President of the jury
Born in Campi Salentina (Lecce) in 1951, Roberto Cappello began his musical studies with his father, learning to play both the piano and the violin from a young age. At the age of six he made his debut in public at the prestigious Konzerthaus in Vienna. He was soon the host of important Italian and international music companies, attracting audiences and critics with great enthusiasm. He then continued piano studies with master Rodolfo Caporali at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he graduated in 1974. In the same year he won the International Piano Competition “Città di Senigallia” and “Maria Canals” in Barcelona; in 1975 the National Competition in Treviso and in 1976 he was awarded the First Prize at the prestigious Ferruccio Busoni International Competition, a prize that for 25 years was not awarded to an Italian pianist. Invited to the most prestigious international festivals such as Besancon, Spoleto, Stresa, Bergamo, Husum, he also held numerous recitals in France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Yugoslavia, Luxembourg and Hungary. He also made a successful tour in Australia in 1989. He recently recorded J. Strauss’s waltzes in the virtuoso and brilliant transcriptions of the most famous pianists of the past. He has been a piano teacher at the Conservatory of Music A.Boito of Parma. In September 1994 he opened the Chamber Music Season at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and in 1995 at the Auditorium of Santa Cecilia in Rome performing the “12 Transcendental Studies” in Listz in full, attracting both public and critical success . In 1996 he performed a tour in Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kiel) with the RAI Orchestra performing the 5th Concert by Beethoven. Between 1997 and 1998 he performed in Vienna, Budapest, Saint Petersburg, Belgrade, Brussels and Paris, Mozart’s K466 concert, in the double solo role of director and conductor. In 2000 he held a series of concerts in Britain (London, Manchester, Glasgow). 2001 saw him working in the United States and Japan, where he will return to Tournée in 2005. Important role plays in chamber music: in quintet with the Kodaly Quartet in Budapest. He recorded with Fonit-Cetra, A.M.C., Editions Paoline, Acoustics. He recorded the entire corpus of Lieder Schubert transcribed by Liszt. In 2003 he recorded with the Ricordi BMG Ariola concerts for piano-orchestra: Mozart Concert K 466; Beethoven Concert no. 3; tchaikowsky concert n. 1. He is currently director of the “A.Boito” Conservatory of Parma.
Antonio Di Cristofano
Deputy President of the jury
Antonio Di Cristofano completed his piano studies in 1986 at the Conservatory “L.Cherubini” in Florence, under the supervision of M° Bacchelli. He has perfected with M° Damerini. He performs either as a piano soloist or in different musical ensembles; he played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the University of Milan, Strings Orchestra “Cantelli” of Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Milano Classica Orchestra, Sinfonica Abbruzzese, Sanremo Orchestra, FVG Mittleurope Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Bucarest, Orquesta Sinfonica de l’Estado de Mexico, University Orchestra of Houston, Radiotelevision Albania Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Praga Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philarmonic, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Iasi State Philarmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Philarmonique de Montreal, Jerusalem Symphony, Slovak Filharmonie, Kaerntner Sinfonieorchester, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Orquestra do Norte, Sinfonica di Sao Paulo, Thuringen Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Euro Sinfonietta Wien, etc. with conductors like G. Taverna, F. A. Krager, O. Balan, M. Bosch, M. Ancillotti, M. Alsop, N. Arman, C. Schulz, M. Zanini, C. Olivieri-Munroe, L. Svarovsky, A. Chernushenko, M. Sieghart and many others. He played, in Italy, for the most important Festival: the “Verdi Theatre” in Florence, the “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Asolo Musica”, the Theatre of Alessandria, the “Bibbiena Theatre” in Mantova, the “Puccini Hall” at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Milan, “Politeama Theatre” in Palermo, “Auditorium San Barnaba” in Brescia, Festival Duni in Matera, etc., in Romania (Aeteneum and Radio Bucarest, ecc.), Espana (Festival de Vigo, Toledo Festival, Jeunesses Musicales de Sevilla), Mexico (Belles Artes Palacio, Revueltas Auditorium), USA (Moores Opera House of Houston, Gates Concert Hall in Denver, Washington International Piano Festival, ecc), Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir and Adana), Croatia (Dubrovnik – Rector Palace), Czech Republic (Praga – Smetana Hall and Dvorak Hall), Russia (Ciaikovsky Conservatoire), South Korea (Seoul – Leeum Auditorium), France (Nancyphonies Festival), Austria (Konzerthaus – Klagenfurt), Germany (Gasteig – Munich), Chopin Society Warsaw, Canada (Toronto – Glenn Gould Studio), Grieg Festival in Norway, Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, Shanghay and Shenzen piano festival (China), Swiss, Albania, Israel, England, Portugal, Bulgary, Ukraine, Belgium, Brasil, Serbia, Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, ecc. He recorded cds with Velut Luna and Millenium label and recently a newone titled Encores. In 2006 and 2007 he mades the debut in Carnegie Hall – New York and in Konzerthaus and Golden Hall MusikVerein in Wien. He is often invited as a judge in international Piano Competition (Compositores de Espana – Madrid, Varallo, Cantù, Osijek, Gante – Pordenone, Parigi, Viardo – Belmont, Rachmaninov – Moscow, Iturbi – Valencia, Parnassos – Monterrey, Astana Merei International Competition -Astana, Baltic piano Competition -Gdansk, Bajic Memorial -Novi Sad, Hong Kong International Young Pianist Competition, Nordic Piano Competition – Malmoe, Mozart Piano Competition – Aachen, Louisiana Piano Competition, ecc) and to teach in Ciaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Valencia Conservatory, in the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, in Shanghay, Xiamen and Ningbo Conservatory in China, in the SMC Academy in Seoul, In Valletta International Piano Festival, in Sofia Conservatory, in Thessaloniki Conservatory, in The Orpheus Academy in Wien and in many USA University. He received the Paul Harrys Fellows from Rotary Club. He is Guest Professor at the Xiamen Conservatory in China and in the Summer Academy Orpheus in Wien.
International Judge from Spain
ANNA FERRER, born in Girona, belongs to the fifth generation of a respected family of musicians. She studied in the Conservatories of Girona and Barcelona, obtaining the Higher Diploma in piano and chamber music of the highest grade. Later he studied with Emmanuel Ferrer, Roberto Bravo, Edith Fisher, Paul Badura-Skoda and Luiz de Moura Castro. He performs regularly as a soloist, collaborating with prestigious interpreters como Igor Frolov, Gernot Winischhofer, Claudi Arimany, Maxence Larrieu, Thierry Huillet, Eugen Mantu, François-Michel Rignol, Dalmacio González, Rosa Mateu, Mirela Zarifi, etc and as a soloist with several orchestras (Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest, Artur Rubinstein Symphonic Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Torun, Chamber Orchestra of Antonio Vivaldi in Paris, etc.). She has performed in France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Austria, Rumania, Portugal, Canada, Turkey and Spain, participating in the most prestigious festivals. He has recorded for various radio and television stations and recorded for the German record labels Lambdoma and Goodlife Records, receiving much praise from critics for his personal interpretation of Mozart. Parallel has an important pedagogical activity as owner of the piano department of the Conservatory of Girona; many of his students have won prizes in piano competitions.
International Judge from China
XIE Yashuangzi has been teaching at the Shanghai Conservatory. While maintaining a rigorous teaching schedule, she also took part in domestic and international music festivals, including the Shanghai International Music Festival and the New Music Week of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She collaborated with leading contemporary composer such as Sofia Gubaidulina and Bruno Mantovani. She is also a specialist for Chinese contemporary music and premiered over 20 works in solo and chamber music. Her Project “Chinese Piano Music from 1980 till Present” was admitted and sponsored by the Shanghai Pujiang Talents Scheme, which yielded her piano recording of contemporary Chinese compositions. In addition, She has given concerts of contemporary Chinese piano music in Europe and China. She was born in Southwestern China. She entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. After that She moved to Germany and graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart with Professor Wan-Ing Ong and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and studied with Professor Michael Schäfer. She received her Artist Diploma and the Meisterklasse Diploma in 2005. Yashuangzi has won prizes in numerous international piano competitions, including the Carlet Competition in Spain, and the 2nd “San Nicola di Bari” and the Marsala International Competitions in Italy.
