Jury

Andreas Weber

Andreas Weber began his pianistic education at the Music University of Cologne with Prof. Karin Merle and continued with Prof. Hans Leygraf at the University of Music in Salzburg. His gives concerts as a soloist and as chamber musician in Europe and Asia, i.a. with the Trio Cartellieri and with the Violinists Luz Leskowitz and Albert Fischer. Television recordings in Austria, Korea and China. He holds many Masterclasses in US, Japan, Russia, Korea, China, Thailand, Australia, Germany, Croatia and Belgium and is
member of juries in national and international piano competitions in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Singapore, Russia, China and Korea. He has made CD recordings with the Cellist Hanna Spielbüchler (Brahms, Schubert and Franck) as well with the Violinist Albert Fischer (Mozart, Brahms, Schubert) and with the Trio Cartellieri (Turina, Takacs, Piazzolla)

Since 2002 Andreas Weber is professor for piano at the University Mozarteum and since 2005 he is the head of the Leopold-
Mozart-Institute for highly talented young students and is promoting young talents at national and international level. 
Concert tours in Japan, Russia and China with the violinist Luz Leskowitz.
Since 2009 he is professor at the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum and the head of the Leopold-Mozart-Institute as the representative for the highly talented program. Many of his students are prize winners of renown international piano competitions in Germany, Austria, South Corea, Spain, Serbia, Netherlands, Kazakhstan,Poland, Italy, Hungary etc.

Natalia Trull

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"Natalia Trull began studying piano in her native St. Petersburg. She later moved to Moscow where she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. Among her teachers were professors Y. Zak, M. Voskresensky and T. Kravchenko. Her performance career was launched when she won first prize at the Belgrade International Piano Competition in 1983. However, the biggest success came in 1986 she won the silver medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. The public was swept off its feet by her interpretation of composers such as Schubert and Stravinsky. Her “Petrushka” suite left an everlasting impression on the public and critics alike. In 1993, Natalia Trull was awarded the Grand Prix at the Piano Masters Competition in Monte- Carlo (where only winners of international competitions are accepted as participants). Natalia Trull’s complete control and fantastic virtuosity place her in a class of her own, and she is in great demand as a performer all over the world. Among the distinguished orchestras with whom she has performed are the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Monte-Carlo, Tonhalle Symphony Orchestra and all of the major Russian Symphony Orchestras. Natalia Trull has also played with such conductors as Raphael Frubeck de Burgos, Raymond Leppard, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Eri Klas, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vassily Sinaisky, Yuri Temirkanov and many others. Her repertoire includes over 50 concertos, of which the Tchaikovsky concerto has proved to be the most popular, the pianist having performed the work on over one hundred occasions in the world’s leading concert halls. Her most brilliant performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto were in Hollywood Bowl under Eri Klas and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and in Suntory Hall with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Koizumi Kazuhiro (1998-99 season). Natalia’s performances today are remarkable for her total absorption in the music her unique stage presence and technical mastery in presenting a wide repertoire of works. From 2000 Natalia Trull is Professor at the Moscow Tchaikovky Concervatory. Also she is frequently invited to give masterclasses to the U.S.A., Japan, Italy, Germany, South America etc. Jury member of many international piano competitions such as International Telekom Beethoven Piano Competition, Valencia International Piano Competition, Monte-Carlo Piano Masters Competition, International Mozart Competition Salzburg etc.

She also teaches exceptional students such as Eva Gevorgyan- pianist and composer / Prizewinner of more than 50 international piano competitions."

Recordings:
• Prokofiev – The Complete Piano Sonatas under the “DML Classic” label (Japan)
• Chopin - recital including two Sonatas, the Fantasy and Mazurkas
• Schubert - recital including the Wanderer-Fantasy, Impromptus op.90 and Schubert-Liszt Song
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Francesca Vidal

