Jury 2022

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After leaving school, Frölich studied piano with Vitaly Margulis at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and with Pavel Gililov at the Musikhochschule Köln. After graduating as a concert pianist and winning prizes at major competitions, Frölich subsequently took up a busy concert schedule at home and abroad, which took him to the major stages in Europe and also to South America, South Africa, Japan and Australia, among other places. He has also been invited to perform at the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Mozart Festival Würzburg, the Schubertiade in Roskilde and many others.

As a soloist, he has performed with numerous renowned orchestras such as the Wiener Kammerphilharmonie [de], the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Limburgs Symfonie Orkest Maastricht, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Armenian Philharmonic, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé, the Málaga Concerto, the Kuopio Symphonic Orchestra, as well as with the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphonic Luxembourg, the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, the Orchestre National de Bretagne, the Collegium instrumentale Halle and many others.

One focus of his artistic activity is chamber music. Frölich has performed with the Ensemble Wien, among others, and is currently one of the members of the renowned Mendelsohn Trio Berlin, along with Uta Klöber, violin, and Ramon Jaffé, violoncello. He has recorded more than 30 CDs, some of them award-winning, on labels such as CPO, EMI, BMG, Oehms Classics, VMS and Divox.[4]

In the winter semester of 2006, Frölich accepted an appointment at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln/Aachen. In 2001 Frölich was also one of the co-founders and artistic directors of the AmadèO Festival in Aachen and the Orpheo concert series in Kerkrade (NL) and Herzogenrath, each of which is presented annually as part of the Euriade [de] Festival by the "Stichting Euriade e.V.". The Stichting Euriade, founded by the philosopher Werner Janssen in 1981, elected Frölich to the executive board and entrusted him with the musical direction of the Euriade Festival. As part of the AmadéO Festival, the Prix amadéo de piano for young pianists was organised on an annual basis, which was renamed the MozARTe International Piano Competition [de] in 2015. Together with Ilya Scheps, he founded the association MozARTe e. V. in 2015 and together with Scheps took over the leadership of this association and the competition jury.

Frölich is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln/Aachen. He regularly gives international master classes, including as a guest professor at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg, and is in demand as a juror at numerous international piano competitions. In recent years, his students have won more than 30 prizes (1st and 2nd prizes) at numerous national and international piano competitions.

