Seung-Yeun Huh Switzerland • Chairperson
Born in Seoul, Korea, Seung-Yeun Huh is one of her country's leading pianists. From the age of sixteen, she has lived in Europe where she first studied with Günter Ludwig and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, and later with Maria Curcio and Pavel Gililov. Seung-Yeun Huh has won numerous first prizes in national and international piano competitions. After winning the Artists International Competition in New York, her debut in the Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall was received enthusiastically and led to prompt invitations for return visits in the following years. Since then she has collaborated with conductors like David Zinman, Adam Fischer, John Curro, Peter Kuhn, Johannes Wildner, Heribert Beissel, Marcus Bosch, Pietari Inkinen and Wolfram Christ, and has performed with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic Orchetra, the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Halle, the New Philharmonic Orchestra Westfalia, the Kurpfälzische Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zurich and the Sejong Soloists.
Arta Arnicane Latvia/Switzerland
Communication with the audience, as well as talent for creating a special concert atmosphere have taken the young Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane to a large variety of performance venues across the world. Her quality of winning listeners’ full attention, combined with the warmth and intelligence of her programmes and interpretations, allows her to fascinate both small gatherings and large audiences in concert halls such as the Rudolfinum, Prague and the Zurich Tonhalle. Born into a family with a strong and longstanding musical tradition, she started playing the piano and composing at the age of four. Supported by numerous scholarship awards and eminent artists such as John Lill and Homero Francesch, Arta has studied in several countries and graduated with distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2004), the Latvian Academy of Music (2008), and Zurich University of the Arts (2010 and 2012).
Pavel Gililov Germany/Austria
Pavel Gililov was born in the Soviet Union and was discovered by Dimitry Kabalevsky, as a musical talent. In 1972, whilst still a student, he won the Moscow National Piano Competition and was awarded a prize at the 1975 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. From 1982 until his retirement, in 2013, he was piano professor at the Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne and is Guest Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The pianist holds several master classes throughout Europe and the Far East and is Chairman of the Jury and Artistic Director at the International Telekom Beethoven Competition, Bonn. He is considered one of the most influential piano experts in the world and is responsible for many pianistic careers of the last decades.
Giuliano Mazzoccante Italy
Born in Chieti, he studied under the guidance of Lucia Passaglia at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence graduating with highest honours. He participated as a student performer on a three-year piano perfection course at the “Accademia Musicale Umbra” where he achieved a “Diploma of Excellence”. Later, he participated in the “International Master Classes” in Klaipeda (Lithuania), held by Lazar Berman. With him, his concert repertoire deepened and improved with particular attention to the music of F. Liszt, at the European Academy of Music, Erba (CO). He perfected Chamber Music at the International School of Chamber Music in Duino under the guidance of “Trio of Trieste” achieving a “Diploma with Merit”. He has won national and international competitions, including “M. Clementi” in Florence, “Agorà 80″ in Rome, “F. Liszt” in Lucca, and “Città di Stresa”. In 1997 he won second prize at the ‘T. I. M. ” – International Music Tournament; in 1998, he was awarded the prestigious “Prix Venice”; in 1999 he won second prize at the international competition “Ecomusic” of Monopoli (BA); in 2002 was the winner of the 40th International Piano Competition “Arcangelo Speranza” in Taranto. In October 2009 he was awarded in the “4th International Tbilisi Piano Competition” in Georgia (WFIMC).
Konstantin Scherbakov Switzerland
Once a "Superstar for insiders” (Die Welt), Konstantin Scherbakov is today one of internationally renowned pianists who take a special place in the modern piano world. His artistry and impressive contribution to piano repertoire and the recording catalogue are undisputed. "One of the most capable, daring and interesting musicians of these days” - Peter Cossé , the famous German music critic once described him. Uncompromising responsibility and selfless dedication to music and piano repertoire set Scherbakov's priority throughout his thirty-five-years-long career. The insatiable musical curiosity, an analytical mind and unlimited virtuosity have accompanied Scherbakov on his journey across the ocean of piano literature.