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Francesca Vidal, born in San Donà di Piave (Venice), started playing piano at early age. 
In 2002 year she graduated summa cum laude at “G. ” Conservatory in Pesaro and in 2008 year she achieved the Diploma Accademico Superiore-2nd level- summa cum laude,  under the supervision of M° V. Balzani, at “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan. In 2002 year she earned master’s degree,  mentored under the tutelage of M°Piero Rattalino, at  “Saint Cecilia Foundation” in Portogruaro (Venice). She has study with M°F. Scala, M° B. Petrushansky and M° G. Valentini at “Incontri con il Maestro” International Piano Academy in Imola and also with M° Marian Rybicki at “Alfred Cortot” Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (France). 
In 2010 year she earned the “Konzert Diplom”, under the tutelage of M° Filippo Gamba,  with full marks excellence at Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in Basel (Switzerland).  From 2011 year she pursued the academic career at “Santa Cecilia” Academy in Bergamo under the tutelage of M° K. Bogino and his aides. She attended Master classes taught by M° L. Morales, M° P. Badura.Skoda, M° C. Berner, M° E. Fadini, M° M. Beroff and M° A. Jasinski. 
She won numerous prizes at national and international music competitions, i.e.: “Mozart Prize”, “Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe” in 1999 year, “Taddei” competition in 2003 year, “Paul Harris 2005” international competition in Milan , “Val Tidone 2005” international competition, “Valsesia Musica Monterosa Kawai” international competition in 2007 year, “Dino Ciani in the world” award plaque by Dino Ciani Association, international competition “Karl Drechsel Forderprieis” in Norimberga (Germany) in 2009 year, “Umanitaria” Competition in Milan and reached the final at the international competition “Pecar” in Gorizia,  the third prize at international competition “Abano Terme City” in Abano Terme (Padua).
In 2014 year She won the first prize at international competition “Hyperion, Rospigliosi” in duos category and the second prize at international contest “Gaetano Zinetti” in Verona and Val Tidone (Piacenza). 
She performed piano concerts at renowned associations both in Italy and abroad; i.e.: “Verdi” auditorium in Milan , “Alfred Cortot” theatre for Animato Association in Paris (France), “Stora Salen” at Royal College in Stoccolma (Sweden), “Manuel De Falla” theatre in Granada (Spain), “Steiway and Sons” concert hall in Monaco (Germany), Hamamatsu Concert Hall in Hamamatsu (Japan), “Gran Teatro La Fenice” in Venice, Italian Culture Institute of Barcellona (Spain), “Grosser Saal della Musik” Academy in Basilea (Switzerland), “Cancelleria di Roma” palace in Rome on occasion of “Uto Ughi for Rome” festival, “Teatro dell’Aquila”  for Sinfonica Abruzzese Orchestra, Unesco World Heritage Center in Paris (France), “PucciniHall" for Società dei Concerti in Milan Conservatory, “Pierre Giannada Martigny” Foundation in Switzerland, “Parco della Musica ” in Rome, San Girolamo church in Assisi on the occasion of “Assisi nel Mondo” festival, “Sala Mozart” Philharmonic academy in Bologna, "Piatti Hall" in Bergamo and many other esteemed organizations.
She performed for Italian national radio broadcaster and tv stations such as Radio Classica, Canale 5 and Italia Uno. 
She played with Philharmonic orchestra “Mihail Jora” in Bacau (Romania), “La Piccola Sinfonica” orchestra in Milan, Ensamble Discovery Orchestra on the occasion of MITO (Milan-Turin International Music Festival), “Cantelli” orchestra of Milan. 
She played chamber music V. Balzani, M. Massa and A. Vinnisky. 

In 2017 year with Radio TV orchestra of Kiev she performed N° 5 concert by Beethoven – M° Vladimir Sheiko conductor – at “Gesualdo da Venosa” Auditorium of Conservatory in Potenza. 
She currently teaches at "A. Buzzola" Conservatory in Adria.
She has been teaching at "F. Cilea" Conservatory in Reggio Calabria, at " G. Donizetti " Conservatory in Bergamo and at “A. Peri” Conservatory in Reggio Emilia.
She is Artistic Director of International Piano Competition "Città di San Donà di Piave”. 
She hold several masterclasses and she has the honor of being part of the jury at several international competitions both in Italy and abroad.

Ingmar Lazar

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Hailed by the Classica Magazine as a "pianist of magnetic presence", Ingmar Lazar is internationally praised for his deep and moving performances, as well as for his brilliant control and stupendous technique. He has firmly established himself as one of the leading French musicians of his generation.

He performs in the world’s most prestigious halls such as the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the International Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Herkulessaal in Munich, International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Verdi Hall of the Milan Conservatory, Rudolfinum in Prague, La Seine Musicale in Paris, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv to name a few. He is regularly invited to many distinguished festivals including Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, Grafenegg Festival, European Weeks Festival in Passau, Colmar International Festival, Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, Festival Chopin in Paris, Festival Les Piano Folies in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Sant Pere de Rodes Music Festival, Estate Regina Music Festival in Montecatini Terme, and the Gotthard Klassik-Festival Andermatt.

