Piotr Paleczny, Poland – Chairman of the Jury, Artistic Director
Dmitri Alexeev, Russia/Great Britain
Francisco J. Cruz Plaza, Spain
Ewa Pobłocka, Poland
Matti Raekallio, Finland
Soo Jung Shin, Korea
Jerzy Sulikowski, Poland
Tamás Ungár, Hungary/USA
Arie Vardi, Israel
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Chairman of the Jury, Artistic Director of the 10th International Paderewski Piano Competition
One of the most outstanding Polish pianists and professors, laureate of five international piano competitions. He completed piano studies at the Frederick Chopin Music University in Warsaw in the class of prof. Jan Ekier.
The opportunity of having artistic contact with Arthur Rubinstein and Witold Lutoslawski also had a huge impact on the final development of his artistic personality.
A success achieved at the 8th Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition opened to Piotr Paleczny the doors of many prestigious world concert halls. Receiving, in company of Garrick Ohlsson and Mitsuko Uchida - the Third Prize, the Special Prize for the best performance of a Polonaise and the Witold Małcużyński Prize initiated his career, which the artist has enjoyed constantly until now performing concerts on all continents.
He performed as a soloist with such prominent orchestras as the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Polish Radio National Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, Concertgebouw, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon, Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, RAI, Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina and Orquesta Nacional de España....
He gave concerts in prestigious concert halls including the Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall and the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Festival Hall in London and Festspielhaus in Salzburg.
He has held master classes in New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Bordeaux, Paris, Freiburg, Seoul, Amsterdam, Hamamatsu, Montevideo, Toronto, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Lugano and Warsaw.
He has gained great recognition as a juror at splendid international piano competitions such as those organized in Warsaw (Chopin), Leeds, Paris, Tel Aviv, London, Cleveland, Geneve, Toronto, Seoul, Moscow (Tchaikovsky), Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Hamamatsu, Montreal, Santander, Tokyo, Sendai, Taipei, Weimar, Manchester, Los Angeles, Hilton Head, Takamatsu and Shenzhen.
In July 2007, he led the Jury works at the distinguished piano competition in Cleveland, the same he was the first Pole invited to fulfill a function of Jury Chairman at the USA international piano competitions.
On 5 November 2001, Piotr Paleczny was invited to be a soloist of the extraordinary Gala Concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.
His and “Prima Vista“ quartet’s CD, “The best of Chopin” (DUX) recorded with DUX records was awarded the “Frederick ‘99”, the prize by the Polish Phonographic Academy and in December 2002 this CD achieved status of the “Platinum Disc”. In 2015 the National F.Chopin Institute has released highly awaited the latest CD recorded by Piotr Paleczny - all Chopin recital.
Since 1993 he has been Artistic Director of the oldest existing piano festival in the world – the International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdroj.
Since 2004 he also is Artistic Director of the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz.
In 1998 the President of Poland has conferred on him title of Professor. Piotr Paleczny conducts the piano class at the Frederick Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. His students have already won dozens of awards at the international and national piano competitions.
In January 2010 at the concert at the Polish Parliament, Piotr Paleczny inaugurated the Chopin Year. The artist is honored with many superior and prestige Polish and foreign medals such as the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Mexican Order of the Aguila Azteca. In September 2005, Piotr Paleczny was awarded the “Meritorious for Culture - Gloria Artis” Gold Medal.
Rosyjski pianista Dmitri Alexeev cieszy się uznaniem na całym świecie. Entuzjastyczne recenzje jego koncertów, które dawał na najważniejszych scenach świata, oraz występy z najbardziej szacownymi orkiestrami, zapewniły mu tytuł „najbardziej niezwykłego pianisty ostatniego czasu” (Daily Telegraph).
Pianista występował między innymi z Filharmonikami Berlińskimi, Chicagowską Orkiestrą Symfoniczną, Orkiestrą Filadelfijską, orkiestrą holenderską Royal Concertgebouw w Amsterdamie, pięcioma londyńskimi orkiestrami symfonicznymi, Orchestre de Paris, Filharmonikami Izraelskimi oraz Bawarską Orkiestrą Radiową w Monachium. Współpracował z dyrygentami tej miary co Ashkenazy, Boulez, Svetlanov, Dorati, Gergiev, Giulini, Jansons, Muti, Pappano, Rozhdestvensky, Salonen, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas oraz Klaus Tennstedt.
W ostatnim sezonie był dyrektorem artystycznym Leeds International Recital Series, a w sezonie 2013-14 dyrektorem artystycznym (rezydencja artystyczna) serii koncertów w Arnhem i Nijmegen w Niderlandach.