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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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Yi Fan-Chiang has been gifted with a wonderful technigue and rich, lustrous sound and his mastery on the instrument has been abled him in tastefully communicating his ideas very expressively to his audience.” Arie Vardi, Chairman of Arthur Rubinstein international Piano Master Competition Japanese Pianist Anna Azusa Fujita and music critic Satoru Takaku once commented in Japanese classical music magazines, the latter being the music critic of the Japanese magazine Chopin Lover, that the performance by the Germany-based pianist Yi Fan-Chiang is “undoubtedly the most remarkable among the performers tonight; unquestionably, in his superb playing, we see the endless future of the piano circle in Taiwan.” Pianist Yi Fan-Chiang emigrated to study in Germany at the age of thirteen. He graduated from Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover and received Konzertexam. During his working on PHD, he was qualified for piano instructing as a lecturer, and simultaneously substituted for Professor Tomislav Baynov at Musikhochschule Trossingen, instructing piano in master and doctoral degrees for three years. Up to the present, he has been receiving more than 30 awards from international competitions and musical governmental institutions. While teaching and performing intensively, pianist Yi Fan-Chiang spares no effort in popularizing artistic and cultural activities. He participated in charity performances at fundraising events for patients suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, as well as the 40th anniversary evening party held by St. Anne’s Home. Since 2013, he has been instructing music talented students at Special Education in New Taipei City; meanwhile, he was invited to be the distinguished professor of master classes for high quality educational project, held by National Wu-Ling Senior High School, during which he put numerous efforts in nurturing the young talents. His pupils have not only achieved great results in nationally representative competitions in Taiwan, but also won awards in international events from Japan, Macau, America, France, Germany, Italy to Spain; some of them even had the opportunity to perform at the celebrated Carnegie Hall. Yi Fan-Chiang has been invited to assume the office of the councilor of National Theatre and Concert Hal for two consecutive years, the director of the board in Frederic Chopin Foundation of Taipei and the chief consultant of 2016 Virtuoso Taoyuan Music Competition The performance of Pianist Yi Fan-Chiang has been regularly requested in countries among the U.S., Europe and Asia; his piano lectures and master classes have also been held in Germany, China and Taiwan for many times. The video recording of his performance has been widely broadcast on public TV channels and radio stations in Germany, Poland, Russia, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Spain, Israel, America and Taiwan. He also cooperated with orchestras such as National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Moments Musicaux, Taipei Symphony and Chinese Orchestra, Chiuko Traditional Orchestra, TNUA (Taipei National University of Arts) String Ensemble, NTUA (National Taiwan University of Arts) Wind Orchestra, along with others. Click-throughs to the videos of his collaborative concerto concerts with Evergreen Symphony Orchestra are available in the audio and video programs provided by Eva Air. Moreover, he has been participating in at art festivals including Braunschweig Classix Festival and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Concurso y Festival Internacional de Piano de Ibiza in Spain, Fête de la Musique in France and also on similar occasions in Austria, Russia, Israel, China and many countries. Inheriting from the German and Russian piano schools, pianist Yi Fan-Chiang has been instructed, supported and influenced profoundly by many important contemporary musicians, such as maestro Lazar Berman, the Russian pianist and conductor Igor Zhukov, who is of paramount importance in interpreting the works by Scriabin; Paul Badura-skoda, the heir to German-Austrian traditions; the late German pianist Conrad Hansen, who played and recorded with the legendary conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler in the performances of concertos; Pavel Gillilov, the winner of International Chopin Piano Competition and the chief-judge of International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn; Dan Zhao-Xi, the respected teacher of the pianist Li Yundi. Additionally, Yi Fan-Chiang is particularly fond of the accompaniment of art songs, and has studied for many years under Justus Zeyen, who was the piano accompanist in collaboration with Thomas Quasthoff, the German Baritone who won numerous Grammy Awards. Until now, pianist Yi Fan-Chiang has collaborated with various musicians abroad, including: the internationally renowned violinist Joshua Bell; Szymanowski Quartet; Eric Wilson, the professor of cello in UBC University in Canada; the Swiss violinist Robert Rozek, Professors from Germany like Pianist Gesa Lucker, Ilya Scheps, Violinist Kathrin ten Hagen and Cellist Katharina Deserno, Wen-Sinn Yang ; Li Fang-Yi, the professor of piano at Villeneuve Saint-Georges Conservatoire in France; famous Chinese Erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) players Zhao Lei and Gao Shao-Jing; Conductor like Klaus Arp, the German conductor of South German Radio Symphony Orchestra; the German conductor Gernot Schmalfuss, Gilbert Varga and many others. Pianist Yi Fan-Chiang recorded many albums with the repertoire Piano Concerto, Solo Pieces, Piano Duo and Chamber Music. His last album “Four Seasons in Taoyuan”Piano Concerto was awarded with Golden Melody Awards in the category“the best soloist

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Laureate of international competitions, honored artist of Georgia,  V. sarasjishvili Tbilisi state conservatoire proffesor.

Born in Tbilisi, 21.04.1956.

In 1974 she succesfully graduated from the Tbilisi central music school for talented children, where she studied under honored teacher, S.Gabunia. During this time she gave concerts in Moscow, Budapest, Baku and Yerevan.

In 1979 she graduated from the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi state conservatoire, where she studied under honored artist, prof. E.Gurevich. During this time she also studied with Elisso Virsaladze, Yakov Zak, Evgeny Moguilevsky.

In1979-1983 she was intern at P.Tchaikovsky Moscow state conservatoire, where her tutor was Evgeny Malinin.

