Jury of 6th Competition

The jury of the fifth competition:

Piotr Paleczny

Poland

<p class="western"><strong class="western"><span style="color: #000000"><span style="font-size: small"><span lang="en-US">The Chairman of the Jury </span></span></span></strong></p>
<p class="western"><strong class="western"><span style="color: #000000"><span style="font-size: small"><span lang="en-US">Artistic Director of the IX International Paderewski piano Competition</span></span></span></strong></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Piotr Paleczny is one of the most eminent Polish pianists. He graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw in the class of Professor Jan Ekier. It seems that the possibility to maintain artistic contacts with Artur Rubinstein and Witold Lutosławski has played a significant role in molding his artistic personality.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">The success he attained at the 8th International Chopin Competition was the gateway to numerous, prestigious concert stages worldwide. The fact of winning the 3rd award, along with Garrick Ohlsson and Mitsuko Uchida, special award for best polonaise performance and the Witold Małcużyński award, gave impetus to his career that the artist has been developing to this day, performing </span><span lang="en-US">concerts on all the continents. </span></p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">Piotr Paleczny was appearing as a soloist with such internationally renowned orchestras as the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the </span></span><span lang="en-US">Royal Philharmonic</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US"> BBC </span></span><span lang="en-US">Symphony Orchestra,</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US"> the </span></span><span lang="en-US">Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester from Zürich, RAI </span><span lang="en-US">National Symphony </span><em><span lang="en-US">Orchestra</span></em><span lang="en-US"><b>,</b></span><span lang="en-US"> the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina, or the Orquesta Nacional de España.</span></p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">Piotr Paleczny has been appearing in famous concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, the Avery Fisher Hall, the Alice Tully Hall, the Hall of the General Assembly of the United Nations in </span></span><span lang="es-ES">New York</span><span style="color: #000000"><span lang="en-US">, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the </span></span><span lang="es-ES">Berliner Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg. </span></p>
<p class="western" lang="es-ES" align="justify">The pianist was invited to conduct classes in Newy Jork, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Bordeaux, Paris, Freiburg, Amsterdam, Hamamatsu, Montevideo, Toronto, Copenhagen, Mexico city, Lugano and Warsaw.</p>
<p class="western" lang="es-ES" align="justify">Piotr Paleczny has gained renown as a juror at well-established international piano competitions in Warsaw, Leeds, Paris, London, Cleveland, Toronto, Seul, Moscow, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Santander, Tokyo, Kitzingen, Casablanca, Prague, Hamamatsu, Sendai, Geneva, Taipei, Shenzhen, Weimar, Manchester, Los Angeles, Hilton Haed and Takamatsu.</p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">In June 2007 he was presiding over the workings of the famous Cleveland Piano Competition Jury, distinguishing himself as the first Pole invited to fulfill the function of the President of the Jury during piano competitions organized in the US.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">On November 5, 2001 in the National Philharmonic Piotr Paleczny was a soloist during the Gala Concert staged to celebrate the 100</span><sup><span lang="en-US">th</span></sup><span lang="en-US"> anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic.</span></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">The recording - "The best of Chopin" – made with the Prima Vista quartet for the DUX Company has been awarded by the Polish Phonographic Academy with "Frederic 1999" prize and in December 2002 this CD achieved the status of the "Platinum Disc”.</p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">Since 1993 the pianist has acted as Artistic Director of the oldest–standing music festival worldwide – the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój. Piotr Paleczny has also acted as Artistic Director of the I. J. Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz and the member of the Program Council of the National Frederic Chopin Institute.</p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">In 1998 the President of the Republic of Poland bestowed on him professorship.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">Piotr Paleczny tutors piano class at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. It took no more than a decade of educational effort and the students working under Piotr Paleczny have been awarded over 20 prizes and honorable mentions at international and national piano competitions. </span></p>
<p class="western" lang="en-US" align="justify">In January 2010 - Piotr Paleczny inaugurated the Year of Chopin with a special concert held in the Polish Sejm.</p>
<p class="western" align="justify"><span lang="en-US">In recognition of his outstanding achievements Professor Piotr Paleczny has been honored with many decorations such as the </span><span style="font-size: xx-small"><span style="font-size: medium"><span lang="en-US">Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta</span></span></span><span lang="en-US"> and the Mexican Medal “Aguila Azteca”. In September 2005 the artist was decorated with a Gold Medal “Deserved for Culture – Gloria Artis”. </span></p>

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Piotr Paleczny

Piotr Paleczny

Poland

PROFESSOR JERZY SULIKOWSKI

POLSKA

Studia pianistyczne odbył w Katowicach i Sopocie u Zbigniewa Śliwińskiego oraz w Paryżu u Suzanne Roche i Vlado Perlemutera. Jest laureatem I nagrody Międzyna-rodowego Konkursu Muzycznego w Genewie w 1967 r. Koncertował w wielu krajach Europy, a także w Chinach, na Kubie i w Japonii. Jest profesorem Akademii Muzycznych w Bydgoszczy i Gdańsku, a przez 5 lat był profesorem Akademii Muzycznej Musashino w Tokio. Jest zapraszany jako wykładowca na letnie kursy pianistyczne m. in. do Wiednia i Duszników - Zdrój. Jego wychowankami są liczni lau-reaci konkursów pianistycznych. W 1986 roku zainicjował wznowienie Konkursu Pianistycznego im. I. J. Paderewskiego w Bydgoszczy.

