President of the jury - Italy
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 - Italy
International Juror - 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 - Italy
VINCENZO BALZANI graduated in piano at the “Verdi” Conservatory in Milan under the guidance of Alberto Mozzati. He has more than 45 years teaching experience, having entered as a tenured professor at the Conservatory in 1973. Professor at the “G. Verdi Conservatoire” in Milan has led countless young pianists to achieve brilliant successes in national and international competitions. In the commemorative volume of the two hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the Conservatoire (1807-2007), more than 20 of his students are mentioned among the distinguished diplomas. At age of 14 he won the piano competitions of La Spezia (E.N.A.L.) and “Förster – Ricordi” of Milan. Two years later he won the “Liszt” prize at the “Maria Canals” in Barcelona. In 1971 he won the second prize at the “Pozzoli” of Seregno, the absolute first prize at the “City of Treviso” and at the “F.P. Neglia” by Enna and the first prize at the “G.B. Viotti”of Vercelli.
In 1975, on the centenary year of Maurice Ravel’s birth, he represented Rai (Italian National television) in the exhibition at the ORTF in Paris, ranking among the first.
During his career he has toured all over the world and has performed at prestigious theatres (La Scala, San Carlo, Petruzzelli, Regio di Torino, Olimpico, Festival of Bergamo and Brescia, Festival of the Two Worlds of Spoleto, Settembre Musica, to name a few) as well as famous Italian festivals both as a soloist and with orchestra, as well as in chamber ensembles. Since January 2018 he has been regularly invited to hold concerts, seminars and master classes in the most important halls of Popular China and in Hong Kong as a testimonial of the Grand Piano Yangtze River and collaborates with Parsons Limited in Hong Kong on an important educational-musical project for the childhood. He has numerous radio and television recordings with music by Scarlatti, Mozart, Hummel, Beethoven, Chopin (integral of the studies Op.10 and Op.25), Rossini – Liszt, Schubert – Liszt, Debussy. Since July 1974 he has been regularly invited to be part of juries of international competitions (FP Neglia, “,” Rina Sala Gallo “, GB Viotti,” E.Pozzoli “,” London World Piano Competition “,” Concurso Internacional Compositores de España ” of Madrid, International Piano and Orchestra Competition of Shenzhen, “Tchaikovsky junior” of Kurashiki, “Takamatsu”, “Parnassos” of Monterrey, “Hummel” of Bratislava, Franck of Brussels, Neue Stern, Grotrian Steiweg, Lyon). Maestro Balzani holds high level specialization piano courses, master classes and conferences both in Italy and abroad. He is currently artistic director of the international competitions “Valsesia Musica” and “Città di Cantù” , a competitions reserved for young talents: Pianotalents International Competition in Milan; Tadini International Music Competition in Lovere and Piano Competition Monterosa-Kawai in Varallo.
Since 2010 he has been artistic consultant for the prestigious “Ettore Pozzoli” Competition in Seregno. Since 2012 he has collaborated in the creation of Pozzoli Competition dedicated to very young pianists (from 6 to 17 years old). Maestro Balzani founded the “Pianofriends” Association in Milan in 2009, of which he is the artistic director, in order to create Festivals, Concerts, Stages and Seminars, as well as nurturing young talent piano musicians to enter in the world of professional pianists and achieve brilliant success.
Artistic Director - 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.