Alexeev zasiadał jako juror podczas wielu prestiżowych konkursów pianistycznych m.in. Chopina w Warszawie, Van Cliburna w Teksasie, Santander w Hiszpanii, Beethovena we Wiedniu oraz Czajkowskiego w Moskwie. Artysta regularnie prowadzi kursy mistrzowskie na całym świecie.
Dmitri Alexeev dokonał wielu świetnych nagrań dla EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics, Hyperion oraz wydawnictw rosyjskich. Jego dyskografia obejmuje koncerty pianistyczne Schumanna, Griega, Rachmaninowa, Prokofiewa, Szostakowicza, Scriabina, Medtnera oraz utwory solowe Bacha, Brahmsa, Schumanna, Chopina, Liszta, Scriabina, Rachmaninowa i Prokofiewa. Po nagraniu dla Virgin Classics wszystkich preludiów Rachmaninowa, wyróżnionych nagrodą Edison Award w Niderlandach, magazyn muzyczny BBC napisał: „Potrafi grać na pianinie arystokratycznie, z rozmachem i jednocześnie intymnie i poetycko. To naprawdę inspirujące."
W grudniu 2012 roku nagrał wszystkie sonaty na fortepian Scriabina, w listopadzie 2015 roku wszystkie etiudy Scriabina, a w 2014 roku wszystkie mazurki Chopina.
W ostatnim czasie Alexeev, we współpracy z Nikolaiem Demidenko, nagrał transkrypcje na dwa pianina muzyki Szostakowicza i Gershwina. Zostaną one opublikowane przez dom wydawniczy „Muzyka” w Moskwie.
Francisco J. CRUZ PLAZA
Professor Francisco J. Cruz Plaza, Doctor of Musical Arts
Professor Cruz Plaza was taught by Noretta Conci, Bella Davidovich, Norman del Mar, Frederyk Gevers, Charles Rosen and various others.
He is a pianist, professor, artistic director, musical producer and musical programmer. He advises some of the world’s leading cultural centres, universities and acts as a trustee for a number of museums.
He is an expert in the work of J.S. Bach, and his repertoire includes all of the keyboard works. He has given lectures and master classes since the 1990s around the world, and has performed Ligeti’s ‘Studies for Piano’ under the supervision of the composer himself.
Dr Cruz Plaza has founded a number of festivals, and is a prolific advocate for young musicians, working with over a dozen foundations that support classical music. He is also a judge and trustee for a number of prestigious international piano competitions.
His work on regenerating audiences who attend classical music concerts has established a new global benchmark, which has guided large orchestras, festivals, competitions and auditoria from Qatar to New York, through London, Moscow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dallas, Paris...
Ewa Pobłocka was born in Chełmno. She comes from a musical family, her mother, Zofia Janukowicz-Pobłocka, was a pianist. Ewa Pobłocka studied at the State Higher School of Music in Gdańsk under Zbigniew Śliwiński and Jerzy Sulikowski and in 1981 received a diploma with distinction. She continued her postgraduate studies in Hamburg under Conrad Hansen. She also held artistic consultations with Jadwiga Sukiennicka, Rudolf Kerer, Tatiana Nikołajewa and Martha Argerich. She is the prizewinner of the international piano competitions in Vercelli (1977), Bordeaux (1979) and Warsaw (1980).
She has given performances throughout Europe as well as in North and South America, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Republic of South Africa, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia. She has appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.
She has a penchant for playing chamber music. The artist has appeared on stage with the Silesian String Quartet (Kwartet Śląski), the Berlin Philharmonic’s quartet, Dang Thai Sonem – pianist (pieces for four hands and two pianos) as well as with singers – Jadwiga Rappé, Olga Pasiecznik and Ewa Podleś. She has created the Multitrio with her daughters, Ewa Leszczyńska (soprano) and Maria Leszczyńska (cello). She has first performed and made premiere recordings of many pieces by Polish contemporary composers, among others Andrzej Panufnik, Witold Lutosławski, Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn (Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn have dedicated their concerts to her). She has been collaborating with numerous European broadcasting stations. She has recorded almost 50 CDs to date, which encompass solo and chamber repertoire spanning from Baroque till the present. These recordings have been made for Polskie Nagrania Muza, Deutsche Grammophon, Pony Canyon, Victor JVC, Conifer Records, CD Accord and BeArTon.
Ms. Pobłocka is also a distinguished music educator. She teaches a piano class at the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She holds master classes in Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Mongolia, China, Ireland, Norway and Korea. She is also a guest professor at the Geidai University of the Arts and Music- universities in Tokyo and Nagoya. She often serves on the jury of many international piano competitions.