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PROFESSOR JERZY SULIKOWSKI

PROFESSOR JERZY SULIKOWSKI

POLSKA

PROFESSOR REGINA SMENDZIANKA

POLAND

Studied under the direction of Professor Henryk Sztompka. Prize-winner at the IV"' International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1949. Made numerous radio and television recordings in Poland, Holland, Italy, Germany and Japan. Professor at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and head of the Piano Department. She was given the title of Honourable Professor of the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. Holds courses of inter-pretation and delivers lectures in European and non-European countries, among others in Japan, Finland, Germany and Denmark. Is the recipient of many Polish and foreign orders, while also being prize-winner for her artis-tic and didactic activities. Performed in over 30 countries of Europe, both Americas, Near and Far East. On her initiative in 1988 was established the Regina Smendzianka Foundation.

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PROFESSOR REGINA SMENDZIANKA

PROFESSOR REGINA SMENDZIANKA

POLAND

Professor Zhou Guangren

China

Zhou Guangren, who was born in Hannover, Germany, of Chinese Parents, began her piano studies in Shanghai with Ding Shande, Mario Paci, Alfred Marcus and Bela Belai. She subsequently studied at the Central Conservatory of Music with Aram Tatulian from Moscow. Her career as a concert pianist started at an early age, when she was invited to play with the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra, the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing and with the Dresden Symphony Orchestra. She was the first Chinese pianist to be awarded prizes in international piano competitions, during the World Youth Peace Festival in Berlin 1951 and during the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, 1956.
Since 1955, she has been a member of the piano faculty of the Central Conservatoryof Music in Beijing and has served as Chairman of the Piano Department from 1986-1992.
A frequently sought after adjudicator in major international piano competitionsin the USA, France, Norway, Chile, Israel, England and Japan, she toured theUnited States and given lecture recitals on Chinese piano music in 29 universities.She was the organizer of the First China International Piano Competition in 1994,acting as chairman of the jury. In summer 1995, she performed the Mozart A majorConcerto in London with the Britten-Pears Orchestra.
The past ten years, she has devoted herself extensively to the popularizationof the piano in China. She founded two Children's Piano Schools, organized competitionsand coordinated grade examinations, ran concert series of piano music for theBeijing Concert Hall and on China Central TV Station. She is the chief-editorof the piano magazine "Piano Artistry". The Chinese government awarded her thehonorary title "Best Cultural Worker", "National Best Educator" with the "MayFirst Labour Medal" .

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Professor Zhou Guangren

Professor Zhou Guangren

China

Professor Andrzej Jasiński

Poland

Born in 1936 in Częstochowa, where he graduated from the Secondary Music School in the class of Professor Stefania Borkowska. In 1952-59 he studied at the National Higher Music School in Katowice with Professor Władysława Markiewicz. In 1960-61 he studied in Paris under Professor Magda Tagliaferro. First Prize winner at the International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona in 1961. Performed in Poland, in the countries of the former Soviet Union, in Europe, Japan, Latin America, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Since 1961 he has worked as a teacher at the Music Academy in Katowice. From 1972 until 1995 he was head of the Piano Department at that school. In 1979-82 he held the piano class at Hochschule für Music in Stuttgart. Mr. Jasiński was a juror at many piano competitions, among others in Warsaw, Brussels, Paris and Tokyo. Also held master courses in Poland and abroad (the International Summer Academy of Music "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, the Piano School in Italy).

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Professor Andrzej Jasiński

Professor Andrzej Jasiński

Poland

Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky

USA

Yoheved Kaplinsky is currently the Chairperson of the Piano Department at the Juilliard School in New York.
She began her musical career as a prizewinner in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. A native of Israel, she studied with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy before entering the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Irwin Freundlich. She holds a Master's and Doctoral degrees from Juilliard, as well as awards for scholastic and pianistic achievements. She continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman in New York.
Ms. Kaplinsky has appeared throughout the United States as a recitalist, in chamber music concerts and with orchestras, including performances in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Noted for her insight and understanding of piano technique, Ms. Kaplinsky has been in great demand for lectures and masterclasses in the U.S., Israel and the Far East.
She has served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Manhattan School of Music, and has been a member of the Juilliard piano faculty since 1993. She also teaches regularly at various summer festivals, including the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, The Aspen Music Festival, the Tel Hai International Masterclasses in Israel, the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists, the Cliburn Institute and Pianofest in Long Island, New York.
Ms. Kaplinsky frequently adjudicates in international competitions, most recently the Cleveland, Rubinstein, Dublin, Cliburn and the Tchaikovsky competitions. In 2003, she received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award.