N.Katamadze is a laureate and a prize winner of numerous international competitions

   1. Transcaucasia competition for musicians and performers-1977

   2. Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud Paris international competition-1979

   3. Belgrade international competition for pianists- 1983

   4. International festival of UNESCO- 1985

1975-1990 Soloist of Georgian state philharmonic

1979-1989 Soloist of Moscow concert union- "Sovietconcert"

1989 Honored artist of Georgia

N. Katamadze has given more than 300 recitals in the following countries: France, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan. She has also performed with Symphonic orchestras with the following conductors: Roger Bootry, Horst Forster, Loward Larsen,  Franc Wasserman, Vasyl Siniaski, Sergei Scripka, Jansug Kakhidze, Davit Mukeria, Revaz Takidze, Vadym Shubladze, etc.

From 1983 till now, she is V.Sarajishvili Tbilisi state conservatoire professor at Piano department. She taught many Laureates of international competitions. Her former students are succesful musicians throughout USA, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, etc.

N.Katamadze often particiates as a jury member in the international and republic competitions in different countries, for example: Italy, Latvia, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan. She also gives masterclasses in numerous cities of Georgia, as well as abroad.

N.Katamadze has filmed TV programme, called "Nino Katamadze performs". Her audio records are filed under "golden fund" of Georgian radio.

Walter Prossnitz
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Walter Prossnitz was born in Canada, where he made his debut at the age of 14 years old with the A major Concerto by Liszt. At age 17, he won the Grand Prix at the Canadian National Music Competition, later winning first prize in the Montreal Later studies took him to Vienna and to New York where he earned a Masters Degree at the Juilliard School in 1984. Walter has lived in Switzerland since 1987 and has enjoyed a busy international career, playing in some of the world’s most famous concert halls as a soloist with orchestra or in recital. These include Carnegie Hall, the Place des Arts in Montreal, the Pallacio des Belles Artes in Mexico City, Centre Culturel in Paris, the Carl Orff Hall in Munich, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the City Hall Arts Complex in Hong Kong and the Central Conservatory Hall in Beijing.He has performed over 150 times as a soloist with orchestras around the world, and has given masterclasses in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and China. Walter Prossnitz is very versatile – he has written several sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Saint-Saëns as concertos for solo instrument and orchestra, He has been active as a composer and orchestrator, and has also served as a jury for numerous competitions. Walter's great-great-grand uncle was the head of the piano and music history department at the Vienna Academy from 1875-1900. Among his students were Bruckner, Mahler and Wolf.

Brenno Ambrosini
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photo by Alla Kostomarova, Samara (Russia)

Liszt and Venice feature constantly in the work of this Italian pianist who was born in 1967 and who started studying the piano at the age of six, made his first public appearance aged eleven in Venice, the City of the Water, and was trained in the school of Liszt – the genius composer and performer who wrote many of his works in Venice hardly 100 meters from the very place of Ambrosini’s birth.

Brenno Ambrosini, began studying piano with M.I.Biagi (Venice and Florence) and R. Cappello (Parma), and also pursued organ, violin and composition studies with U. Amendola (Venice).

On completion of his studies in the grand tradition of the piano schools of Chopin, Liszt, Sgambati and Busoni, earning an Honours degree in piano awarded “cum laude” in recognition of his academic merits, he continued his training with G. Oppitz (a disciple of W. Kempff) in Munich in 1986-89, then went on to study further with M.de Silva-Telles (C.Arrau’s pupil) in Paris 1989. In 1990 he continued his musical training with J.Soriano ( a disciple of M.Tagliaferro and V.Perlemuter) at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he was awarded the annual Honour Prize on completion of his course of studies. He completed his Ph.D. distinguished by the highest academic achievement and “cum laude” at the Jaume I University in Castellón (December 2015, Spain): “Ethics and Humanism in Franz Liszt”.

