Jury

Beatrix Ebersberg

Beatrix Ebersberg earned a diploma in piano performance with Prof. Günter Ludwig, as well as a diploma in music pedagogy at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Cologne, where she also studied violin as a second major. She has attended international piano workshops with György Sebök, Tatiana Nikolaiewa and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.

She developed her affinity for chamber music through studies with the Amadeus-Quartett, among others, and soon became a much sought-after accompanist in international workshop circles.

She is the recipient of the Oldenburg State Bank's Piano Prize and attended the International Summer Course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg on a DAAD scholarship.

In addition to her frequent solo and chamber music concerts, she has also appeared in radio and television productions for the WDR. In 2012, she founded the “Trio Farrenc” with her cello partner of many years, Ulrike Tiedmann and the flautist, Arnim Klüser, with which she regularly presents concerts.

She has always been especially interested in teaching, and has had much success throughout her career. Beatrix Ebersberg is the head of the keyboard department at the municipal music school in Bonn and also teaches piano at the University in Siegen. Numerous of her students have won prizes in the German National Music Contest for  Young People and have successfully pursued music studies at the university level.

 

Ute Hasenauer

She was admitted at the age of 10 years, along with Frank Peter Zimmermann in a nationwide first-time special at the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Essen as a young student. Later she studied at the national schools of music in Essen , Mannheim and Cologne with Prof. V.Gradow , Prof.S.Grawriloff , Prof.W.Marschner and Prof. YUKim.
Since she was 13 years old she appeared as a soloist with orchestra and gave numerous sonata recitals at home and abroad inter alia, with Roberto Szidon, Günter Ludwig and as a member of X - ensemble for modern music.
While still a student, she was an assistant of Prof.V.Gradow in Essen and Mannheim and Prof.YUKim in Detmold. After graduating, she won in 1993 as the first woman since the founding of the orchestra a concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. More job as concertmaster followed with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999.
In the years 1980 and 1995 she was invited by renowned professors such as V. Gradow, A. Markov, R. Ricci, M. Rostal, G. Poulet, H. Krebbers, YUKim and I. Stern to actively participate in master classes. From 2000 she taught as a lecturer for the violin at the Otto -Friedrich University in Bamberg .
Numerous television recordings were made in all these years at the Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, 3sat, MDR , SWR, BR- alpha , German wave, RTBF Belgium, Swiss television and radio broadcasts in WDR5, WDR3, NDR, RBB, BR4 Classic, SWR, Radio Z and the Belgian broadcasting.
2004 to date, she was elected to the Board of ESTA (European String Teacher's Association) Germany. In the same year she was appointed professor at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne. There, she founded and directs the "Pre-College Cologne - center for musically gifted children"
Her students include numerous winners of national and international youth music competitions.
In addition to the instrumental lessons in violin and jury activities she is involved in numerous committees for talent research and promotion in the music industry , as the ESTA Germany (European String Teachers Association), the German Tonkünstlerverband (DTKV), German Higher Education Teachers' Association (DHV) and the ag Rhineland gifted. For many years intensive study of a variety of learning systems.
Currently, she works with her husband Benjamin Ramirez on a book on the "Morphology of Violin technique".
My regular master classes since 2003 in Bamberg, Meinerzhagen, Kerken, Königswinter, Cologne and Zell an der Pram / Austria etc.
2013 she was dean of the Faculty 2: Strings, at the Academy of Music and Dance Cologne.

 

Laura Richaud

Laura Richaud began her musical studies at the age of nine and has won sixteen first prizes in national and international competitions, both before and after obtaining her diploma in pianoforte with top marks and laude. She has been highly involved in concerts performing both in Italy and abroad, playing for television broadcasters, with orchestras and particularly with chamber music formations (duo – with violin and flute – and quartet), but she has always concentrated her efforts mainly on teaching. Her students are often invited to play for prestigious concertistic institutions in Italy and Europe and they are winners of important international competitions. She teachs since 1979 and at present she hold the pianoforte chair at Turin Conservatory. In 1994 she founded the Music Festival and “Città di Pinerolo” International Competition for piano and chamber music in her native town of Pinerolo. In 1998 these initiatives became part of the musical activities organised by the Accademia di Musica, of which she is the founder and artistic director. Since 1994 she is artistic director of the ‘Musica d’Estate’ master-class cycle which has seen the birth of an international Festival become the most important appointment of the year for the town of Bardonecchia. From 1994 she cooperates for didactic activities with Franco Scala (director of Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” of Imola), both in Pinerolo and in summer courses of Musica d’Estate. Major musical institutions from all over Europe regularly invite her to hold seminars and finishing courses, besides as Gury member in international competitions.