He collaborates with conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Mathieu Herzog, Julien Chauvin, Anna Duczmal-Mróz, Constantin Adrian Grigore, Nicolas Krauze, Peter Vizard among many others, and performs with orchestras including the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Orchestre Lamoureux, the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, L'Ensemble Appassionato, Le Concert de la Loge, and the Lviv Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

Ingmar Lazar is also a dedicated chamber musician, and shares the stage with Pierre Amoyal, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Nicolas Dautricourt, Giuseppe Gibboni, Benjamin Herzl, Stanislas Kim, Danielle Laval, Roman Patočka, Jean-Claude Pennetier, François Salque, Christoph Seybold, Ekaterina Valiulina, the Quatuor Hermès, and the Vision String Quartet.

His critically acclaimed discography includes a Schubert recital (Wanderer Fantasie and Sonata D.959) released in 2017 on the Lyrinx label, which received a five-star rating from the Classica Magazine, and was awarded with "France Musique's Choice". A Beethoven recital (Bagatelles op. 33, Sonatas op. 81a "Les Adieux" and op. 111) recorded live at the National Theatre in Marseille "La Criée" released in 2019 on the same label received fabulous press critics, and once more a five-star rating from the Classica Magazine. Ingmar Lazar's curiosity also brought him to explore rarely performed repertoire, and has led to several CD releases on the Suoni e Colori label including works by Jean-Philippe Rameau and, in duo with Alexandre Brussilovsky, works by Jean Françaix, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and Efrem Podgaits.

Born in France in 1993, Ingmar Lazar made his debut at the age of 6 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Prizewinner of several international competitions, he is the recipient of the Tabor Foundation Piano Award at the Verbier Festival in 2013. He was also named laureate of the Safran Foundation for Music, France in 2016. In 2020 he became prizewinner of the Ateliers Médicis, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture. Ingmar Lazar is a Steinway Artist.

A former student of Valery Sigalevitch and Alexis Golovin, he continued his studies with Vladimir Krainev and Bernd Goetzke at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. Thereafter he attended the International Piano Academy Lake Como and the Conservatory of the Italian Switzerland (Lugano) as a Theo Lieven scholar, where he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov, Malcolm Bilson, Fou Ts'ong, and Stanislav Ioudenitch. He received his Master's degree in Performance from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in the class of Pavel Gililov. He is a scholarship holder of the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, and was a member of the Philippe Jaroussky Music Academy.

Since 2016, Ingmar Lazar has been the founder and artistic director of the Festival du Bruit qui Pense, located in Louveciennes in the Yvelines, in north-central France. Its goal is to create strong ties between artists and the audience with interactive post-concert interviews and discussions. He is also the artistic director of the piano festival Escapades Pianistiques taking place at the Château de Commarin, near Dijon, since 2021.

Joanna Sochacka

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Joanna Sochacka has already been a very successful performing artist. So far she performed in such countries as Israel, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, Moldova, Estonia, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, Czech Republic and Germany. She played in many renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, Beethoven Haus Chamber Hall in Bonn, Royal Albert Hall in London, Sala cu’Orga in Moldova, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Philharmonic Hall in Lodz, Philharmonic Hall in Kielce, Philharmonic Hall in Cracow, Villa Atma in Zakopane, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding. She regularly takes part in many international piano festivals as well as in chamber music concerts. Soon there will be available her first CD dedicated to F. Chopin’s music, recorded for Sheva Collection label from London as well as CD with Grażyna Bacewicz Piano Sonatas recorded for DUX recording producers (world premiere).

Joanna is a laureate of more than 20 international and national piano competitions including 17th International Competition Citta di Padova in Italy (I prize, special prizes including concert tour and press conference and II prize in Virtuosity Prize category). Lately she has been awarded grants by scholarship foundations such as Polish Ministry of Culture – Young Poland (2020), Julian Cochran Foundation (2019), Rita Zimmermann Musik-Stiftung Bern (2019-2020), Rector of Academy of Music in Lódz for the best students (2019). From 2008 to 2012 she was supported by the Polish National Fund for Talented Children. She received several ,,Sapere auso” prizes for talented musicians (2009, 2010, 2011, 2016), Dartington Trust Scholarship (2007, 2013), scholarship from Institute of Adam Mickiewicz (2010).

At the moment she is studying at Universität fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz in Austria in the class of prof. Milana Chernyavska as well as she is completing her Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Music named of K.G. Bacewicz in Lodz with prof. Hanna Holeksa. She gratuated at the Academy of Music in Cracow with prof. Andrzej Pikul, and Haute École de Musique de Genève with prof. Fabrizio Chiovetta.