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Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky

Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky

USA

Professor Vladimir Krainev

Germany

Vladimir Krainev is an outstanding pianist and professor of piano.
As a young child, his gift for music was discovered and developed by his teachers at the Kharkov music school. He continued his studies at the Central music school attached to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and later in the class of the great musician Henrich Neuhaus at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He graduated from the Conservatory and did a post-graduate course under the guidance of his late professor's son, an outstanding pianist himself, Stanislav Neuhaus.
After wining first prizes at international contests in Lisbon (Portugal), Leeds (England) and especially after his victory at the IY Tchaikovsky International Contest in Moscow (1970) his carrier as a pianist began. His performances with famous orchestras, eminent conductors and outstanding soloists all over the world have made Vladimir Krainev known as a great musician of our time.
Teaching music came as a natural continuation of his artistic activities. Presently Vladimir Krainev is a professor at the Higher School of Music and Theatre in Hanover (Germany). 29 young pianists from Russia and CIS, France, Germany, China, Korea and other countries study in his class. Many of his students are laureates of prestigious international competitions.
For many years Vladimir Krainev has been giving series of concerts called "Vladimir Krainev invites" at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His students as well as laureates of his competition for young pianists participate in these concerts side by side with outstanding musicians.

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Professor Vladimir Krainev

Professor Vladimir Krainev

Germany

Professor Dominique Merlet

France

Dominique Merlet, renowned professor, formerly at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris and now at the Geneva Conservatory, is an outstanding performer and musician of exceptional repute. He was a pupil of Roger-Ducasse, Nadia Boulanger and Louis Hiltbrand. Awarded three "1st Prize" at the Paris Conservatory and winner of the prestigious Geneva International Competition.
His performing career has taken him around the world in collaboration with noted conductors including Charles Munch, Paul Paray, Armin Jordan, Sergiu Comissiona. Dominique Merlet's recordings have won "Grand Prix du Disque" and "Diapason d' Or".
He gives frequent recitals, master-classes, and lecture recitals worldwide, and has a splendid legacy of students who themselves are laureates of major piano competitions. A return to facsimile manuscripts for interpretative matters brings a rare element of authenticity to his own performances and master-classes. He frequently participates at international piano juries, is an Honorary European President of EPTA as well as President of the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Foundation. His impressive accomplishments have been rewarded by the French Ministery of Culture with the title of Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

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Professor Dominique Merlet

Professor Dominique Merlet

France

Professor Sergio Perticaroli

Italy

Sergio Perticaroli was born in Rome and educated at the Conservatory Santa Cecilia by professor Renzo Silvestri. Winning the First Prize at the Geneva International Piano Competition (1950) and winning the Busoni Prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (1952) launched Maestro Perticaroli's performing career in Italy and Europe.
From 1954 Sergio Perticaroli performed numerous concerts in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, playing in the most prestigious music centers: La Scala di Milano, Berlin Philharmonic, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, etc., and under the baton of famous conductors like Maazel, Celibidache, Abbado, Giulini, Jochum and others.
In 1959, as a result of an informal meeting with Aram Khachaturian in Cairo, Sergio Perticaroli embarked on a long concert tour of the Orient together with the famous composer performing his Piano Concerto and becoming subsequently one of the most celebrated pianists to ever play it. After his performance at the Academy of Santa Cecilia Sir John Barbirolli invited Sergio Perticaroli to make a concert tour of the most important cities of England under the baton of Maestro Barbirolli and Hallz Orchestra.
Maestro Perticaroli also is very active as pedagogue, heading the Piano Department of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and, since 1977, giving annual summer piano course in Salzburg's Mozarteum.

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Professor Sergio Perticaroli

Professor Sergio Perticaroli

Italy

Professor Yuko Yamaoka

Japan

Yuko Yamaoka was born in Fukuoka in western Japan. She began to have piano lessons in natural style of rendition from own mother at age of three. Later studied with Professor Yoichiro Miyake, Leo Sirota and Kazuko Yasukawa. At age of eight, played Concerto in A major, K. 488, by Mozart with Japan Radio Orchestra for overseas broadcast. At age of eleven, gave joint recital, and later performed solo with orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and in radio broadcasts. Won prize in 20th Japan Musical competition in 1951.
Decorate by French Government with chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1983 and Officier dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Letters in 1998, given Yokohama Cultural Award in 1990.
Yuko Yamaoka serves on the jury of many international competitions. She is also taking important responsibilities in educational and other social activities as member, Board of Education, Yokohama City (1996-2003); member of the board, the Yokohama City Foundation for the Promotion of Culture; Professor, Faculty of Music and Graduate School, Ferris Women's University; instructor, Toho Gakuen University and Junior College; board member, Japan Piano Teachers' Association; member of the board of trustees, International Music Exchange Association; board member, Franco-Japanese Society of Music; president, executive committee, Yokohama International Piano Concert, and representative, Yamate Geteza Piano Festival.

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Professor Yuko Yamaoka

Professor Yuko Yamaoka

Japan
Partners of the contest

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.