In 2004 the artist received the annual Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award, the same year she was honored by the President of Poland with the Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Finnish pianist was born 1954 in Helsinki.
He studied in his home country as well as with Maria Curcio in London, England, with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria, and at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory in Russia.
Mr. Raekallio made his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. In his concerts, he has performed cycles of the complete piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. He has made about 20 CDs, including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofiev Sonatas.
He first taught for 30 years at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, while also temporarily working as professor in Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden, and at Western Michigan University, USA. In 2005, Mr. Raekallio became professor of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Two years later, he received the invitation to join the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York. From 2012 to 2014, he also worked as part-time professor at Bard College Conservatory in New York State. He shuttled between USA and Europe for a few years, until settling exclusively at Juilliard in 2015. His students include several first prizewinners in major international competitions. He regularly serves as a juror in them, and gives master classes in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Raekallio’s Doctorate (Dr.Mus) at the Sibelius Academy focused of the history of piano fingering. Subsequently, Prof. Raekallio became a member of an international research team, investigating pianists' choice of fingering from the viewpoint of cognitive psychology. Mr. Raekallio received the Leonie Sonning Foundation Grant (Denmark) in 1980, and was recipient of the five-year Artist Grant of the state of Finland three times altogether. He served for three years, 1998-2000, as a member of the Finnish Academy’s Council for Research of Culture and Society. In 2009, he became Honorary Doctor of the Estonian Academy of Music.
Soo-Jung SHIN received her musical training at the Seoul National University, the Vienna Academy of Music(Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien) and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, U.S.A. Her teachers include Chung Jin-Woo, Josef Dichler, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff and Maria Curzio Diamond. She won many prizes in music competitions including the Dong-A National Competition in Korea, the Elena Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, the Deutsch Industrie Vanband Scholarship Competition among others. She was also awarded the Korean Academy of Arts Award. She received Das Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse from German Government in 2011.
She made her debut at the age of 13, playing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 with Navy Symphony Orchestra (Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, today)
She has performed with orchestras such as London Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS and NHK Symphony under the batons of Lim Won-Shik, Leon Fleisher, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir John Pritchard, Asahina Takashi, Iwaki Hiroyuki, Myung-whun Chung and others. She performed together with Ruggiero Ricci, Nicolai Gedda, Janos Starker, Chung Kyung Wha and others.
She has served as jury of international competitions including ARD, Seoul, Tokyo, Köln, UNISA, Dublin, Hamamatsu, Sendai and Leeds International Music Competitions.
At the age of 26, she became the youngest faculty member at her alma mater, College of Music, School National University. She taught also at Seoul High School of Arts and Kyung Won University where she served as Dean of the School of Music. In 2000 she returned to Seoul National University, where she taught until her retirement in 2007. she was also elected as Dean of the College of Music, first woman in it’s history. In 2009, she was elected as member of the National Academy of Arts, Korea. She is Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University and chairperson of Great Mountain Music Festival & School’s managing Committee.
Jerzy Sulikowski is one of the leading Polish piano teachers. He was born in Wojkowice. His mother – student of Józef Turczyński - was his first piano teacher. The artist completed his piano studies in Katowice and Sopot under Zbigniew Śliwiński and subsequently in Paris under Suzanne Roche and Vlado Perlemutera.
He was awarded the first prize during the International Music Competition in Geneva in 1967. Jerzy Sulikowski has given concerts all over Europe, in China, Cuba and Japan. Concurrently with his concert performances, he has early committed himself to teaching.
For over 50 years he has been associated with the Music Academy in Gdańsk and as of 1980 the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, where he has co-organized and chaired the piano faculty for over 27 years. This faculty has been widely recognized as one of the most significant piano centers in Poland. The artist has created a network of collaborators featuring such eminent artists as Jerzy Godziszewski, Tatiana Shebanova, Katarzyna Popowa – Zydroń, to name just a few.
For over 6 years he was a visiting professor at the Musashino Academy in Tokyo. Jerzy Sulikowski is invited to lecture during numerous summer piano courses.
