus Franz, 2nd symphony by H. Mahler).

Alongside with her concert activity, Maria Aria - Associate Professor of the academic vocal department

at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow).

Sergejs Jegers, Latvia

Sergejs Jegers was born in 1979, in Jelgava, Latvia. After attending the Riga Music Boarding School, he entered the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2003 and a master’s degree in 2005, (professor Karlis Zarins). Sergejs has also enriched his mastership by studying in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland (professor Andreas Sholl) and in master classes (professor Robert Expert) in France. In 2005, the singer performed solo concerts in the Mezzanine Hall of the Latvian National Opera. In 2007 he had his solo concert on the Main Hall stage at the Latvian National Opera and in 2006 at the Blackheads House in Riga.
Sergejs Jeger’s opera debut took place in the role of the Angel in Rubinstein’s opera Demon at the Latvian National Opera in 2004. With this role he also delighted the audience in Opera Festival in Savonlinn, Finland in 2004. Sergejs has performed in many operas: as Orpheus in Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Euridice at the Cesis Cultural Centre in 2004; in the role of Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in 2004 at the Latvian National Opera; in the title role in Handel’s opera Rinaldo at the Rundale castle in 2004. Jegers has also taken part in the performances which includes Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s cantatas Gloria, Stabat Mater, Cessate, o mai cessate, o mie porpore piu belle, Nisi Dominus, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bah’s Mark’s passion, Purcell’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day and other works. Jegers has also participated as the only countertenor contestant in the finals of the prestigious vocal competition BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005 and has achieved significant 6th place among 25 finalists. In September 2008 the singer got into semi final at Luciano Pavarotti’s Tenor Contest in St Petersburg, Russia.

Natalia Komarova, Russia

Natalia Komarova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She started her musical education as a pianist in the Art School. She continued her piano course at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. She graduated the St. Petersburg Academy of Music as a classical singer. For many years she was involved in an active concert schedule in Russia and abroad as a soloist singer of St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The most important part of her repertoire includes songs and romances of Russian composers and was recorded in two CDs. She has toured in Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Holland, Colombia and USA. Since 1996 he has been the director and soloist of a vocal ensemble «THE ST.PETERSBURG CONCERT SINGERS». In 2004 this ensemble became a laureate of international competitions in Montreux (Switzerland). At present time Ms. Komarova is a professor of solo singing in the School of Arts  named after M. Rostropovich.

Elena Ryazantseva, Russia

Elena Ryazantseva (Russia) is the classical singer, the actress, the teacher of the highest qualification category. She graduated from the graduate school of the Russian University of theatre arts (GITIS), also she was teaching there. Elena worked as the editor of the popular and music programs on TV. Now she is the teacher of vocal and the head of the theatre of singing "The Stars", giving the lessons and master classes according to her own complex system of training of academic vocal, she has also methodological works and publications of scientific materials. Elena is a member of jury of various vocal competitions in Russia and abroad.

Galina Boyko, Russia

Russian soprano Galina Boyko was born in Moscow in the family of musicians.

Galina was a student of Moscow Academy of Music named after Gnessyns (vocal singing – class professor Sheveliova) when she began to sing in opera.

At present Galina Boyko was a soloist of the MOSCOW MUSICAL THEATRE named after STANISLAVSKY and NEMIROVICH-DANCHENKO from  1987 to 2009. She performed in this theatre all leading parts for coloratura soprano. Rosina (IL Barbiere di Siviglia),  Iolanta (Iolanta), Ludmila (Ruslan and Ludmila), Arsena (Zigeunerbaron), Konstanza (Die Entfuhrung  aus dem Serail). From 1997-1999 Galina Boyko worked with Moscow Academic Satz’s Children Musical Theatre. She performed KONIGEN DER NACHT (Zauberflote). 

 Galina Boyko had a contract with BOLSHOI THEATRE in Moscow from 1994 to 2005. She performed ROSINA (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), QUEEN OF SHEMAKHA (Golden Cockerel), ANTONIDA (Ivan Susanin). She released solo CD with Music Director and Chief Conductor Bolshoi Theatre Alexander Vedernikov.

In 2009, September – signed contract with Moscow Philarmonia.

In May (1998, 1999) Galina Boyko sang concerts in Hague on Birthday of Queen Netherlands. In January 2005 Galina Boyko with delegation from Russia with Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) at the head took part in Days of Russian Culture in Kazakhstan. She sang 2 parts in Opera Theater in Alma-Ata – Rosina (“Il Barbiere di Siviglia”)  and Gilda (“Rigoletto”). After these performances she took part in concert in Days Russian and Byelorussian Culture in Moscow.  Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) and Alexander Lukashenko (President of Belarus) were on this concert.

Galina has many performances and spectacles at Opera Theatres and Festivals in Russia and abroad. Festival of Modern Music in FRANKFURT, International Music Festival in ST. PETERSBURG, FESTIVAL RADIO FRANCE, “31st MAY OPERA EVENINGS” (Macedonia), “EL JEM” (Tunis), “Larnaca Festival of Classical Music” (Cyprus), “OCHRID SUMMER FESTIVAL” (Macedonia) and other different International Music Festivals.She performed  leading parts: ROSINA (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), VIOLETTA (Traviata), GILDA (Rigoletto),  MICAELA (Carmen), and others

Galina Boyko sang main female part PAK CHOU HI in first Russian – Korean opera “LI SUN SIN” by Vladislav Agafonnikov. 2003,2004.

