Jury

Andreas Frölich (co-chairman) - Germany

German pianist Andreas Frölich studied with Stefan Askenase, Vtaly Margulis and Pavel Gililov. He is prizewinner of several international piano competitions, as in Senigallia, Finale Ligure or Vienna. He concertises in the most famous venues in Europe, South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Cologne Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonie "Gasteig", Konzerthaus Berlin, Hamburg Musikhalle, Stuttgart Liederhalle, teatro municipal Rio de Janeiro, salle gaveau Paris, caroussel de Louvre Paris, Mozarteum Salzburg and many others as well as in the most important music fertivals, such as Rheingau Musikfestival, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Salzburg, Emilia Romagna Festival, Schubertiade Roskilde and many other Festivals worldwide. As a soloist Andreas Frölich appeared with many famous orchestras, among them Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Wiener Kammerphilharmonie, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Münchener Kammerorchester, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Würtembergisches Kammerorchester, Suk Chamber orchestra Prag, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic Moskau, Radio Symphonique Luxembourg, Lutoslawski Philharmonie Wroclav, Stettin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Bretagne, Concerto Málaga, Thüringer Philharmoniker, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Kyimi Sinfonietta Finnland, Kammerphilharmonie Amadé, Philharmonic orchestra of Europe, Heidelberger Sinfoniker, Vogtland Philharmonie, national philharmonic of Peru. Andreas Frölich is pianist of the Mendelssohn Trio Berlin and he often performed with Ensemble Wien led by the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic. He recorded for many national (in Germany) and international radio stations and released more than 35 CD´s (a number of them award -winning) for different labels like, OEHMS CLASSICS, CPO, EMI, BMG, Divox, Signum and Fono.Andreas Frölich is artistic director and co/chairman of the international piano competition Aachen-MozARTe, artistic leader of the MozARTE-Festival Aachen and the "Orpheo concert series" in Kerkrade/NL. He is professor at the university of music and dance cologne/ Aachen and guest professor at the international summeracademy Mozarteum Salzburg and Talent Music Masters Academy Brescia. In the last years his students won more than 40 prizes (first and second) at international piano competitions. He is often inivited as a jury member in many international piano competitions (Madrid, Beethoven competition Bonn, Valencia, Ferrol, Granada, Campillos, Larnaca/Cyprus and Skrjabin Grossetto).


Ilja Scheps (co-chairman) - Germany / Russia

Ilja Scheps completed studies at the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. Lev Vlassenko and Prof. Evgenij Schenderowitch. From 1982 to 1992 I. Scheps was a soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. He gave concerts with orchestras and solo recitals and also appeared as an accompanist of renowned singers and instrumentalists there. This resulted in building a large repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Skriabin, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, as well as Schnittke, Silvestrov and Denisov. At the same time I. Scheps taught at the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. From 1992 I. Scheps has been living in Germany. Apart form performing all over the world he is an enthusiastic teacher. For many years I. Scheps has been a professor at the Rostock University and at the Darmstadt Music Academy. Now he is a professor at the university of music and dance Cologne / Aachen. He also conducts workshops and master classes at international music academies and works as a visiting professor in many universities. Ilja Scheps is a jury member of international piano competitions and a co-chairman of the International Piano Competition Aachen-MozARTe in Germany. Ilja Scheps has recorded more then 10 CDs with “MCA” (USA); “Le Chant du Monde” (France), “Melodia” (Russia), “Coriolan/Teldec”, “Deutsche Welle”, “ECM-Records” (Germany).


