Jury

 

Gabriele BaldocciGabriele Baldocci

 

Gabriele Baldocci, pianist, conductor and professor of piano at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music in London, was born in Livorno (Italy). He gave concerts in very important musical centers like Tonhalle in Zurich, Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Ceramic Crystal Hall in Seoul, Sala Verdi in Milan, Auditorium RTSI in Lugano, Teatro Ghione in Rome, Palacio de Festivales in Santander, Teatro Rossetti in Trieste, Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, Parnassos Hall in Athens, Teatro Fraschini in Pavia, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and many others. Baldocci played for many important festivals like Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Vendsyssel Festival in Denmark, Martha Argerich Festival in Buenos Aires, Bologna Festival, Pietrasanta in Concerto International Festival, Erasmo Capilla International Music Festival in Mexico, Dublin International Festival and International Beethoven Festival in Chicago. He recorded Nino Rota’s Complete works for Strings and Piano with violinist Marco Fornaciari, Michael Glenn Williams piano music for Stradivarius and he is working on Beethoven Complete Symphonies transcribed by Liszt for piano solo, to be published by Dynamic Records in five CDs. In 2013, Dynamic will also publish the live recording of one of his duo recitals with Martha Argerich. His performances are regularly broadcasted on radios and TVs and the italian classical TV “Classica” has produced a documentary about him.

 

Baldocci is official Ambassador, Performer and Professor of the Martha Argerich Presents Project and he frequently plays in various chamber music formations like duos, trios and quintets. Since many years he plays in piano duo with Martha Argerich and he forms a stable piano duo with the argentinean pianist Daniel Rivera. In 2012 he founded the “Lugano Trio Project” with double bass player Enrico Fagone and violist Lyda Chen Argerich.

 

He started his piano lessons at six with Ilio Barontini and he received his piano Diploma with the highest ranking. He won prizes at several important piano competitions like “Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition” and “Martha Argerich Piano Competition” . He studied at the Imola Piano Academy with Franco Scala and at the International Piano Academy on Lake Como with William Grant Naboré, Lèon Fleisher, Alicia De Larrocha, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’Ong, Charles Rosen, Andreas Staier and Claude Frank. He received his Doctorate in Piano Performance at the Santa Cecilia
National Academy in Rome, where he studied with Sergio Perticaroli.

 

Very active as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give Masterclasses in very important Universities like Daejin University in South Korea, Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Elmira College in New York, University of Southern Mississippi, and he teaches at the “InFondi Musica Academy” with Alessandra Brustia and at the Sesto Fiorentino Music School in Florence. Gabriele Baldocci is professor in the piano faculty of Potenza State Conservatory, in the South of Italy.

 

 

 

 

Edita StankeviciuteEdita Stankeviciute

 

Edita Stankeviciute was born in 1969 in Lithuania. She graduated with distinction from the Lithuanian State Conservatoire in Vilnius. Following graduation, she was appointed to the teaching staff of the Lithuanian State Conservatoire and subsequently became Professor of Piano (solo and accompaniment) and embarked upon a successful teaching career. In addition, her concerts and broadcasts throughout the former USSR enhanced her already outstanding reputation as a performer.

 

In 1995, due to the health issues, Edita dedicated her career to teaching, receiving wide recognition as a musician and teacher. She has served as the piano instructor, co-director at the music school and chief music specialist of the Department of Culture in Lithuania.  There she organized and directed special musical events and recitals. She served as an adjudicator for music competitions and received special acknowledgements for her master-classes and outstanding work in developing a curriculum for students at different stages of their piano studies.  She has also worked as the Piano Lecturer at the Department of Music, Vilnius Pedagogical Institute.

 

Since 2008, Edita is a founder and Principal teacher at Windsor Piano School. Her students regularly win top prizes in the UK and abroad, including Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, USA, 5th International Rosario Marciano Competition, Vienna, Emanuel Trophies Competition, UK, XVI Nutcracker International Music Competition, Russia, EPTA International Piano Competition, Croatia, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and etc.

