Jury

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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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.

Oliver Moulin

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Hailed by the Washington Post as a « young artist displaying maturity and elegance », French pianist Olivier Moulin studied under Eric Heidsieck and Gery Moutier at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Lyon, where he was unanimously awarded first prize with honors. After advanced studies in the same institution, he continued his training in Austria at the Salzburg Mozarteum in the classes of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Clemens Hagen, where he obtained a Master of Arts with highest honors. Throughout his studies, he has also benefited from the advices of masters such as Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Jacques Rouvier, Jean-François Heisser, Sergio Perticaroli…

First noticed when he won first prize in Radio-France’s Royaume de la Musique competition, Olivier Moulin is also prizewinner of the Epinal International Piano Competition and the Jeunesses Musicales de France Prize, the Maurice Ravel International Academy… He is supported by the Musical Patronage program at the Société Générale bank and the Déclic program at Institut Français, which promotes young French musicians abroad.

He has been invited to participate in major international festivals : la Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier and Radio-France, Lille Clef de Soleil, Pianos Folies in Le Touquet, Journées Lyriques in Chartres, Divonne, Sully-sur-Loire, La Vézère, Croisements Festival in China, Virtuosi Festival in Brazil, Festival Internacional de Piano En Blanco y Negro in Mexico, Istanbul’s Lisztomanias, Motley Tulip International Arts Festival in Belarus…

He has performed in prestigious venues in France (Grand Auditorium of Radio-France, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, the Louvre Auditorium, Lyon and Avignon Operas, Cloître des Jacobins in Toulouse, Théâtre des Variétés in Monaco, Arsenal de Metz…), in Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Hungary, Spain, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey…), Asia (Japan, China, South Korea, India, Indonesia…), and the Americas (USA, Brazil, Mexico). His concerts are regularly broadcasted by radio and television in France and abroad. Olivier made in 2014 U.S. debut at the French Embassy in Washington DC, where he played a recital devoted to Rameau, Debussy, Ravel.

He has also collaborated with several orchestras : Orchestre National de Lorraine, Ensemble Orchestral de Montbéliard, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Wuhan (China), the Camerata de Coahuila (Mexico)… His passion for chamber music has allowed him to share the stage with many artists such as David Guerrier, the Fine Arts Quartet, soloists of the Philharmonic of Radio-France, Bertrand Chamayou, Jérôme Dorival… He was also invited to Geneva and Chartres by Eve Ruggieri to take part in conference/concerts focusing on the life of Frederic Chopin.

Passionate about pedagogy and transmission, Olivier gives regularly masterclasses in Europe, USA, Mexico, Japan, China, Indonesia, Belarus… He is also President of the Epinal International Piano Competition.

His first solo CD, devoted to Franz Liszt, was released in october 2011 for the french label AmeSon/Outhere.

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.

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.