Jan Milosz Zarzycki
International Judge from Poland
Jan Miłosz Zarzycki is Managing and Artistic Director of the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża. He is also a Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He is a prize winner of international competitions in Italy, Spain and Hungary. In 1988 he became Music Director of the Jeunesses Musicales Student Chamber Orchestra at the Music Academy in Katowice. He was one of the two First Prize winners at the First Witold Lutosławski National Conductors’ Competition in Białystok in 1994, receiving also three special awards (including the Award from the Orchestra). Having won Third Prize at the 7th Arturo Toscanini International Conductors’ Competition in Parma in 1997, he was invited to conduct the Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra of Emilia Romagna on a tour of Italy. He has conducted most of Poland’s symphony orchestras. Foreign tours have taken him to Germany, France, Austria, Holland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Macedonia, the United States, Portugal, Mexico, Norway, Belgium, Lithuania and Belarus. So far, he has recorded 15 albums, five of which won a nomination for the Fryderyk Award of the Polish recording industry. His honours include a Special Award from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in recognition of the invaluable contribution to Polish musical culture (2008) and a diploma for his outstanding achievements in the preservation of Chopin’s legacy (2011 and 2013). Furthermore, in 2013 he was honoured with Gloria Artis Medal and Podlaskie Voivodeship Marshal’s Award for extraordinary achievements in the field of artistic creation, popularisation and preservation of culture.
Artistic Director from Italy
SILVANA LIBARDO – pianista. Nata a Molfetta, si è formata al Conservatorio “N. Picinni” di Bari con Michele Marvulli e Marco De Natale, perfezionandosi successivamente a Roma con il M° Rodolfo Caporali. Svolge un’intensa attività concertistica come solista, in formazioni cameristiche e in concerti con l’orchestra, collaborando con direttori e solisti di prestigio internazionale quali Oxana Yablonskaya, Roberto Fabbriciani, Maxence Larrieu, Donato Dipalma, Mira Kurti Ykonomi, Quartetto Cassoviae, Quartetto Joannes, Milton Masciadri e altri. In duo con sua figlia, la flautista Francesca Salvemini, ha tenuto oltre trecento concerti in Italia e all’estero (Belgio, Turchia, Germania, Brasile, USA) riscuotendo lusinghieri consensi di pubblico e di critica e recentemente ha inciso un CD per la casa discografica “Velut Luna” di Padova, con le colonne sonore più celebri del cinema italiano. Notevole è la sua attività didattica che esercita nei corsi di perfezionamento in Italia e all’estero presso le Università di S. Maria-Brasile, i Festival di musica da camera di Resistencia-Argentina, “Musiques en Mer”-Italia, Anzio-Arts Academy-Roma, Uuniversità della Georgia-Macon, Università di San Antonio-Texas, Cours International de Piano-Bruxelles ecc.) Numerosi sono i riconoscimenti per i brillanti risultati conseguiti dai suoi alunni nei più importanti concorsi pianistici e il suo forte temperamento la induce anche a cimentarsi nel campo della diffusione della cultura musicale: è infatti fondatrice e direttore artistico dell’Associazione Artistico Musicale “Nino Rota” di Brindisi e dell’omonimo concorso internazionale di esecuzione pianistica e strumentale di Ostuni. Già’ docente titolare di pianoforte principale presso il Conservatorio di Musica “Tito Schipa” di Lecce ha curato la pubblicazione del libro sulla didattica pianistica, edito dalla Florestano Edizioni di Bari intitolato “ Guida al Repertorio Pianistico per la Formazione di Base”
Judge from Italy
Michele Antonio Salvemini (1970) inizia lo studio del Pianoforte sotto la guida di S. Libardo presso il Conservatorio T. Schipa (Lecce). Inizia presto l’attività concertistica e fino al 1988 vince il primo premio assoluto in dieci concorsi pianistici nazionali. Frequenta corsi di perfezionamento con i maestri M. Marvulli, R. Caporali, A. Delle Vigne, A. Lonquich, O. Yablonskaya, P. Badura-Skoda, F.-J. Thiollier. Per diversi anni studia composizione con R. Gervasio. Nel 1989 si diploma in Pianoforte con lode e menzione d’onore. Si perfeziona poi con S. Perticaroli presso l’Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Roma), diplomandosi nel 1992. Vincitore di concorso, diviene nel 1995 docente di pianoforte principale e da allora si dedica con passione all’attività didattica. Nel 2006 si laurea cum laude in psicologia clinica presso l’università La Sapienza (Roma), relatore R. Carli. Nel 2011 si è formato presso l’AIGAM (Roma) per insegnare musica ai bambini dai 0 ai 6 anni secondo la Music Learning Theory di E. Gordon. Attualmente è titolare della cattedra di Pianoforte Principale presso il Conservatorio A. Casella (L’Aquila).