Jury members 2021

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.

Tadeusz Pszonka, Poland

Graduated from the Vocal and Acting Faculty at Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław.
Was a soloist at the State Opera in Wrocław, the Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw, the Roma Music Theatre in Warsaw and the Vienna Chamber Opera. Has won awards at many vocal competitions.
Has performed at such theatres as: Operhaus in Leipzig, Grand Theatre and Musical Theatre in Łódź, Musical Theatre in Wrocław; has also performed on such renowned stages as: Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Konzert Haus, Vienna Hofburg, Tonhalle in Zurich, Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Brno Philharmonic, National Philharmonic in Warsaw and others. Has travelled to Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Belgium, former Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Holland, Japan, France, Italy, Russia and Norway. 
Has made recordings for Polish Television, Polish Radio, Austrian Television ORFF. Has recorded albums in Austria (Wiener Konzert Haus - Recital), France (Requiem by W. A. Mozart, Requiem by H. Berlioz), Poland (Opera Arias and Songs, Liturgia Domestica Op. 79 by A. T. Gretchaninov) and Germany 
(Die Grosse Johann Strauss Gala).
Was the Chief and Artistic Director of the Karkonosze Music Festival in Karpacz, the "Szprotawskie Divertimenta" Vocal Festival and Workshops in Szprotowa. Currently, Artistic Director of the International Jan Kiepura Vocal Competition in Krynica-Zdrój, Chief and Artistic Director of Halina Halska
Fijałkowska International Vocal Competition in Wrocław and the Festival of Vienna Music in Szczawno-Zdrój, Artistic Director of the National Vocal Competition in Mława, as well as Artistic Director of Jan Kiepura Festival in 
Krynica-Zdrój. Conducts many courses and vocal workshops, academic seminars, among others in Wrocław and Kraków. Member of many vocal competition juries in Poland and abroad.
Participant of international programmes (e.g. Norway 2017, 2018 / Trondheim University).
Three-times recipient of the Austrian Government’s scholarship at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, the University of Vienna (1996/97, 1997/98) and Universität für Musik in Vienna (1998/99). 

Awarded the title of Professor of Art pursuant to a decision of the President of the Republic of Poland of 17.02.2015. 
Additionally, completed post-graduate studies at the Wrocław School of Banking at the Faculty of Corporate Finance Management, and completed opera studies in Bolzano (Italy). In 2017, was awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda with a silver medal for his multi-annual service, and received a golden badge for his work for the development of the city of Wrocław from the Society of 
Wrocław Friends. In September 2018, received a prestigious award – "Merito de Wratislavia - Meritorious for Wrocław" commemorative medal.

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.

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).

David Serero, USA / France

David Serero is a critically acclaimed and awards-winner opera singer, actor, director, and producer. He has performed more than 2,500 performances in more than 45 countries, directed and produced nearly 100 theatrical productions, starred in over 100 films and TV series, recorded and produced over 100 albums and, played more than 50 lead and title roles (in several languages) from the opera, theatre, and musical repertoire. In New York, he starred Off-Broadway as iconic roles such as Shylock, Cyrano, Othello, Barabas, Yiddish King Lear, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Romeo, Nabucco, as well as new works such as Napoleon by Kubrick, Queen Esther, Anne Frank a Musical, among others. In his native Paris, he also starred as Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) and Happy Mac (Beggar's Holiday by Duke Ellington). He entered the prestigious Who's Who America for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In 2019, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Morocco Day Distinguished Achievement Award, the Trophy of the Culture of Morocco, and named among the fifteen most influential Moroccans worldwide by Morocco's airline Royal Air Maroc. David is a member of the Recording Academy and the Television Academy and a voting member of both the Grammys and Emmys. In 2020, David Serero received the Award for Diversity by the UNESCO in Paris and became an Honorary Member of the United Nations of Arts and Science. He won the 2020 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Performer of the decade, Best Producer of a Musical of the decade, Best Producer of a Play of the decade. www.davidserero.com

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.

Angelina Shvachka, Ukraine

Graduated from the P. I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (1997; class of Professor Tuftina, National Artist of the USSR).
Since 1993, she has been a soloist with the National Opera of Ukraine.
Angelina Shvachka has a beautiful, strong and flexible mezzo-soprano with a wide range and a light, transparent timbre. She has shown outstanding musicianship. While on stage, Angelina uses all the vocal and artistic means to bring a maximum believability to her roles. She performs her parts with great dramatic expressiveness.
She has participated in Shaliapin Opera Festival in Kazan (Russia, 1998-2001), Malmö Opera Festival (Sweden, 2003), Montreal Opera Festival (Canada, 2003). She has also taken part in Hector Berlioz Festival, St. Malo, and in the Festival of Sacred Music at la Chaise-Dieu (France, 2004). She appeared as Catherine the Great in a filmZaporizhia Cossack Beyond Danube (based on Hulak-Artemovsky's opera of the same name, 2006; producer Mykola Zaseev-Rudenko). She has appeared on stage at the Concerts Halls of Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and other countries.
She has toured in the Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France, Poland, Belgium, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey, Japanand other countries.
Germany: Köln, Frankfurt on Oder, Führt, München, Stuttgart, Nürnberg.
Switzerland: Luzern, Laussane, Geneve, Zürich, Winterthur and others city.
She has worked with such famous conductors: Vladimir Ashkenazi, Vladimir Vedernikov, Serge Fournier, Yuriy Timerkanov, Arvo Volmer, Eri Klas, Gintaras Rinkevichus, Modestas Pitrenas, Sharles Rouband, John Nelson.
AWARDS:
A prize-winner at the Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers (Estonia, 2005).
Laureate of the Claudia Tajev International Contest of Young Singers in Estonia (2004, 2nd prize).
Diploma and special prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia (2001).
Laureate of Ivan Alchevsky International Competition in Ukraine (2001, 2nd prize).
Laureate of Biul-Biul Ogly International Contest in Azerbaijan (2000, 3rd prize).
Grand-Prix at the International Vocal Workshop in Burg Beeskow, Germany (1997).

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.