 

She is regularly invited to give Masterclass in Europe. Edita is a Visiting Professor at A.Toscanini Conservatoire,Ribera, and Bellini Conservatoire, Palermo, Sicily.

Recently, one of Edita’s students reached BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 Category Finals.

 

 

 

 

Giulio PotenzaGiulio Potenza
(Cat A and B only)

 

Giulio Potenza (Italian, b. 1990 in Palermo) has been playing piano since the age of six and giving piano recitals since ten.

 

He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major international festivals and venues, including: Martha Argerich’s Lugano Project in Switzerland, the Palermo Classica International Music Festival in Italy, the Ciclo de Clásica at the MEAM of Barcellona, the Grieg in Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh in Scotland, the Hammamett Piano Festival in Tunisia, London’s Schubert Festival in England, Steinway Hall of London, St. Martin in the Fields, Conway Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Balckheat Hall, Bridgwater Hall of Manchester, Bellinzona Theater of Lugano, Marcello Theater and Baldini Hall of Rome, Auditorium St. Stafano of Florence, Stavanger Chatedral of Stavanger, Schulman Auditorium of Oxford, RAI Auditorium of Palermo, Atelier Marcell Hastir of Brussels. Giulio also performed for major music societies including: Concordia Foundation, Associazione Mozart of Rovereto, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Associazione Il Tempietto of Rome.

 

His work with orchestras includes performances with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, directed by Piero Bellugi, the University of London Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Capp and the North Beds Orchestra directed by Jan Kaznowski.

 

He has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Jose Menor, Daniel Rivera, Gabriele Baldocci, Nicolas Dupont.

 

His recitals have been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3, the Swiss classical radio, Radio Mozart Italia and Rai national television (Italy).

 

Giulio has won prizes at several important piano competitions including: the Hanna Brooke prize for piano, for his excellence in the concert career at the Trinity Laban Conservatory; 2nd prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition of New York; 1st prize at the Seiler International piano competition; 1st prize at the Stratford and East London Music Festival; 1st prize at the International piano competition “G. Campochiaro” in Pedara (Italy); “Highly Commended Award” at the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition of London.

 

In addition to his teaching activity at the Windsor Piano Academy, he is the artistic director of the Windsor International Piano Competition and of the Windsor Piano Festival. He regularly gives master classes in UK and abroad and he is visiting professor at the Ribera Music Conservatory (Italy)

 

Giulio has studied with professors Gabriele Baldocci Denize Gelenbe, Mikhail Kazakevich (Trinyty Laban Conservatory, 2012-2015), Franco Scala (Imola Piano Academy, 2006-2008) and Bruno Canino (Milan, 2009-2010). He has attended master classes and lessons held by renowned pianists such as Andrzej Jasiński, Martino Tirimo, Barry Snyder, Andrei Gavrilov, Pascal Rogè, Irene Inzerillo, Riccardo Risaliti.

 

Giulio was also selected by London’s Concordia Foundation as participant to the Young Artists Programme.

 

A collaboration with Norvegian pianist Oda Voltersvik (Volt&Potenza Duo) established in 2014 underpins Giulio’s interest for four hands/two pianos compositions. The Duo’s debut CD “Khoreia”, including a commissioned contemporary work by Irish composer P. Martin, has been released in April 2016 (Velut Luna label).

 

Giulio holds Postgraduate and Artist Postgraduate Diplomas from Trinity Laban Conservatory and a Bachelor in History from University of Palermo. He completed his undergraduate music studies at the conservatory of Trapani (Italy), under professor Walter Roccaro.

 

 

 

Carles LamaCarles Lama

 

Steinway Artist and concert pianist, co-founder and director of the label KNS Classical and artistic director of several cycles and festivals of music, Carles Lama has also won a reputation for mentoring a wide number of young talents.

