Registracija iki / Deadline
sausio 31 January
balandžio 23-30 April
Prizinis fondas 26 000 EUR Prize fund
Piano JURY in 2016
Julius Andrejevas (Lithuania)
Has been studying piano (graduated in 1965, class of professor A. Dvarionienė) and composition (graduated in 1971, class of professor E. Balsys) at Lithuanian State Conservatory, current Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His activity comprehends many areas, such as performance, composition, teaching and administration.
Julius Andrejevas is a founder of the musical ensemble Musica Humana, has been performing with the ensemble as a pianist and a harpsichordist for 15 years. Together with this ensamble he has given concerts across Europe, recorded CD's. He has been giving concerts as a soloist and a member of chamber ensembles. In 2001 he has been working as a general director of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
From 1989 to 1991 Julius Andrejevas was a chairman of the board of the Lithuanian Composer's Union. From 1991 to 1998 he has been teaching piano in a private conservatory Mayeusis in Vigo (Spain), he has been also working as a deputy of the director. Since 1999 Julius Andrejevas has written pieces in various gendres, including opera Sad fairy tale, Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Violin, concerto for piano and string ensemble Para una ave que no vuelva, misteria for soprano, clarinet, viola and piano Canto segundo, cycles for chorus A Thrush and A Phoenix, Duo for violin and viola, pieces for piano, violin, cello, chamber music pieces, he also creates music for theatre and movies, music for children.
Justas Dvarionas (Lithuania)
Justas already flourished into a skillful performer with his own musical identity at the age of eleven when he represented his country at the "Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte" International Piano Competition in Czechoslovakia. From this event Justas returned home as triumphant Laureate.
His extraordinary and growing abilities eventually lead him to the Moscow P.Tchaikovsky Conservatoire for graduate and post-graduate studies, both of which he completed with highest honours (studying under Prof. Lev Vlassenko and Mikhail Pletnev). After the initial five years of study, Justas' professor, Lev Vlassenko, found that his young student's "natural talent had bloomed and he had become undoubtedly an accomplished artist." Justas' pianistic and musical abilities were enhanced through his acquaintances pianist Sviatoslav Richter and Elisso Wirssaladse.
Justas' early career continued successfully. During his final years of study he won the Italian "Viotti" International Piano Competition in 1992. Justas also received special awards from both the Portuguese "Porto" International Piano Competition and the "International M.K. Čiurlionis" Piano Competition in Lithuania, meriting the respect of jury chairman Daniel Pollack: "Justas Dvarionas from Lithuania left me with one of the biggest impressions...[he] has unique interpretation."
Fumiko Eguchi (Japan)
Fumiko Eguchi is acclaimed as one of the most prominent pedagogues in Japan. Beginning her piano studies with Susumu Nagai in Japan, she subsequently studied at Toho School of Music with Jun Date. She continued her studies in Europe and has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals as well as concerts with orchestras. Nurturing many composers and artists, she has devoted herself to developing young talents as a chairperson at Yamaha Masterclass since its establishment in 1988.
She is always in demand for masterclasses and lectures throughout the country and abroad. Since 2010, she has been a faculty member at Ishikawa Music Academy and Asia International Piano Academy and Festival. Masataka Goto, one of her students, won the Liszt Competition in 2011. Eguchi's contributions in music education extend widely and she is actively involved in editing and publishing of many books, adult piano courses, along with other musical activities. She has also been a jury member of many international competitions.
Currently, she is a professor at Showa University of Music (Chair of Piano Department), Director of Showa Music and Ballet Studio, Director of Music Research Centre and Chair Professor at Piano Art Academy. She also serves on board of Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan and is a Special Member of the Executive Committee of International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia.
Grigory Gruzman (Germany)
Grigory Gruzman was born in 1956 in Leningrad, Russia (today St. Petersburg).He began his piano lessons at the age of five. Due to his exceptional talent, he was admitted to the Music School for the specially gifted children at the Leningrad Conservatory. During his school-time, performed more than 300 times in numerous cities in Russia.
In 1974, Gruzman began his studies at the Jerusalem Academy of music under professor Yali Wagman (ex-pupil of Rosina Lhevinne at the Julliard School of Music). During his last two years at the Academy Gruzman studied with professor Gregory Haimovsky (ex-pupil of professor Yakov Zack in Moscow; Y. Zacк was a winner of the 3rd International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw). He also attendet piano chamber music lessons with professor Alexander Tamir.
In 1977, Gruzman was accepted into University of Music (Hochschule für Musik) in Freiburg, Germany, where he studied with the world-renowned professor Vitalij Margulis. Two years later he completed his artistic exam. Directly after his successful exam, Gruzman was offered a piano-teaching post at the same University. 1979 he attended an intensive courseheld by Diego Diez (ex-pupil of Claudio Arrau) in New York. He also participated in master classes held by distinguished artists like Claude Franck, Leon Fleisher and Alfred Brendel.
Aleksandras Jurgelionis (Lithuania)
Has been studying in Kaunas ten Year Music School, Kaunas J. Gruodis Music School with professor Balys Dvarionas and his student Teresė Klimavičiūtė. In 1961 graduated from Lithuanian State Conservatory, the class of professor Balys Dvarionas. During the uears of study prepared the first piano recitals in Vilnius, Klaipėda, Panevėžys and Druskininkai.
He started his musical educational work in Druskininkai, later on at Instrumental Music Department of Vilnius Pedagogical Institute, at Lithuanian Academy of Music, the Pedagogical Department, at Balys Dvarionas School of Music. For three years he has been working in Havana, at the Higher Art Institute and at the Private Conservatory in Spain. From 1974 he is working at National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts.
For ten years he has been the director of the school. The students of Aleksandras Jurgelionis have won in various republican and international competitions. Besides his pedagogical activity he has been giving concerts as a soloist and chamber musician of various ensembles in various cities of Lithuania, in Spain, Cuba and Russia. He is one of the co–founders of the 1st National Balys Dvarionas Competition in 1974 and a jury member and member of the organising committee of many other next Balys Dvarionas National and International Competitions. He is often invited to jurys and other competitions.
Murray McLachlan (The United Kingdom)
Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are impeccable, and his tone-full but unforced in the powerful passages, gentle and restrained in the more lyrical- is a perpetual delight' (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE)
Since making his professional debut in 1986 at the age of 21 under the baton of Sir Alexander Gibson, Murray McLachlan has consistently received outstanding critical acclaim. Educated at Chetham’s School of Music and Cambridge University, his mentors included Ronald Stevenson, David Hartigan, Ryszard Bakst, Peter Katin and Norma Fisher.
His recording career began in 1988 and immediately attracted international attention. Recordings of contemporary music have won numerous accolades, including full star ratings, as well as ‘rosette’ and ‘key recording’ status in the Penguin Guide to CDs, and ‘Disc of the month’ and ‘Record of the month ‘in ‘Music on the Web’ and ‘The Herald’. McLachlan’s discography now includes over forty commercial recordings, including the complete sonatas of Beethoven, Myaskovsky and Prokofiev, the six concertos of Alexander Tcherepnin, the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Rodion Shchedrin, Ronald Stevenson’s ‘Passacaglia on DSCH’ the major works of Kabalevsky, Khatchaturian and the complete solo piano music of Erik Chisholm.
Vladimir Ovčinnikov (Russia)
Born in 1958, in Belebey, the Republic of Bashkortostan (Russia). Is the direcor of the Central Music School at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Laureate of the international piano competition in Montreal (1980, 2nd prize). Laureate of the VII International P. I. Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 1982, 2nd prize). Laureate of the international piano competition in Leeds (United kingdom, 1987, 1st prize and Gold medal). Laureate of the international chamber music competition in Vercelli (Italy, 1984, 1st prize). From 1966 until 1976 he was studying in Central Music School at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (teacher A. D. Artobolevskaya). In 1981 he graduated with extension from the Moscow State Conservatory, where he has been studying piano (the class of professor A. A. Nasedkin), from 1982 until 1985 he has proceeded his assistanship at the same conservatory.
From 1993 until 1996 has been teaching piano at the Nothern Royal Colledge of Music in the United kingdom. From 1995 he works in Moscow Philharmonic. From 1996 he is the Associate Professor at Moscow State Conservatory. From 2011 – the director of Central Music School at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.
Uta Weyand (Germany)
German born pianist Uta Weyand comes from a musical family. The daughter of a choir conductor and an organist, she grew up with choir music and the organ repertoire. During her childhood she expressed her extraordinary musical talent not only at the piano, she also played the violin, received voice classes and composed with great success.
The Post and Courier (South Carolina, USA) forecasted her musical career, stating “Weyand demonstrates genius at the piano…she is a pianist of genius, who should have a long career.“ And the Nuremberg News confirms “…especially admirable is her amazing art to have the great Steinway sing and wrest many captivating colors from it.“
After her studies in Freiburg/Germany, Baltimore/USA and Madrid/Spain with Elza Kolodin, Vitaly Margulis, Leon Fleisher and Joaquín Soriano Uta Weyand has had great international success giving numerous piano recitals and appearing with orchestras in most European countries, in Russia, Brazil, Cuba and the United States.
She performed with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Madrid, those of Barcelona and Valencia, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Brazil, with such conductors as Jesús López Cobos, José Ramón Encinar, Enrique García Asensio, Manuel Galduf, Jac van Steen, Marc Tardue and Gabriel Chmura.