His students have frequently won prizes during piano competitions. In 1986, after a 25 year break, he led to the resumption of the I. J. Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz
Pianist Tamás Ungár has earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful performances and innovative programming. A regular guest artist at numerous music centers in the United States, he also performs and teaches frequently all over the globe. Between the 2006 -2012 seasons he performed over 70 concerts in America, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Romania, England, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The People's Republic of China, Korea and Japan. Some of the highlights of those seasons include performances with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, performing as soloist/conductor of Mozart Piano Concertos at the University of Leeds, as Artist-in-Residence and a return visit to present a solo recital and master class series at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
In addition to his performing commitments, Tamás Ungár has become one of United States' best-known and most respected teachers of the piano. As Founder - Executive Director of PianoTexas International academy & Festival and member of the TCU Piano Faculty, he attracts students from across America and as far afield as Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hungary, Japan, Malaya, Mexico, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Singapore, Russia and Taiwan. His students have received prizes in national and international competitions, have performed in prestigious music centers including Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City and have made numerous recordings. During the summers Dr. Ungár has been invited as guest teacher in the Schlern Music Festival in Italy, the Banff Piano Master Classes, Canada and the Tel-Hai Master Classes in Israel. Since 1989 Tamás Ungár has been a regular guest teacher at the most important music centers in China and has taught in Japan, Korea, Singapore and Indonesia. In 2006 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Beijing International Piano Festival and Artistic Advisor for the Zhou Guangren Summer Piano Institute.
In 2010 Dr. Ungár received the prestigious USA Presidential Scholar Program’s Teacher Recognition Award and in 2013 the Music Teachers National Association (USA) named him “The Teacher of the Year”. The Senate of Texas has proclaimed Tamás Ungár as a “Distinguished Citizen” in recognition for his lifetime work and achievements in the
Dr. Ungár's most influential teachers included Alexander Sverjensky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Lajos Hernádi at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and György Sebök at Indiana University, where he was awarded the Doctorate in Music. Prior to his present position he taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Purcell School, England and at the University of California at San Diego. He joined the TCU School of Music in 1978 where he is Professor of Music.
Tamás Ungár records exclusively for CALA Records .
Beginning his artistic career at the age of fifteen, Israeli born Arie Vardi went on to receive international acclaim as one of the country’s foremost pianists. After winning the Chopin Competition in Israel, he appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, and upon winning the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, he played numerous concerts throughout Europe. Alongside his study of music at the Rubin Academy, he succeeded in achieving a degree in law at Tel Aviv University.
Vardi continued his piano studies in Basel with Paul Baumgartaner and studied composition with Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He has performed widely as soloist with major orchestras under the baton of Semion Bychkov, Sergio Commissiona, Lukas Foss, Kurt Masur, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Zubin Mehta, Paul Paray, Paul Sacher, Gustavo Dudamel and David Zinman, among others. His concert tours have taken him to Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Far East, Australia and Japan. His first Russian tour, in 1992, included performances in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities. Vardi performs regularly as soloist-conductor, playing the complete set of concerti by Bach and Mozart, part of which he has played on the Hammerfluegel. In recent years he has specialized in the literature of the Impressionist period, including the entire repertoire of Debussy and Ravel. His RCA records have won international acclaim and prizes.
Mr. Vardi’s extensive repertoire includes various Israeli works, many of which were dedicated to him. In addition to his concert career, Arie Vardi is a professor of piano at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Hannover and at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, where he served as its director and chaired the Piano Faculty. More than 30 of his students have won first prizes in international competitions. Arie Vardi is best known to television viewers for his series “Master Classes”, the family series of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra which he conducts and presents, and currently for his new series “Intermezzo with Arik”.
He has been a invited to serve as jury member in most of the leading international piano competitions, such as Chopin in Warsaw, Leeds, Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Sydney, ARD, Beijing, Beethoven in Vienna and Bonn, Cleveland and Hamamatsu, as well as in Milan, Salt Lake City, Santander, Tokyo, and Seoul. He is the Artistic Advisor and Chairman of the Jury of the Arthur Rubinstein International Master Competition.
Mr. Vardi has held Master Classes and presented lecture recitals at the Juilliard School of Music, the Paris Conservatoire, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, theLondon Royal Academy, and many other major music centers.
In the 2001 season, Arie Vardi directed, conducted and played a series of five concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. The series, entitled “The Piano Concerto,” featured twelve concertos ranging from Bach to the 21st century. In the 2004-5 season he launched a new weekend series with the Israel Philharmonic, “Morning Intermezzo”, where he serves as conductor and presenter.
Mr. Vardi was the recipient of the Minister of Education Award in 2004 for lifetime achievement.
Międzynarodowy Konkurs Pianistyczny im. I. J. Paderewskiego jest organizowany w ramach projektu pt. "Kujawsko-Pomorskie Menu Kulturalne 2013-2014" współfinansowanego ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Kujawsko-Pomorskiego na lata 2007-2013 oraz ze środków budżetu Województwa Kujawsko-Pomorskiego.