 

Bum-Suk Kim

The German-Korean pianist, Bum-Suk Kim was born into an artistic family in 1977 in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of 10, he won the 1st prize in Kyung-Gi Piano Competition. In following years, he was also awarded the 1st prize in the Korean Newspaper Piano Competition and Samik Piano Competition. At the age of 12, he debuted as a soloist with Seoul City Orchestra. At the age of 14, he was recommended by Prof. Helmut Weinrebe to study at the Cologne Musik University Germany, where he was accepted as a student of Prof. Pavel Gililov and graduated with 1st class honours in 1999. In 2004 he finished the Konzertexamen.

During the course of his studies, he won several 1st prizes in such international piano competitions as Finale di Ligure, Citta di Sulmona, San Remo Classico and Valsessia Viotti. In 1998, he was selected to attend the master class of Oleg Meisenberg at Klavier-Festival Ruhr. His brilliant performance was also complimented by Bruno Leonard Gelber when attending the master class of the legendary pianist in 2003.

Bum-Suk Kim performed with numerous orchestras, including the Peking Central Orchestra in China, the Sachsen-Anhalt Youth Orchestra in Germany, the Rumanian Mihail Jora Orchestra in Italy, and the Dae-Gu City Orchestra in South Korea. His performance with the San Remo Philharmony Orchestra in 2000 was broadcast on Rai Uno throughout the whole of Italy. He was also invited to give recital tours in Italy, Austria and Belgium, including the Konzerthaus in Klagenfurt, which was broadcast on Austrian Broadcasting (ORF). Since 2004 he has been Artistic Director at Eurasia Kulturverein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

In 2006 he suffered serious injuries to his left hand in a car accident, which took him away from his concert carreer for a long period. Fortunately he was able to regain his virtuosity and return to concert halls, such as the Liszt Salon in Weimar.

As a soloist, he performed with German Korean Chamber Orchestra in Cologne. Since 2010, he has also been a member of the Trio Valdonica.

Bum-Suk Kim is also an experienced teacher. He has given private lessons for 15 years for young pianists preparing for entrance exams of music colleges in Germany. Since 2007 he has taught at Rubinstein Academy in Germany, and since 2009 at the Cologne Musik University, as well. Since giving a master class in 2006 together with Jean Micaut, he has taught regularly at master courses in Germany and Italy. Bum-Suk Kim’s repertoire in performance extends from Bach to the modern but he particularly loves the music of Franz Liszt.

 

Alexei Galea

Alexei Galea was born in Malta in 1979. He studied Violin and Piano at the Purcell School in London. In 2001 he graduated from the University of Oxford, Pembroke College obtaining an Hons Degree in Musicology. Alexei is a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatoire where he studied piano with Viktor Merzhanov and Yuri Didenko, chamber music with Alexandr Rudin and accompaniment with Tatiana Smirnova. He has played in a number of halls in Moscow including The Small Hall, Rachmaninov Hall and Tchaikovsky Cultural Centre. He has played in a number of orchestras in the UK, Germany, Ukraine and Malta. Alexei first appeared as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 12 as a violinist in Vivaldi Concerto in A minor with Johann Strauss School Orchestra. As a pianist he has been invited to take part in Festivals and perform in various halls including the Rachmaninov museum in Ivanovka, Primavera Classica in Moscow and for the President of Malta. He was chosen to represent Malta in the first EU piano competition in Prague were he won a price for his performance of Maltese Music. He is active as a pianist, chamber player and accompanist. Alexei has served as member of Jury in piano competitions in Sumy Region, Ukraine. From 2010 to 2012 he studied conducting with Prof. Steffen Leissner of Hochschule fur Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, and also with Alexander Maschat in Vienna. Alexei is the principal conductor of the central Mediterranean orchestra based in Sicily as well as a member of the board of directors of the Malta Philharmonic orchestra, founder of the Valletta Piano festival and president of the Mediterranean foundation for culture in Malta.