Galina Boyko works with TV and Radio.

She released 6  CD: the DECCA RECORD COMPANY LIMITED, CHANT DU MONDE, PHILIPS, CITADEL RECORDS CORPORATION, RUSSIAN DISK

Galina Boyko works with famous conductors such as V. ASHKENAZY, E. SVETLANOV, P. BIANKALANA, A. ELSAEDI, M. ERMLIER, S. STADLER, M. GORENSTEIN, R. HAYRABEDIAN, J. JUDD, A. KAZ, M. MAI, J. PANULA, G. RINKYAVICHUS, V. SINAISKY, P. SOROKIN,  M. UROVSKY, A. VEDERNIKOV, D. VOLOSNIKOV  and others.

G. Boyko worked with B. POKROVSKY, K. MULLER

Sandra Susnjic , Malta

Sandra Susnjic - A teacher and a musician. Member of International Jury in various ocal competitions.

She is currently working as a Director for
Gozo department at the LA VOIX SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS in Malta along with Ms Gillian Attard, the Founder of the School. Students of this
School achieve amazing results on popular local and international competitions.

Willy Grigoryan, Georgia

Willy Grigoryan is a teacher at the Tbilisi State Conservatory. In 1954 he enrolled in a music school for Classical Piano, in 1966 graduated from the Muses, School No. 1 in the Vocal class. He graduated from the No. 66 school in 1967. I entered the same year at the Journalism Faculty of Tomsk State University Javakhishvili. From 1966-1970 he studied at the music college named after D. Arakishvili. From 1970 to 1975 he studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire named after Vano Saradzhishvili on vocals. Since 1975 he worked at the opera. In the year of 1976. Entered the VGIK-Faculty of History and Theory of Cinematography. Since 1977 he worked in the conservatory at the Department of Music Aesthetics and Psychology. Currently, Professor of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire named after Vano Saradzhishvili in the vocal class. Awards: 1977 - Laureate of the Transcaucasian competition. 1978 - Diploma of the Glinka Competition. 1995 - winner of the festival of French music, from the Institute of Francophonie Alexandre Dumas in Paris.

Erland Hagegård, Sweden

Erland Hagegård graduated as a music teacher from the Ingesund School of Music in Arvika with a major in singing and minors in trumpet, cello and piano. He is the recipient of culture awards from the Värmland County Council, the Fröding Society and the Nya Wermlandstidningen. Erland Hagegård was offered his first permanent engagement at the Volksopera in Vienna in 1968 and this was the start of a string of leading roles. In 1971 it was time for a change of scenery and Erland got permanent engagement at the Städtische Buhnen in Frankfurt am Main and then moved to Staatsoper in Hamburg in 1974. In 1977 Erland changed from baritone to tenor. This was a big step, which meant new big roles. In 1980 Erland sang the tenor part of Rodolfo in La Bohéme where he had earlier performed the Marcello baritone part, and in 1982 he repeated this shift by singing the tenor part of Lensky in Eugene Onegin where he had done the baritone title role in the 70s. In 1986 he started his own production and record company, EHC Production AB, which, among other things, arranged so called Back Yard Concerts. He has also given master classes–Academy for Young Singers–in Karlstad and Stockholm. Another very successful event in recent years has been the recurring classical sing-along by the River Klarälven and the sing-alon at Sandgrundsudden lead by Erland.

Aga Winska, Poland

Aga Winska was born in Warsaw (Poland), graduated with Distinction from the Frederic Chopin Music Academy in her native city. There also, while still a student, she made her debut in the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. As Poland’s top arts student in higher education, in 1986 she received the prize and scholarship awarded by the Polish Minister of Arts and Culture. She won the first prize (Grand Prix), the Oratorio Prize and the Alex de Vries special prize (for prominent musical talent) in the Queen Elizabeth International Singing Competition in Brussels (1988) followed by the first prize for operetta in the Gascogne International Singing Competition in France (1999). She appears as the main roles’ soloist on the principal European stages: in Vienna (Wiener Staatsoper – Theater an der Wien), Stockholm (Drottningholm Theatermuseum), Brussels (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie), Paris (Le Châtelet), Antwerp (De Vlaamse Opera) as well as in Polish theatres: in Szczcin, Krakow and Warsaw (Opera Kameralna, Teatr Wielki). She sings in renowned concert halls in Europe (Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Hanover, Luxemburg, Oslo, Bergen), America (USA and Canada) and the Far East (Japan and China). She has worked with many famous conductors (Nicolas Hornoncourt, Arnold Östman, Sylvain Cambreling, Grant Llewellyn, Emil Tchakaroff, Theodor Guschlbauer, Harald Williams, Guido Rumstadt, Edmond Saveniers, Hugues Reiner, Pierre Bartholomée, Patrick Peire, Georges Octors), is regularly invited to the leading European music festivals (Festival van Vlaandern, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Languedoc-Rousillon, Bergen Festival.