The 2019 Jury is chaired by Pascal Nemirovski, “International Chair in Piano” at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Hon ARAM from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
He is accompanied by 6 personalities from the professional musical world :
Emma BLOXHAMUnited Kingdom
Marie Catherine GirodFrance
Chairman of the Jury,
Concert Pianist, Professor and International Chair in Piano, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Honorary Professor, Royal Academy of Music in London.
The French Pianist Pascal Nemirovski, Hon ARAM joined the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2016, where he holds the position of International Chair in Piano.
He is recognised as one of the most sought-after piano pedagogues in the world with many of his students winning top international prizes and now successful recording artists represented by major Concert Artist Maement companies, among them Lise de la Salle, 1st Prize winner of the Ettlingen International Piano Competition and Young Concert Artist (YCA) in New York and Louis Schwizgebel, 2nd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and BBC New Generation Artist between 2013-2015.
From 1981 to 1984, Pascal studied with Nadia Reisenberg and Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School where he was awarded a full scholarship (Steinway & Freundlich Fund). In 1984, he settled in Paris and continued his studies with France Clidat and Alexis Weissenberg, while giving concerts and masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Asia.
In 1990, his vocation for teaching was recognised by violinist Vladimir Spivakov who invited him to to create and lead the Masterclasses of the International Festival of Colmar. This festival brought together the greatest international institutions such as the Paris Conservatoire, Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, London’s Royal Academy of Music, the Moscow Conservatory, and New York’s Juilliard School. Pascal was the youngest contributing professor, among internationally renowned figures including Dmitri Bashkirov, Pascal Devoyon, Gary Graffman, Vladimir Krainev, Reina Sherechevskaia, Tatiana Zelikman.
Since this experience, he started to be invited to give lectures, Masterclasses, workshops all over the world:
- China: Shanghai Conservatory & Middle school, Beijing Central and China Conservatories & Middle school, Shenzhen Arts School and Guangzhou Conservatory & Middle school
- Finland: Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
- France: MusicAlp, Courchevel and Tignes, Colmar, International Festival, Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris
- Germany: Edwin Fisher Summer Academy, Potsdam
- Ireland: Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin
- Italy: MusicFestPerugia, Perugia
- Israel: Buchmann-Mehta School of music, Tel-Aviv and The Jerusalem Music Centre
- Lithuania: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius
- Philippines: University of Santo Tomas. University of the Philippines
- Russia: Moscow Conservatory and Central school of Music attached to the Conservatory
- Spain: Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, Campillos International Piano Competition
- Taiwan: International Taipei Maestro Piano Festival, National Taiwan Normal University
- UK: Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists, Manchester. Cadenza, Purcell School, Oxford University
- USA: Young Concert Artists, New-York. Manhattan International Music Competition. San José International Piano Competition
In 2004, he released his first CD “Entre Ciel et Terre” devoted to Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin which was unanimously acclaimed by the press.
From 2006 to 2016, he taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was awarded Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM). Having much experience in teaching, he was also responsible for the Subject Specialism “Piano Pedagogy” for LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music) and edited two books. During this period, he also taught at the Purcell School.
He is also very much in demand as a jury member at International Piano Competition throughout the world and has been appointed Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the “Concours International de Piano Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” (Saint-Priest-Lyon, France) in May 2017.
Pascal Nemirovski is a Steinway Artist.
Pianist, Artistic Director MusicFest – Perugia
Ilana Vered has been heard with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Japan NHK Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has performed as soloist under the batons of most of the world’s finest conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Kemperer, Kirill Kondrashin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, Colin Davis, Kurt Sanderling, Cassadesus, Bertini, Raymond Leppard, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Atzmon, Raymond Leppard, Rodan, James Judd, Lawrence Foster, Matthias Bamert, Mariss Jansons and Vanska.
A regular participant in summer festivals, Vered has made appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood, Cleveland’s Blossom Festival, the Meadow-brooks Festival in Detroit, and at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. She has repeatedly demonstrated sovereign musical and technical command over some forty-five concertos – from J.S. Bach, through Mozart, Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov, to Alban Berg….
Ilana Vered is a chamber musician of distinction and is noted particularly for her frequent performances with the Tokyo String Quartet. A highlight of this collaboration was Vered’s world premiere performance with the ensemble of Ezra Laderman’s Piano Quintet at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. During the Hampton Summerfest and the Rutgers Summerfest Ilana Vered performed the five L.v. Beethoven concertos in one event.