 


 

Ivan Mishunin

Hailing from Russia, Ivan Mishunin was born into a family of professional musicians in 1979 and began studying the piano at the age of 4. By the age of 12 years old, he had won the junior round of the Mussorgskiy competition.
Having studied at the prestigious Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of the legendary pianist Victor Merzhanov, he went on to win international piano competitions in Europe, Greece, Sweden, Ukraine and Russia.
Ivan is currently a member of staff at the Chopin State Moscow College as piano & chamber ensemble professor and a member of the Rachmaninov Society USA & Scriabin Society in Russia. From 2004 to 2006, Ivan was an assistant of the world famous pianist Yuri Didenko at summer school at Rachmaninov Estate in Tambov Russia. Both Ivan and his students have actively taken part at many Piano festivals in Russia, Denmark, Germany, USA, Malta, Japan and China.
He has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Rachmaninov & Maliy Hall and Kennedy Hall in the US. The Beijing, Xinghai, Liaoning & Harbin concert halls in China. The Yamaha Center & Kawasaki Citizen Hall in Japan
Ivan has been working in China since 2005 as professor & Art-director of the Liu Shi Kun Piano & Art Centre, in Guangdong and Hong Kong whilst being a Judge member of the Liu Shi Kun International Piano competition in 2007 and 2008. In 2013 Ivan was invited by the Chinese Ministry of Culture to run masterclasses and lectures at Dezhou University, Shangdong province where he was awarded the position of honorary professor.  Residing in Shanghai, He frequently performs with the Shanghai Baroque orchestra as soloist in the leading concert halls of China and is currently in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory whilst running a teaching studio in Shanghai.

 

Meng Lingshuai

Meng Lingshuai, pianist, theoretician, and music translator.
Born in 1983, Nanjing, China, and learned music from his father at the age of five.
Attended Russian Novomoskovsk Music College and taught by Maria Karaseva in Piano Department at the age of 14.
Learned in Moscow State Tschaikowsky Conservatory from 2002 to 2011 and taught by famous pianist Professor Naum Shtarkman and Ruvim Ostrovsky, and won awards in international competitions (2001 in Republic of Lithuania; 2004 in Russia; 2005 in Ukraine).
In China, Mr. Meng is the successor of Russian Konstantin Igumnov piano school; he has held solo concerts in Russia and China for many times. Mr. Meng’s music is restraining and deep without exaggeration and publicity stunt; his artistic conception of music is penetrating with distinctive nuance and precise structure; his performance is presented to the audience in natural appearance.
In 2011, he became a full-time piano teacher in the Music Department of Northeast Normal University in China (city Changchun).
Mr. Meng’s major research direction is “influence of Russian piano school on development of Chinese piano art”. He has compiled textbooks for Chinese elementary piano education ; his academic thesis of History And Development Of Russian Piano Art was serialized in the magazine of Piano Art which is published by People's Music Publishing House in China. Mr. Meng has translated and published a large number of theses and books on Russian piano performing and teaching theories study.

 

 

Vasily Shcherbakov

Russian pianist Vassily Scherbakov is a celebrated interpreter of Western piano masterpieces and the creations of classic and modern Russian composers. His repertoire includes a vast number of compositions of all styles, including piano solos, piano concertos and chamber music.

Vassily’s recitals are a unique experience, because of the remarkable way he relates to the instrument’s sound and nature. Studying composition has certainly affected Vassily’s interpretations, which effortlessly combine strong logic for building a musical form with fantastic expression.

Vassily brings his audience the greatest classical masterpieces of the 20th century, including pieces by Shostakovitch, Prokofiev, Shnitke, Schoenberg, Hindemith, Ligeti and other contemporary composers.

A significant place in Vassily’s performing life is occupied by researching the legacy of his uncle, Dmitri Kabalevsky, a Russian/Soviet composer whose music is well-known and loved by many, especially by young musicians for whom he wrote many excellent pieces. Vassily interprets the music of his uncle like no one else, implementing Kabalevsky’s musical ideas with passion framed by the crystal-clear understanding of form and style. Some compositions by Kabalevsky were discovered and brought to the stage only through Vassily’s endeavours. Thanks to his efforts, audiences in many European countries heard Kabalevsky’s masterpieces for the first time.

Vassily Scherbakov is well-known as a collaborative pianist. The long list of artists he’s worked with includes the Schostakovich State Quartet, the New Russian Quartet, French horn player Arkadi Shilkloper, soloists of the Bolshoy Theater Alexander Tzilinko and Tatiana Kuindji,

Austrian violinist Luz Leskoviz, French guitar player Philipp Villa, German pianists Hans Peter and Folker Schtenzly, and Martenot Waves player Lidia Kavina.

In addition to performing, Vassily is a senior lecturer at the State Music Conservatory in Moscow. Many of his students have won prizes at prestigious musical festivals and competitions. Vassily has been a jury member at numerous international chamber music contests, and he is a Chairman of DSCH Music Festival in Moscow. Vassily is the Chairman of the Kabalevsky International Music Competition in Moscow, Russia.