Furthermore she took part in many masterclasses and honed her skills under many outstanding teachers, including Dmitrij Bashkirov, Dmitri Alexeev, Jura Margulis, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean Marc Luisada, Dina Yoffe, Anna Malikova, Kevin Kenner Tatiana Zelikman, Ronan O’Hora, Victor Derevianko, Daniel Blumenthal, Aquiles delle Vigne, Janusz Olejniczak, Akiko Ebi, Victor Derevianko, Tamas Ungar, Joaquín Soriano, Ralf Nattkemper, Andrzej Jasinski, Piotr Paleczny, Stanisław Tichonow, Uta Wayand, Waldemar Wojtal, Vida Vujic, Martino Tirimo, Konstanze Eickhorst, Tamara Stefanovich, Carlos Cebro, Elza Kolodin, Lilja Zilberstein.

Alicja Fiderkiewicz

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Born in Warsaw, Poland, the young Alicja Fiderkiewicz's outstanding musical talent was recognised at the tender age of 3 by her elder sister's piano teacher who, upon hearing her play, immediately spotted Alicja's tremendous potential. She saw Alicja's passion for music and at the age of 7 Alicja entered Karol Szymanowski's School of Music in Warsaw and began studying the piano in the class of Prof. Krystyna Bocianowska.

Two years later Alicja was accepted into the Central School of Music attached to Moscow's Conservatoire. There she was taught by Prof. Tatyana Evgenevna Kestner. During 6 years in Moscow Alicja also played in front of Tatiana Nikolayeva, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels.
Upon returning to Poland Alicja continued her musical education in Karol Szymanowski's Lyceum of Music in Warsaw under the guidance of Prof. Wanda Losakiewicz and Prof. Zbigniew Drzewiecki.

During the subsequent 4 years in Warsaw Alicja won Polish National Bach and Beethoven Competitions, and she also won Chopin's Scholarship for 4 years in succession, the success of which gave her a number of engagements throughout Poland and major venues in Warsaw, including Royal Lazienki Park, Chopin's birth place - -Zelazowa Wola, Ostrogski Palace and Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.

Having graduated from Warsaw's Lyceum of Music with Distinction, Alicja decided to continue her studies abroad. She entered Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK in the class of Polish pianist, Prof. Ryszard Bakst. Within 3 months of entering RNCM Alicja was awarded a scholarship for the rest of her 5 years undergraduate studies and further year as a post graduate student. Prof. Bakst was to have vast influence on Alicja's musical development especially that of her sound, which has been described by some critics in her Chopin recital CD as "a sound of exquisite beauty".

During her studies at the RNCM Alicja won a number of college and outside awards and concerto competitions and represented her college in many concert venues across the UK. She participated in number of masterclasses, including performing Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" for Prof. V. Perlemutter. She graduated with Distinction in both performing and teaching.

Throughout her career Alicja appeared with number of major orchestras - The Halle, Da Camera, Manchester Camerata, La Scala in Milan, Warsaw National Philharmonic,
Polish Radio & TV and many others and worked with number of conductors including Frank Cliff, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marek Pijarowski, Kenneth Page, Owain Orwell Hughes, Pierluigi Urbini.

Alicja is a winner of Dudley International Piano Competition and bronze medalist in the Premio Dino Ciani International Piano Competition in La Scala, Milan, where her performances were highly praised by Martha Argerich, Fou T'Song and Italian critics, who wrote "AlicjaFiderkiewicz is a young Polish pianist, whose authority and domination at the keyboard, technical resources, and excellent musicality show her to be a superb musical talent and promise for her most radiant future".

Alicja is also a recipient of Calouste Gulbenkian Fellowship.

Alicja has performed widely throughout the UK including number of recitals in the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, St-Martin's-in-the-fields in London. She has performed in Manchester, Isle of Man, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow to name a few. As well as performances in the UK Alicja has performed concertos and recitals in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus, Spain, Finland, Japan, USA, Singapore & Malaysia.

For a number of years, Alicja took some time - out from stage and regular performances but continued her work as a member of keyboard department at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, UK. Since returning to the stage Alicja has reestablished her career as performing and recording artist.

She is frequent faculty member and performer at the prestigious International Summer School for Pianists at Chetham's, Manchester and she is often giving masterclasses in the UK and abroad and has also been a jury member on number of competitions.

She has appeared on BBC Radio and TV as well as on some local radio stations. There are 4 highly acclaimed CD's on Divine Arts label.

Charitable performances and commitments to various worthwhile causes form part of Alicja's career, notably MacMillan Cancer Relief, MacMillan Nurses, Cancer Research, The Heart Foundation, Eden Animal Refuge, The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Save the Children,d Japan Tsunami Relief and in addition, raising funds to support various churches and historical buildings in the UK and abroad.