Together with superior studies in piano performance in Spain, Paris and United States and having directed the Conservatory of Music in Girona -from 2006 to 2012 - he studied Music Business, Branding and Digital Marketing and has founded Music Talent Lab and presented workshops and lectures in different institutions in order to guide and enlighten the musicians ‘careers.

 

At the same time, he has taught Master-Classes around the world and has been jury member of several renowned international competitions.

 

He is member of the renowned “Carles & Sofia piano duo” with his wife Sofia Cabruja, with whom they have played around the world, including venues like Carnegie Hall, Kolarac Memorial Hall or Teatro Solís, among others. They have been praised by public and critics alike as one of the best piano duos in the world.

 

Always committed with social needs, he has a UNICEF award for his humanitarian aid. In 2012, together with his wife, they founded Concerts4Good, Music on a Mission, a solidarity project.

 

He has been recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Mikhail KazakevichMikhail Kazakevich

 

The Russian pianist, Mikhail Kazakevich, studied at the Nizhny Novgorod’s State Conservatoire with the famous Soviet pianist and teacher Isaak Katz, who was a pupil of the legendary professor Alexander Goldenweiser. Immediately after graduating with the highest honours, Mikhail joined the professorial staff at the conservatoire and taught there until 1992 when his burgeoning performing career led him to the West.

 

As a result of his sensational performance at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund (Germany), Mikhail Kazakevich was engaged in playing several concerts with the Dortmund Philharmonic orchestra, and also gave numerous solo recitals in Germany and France, where he received a Special Award from the Schubert Society (Germany) and a Special Prize from SACEM (France) for the performance of 20th century music. In 1993, he made his debut at the Wigmore Hall (London) and soon afterwards was signed exclusively by the BMG/Conifer recording label, for which he has made world-wide acclaimed recordings of music by J.S. Bach, L.v. Beethoven (the world premiere recording of the composer’s final versions of the Second and Fourth concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras), Alban Berg, Frédéric Chopin, Gustav Mahler (Kazakevich’s own arrangements), Sergei Rachmaninov, Schubert and Robert Schumann.

 

Mikhail Kazakevich has played solo and with orchestras at prestigious venues and festivals in Austria, Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, South Korea and the Middle East. In the UK, he has given numerous recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, the South Bank Centre, and has made many live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 (most recently in May 2004) and BBC 1 Television. He regularly performs at the Brighton Festival and the Newbury Spring Festival - most recently, with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, playing S. Rachmaninov. Among his latest projects was a performance and recording of J.S. Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues (Well Tempered Klavier) at the famous St George’s, Bristol. Last season, Mikhail made his return tours to Denmark and Russia, playing W.A. Mozart's concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Moshe Atzmon and the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov. His forthcoming dates include appearances at the Newbury Spring Festival, London’s St John’s Smith Square with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and a solo recital at the Moscow Kremlin on the special invitation by the Presidential Executive Office of the President of Russia.

 

Mikhail Kazakevich has combined his intensive concert activity with teaching, which he enjoyed doing since after his graduation when he was appointed Professor at the Gorky State Conservatoire. In the UK, he taught at the Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff) from 1994 to 1996. Currently, he is a Professor of Piano at the Trinity College of Music (London). He frequently gives master-classes and adjudicates at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Atlantic College of Wales. His master-classes at St George’s Brandon Hill (Bristol) is an annual event. He also, gave master-classes in Jordan National Conservatoire, University of Aberdeen, Art Centre in Newport, where he was a member of a jury panel at the Newport International Piano Competition. Since 2005, Mikhail is annually invited to teach and perform at the famous Dartington International Summer School.

 

 

 

 

Xin WangXin Wang

 

Xin Wang established herself in spite of her young age as one of the leading pianists of the inner Mongolia China. She came into public attention when she won a special prize at the national Piano Competition China with the age of seven and has since gone on to give piano concerts an recitals in concert halls all over China. She studied with Jolio Largacha, Andreas Frölich and Gabriel Rosenberg in Cologne and Nurnberg. During her study she got a scholarship of the DAAD. Xin Wang has won numerous honors and prizes including the piano competition Lengano Italy, the piano competition Bettona Italy and many others.


