Eight distinguished pianists and pedagogues have been selected to serve on the jury for 2013, including Jury Chairman Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Andrzej Jansinski, Daejin Kim, Alexander Korsantia, Haesun Paik, Roberto Plano (first prize winner at the 2001 Competition), Nelita True, and Frank Weinstock. Meet them after the jump.
Einar Steen Nøckleberg
Jury Chairman Einar Steen-Nøkleberg is a leading Norwegian pianist, having made continuous international appearances and more than 50 recordings. He studied with Nicolai Dirdal and Hans Leygraf. His many distinctions include the Norwegian Piano Competition in 1972, the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Best Performance in 1975 (for the interpretation in Grieg’s Piano Concerto at the Bergen Festival), the Norwegian Recording of the Year in 1976 for a recital of Norwegian Baroque Composers, the Lindeman Prize (“Performer of the Year”) 1984, the Grieg Prize in 1985 (Bergen) and 1992 (Oslo).
Graduate of the Music Conservatory in Katowice; first prize winner 1960 M. Canals Competition; currently Head of the Piano Department at The Music Academy in Katowice; performs throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, South America, highly respected international jurist and honored pedagogue. Recognized in Poland by the Minister of Arts and Culture for artistic and pedagogic achievements with prestigious Medal of national Education.
First prize winner, 1985 Casadesus Competition (now CIPC); graduate of The Juilliard School; currently Professor of Piano at the Korean National University of the Arts; successfully combines the demanding careers of a concert pianist and the most productive teacher. Students have won first prize at Clara Haskil and Leeds competitions; recent received Artist of the Year by Korean Ministry of Culture.
Currently Professor of Piano at the New England Conservatory and Artistic Director of “From Easter to Ascension” in his native Georgia, extensive concert career covering North America, Europe, Russia, recordings include Bardanashvili’s “Concerto quasi una fantasia” with the Ingolstadt Chamber Orchestra; televised performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.
Graduate of the New England Conservatory; top prizes at the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky competitions; has performed concerts around the world in solo recitals, concerti with orchestra, and as a chamber musician. Recordings can be heard on EMI; currently a member of the piano faculty at the Hartt School of Hartford University in Connecticut; respected and frequent jurist.
First prize winner, 2001 Cleveland Competition, performs worldwide with orchestras, as a featured soloist, and with chamber music groups. Graduate of the Verdi Conservatory; recorded extensively for Sipario, Azica, and Arktos; founder and Director of the Alfred Cortot Music Association; his masterclasses, taught at his own music academy and worldwide, are in high demand.
Performed in Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and all 50 U.S. states; was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia; concertized in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times. Studied at Juilliard; received DMA from Peabody; studied with Boulanger in Paris on Fulbright grant. Currently Professor of Music at Eastman School of Music; has received five major music achievement awards.
Professor Emeritus of Piano, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he taught for 31 years; appearances as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician have taken him throughout the U.S., South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Graduate of Oberlin and New England Conservatories; respected juror; featured in Benjamin Saver’s book, The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA.
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