Yuanxizi Li - China


Yuanxizi Li, main subject teacher of the Piano Academy at Gulangyu, Central Conservatory of Music. After studying under professor Klaus Baessler and professor Georg Sava, she has graduated with excellent results from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in Germany in 2010 and obtained master's degrees both in music performance and in music education. While she showed all her musical talents during her childhood, she was admitted to the Shenzhen Arts School with the first ranking, before studying under Mr. Dan Zhaoyi and Ms. Xiao Mei. She has won the first prize of the Steinway Piano Competition(Guangzhou), the first prize of the International Robert Schumann Competition For Young Pianists(Shenzhen) and the third prize of the Mendelssohn International Piano Competition(Berlin). Her solo and chamber music concerts were held in several countries Europe and meanwhile well received. Her students have gained numerous awards both domestic and overseas, such as the first prize of the Yamaha China Piano Competition, the youth group’s third prize of the ClaviCologne International Piano Competition(Germany) in 2015, the first prize of the Granada International Piano Competition(Spain) in 2016, Sumy International Piano Competition(Ukraine) in 2017 etc. Nowaways she remains active in a lot of European music festivals and competitions, at the same time, she serves also as a classical music columnist. In order to inspire students to pursue higher level of arts and to create a more fresh artistic life for the new generation of students, she pioneered in 2016 a series of academic lectures designed for students studying music in China, which were high praised by peers and parents and also popular with students.


 Svetlana Eganian - Armenia/ France

She moved to France and since then teaches at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon.In the early 90s she founded an International Summer Piano Academy to unite pianists of all levels and nations. Svetlana Eganian was for several years Artistic Director of the Music Academy « Alizés »in Rabat, Morocco and conducts an educational and artistic activities also in Guadeloupe, Marie Galante and Martinique, where she is invited each year for recitals, master classes, TV shows.

 She is also invited as President or jury member in international piano competitions in many european countries like France, Belgium, Germany. President and Artistic Director of the G.C.I.P Competition, created in 1986, founder and Artistic Director of International Piano Competition in Lyon, created in 2009, she continued her concert career and performed numerous concerts with his faithful partners in France and abroad; its partners are the cellist Mark Drobinsky, tenor Georges Wanis. Since 2011 she forms a duet with her daughter Yolande Kouznetsov for the repertoire of piano with 4 hands and two pianos.

 The festival «  Printemps Musical des Alizés « -Essaouira (Morocco), for 5 years, also allowed her to collaborate with other renowned artists such as violinist Dong-Suk Kang, violist Hartmut Rohde, bassist Michael Wolf, the cellists Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller and Young Chang Cho .

Her recordings have received the press praises : four-stars in "The World of Music" for the CD Grieg, Chopin, Liszt.


 Pierre van der Westhuizen - USA/ Canada


 With performances described as showcasing the “utmost polish,” “impressive control” with a “broad stylistic spectrum” (Beeld, South Africa), South African pianist Pierre van der Westhuizen has established himself as an accomplished and versatile musician, with critically acclaimed performances across South Africa, the USA, and Europe. Pierre graduated from Northwest University (Potchefstroom, South Africa) with a double major in Piano Performance and Composition. Pierre has received several prizes, awards and scholarships, which included the M.C. Rhoode Memorial Performance Prize, and a grant from the National Research Foundation. He made his concerto debut in 1998, performing with the National Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. He continued his studies in the U.S., completing the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (2007), under the guidance of Frank Weinstock. His performances have been heard on WCLV (Cleveland), WYSU (Youngstown), ClassicFM, and WGTE (Toledo), and he has appeared as guest artist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Chelsea Tipton, as well as frequent collaborations with violinists Annette-Barbara Vogel and Ioana Galu. Pierre is also part of the Westhuizen Piano Duo, with his wife Sophié; they also teach master classes. Their interest in new music has led them to premiere numerous works by young South African and American composers. They were the first piano duo to receive fellowships as Young Artists at the prestigious PianoTexas International Academy and Festival (formerly the TCU/Cliburn Institute), as well as Shouse Artists at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, where they shared the stage with artists such as Ann Schein, Wu Han. Their performances were heard on famous and much Radiosonder like ClassicFM. They were featured as guest artists at many great Festivals around the world the Volksblad Arts Festival, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Northwest University (Potchefstroom) and the University of South Africa/UNISA.  They were featured on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, which was broadcast live on NPR and PBS, and have recorded the complete works for two pianos by Poulenc, which has been released by AMP Recordings. The Westhuizen Duo has also just been named international Steinway Artists, and recent highlights include a New York debut at Steinway Hall, as well as being the featured guest artists for concerto and recital performances at the 2017 Baldwin Wallace University Bach Festival. Pierre also enjoys teaching, and has previously served as guest artist and faculty member at the Colorado International Piano Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music’s Summer Sonata, Chautauqua Institute, and served on the piano faculty of Heidelberg University. Pierre is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, a position he has held since 2011.