During the 1993-1994 season, she performed a L.v. Beethoven cycle of the complete sonatas and variations for piano and cello, with cellist Sharon Robinson, in Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, New York City.
Ilana Vered recorded for Decca/London works by Brahms, Mozart and Rachmaninov. For connoisseur society she recorded the complete Chopin Etudes, Op. 10 and 25, complete recording of Moszkowski’s 15 Études de Virtuosité, Op. 72 (1970). Decca also released a disc entitled “25 Virtuoso Etudes” new readings of concert etudes by Chopin, Schumann, Paganini-Liszt, and Debussy (1992). Vered committed to disc the complete set of Beethoven’s five piano concertos with the Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kazimierz Kord (1993 ProArte). Ilana Vered has made a series of unusual feature length films entitled “Looking at Music” being distributed in the US by BMG.
She has taught master-classes world wide and has founded three festivals : the Summerfest Series of Rutgers University, the Hamptons Summerfest, and Music Fest Perugia in Perugia, Italy, which is today the largest festival for young classical musicians in Italy. She is also a frequent juror of many international competitions: Young Concert Artists (NY), Vendome Prize (Verbier), Jerusalem Young Talent Prize, Saint Priest (Lyon), Silk Road Competition (Xian) and others.
Presently she is spending the winter in Vancouver, giving master classes at the University and appearing at the “satelites” Music fest Perugia has founded in Seoul, Moscow and Taipei.
Artist manager at the agency Caecilia.
Director of the “Meisterinterpreten” concert series at the Tonhalle Zurich.
Born 1972 into a family of musicians. Started playing the piano at age 5 and won 1st prize at the Swiss Youth Music Competition.
Studied musicology at the University of Zurich and holds a master in Arts Management.
Started his professional career within Universal Music as promotion manager for the labels Decca and Philips where he worked for artists such as Alfred Brendel, Cecilia Bartoli and Sir Georg Solti.
Currently artist manager at the agency Caecilia (Geneva/Zurich) where he manages some world-class soloists. Director of the concert series “Meisterinterpreten” at the Tonhalle Zurich where he presents stars such as Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu but also with great enthusiasm the next generation such as Benjamin Grosvenor, Francesco Piemontesi and Louis Schwizgebel.
In leisure time he likes reading books, travelling, playing Tennis and hiking the mountains.
Editor Live Music and New Generation Artists BBC Radio 3.
Emma Bloxham read music at Oxford University and joined the BBC in 1997.
She has extensive experience of working in the recording studio and is passionate about helping young musicians develop their careers.
Pianist, producer at France-Musique
Philippe Cassard has established an international reputation as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician since giving a joint recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris in 1985. The same year he was finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition and in 1988 he won the First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition.
His concerto appearances include performances with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Wales, Orchestre National de France… He has worked with many conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Fedossejev, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Raymond Leppard, Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Thierry Fischer…
His performance of the complete piano works of Debussy (four recitals in a single day) received extremely enthusiastic press and media coverage. He has presented the cycle in London Wigmore Hall, Dublin, Paris, Lisbon, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo. His Debussy’s recordings published by Decca have been awarded Grand Prix du Disque Français in 1994.
He also visits China, Australia, South America and Canada regulary.
Philippe plays also a huge repertoire of chamber music, and he appearead with such artists as Natalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Wolfgang Holzmair, Cédric Pescia, Paul Meyer, David Grimal, Anne Gastinel, Matt Haimovitz, Isabelle Faust, the Ebene, Modigliani, Takacs, Auryn, Vanbrugh, Danish and Chilingirian string quartets.
His recording of Schumann’s Humoresque and Fantasiestücke op.12 was awarded Gramophone Editor’s Choice and FM Magazine « Best Buy » (2005). Philippe Cassard’s releases (Schubert 8 Impromptus, Brahms op.116 to 119) have been received very warmly.
Philippe joins soprano Natalie Dessay in 2012 for a Debussy Songs programme (Erato) and a Poulenc, Fauré, Duparc and Chausson recital in 2015. His recent release of a Schubert programme (Sonata D959 and four hands piano music with Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia) for La Dolce Volta, has been awarded “Choc 2014” by Classica magazine.
