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Chairman of Jury

The renowned Kazakh pianist Zhaniya Aubakirova is the laureate of international competitions. She is the People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Laureate of the State Prize of Peace and Progress of the First President of the Republic of Kazahstan, the Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Cavalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of France, the Holder of the Award of European Union of Arts of Gustav Mahler, the Holder of a II degree Order of Catherine the Great, the Holder of the Polish awards of Distinguished Services to Polish Culture and the Gold Cross of Merit. and  winner of an Independent "Platinum Tarlan" Award. The director of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National  Conservatory, “Steinway Artist”, professor. 

1983 she won the Grand Prix of The Marguerite Long International Piano Competition and a special prize of the same Competition, “For the Best Performance of Contemporary French Composers' Works”. 1985 she won the Grand Prix International Competition of Chamber Ensembles of The Long-Thibaud Competition.

She studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory  in the class of professor Lev Vlasenko and received lessons from celebrated Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev. At present pianist Zhaniya Aubakirova is the one of the brightest classical music performers of the Central Asia. She leads concert activity as a pianist along with the great activity in social life not only of Kazakhstan, but also on international level.

Zhaniya Aubakirova collaborated with many musicians and music collectives such as Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky, Alexander Vedernikov, Denis Shapovalov, Marat Bisengaliev, Alexander Trostyanskiy Christophe Mangou, the Quartet «Danel», Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of French Radio,  Symphony Orchestra of India, English Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra and others. more

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Pianist Tamás Ungár has always been reorganized locally as one of the best piano teachers in the country with students
winning major prizes around the world. Now, he is being recognized by the rest of the nation. He has recently been named the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Teacher of the Year. 

Ungár is a professor of piano at Texas Christian University and founder and executive director of the PianoTexas International Academy & Festival in Fort Worth. Prior to his present position at TCU, Ungár taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, London's Purcell School and the University of California at San Diego. 

A world-renowned educator, he has taught piano for 53 years, Ungár attracts students from all across the globe. He has taught at the Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland, and given master classes in Germany, England, Poland, Austria, Estonia, Finland, Canada and Sweden. This is only the latest in a series of honors. In 2010, Ungár received the prestigious Presidential Scholar Program's Teacher Recognition Award.

Local audiences have greatly enjoyed the benefits of his Piano Texas summer festivals. He brings the greatest pianists of our time to perform recitals, give master classes and teach students of all ages for two weeks in the summer. The festival is held in the intimate and acoustically friendly PepsiCo Hall of the TCU campus. 

Since 2006, Ungár has been artistic director of the Beijing International Piano Festival, an annual event that attracts students and teachers from all over China and neighboring countries.  more


DINA YOFFE (Israel-Germany)

Top price-winner at the Schumann international competition in Germany and prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Participant at international music festivals in Europe, Japan, U.S.A. Honorary member of Japan Piano Teachers Association. Artistic Director of Festival and Master Classes in Moulin D'Ande, France.

Originally from Riga (Latvia). Graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, under the tutelage of Professor Vera Gornostaeva, one of the most important proponents of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus school.  

The concert activities of Dina Yoffe are well known throughout many continents in countries such as France, Germany, England, Russia, Israel, Japan, USA, Finland and Poland.  Among the high points of her international career - concerts with outstanding orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, NHK under Neville Marriner, the Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev and Dmitri Kitayenko,   Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra under James De Priest,Orchestra "Kremerata Baltica” under Gidon Kremer,"Moscow Soloist" under Yuri Bashmet,Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia under Jerzy Kaspszyk.

Also recitals in famous events,such as Festival “Chopin and his Europe“ in Warsaw, Chopin Festival in Duszniki,Music-Festival in Bayreuth, Germany,Elba Music Festival (Italy), Summit Music Festival (USA), as well as concerts in the Barbican Centre,London,Suntory Hall,Minato Mirai Hall Tokyo ,Sala Verdi, ”Serate Musicale” in Milano,Musikverein und Konzerthaus in Vienna,Great Hall of Moscow Consevatory. Concert at the Royal Palace in the Hague for her Majesty Queen Beatrice. more



David Geringas is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. The cellist and conductor works with an unusually broadrepertoire from early baroque to contemporary music. The native Lithuanian was the first to perform many compositions by Russian and Lithuanian avantgarde composers in the West. For his international engagement for Lithuanian music and composers he received the highest accolades from his native country. 

Federal President Horst Köhler awarded him with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in October 2006 honoring him for his outstanding achievements as a musician and as an ambassador for Germany's culture on the international music scene.

David Geringas is an honour professor at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. From 1963 to 1973, Geringas studied with Mstislav Rostopovich at Moscow's tradition-steeped music conservatory. In 1970 he won the 1. prize and the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition. At the Lithuanian Music Academy David Geringas studied conducting with Prof. Juozas Domarkas. 

David Geringas played all over the world with the most important orchestras and the greatest conductors of our time. His extensive discography includes many award-winning recordings such as the 12 cello concertos by Luigi Boccherini (Grand Prix du Disque), the chamber music by Henri Dutilleux (Diapason d'Or) or the cello concertos by Hans Pfitzner (Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). 

Important contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Peteris Vasks and Erkki-Sven Tüür have dedicated new compositions to David Geringas. In July 2006, Anatolijus Senderovas' composition "David's Song for Cello and String Quartet" was premièred in Kronberg – a dedication to Geringas's 60th birthday. more



Elena Ashkenazy was born in Moscow to a musical family.Building on the foundation of her studies at the Central School of Music in Moscow, class of Anaida Sumbatian.

In 1975, graduated from the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, class of Alexander Yocheles.

Being a student of the Gnessin Institute, she succeeded in winning international as well as national competition as solo- pianist and chamber musician.

The first part of her long life as a musician was devoted as the concert pianist.Since 1976, she played in many cities in the USSR, as well as abroad, Poland, Yugoslavia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Spain, France and Japan as solo-pianist and also part of chamber musician with the famous musicians: violinist Grigori Feigin and cellist Valentin Feigin.

On the other hand, she had been teaches the piano at the Central Music School under Moscow Conservatoire. Since 1995, she acts as Guest Professor at Musashino Academia of Music in Tokyo, Japan and has a lot of concerts as solo , in duo with Grigori Feigin and plays also the piano - duo recitals with her son Vladimir Sverdlov-Ashkenazy and with Sachiko Nakamura -Koch . And also she teaches at Master Class in Europe and in many cities around Japan. Lot of her student got a good grade by her earnestly teaching, her students finished Academia with top honors. Also some students selected as prizewinner at several International and Japanese competition and audition.

She acts as jury of the International Schubert-Competition in Dortmund, Germany, International competition " The Young Virtuosos " in Sofia , 1stJapan Tchaikovsky Competition in Tokyo, Asia Chopin international competition in Japan ,Takamatsu international piano competition in Japan and " Music Competition of Japan " in Tokyo, that is most authoritative and traditional Competition in Japan.



Prize-winner of three international contests – Warsaw (1970), Leeds (1972), and Rubinstein (1974), Indjic has performed with the leading orchestras of the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, and under such conductors as Bernstein, Bělohlávek, Casadesus, Fedoseiev, Gergiev, Gielen, Jochum, Kubelík, Leinsdorf, Sanderling, Sinopoli, Solti, von Matačić, de Waart, Wit and Zinman, among others.

He continues to play regularly on great world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tchaikovsky Hall, La Scala, etc.

Eugen Indjic was invited to participate in a televised co-production (France, Poland, Japan) of Chopin’s complete works and has recorded for Polskie Nagrania / Muza, Sony, RCA Victor, Claves and Calliope.
His discography includes works by Chopin, Debussy and Schumann (now all re-issued by the Andante Spianato label) as well as works by Stravinsky and Beethoven.

Arte Nova Classics has released live performances with the SWF Orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in B-flat minor with Ahronovich and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations with Sinopoli.

His recording of Chopin’s Mazurkas was doubly acclaimed because of the Joyce Hatto hoax. The English pianist signed her name to this disc and received rave reviews.

In addition to performing, Indjic regularly teaches master classes in Europe – notably at the historic Schola Cantorum in Paris – Japan and the United States, and is a frequent jury member of international competitions including the Chopin, Liszt Wroclaw, Rubinstein Tel Aviv, Prague Spring Festival, Lisbon Vianna Da Motta…

In 2010, he was named “artist-in-residence” at the Prague Symphony Orchestra.


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