Gabriel Kwok - China


 Gabriel Kwok was born in Hong Kong and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Guy Jonson and later with Louis Kentner in London. He has been Head of Keyboard Studies at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since 1989. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, he is Visiting Professor at the Shenzhen Arts School, Xian Conservatory of Music, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Wuhan Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music in China. He has served on the faculty of many Institutes, Academys and Festivals around the world in USA, Italy, China, Korea, Israel, United Kingdom and Portugal like the Cliburn Piano Institute (USA), International Institute for Young Musicians (USA), CBeijing International Music Festival and Academy (China), Beijing International Piano Festival (China),  Asia International Piano Academy and Festival (Korea), Kyungsung International Piano Academy (Korea) and Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes (Israel).

He has given masterclasses around the world in many Conservatory and Academy like at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal College of Music (London), Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater,  Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, University of Auckland, University of British Columbia and The Yale School of Music as well as classes in Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea. Gabriel Kwok has been a jury member of many international competitions including the Rome, Vianna da Motta, Gina Bachauer, Hong Kong, China, Hilton Head, Geneva International Piano Competitions amd many others. He has collaborated with many distinguished artists in concerts, among whom were Pierre Amoyal, Alexander Ballie, Siegfried Behrend, Alan Civil, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Hansjoerg Schellenberger, Denis Shapovalov, Jeffrey Solow, Leon Spierer and many others.

 

In 2014, Professor Kwok was awarded Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong Government for his contribution to piano education in Hong Kong.


Leonel Morales - Spanish

Born in Cuba, Leonel Morales currently holds Spanish nationality and lives in Spain since 1991. He has been awarded in the most important international piano competitions, like the William Kapell, Vianna da Motta, Corea, Sydney, Oporto, or the Fundación Guerrero Prize. He has demonstrated his expressivity and virtuosity at his frequent apparitions around Europe, Asia, America and Oceania.

 As well as playing with some of the most important Spanish orchestras, Leonel Morales has collaborated with prestigious international orchestras such as the Hamburger Symphoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker Virtuosos, Frankfurt-Oder Orchester, or the Orquesta Nacional de la RAI in Turin, amongst many others. He has also worked under the baton of the most renowned Spanish conductors and some international conductors, like Michael Jurowski, George Pehlivanian, Adrian Leaper, Marzio Conti, or Antoni Wit. In 2008, he was awarded the Tasto D’Argento de Italia Prize, “for his consolidated international career, making a special mention to his successful tour in twenty three of the best concert halls in U.S.A.” The main North American critics say he accomplished a notable success in this tour, where he interpreted the Number 1 Concerto by Tchaikovsky and the Third Concerto by Rachmaninov, with the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, under the conduction of Enrique Bátiz. He later toured around the United States, leaving some critics such as the one published by the Washington Post after a concert he played with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the Orquesta Nacional de España: “extraordinary interpretation and power”.

 Leonel Morales is regular jury at the most important international competitions, such as the Concurso Chopin de Roma, Città de Marsalla, Mendelssohn, Andorra, Fundación Guerrero, Oporto, etc. He is also the jury’s president at the International Piano Competition called “Compositores de España”, held annually in Madrid and director of the international piano competition Granada.

His labor as a pedagogue has been equally acclaimed, and has consequently imparted master classes at the Salzburg Mozarteum, at the Florida University’s Steinway Festival and at Houston University.

He has recorded for several labels, and has been awarded repeatedly for them, like when he obtained the Ritmo Prize for the best CD in 1994 (playing the Concierto Breve by Montsalvatge, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and the Maestro Antoni Ros Marbá).

 He is currently teaching as Professor at the university Alfonso X El Sabio Madrid