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Chairman

Mikhail VOSKRESENSKY (Russia)

Mikhail Voskresensky commands an international reputation as a pianist in the great Romantic tradition. He is prizewinner of four international piano competitions (Schumann in Berlin, in Rio de Janeiro, George Enescu in Bucharest, and Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas). He is the only pianist in Russia to perform all of Chopin's piano compositions during one concert season; this in 1982-83, in nine recitals in the Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. In 1957 the young pianist took part in the Prague Spring Festival where he performed European premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano concerto with the presence of Shostakovich himself. He is a distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory, the chair of the professorship of piano faculty. His pupils won 126 int. prizes including 55 gold medals. He is President of the Scriabin International Society and the chairman of jury of Scriabin Int. Competition. His discography has more than 60 CD’s including all piano concertos by Mozart, all sonatas by Scriabin, 3 and 5th concertos by Beethoven, 2d Concerto by Brahms, concertos by Shostakovich, Schnitke, Britten, Khachaturian. He played more than with 150 conductors (Dutoit, Svetlanov, Mazur, Pritchard, Rojdestvensky, Ashkenazy, Kondrashin etc.)

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Artistic director

Mikhail ALEKSANDROV (Russia)

Mikhail Alexandrov received his musical education at the Rostov-Don Art College and the Saratov State Conservatory. In 1975 he finished the post-graduate course at the same conservatory. Since 1969, he taught at the Kalmyk College of Music, then - at the Rostov College of Arts, at the Rostov Conservatory named after S. Rachmaninoff, at the Central Music School attached to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1989, Mikhail Alexandrov founded the All-Union Center for the Arts charity "Young Talents", which was the first Soviet organization to support children's music professional creativity. Mikhail Alexandrov is the organizer of many major musical event in Russia - festivals and international competitions, including Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov international competitions. Since 1991, he is a permanent director and artistic director of the International Frederick Chopin Society in Moscow, one of its major projects is the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. Mikhail Alexandrov's concerts as a soloist and chamber musician. In recent years, his performances took place in Germany, Scotland, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Turkey, Belarus, the Russian cities. M. Alexandrov is Guest-Professor at Conservatoire of Beijing, Tianjin, University of Tokyo, Seoul and Daegu. He regularly holds master-classes in Korea, Japan, China, Germany and elsewhere. He served as a jury member at international competitions in France, Spain, Poland, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, China and Korea. Honored Master of Arts of the Russian Federation, Honored Master of Arts of the Republic of Poland, Honored Master of Arts of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the title "Person of the Year 2006". Awarded a number of government awards.

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Vladimir OVCHINNIKOV (Russia)

Born in 1958 in Bashkiria in the city of Belebey. He graduated from the Central music school at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of A. D. Artobolevskaya, and in 1981 - the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied in the class of Professor A. A. Nasedkin (student of G, Neuhaus). Particularly important are the winning of the musician at the International P. I. Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow (USSR, 1982) and at the International piano competition in Leeds (UK,1987), after which he took a triumphant debut B. N. Ovchinnikov, in London, where he was specially invited to play for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The pianist has performed with many major orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic orchestra and the BBC Orchestra (UK), Royal Scottish orchestra, the Symphony orchestras of Chicago, Montreal, Zurich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Orchestra, Gewandhaus orchester Leipzig (Germany), national orchestra of the Polish radio, the Hague Resident orchestra, the Orchestra of Radio France, the Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony orchestra and the State academic Symphony orchestra of Russia. People Artist of Russia.



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Balázs SZOKOLAY (Hungary)

Born into a family of musicians in Budapest in 1961. His father is a Kossuth prizewinner, composer Sándor Szokolay. Balázs started to play the piano at the age of five, taught by Erna Czövek. Later, at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, his professors included Klára Máthé, Pál Kadosa, Zoltán Kocsis, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. Following his graduation in 1983, he won scholarships for two more years of studies in Munich and Moscow . He was instructed by Mikhail S. Voskresensky, Amadeus Webersinke, Ludwig Hoffmann and Yvonne Lefebure.

From 1973 to 1990, he has been a prizewinner at many international piano and chamber music competitions, including Usti-nad-Labem, Zwickau , Leeds , Brussels , Montreal , Terni , and Budapest . More recently, he has been a frequent juror in major music competitions in countries such as the Netherlands , Italy , Bulgaria , and Russia . He has given concerts and offered masterclasses in over thirty countries on four continents.

His repertoire covers a wide range of styles with a strong focus on chamber music. Among his chamber music partners are Clemens Hagen, Aurèle Nicolet, Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Vilmos Szabadi, Bartok string-quartett, Shanghai Quartett, Gervaise de Peyer. As a soloist, Mr. Szokolay has performed with many orchestras, including the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. In Belgrade , he replaced at the last moment Nikita Magaloff in the Brahms Concerto No. 1. To further expand his repertoire, Szokolay played harpsichord and conducted the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in London.

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Lev SHUGOM (Russia)

Rector and Professor of the Saratov state Conservatory of L. V. Sobinov. Awarded in 1989 became the Honored artist of the RSFSR, in 2004 – the Honorary people's artist of the Russian Federation. Among his students are laureates and diploma winners of international and Russian competitions and festivals. He combines teaching with an intense performing activity. The geographical map of his concerts is between the most extreme points of the country – from Kamchatka, Yakutia, Siberia, the Urals, the Volga region, to the Crimea, the Caucasus and of cource to the Central concert halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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Dang Thai SON (Vietnam - Canada)

Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son was propelled to the forefront of the musical world in October 1980 when he was awarded the First Prize, Gold Medal, as well as other special prizes for Best Interpreter of the Mazurkas, Polonaises and Concertos at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was also the first time that a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist. He began piano studies with his mother in Hanoi and later pursued his advanced training at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia with Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry Bashkirov.

Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career has taken him to over forty countries. Mr. Dang has appeared under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Järvi, Frans Brüggen, John Nelson; and with numerous world-class orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Warsaw Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra among others. Other career highlights include a New Year’s Day concert (1995) with Yo Yo Ma, Seiji Ozawa, Kathleen Battle, and Mstislav Rostropovich produced by NHK; concerts at Isaac Stern’s last festival in Miyazaki, (Japan 2001) which included three performances with Pinchas Zukerman; and at the Opening Gala Concert of the Chopin’s year in 1999 and at the 2005 International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Dang Thai Son is frequently invited to give master classes around the world such as the special master classes in Berlin in October 1999 where he taught alongside Murray Perahia and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since 2001, he teaches as Guest Professor at the Université de Montréal. He has sat on the juries of several prestigious competitions including the Clara Haskil Piano Competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Concours Piano International des Jeunesses Musicales, and three consecutive times at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.


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Li Ming QIANG (China)

Born 1936 in Shanghai, was Vice-President of the Shanghai Conservatory (1984-89) and Professor of Piano since 1983. He studied with Alfred Wittenberg and Tatiana Petrovna Kravchenko of the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. He won the Third Prize of the 3rd Smetana International Piano Competition, Prague’s Spring Festival, 1957, the First Prize of the First George Enescu International Piano Competition in Romania in1958 and the Fourth Prize of the 6th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Since then he has concertized extensively throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. He is a highly regarded jury member of many major International Piano Competition including the China International Piano Competition, the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the USA, the George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest, the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the William Kapell International Piano Competition in the USA, the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition in Bucharest, the Montreal International Music Competition in Canada, the Prokofiev International Piano Competition in St. Petersburg, the Rubinstein International Master Piano Competition in Tel-Aviv, the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, the Sydney International Piano Competition in Australia, the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow and many others. Since 1989 he has been lecturing and giving master classes at many leading Universities, Conservatories and Schools of Music in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and the USA. He has made recordings for the China Records, Electrecord of Romania, Supraphon of the Czech Republic and Alpha Omega (Hong Kong). He is a life-member of the American Liszt Society and Honorary member of Trinity College of Music, London.

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Katarzyna POPOWA-ZYDRON (Poland)

Polish pianist of Bulgarian origin. Graduated with honours from State High School of Music (now Academy of Music) in Gdańsk, from prof. Zbigniew Śliwiński's class, in 1973. Completed her postgraduate studies in Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, in prof. Alexander Jenner's class. Participant of master classes run by Suzanne Roche, Dieter Zechlin and Georgy Sebok. Prizewinner of the following Polish competitions: 4th Polish Festival of Young Musicians; 2nd Polish Competition of Piano Music. Entered semi-finals of 9th International Chopin Competition, Warsaw, 1974 (won 4th award); Piano Competition in Terni, Italy, 1975 and ARD Piano Competition in Munich in 1978. She gives performances both in Poland and other countries. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to 20th c. music and includes works of Mozart, Beethoven (Sonata op. 106 among others), Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and others. She has also given first performances of Polish contemporary composers. Chamber music is amongst her favourites; she has played in piano duet, piano and violin, piano and cello, piano and flute; trio and quintet. She has also performed with singers such as Urszula Kryger, Piotr Kusiewicz, Florian Skulski and others.

Polish pianist of Bulgarian origin. Graduated with honours from State High School of Music (now Academy of Music) in Gdańsk, from prof. Zbigniew Śliwiński's class, in 1973. Completed her postgraduate studies in Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, in prof. Alexander Jenner's class. Participant of master classes run by Suzanne Roche, Dieter Zechlin and Georgy Sebok. Prizewinner of the following Polish competitions: 4th Polish Festival of Young Musicians; 2nd Polish Competition of Piano Music. Entered semi-finals of 9th International Chopin Competition, Warsaw, 1974 (won 4th award); Piano Competition in Terni, Italy, 1975 and ARD Piano Competition in Munich in 1978.
She gives performances both in Poland and other countries. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to 20th c. music and includes works of Mozart, Beethoven (Sonata op. 106 among others), Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and others. She has also given first performances of Polish contemporary composers. Chamber music is amongst her favourites; she has played in piano duet, piano and violin, piano and cello, piano and flute; trio and quintet. She has also performed with singers such as Urszula Kryger, Piotr Kusiewicz, Florian Skulski and others.



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Dong Min LIM (South Korea)

Unlike other famous pianists in the world, Lim started playing the piano at the age of nine. However, within two years he had won various competitions in South Korea such as Samick Piano Competition. While he was studying in Sun Hwa Arts School with the full scholarship at age 14, he moved to Moscow in 1994 to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow,with his parents. He continued his studies with Professor Lev Naumov. Since he was young, he participated in most of the top competitions in Europe. At that time, Lim got a message of congratulations by Kim Young-sam, the president of Korea at that moment.Lim had received plenty of awards in well-known competitions. In 1996, at age 16, he was the winner of the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow (his brother Dong-Hyek Lim was in second place). In 1998, he was in the final round of International Tchaikovsky Competition for young adults. Also, he was placed as the third in International Viotti Competition. Moreover, in 2001, he was placed as the third in The International Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni, Italy when there was no winner.

He also took the fifth prize at the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Here, he was the third person in Korean history after Myung-whun Chung and Hae-Sun Beak to be on the top list. In 2005, Lim participated in the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw announcing that this competition would be the last competition. At the end, he tied (having exactly the same decimal numbers) the third prize with his brother Dong-Hyek Lim (while there was no second prize) as the first Koreans in the history to be on the first five list.