In the jury:

Olli Mustonen, Pianist – Chairman of the jury

Newly appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Olli Mustonen has a unique place on today’s music scene. Following the tradition of great masters such as Rachmaninov, Busoni and Enescu, Mustonen combines the roles of his musicianship as composer, pianist and conductor in an equal balance that is quite exceptional, often bringing them together in one fascinating triple role performance.

Tamás Vásáry, Pianist, Conductor – Doyen

Tamás Vásáry was born on 11 August 1933, in Debrecen. He made his stage debut at the age of 8, when performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D major, K.107 in his hometown, where he gave a solo recital the following year. From this time on, he performed regularly as a child prodigy. He was soon introduced to the leading figure of the contemporary Hungarian musical life, Ernő Dohnányi, who accepted the gifted youth as his student. However, his tutorial was relatively short-lived as the maestro left Hungary.

Olga Kern, Pianist

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years.

Cyprien Katsaris, Pianist

Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born in Marseilles in 1951. He first began to play the piano in Cameroon where he spent his childhood, at the age of four, with Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse. A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen, Monique de la Bruchollerie, and chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau.

Wu Ying, Pianist

Wu Ying was born in Shanghai , to a musical family – His father is a composer and a musicologist, and mother a pianist; he received his first instruction from his mother at the age of 5.  Wu graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music China in Beijing and got his master degree.  Then he went to Vienna and studied with Paul Badura-Skoda.  

Boaz Sharon, Pianist

Boaz Sharon is Professor of Piano and Chairman of the Piano Department at Boston University and Director of the Piano Program of the Boston University Tanglewood Program. He is a Steinway Artist. An internationally renowned pianist and artist/teacher, he is the first prize winner of the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain.

János Balázs, Pianist

János Balázs is a Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian pianist and a regular performer at world-class music venues, also artistic director of the György Cziffra Memorial Year and Festival. He graduated at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Since he won the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition at the age of 16, he has become a highly influential personality of the Hungarian classical music life.

Gábor Farkas, Pianist

Gábor Farkas (born in Ózd, Hungary, in 1981) graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest in 2005 after studying under Sándor Falvay and Attila Némethy. He finished his DLA studies in 2014 at his Alma Mater under the mentorship of Zoltán Kocsis and Tamás Vásáry. At the same time, he was a student of Professor William Grant Naboré at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.


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