Philippe Cassard has been artistic director of the festival « Nuits Romantiques du Lac du Bourget » (1999-2008), and since 2005, he has presented 430 live weekly programmes on France Musique Radio dedicated to piano interpretation (awarded Prix SCAM in 2007 as “Best radio programme”). He has written an essay on Schubert and a book on cinema and music links.
Marie Catherine Girod
Concertist pianist, professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. France
Unconventional and original in her choice of repertoire, Marie Catherine Girod has made herself a special place in the musical world by her virtuosic interpretation of unknown repertoire .Her performances delivery counterpoised by masterly technique and her personal engagement, have allowed a large audience to get acquainted with composers such as Abel Decaux, Tournemire, Le Flem, D’Indy, Emmanuel or Aubert, but also Arnold Bax or York Bowen for the English music, without of course neglecting the classic and romantic repertoire in which she excels as testify her recordings of Chopin, Franck, Rachmaninov or Weber. Regularly invited to perform in festivals such as le festival Chopin de Bagatelle et de Nohant, the festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, where she played the complete Etudes by Chopin in 2016, La Folle Journée de Nantes and La Folle Journée in Tokyo, and also festivals abroad, including the Husum Festival in Germany devoted to “Rareties of Piano Music”. She also takes part periodically in radio shows in France Musique or in Radio Classique.
Marie Catherine Girod teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
Passionate, enthusiastic, sensitive in all her public appearances, Marie Catherine Girod takes the testimony of her art at the highest level. Marie Catherine Girod was made a Knight of Arts and Letters and Chevalier in the Order of Merite.
Vladimir Ovchinnikov is the only pianist ever to receive top prizes at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (1982) International and the Leeds International Piano Competition (1987).
Vladimir Ovchinnikov is also a laureate of the Concours International de Montreal (Canada, 1980, 2nd Prize) and the International Music Competition G.B.Viotti in Vercelli (Italy, 1984, 1st Prize).
His success at Leeds launched his international career. He made a triumphant début in London in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Vladimir Ovchinnikov is a graduate of the Central Special Music School (the class of) and the Moscow Conservatory. He studied with A. Artobolevskaya and then Prof. A. Nasedkin.
He appears regularly with orchestras all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the English Classical Players in the UK. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and numerous others from around the world. In Russia he works with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Great Symphony Orchestra and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed with many leading conductors including E. Svetlanov, Sir Georg Solti, V. Ashkenazy, R. Barshay, M. Bamert, J. Brett, W. Weller, A. Wit, A. Dmitriev, J. Kraizberg, L. Pesek, G. Rozhdestvensky, S. Skrowaczewski, V. Fedoseev, M. Jansons, N. Jarvi, A. Lazarev, R. Martynov, Y. Simonov, V. Poliansky, A. Vedernikov, T. Sanderling, J. Conlon, V. Gergiev, M. Gorenstein, M. Shostakovich.
V. Ovchinnikov possesses a wide repertory and appears in most prestigious Concert Halls such as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmony, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, the Gewandhaus in Germany, the Vienna Musikverein, Conservatorio Milano Verdi, Champs-Elysees Theatre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and has received the highest praises of the audience, music critics and press. His festival appearances include: Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl (USA), Edinburgh and Cheltenham (UK), Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Sintra (Portugal), Stresa (Italy), Singapore Festival, BBC Proms in London, V. Cliburn in Concert Festival (USA).
EMI released his CDs with “Transcendental Etudes” by Liszt, “Etudes — Tableaux” by Rachmaninoff, all 9 Sonatas and pieces from the ballet “Cinderella” by Prokofiev. For the label Collins Classics he recorded the First Piano Concerto by Shostakovich with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Maxim Shostakovich and “Pictures at an Exhibition”.
For several years he was the Guest Professor of Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in England and Rector of the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory from 2011 to 2016. He is now the Head of the piano department and Professor at the Gnessin Institute of Music.
Currently he is the Resident Professor of piano at the Moscow Conservatory and Guest Professor of Piano at the Moscow State University in Russia. He has also been a jury member of many International Competitions.
In 2005 Vladimir Ovchinnikov received Russia’s highest award and honour for Musicians — the title National Artist of Russia awarded by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin.