President of the jury
Hubert Stuppner, received the performer’s diploma in piano at the conservatoire in Bolzano, and made a doctorate in musicology at Padua University on the song works by Johannes Brahms. He visited the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, working amongst others with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti, lannis Xenakis. He received several prizes: at the International Composers Competition “Gaudeamus” in Bilthoven, at the International Composers Competition for the Schnitger‑organ in Zwolle (Netherland), the First Prize for chamber opera at the Filarmonica Umbra Competition in Terni, the Culture Prize of the city of Innsbruck for the TV film ‘Die Stimmen der Sylphiden” (ZDF), the 3rd Prize at the ‘Concours Ernest Ansermet” in Genf for the ballett «Pierrot und Pierrette”. He received numerous commissions for any kind of music: 2 piano concertos, one violin-concerto, orchestral works, theatre plays, chamber operas, oratorios, piano music, 6 quartets, chamber music, chamber opera, new works for Kronos-Quartett, orchestra transcriptions for Milva, Oratorio “Passion” for the Pope. His compositions are published by Ricordi&Co. He has been for 15 years artistic director and jury-president of the International Piano-Compteition “Ferruccio Busoni” of Bolzano. He has been in the juri of many composition and piano competitions (Vienna-Alban Berg, Cleveland-Casadesus, Moscow-Tschaikovsky, Leningrad- Schostakovitch, Budapest-Liszt, Pretoria-Unisa, Paris-Conservatoire Superiore, Bucharesti-Enescu, Valencia-Iturbi, Seoul, Kiev-Horowitz, Varallo, Cantù).
He has written works commisioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Austrian Broadcasting, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Biennale of Venice, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Südwestfunk Baden‑Baden, the Maggio Musicale di Firenze, Biennale Musica di Venezia, Teatro Colon, Orchestra of Radio France, Bayerischerr Rundfunk Monaco, and many international orchestras.
Deputy President of the jury
International Juror from Russia
Yuri Bogdanov is one of the most gifted pianists of our time. He received wide international recognition, primarily as a performer of music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert and Alexander Scriabin. In 1996, His recording of sonatas and pieces of F.Schubert was recognized by the Viennese F.Schubert institute like the best Schubert’s records in the world, season 1995/1996.
He finished the Moscow State conservatory P.Tchaikovsky. His teachers were A.Artobolevskaya, prof. A.Mndoyants, prof.A.Nasedkin, prof. T.Nikolaeva and prof. M.Voskresensky. Yury Bogdanov was awarded several prizes and ranks of the winner at the international competitions: J.S.Bach in Leipzig 1992 (III Prize), F.Schubert in Dortmund 1993 (II Prize), F.Mendelssohn in Hamburg 1994 (III Prize), F.Schubert in Vienna 1995 (Grand Prix), E. Honens in Calgary (IV Prize), S.Seiler in Kitzingen, 2001 (IV Prize). Y.Bogdanov is the winner of the festival «April spring» in Pyongyang in 2004 and the owner of a special prize at the international competition of pianists in Sydney in 1996. In 1992 the pianist was awarded the 1-st grant A.Scriabin. In Scriabin house-museum in Moscow Yuri Bogdanov in 1989 played his first solo recital. Since then the pianist made concert activity, played more than in 120 cities of Russia and abroad. He had been on concert tours in Albania, Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, North Korea, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA and many other countries. Yuri Bogdanov is the soloist of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic society. The repertoire of the pianist includes solo, chamber m and concerts for piano with orchestra. He had recorded 10 CDs.
Yuri Bogdanov is a professor of Gnessin Russian music academy. His students won a lot of prizes of many international piano competitions. Yuri Bogdanov participated like the member of jury of many international competitions of pianists. The pianist got the honorary title «The honoured artist of Russia». «Steinway & Sons» company chose Yuri Bogdanov as the artist of «Steinway». He headed the international organisation «Ecology of culture» and international piano festival «Evenings of Art around Moscow» and international festival «Musical Krasnogorsk».
International Juror from Italy
Catia Iglesias has graduated in piano at the G. Nicolini Conservatory of Piacenza, under the guidance of Maestro Giorgio Radicula and further perfecting with Vincenzo Balzani. She performed in several concerts with the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, conducted by the maestro Ovidiu Balan. With this orchestra she performed concerts for two pianos by Mozart and Mendelssohn in the Ateneo Hall of Bacau (Romania); in the Fresco Room of the Almo Collegio Borromeo of Pavia and at the G. Verdi Conservatory of Milan for Evenings Musical events. In 1994, under the prestigious direction of Julius Kalmar, she participated in the full performance of the Concerts for one, two, three, four Bach pianos and orchestra at the Verdi Hall of the Milan Conservatory, as well as in September 2001 for the inaugural evening of the Concert Company with the G. B. Sammartini Orchestra of San Donato Milanese conducted by Maestro Francesco Borali. She has collaborated at various theatrical works, including those of Franco Parenti, under the artistic director of Vito Molinari; the Academy Pierlombardo of Milan, directed by Susanna Beltrami who organised the event in Varallo Sesia (VC) on whose final evening the étoile Luciana Savignano performed. She was piano teacher at the Civic Institute of Music and Dance and G. B. Sammartini Theater in San Donato Milanese from 1999 to 2014. Since 1995 she is the artistic director of “Note d’Estate, a series of piano concerts that take place in Rocca Brivio (San Giuliano Milanese) during summertime. Since 1996 she is teamed up as a pianist of the International Piano and Orchestra Competition Città di Cantù. She is the coFounder and President of the Pianofriends Association, whose Artistic Direction is entrusted by Maestro Vincenzo Balzani. Piano Friends Association is a non-profit organization that helps young piano talents to emerge in the music world.
Pianofriends organizes several events each year: the International Pianotalents Competition in Milan; the Young Competition Talents with Orchestra di Barlassina; the Tadini International Music Competition; the International Piano Campus in Lovere (Bergamo Italy) at the prestigious headquarters of the Tadini Academy; the Alto Adige Festival at the G. Mahler Cultural Center in Dobiacco, now at its tenth edition, aimed to pianists from 9 to 21 years old from all over the world. Since 2015 he has been the Artistic Director of the PianoIn Association. She also works with the New Music School of Cantù, with the Tadini Academy of Lovere and with Ptna (Japan) as well as many other national and international entities. She collaborates with Immagina magazine as music editor. She works with Maestro Vincenzo Balzani teaching theory and didactic to young piano talents.
International Juror from Germany
Heribert Koch studied at the academies of Cologne and Karlsruhe and later with Peter Feuchtwanger in London who had a major influence on his artistic development and whom he frequently served as an assistant in his masterclasses. The encounter with such renowned artists as Tatjana Nikolayeva or Mieczyslaw Horszowski brought him additional inspiration.
Beyond concert programmes with major works from the standard repertoire, he frequently performs unfamiliar compositions, often presenting them in the form of lecture recitals. Renowned critics praise the “rare combination of sensual intensity and intellectual mastery” which characterizes his playing.
In addition to his career as a performer, he is a sought-after lecturer on international conferences and a frequent juror in music competitions. Heribert Koch is currently acting as EPTA European President (European Piano Teachers Association). He holds a teaching position at Münster University (Germany) where his class has attracted a significant number of extraordinary talents.
The particular quality of his pedagogical work has been widely recognized. He has been invited to give masterclasses at various music schools, colleges and universities as well as lectures on pedagogical issues and teaching demonstrations in the framework of international festivals and conferences. His students are frequently performing at prestigious venues worldwide.
He gained international acclaim for his researching and publishing activities which led to several several world premiere editions of early piano works by César Franck.
Artistic Director from Italy
Silvana Libardo was born in Molfetta (BA) and studied at “N. Piccinni” State Conservatory of Bari, with M.° Michele Marvulli (piano) and with Marco De Natale (composition). She then specialized with M.° Rodolfo Caporali (piano).
She has been active both as soloist, with orchestra and in chamber music with renowed artists as M. Larrieu, R. Fabbriciani, O. Yablonskaya, M.K. Ykonomi, quatuor “Cassoviae” and others.
The didactic work she accomplished in University masterclasses and in Music High schools is outstanding and many of her former students are awarded in prestigious piano competitions.
She is often member of jury for national and international competitions; she founded the “Associazione Artistico Musicale Nino Rota”, the International Competition of Musical performances in Ostuni, and she is the artistic director of “G. Piliego” International Piano Competition in Brindisi.
She has been professor at “T. Schipa” State Conservatory in Lecce, at Music academy “Pierluigi da Palestrina” and “Arts Academy in Rome.
Jan Miłosz Zarzycki
International Juror from Poland