She is regularly a welcome guest at diverse well-known concert places in Europa and Asia like Berliner Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau in Germany, Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, Concert Hall in Xiamen, Henan Art Center in Zhengzhou, Concert Hall in Ningbo, Poly Grand Theatre in Hohhot and many others. As a soloist Xin Wang appeared with many famous orchestras, among them Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Aachen,Kammerphilharmonie St. Petersburg and Berliner Camerata under the baton of famous conductors like Kazem Abdullah, James P. Liu, Juri Gilbo, Eduardo Strausser and Fuad Ibrahimov. She is a regular guest at international festivals such as Skrjabin Piano Festival Grosseto Italy, Piano Festival „federi musica“ Neapel Italy, International Piano Festival Salerno Italy, „IBLA Claasic“ Sicilia Italy, Piano Festival Orbetello Italy, „Friday Nights with Yury Revich“ Wien Austria, International Art Festival Kotor Montenegro, International Music Festival Deià Spain, Festival „Palau March Museu“ Palma Spain, „Festival de musique classique a Pompignan“Toulouse France, Palais Sommer Dresden Germany, „Monschau Klassik“ Germany, „International Piano Festival Wuhan" China and many others. As a passionate chamber musician she regularly works with colleagues like Echo-Klassik prize winner Yury Revich or Alexandre Debrus in China and Europe.


Xin Wang is founder and artist director of the international piano festival in Geilenkirchen Germany and jury president of the international piano competition "Euregio Piano Award". She is often inivited as a jury member in many international piano competitions such as Campillos Spain, „Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition“ Novi Sad Serbia, „Neue Sterne“ Wernigerode Germany, „Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize“ Barletta Italy, Ibiza international piano competition Spain , „Notes in Harmony“ Bettona Italy, „Academy Award“ Rom Italy,Xabia international piano competition Spain , Nice international piano competition France ,Asian Youth international piano Competition Hongkong, and many others.


Since 2012 she teaches as a guest professor at different music universities in China and gave several master classes in China and Germany with prestigious teachers from well known music universities in Europe.

 

 

 

 

AntonellaAntonella Scuderi

 

Graduated at the age of eighteen with the highest marks and praise at the V. Bellini Conservatory of Catania. Her teachers were E. Miozzi, A. Trombone, S. Perticaroli and Maria Tipo. She has a remarkable and appreciated solo activity, piano duet and with orchestra in Italy and abroad. Antonella has devoted particular interest to contemporary music, collaborating with living composers and creating world known recordings.

 

In 1997 she collaborated with the famous pianist and music critic Roman Vlad playing for the Amici della Musica in Palermo the piano duo version of the Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky.

 

Appreciations expressed by important musicians like Dario De Rosa, Paul Badura Skoda , Maria Regina Seidlhofer:
"...she expresses a warm and intense song and emotional fervor without yielding ..." "... clear and clean play, nice sound both in the loud and in the singable piano, great precision and an excellent rhythmic attack ..." "..she has s a complete dominance of the instrument, an extraordinary musical sensibility and stylistic knowledge ...".

 

Antonella is often invited as a juror in committee of national and international competitions, and holds master classes for solo piano and piano duet . She is piano Professor at the "V. Bellini" Conservatory of Catania since 1980. Many of her students have been awarded in numerous national and international competitions. Her ability to make cultural exchanges through competitions allowed her to discover talented musicians around the world giving them a variety of opportunities.

 

Antonella Scuderi is the Founder and Artistic Director of Amigdala International Competition

 

 

 

 

Francesca VidalFrancesca Vidal
(Cat A and B only)

 

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 has been teaching at “Achille Peri” Conservatory in Reggio Emilia and she is Art 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.

 


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