Having won public acclaim many a time for his interpretation and performances colourful and with moments of great transcendental depth, critics have said:

His Liszt sonata has been a sacred performance – a monumental interpretation (El País, Madrid - Spain)

His symphonic piano style shone at every performance. (Westfälische Rundschau, Dortmund - Germany)

The right choice, a pianist who is always elegant and refined. (Pianotime, Milan - Italy)

Winner at the XXXIV Concurso Internacional de Piano "Premio Jaén” and the  "Rosa Sabater Prize" for the best performance of Spanish music in the same election. Ambrosini won the First Prize, the Debussy Prize and the Beethoven Prize in the International Piano Competition "Cidade do Porto".  He was laureated in the X Concurso Internacional de Piano de Santander "Paloma O'Shea". Second Prize in the International Piano Competition "José Iturbi" of Valencia, he was awarded Second Prize and the "Golden Harp" Audience Award in the International Competition "Jeunesses Musicales" of Belgrade and won the “Piano Festival Alumni Prize” in the "William Kapell” International Piano Competition at College Park (Washington D.C., USA).

After his orchestral debut at the Liederhalle (Beethovensaal) of Stuttgart in 1986 performing the “Emperor” piano concerto by Beethoven, Ambrosini has performed many concerts as a soloist in cities in Europe, the USA and Japan accompanied by ensembles such as the Royal Orchestra of Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrade, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonia of Japan, New Mozart Chamber in Munich, Orquesta do Porto, Valencia Symphony, Radio Television Symphony in Madrid and Belgrade, Slupsk Chopin Symphony, Bari Symphony Orchestra, Hermitage State Orchestra of St.Petersburg, Schnittke Symphonic in Moscow… performing with conductors such as M.Bamert, H.Vonk  and A.Ros-Marbá, I.Gromov, G.Klementiev...

In chamber music, he started in 1984 the collaboration with the cellist Claudio Ronco (cello soloist of the Clemencic Consort Wien and the Razumowsky Quartet). Since 1990 Ambrosini has performed in duets with the Russian violinist M. Lubotsky, since 1994 with a Dutch pianist David Kuyken and since 2002 with the Russian violinist I. Grubert. He also collaborates regularly with the Prazak and Brodsky string quartets and he played with Jean Pierre Rampal. Founder of the Kether Piano Trio, in 2014 he offered rounds of concerts as Tribute to Haydn, and he celebrated the 20 years anniversary of his piano duo with rounds of 4 recitals for pieces for two pianos ..."

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"Mr. Babakhanian has given recitals in the USA, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Irish National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, with Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Yurovsky, Slovenian Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic among others.

Festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Santander and Baalbec Music festivals. Babakhanian’s performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet during Santander Festival in Spain was named the best chamber music performance of the festival. Mr. Babakhanian has recorded for the ASV, Real Sound and Sigmund Classics labels. His performances have been broadcast on BBC, PBS (USA), ORF (Austria) and RAI (Italy) television networks. His recording of the Tchaikovsky piano sonatas has received rave reviews in the European press. Mr.Babakhanian’s recent recording of Complete Piano Works by Aram Khachaturian awarded the “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the Armenian Award 2007.

 

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Babakhanian has served as jury member for several international piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian, Maria Callas, “Armenia”, Putra and most recently Brescia International Piano competitions. He has taught numerous master-classes in Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Iceland and the United States. Mr. Babakhanian is currently Professor at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, where he also received his musical education under Professor Anahit Bogdanyan..."

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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.

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​Michelle Howland Michelle Howland is a certified piano educator and performer, specialized in teaching young talented children. She has established an exceptional reputation for earning awards with her students, such as piano competitions for young children throughout Germany, and the Victoria Performing Arts Festival in Canada. Her students have achieved high marks and received many valuable scholarship awards. They have participated for many years in events such as Canada Music Week, and Beethovenfest Bonn. During her recent years in Germany, Michelle Howland has combined art and music together to create an environment that exposes children to music in different ways. She created a "Piano Theatre" by combining children's classical stories and plays with piano music, such as "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Princess and the Pea," and "Little Match Girl." Most recently, she designed a project combining ballet and piano together, as an artistic vision using two Chopin Nocturnes. Moreover, Michelle has organized many charity events and concerts, and has worked to promote classical music, especially to a younger audience. ​