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His discography includes recordings for Sarx Records ,  Assicurazioni Generali , for  Tau Records , for the French music magazine  Piano , for Radio Classica, Radio Danzica and for Radio Suisse Romande.
In 2006 the  Nascor-Ysaye Records label  released a CD with music by Schumann and Prokofiev, which received the  La Clef ResMusica.com  and Coup de coeur Fnac awards.
In 2008 a DVD dedicated to Mozart and Beethoven was released for  Domovideo , made on the occasion of Mozart's 250th anniversary in 2006 and also broadcast by the digital satellite channel  SKY CLASSICA .
In the same year he published a CD with Johann Christian Bach's Six Sonatas op.17 for Naxos , performed on the modern piano, which received the  CHOC du Monde de la Musique  and  Diapason Superbe award and broadcast all over the world by Radio France, BBC 3 , Radio 4 Netherland, Radio New Zealand, ABC Classic FM USA and Australia.

In 2019 he founded the Amadeus Sound Project , an independent record label of which he is artistic director and producer , for which he publishes
The Art of Amadeus Piano Duo (2019), the first CD of Amadeus Piano Duo for 4 hands piano together with pianist Valentina Fornari, in collaboration with Yamaha Italia;
Yann Tiersen: Piano Works (2020);
Max Richter: Piano Works (2020).

In 2019 he founded and directs the Amadeus Web Channel , a live streaming channel that broadcasts the events of the Amadeus Academy on social channels such as Facebook and YouTube.

He is regularly invited as a juror in important national and international piano competitions such as F. Chopin  of Warsaw, Chopin  of Szafarnia, Chopin  of Hannover, Chopin  of Budapest, A. Rubinstein in memoriam  of Bydgoszcz, R. Vines  of Lleida , Top of the World  of Tromsø, Maj Lind  of Helsinki, V. Horowitz  of Kiev, International Competition of Tbilisi, Concert Artists Auditions of New York, A. Salieri  of Legnago (VR), R. Zadra  of Abano Terme (PD), R. Gallinari  of Pieve of Cento (BO),F. Moscato  di Airola (BN), R. Melini di Pinè (TN), City of Villafranca (VR), City of San Donà di Piave (VE), Amadeus Competition  of Lazise (VR).

Graduated in piano at the age of 17 at the "FE Dall'Abaco" State Conservatory of Music in Verona with Prof. Laura Palmieri, he obtained the II Level Academic Diploma in piano with a concert address with Maestro Virginio Pavarana in 2006 At the same time he perfected himself with Franco Scala ,
Boris Petrushansky and Leonid Margarius at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola where he obtained the Piano Master in 2005.

He also took part in the masterclasses of great pianists such as Maurizio Pollini at the Lucerne Summer Festival, Murray Perahia at the Salle Gaveau Masterclasses in Paris, Andrej Jasinski and Alfons Kontarsky at the Summer Academy in Salzburg, Paul Badura-Skoda at the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris, in addition to the Masters Michael Dalberto, Louis Lortie, Michael Beroff, Alexander Lonquich, Arie Vardi, Fou Ts'ong, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.

He covered the role of main piano teacher in the 2011/2012 academic year at the “S. Moniuszko ” in Gdansk and the “ F. Nowowiejski ” by Bydgoszcz (Poland).
He was subsequently a principal piano teacher at the “N. Piccinni ” in Bari from 2013 to 2014, at the Higher Institute of Musical Studies“ G. Verdi ” in Ravenna from 2014 to 2017, at the“ A. Buzzolla ” in Adria (RO) from 2017 to 2020, and currently at the“ F. Bonporti "of Trento - section of Riva del Garda.

He also carried out teaching activities in Masterclasses at the School of Instruments in Arco di Legnago (VR), the Conservatories of Latina and Padua, the Geneva Conservatory, the “M. Paderewski "in Warsaw, the Tromsø Conservatory (Norway), the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Tbilisi Conservatory (Georgia), the  Mannes College of Music  in New York, the  Bowdoin Festival  in Brunswick (Maine - USA), the Music College of Nassau (Bahamas), the Music School of Tokyo, the Music School of Hong Kong.

Since 2014 he has been a principal piano teacher at the Amadeus Academy in Valeggio sul Mincio (VR), of which he is also Artistic Director, and is a member of the Amadeus Piano Duo together with the teacher and pianist Valentina Fornari.

Michelle Howland

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Michelle Howland is the artistic director of the Elevato piano competition and Stanza junior piano competition. She comes from Canada, and is currently teaching in Germany. Michelle has organized many charity events and concerts, and has worked to promote classical music, especially to a younger audience. She has been organizing the Elevato competition since 2020.