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Jury members who confirmed their participation:

Piano
Dmitri
Bashkirov
(Russia)
Dmitri Bashkirov
Russia
People's Artist of Russia. Honorary Professor of the Moscow State Conservatory. Professor at the Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid and the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy). He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Alexander Goldenweiser. In 1955 was the victor in the Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris. Among his pupils are Dmitri Alexeev, Arkady Volodos, Jonathan Gilad, and Plamena Mangova.
Michel
Béroff
(France)
Michel Béroff
France

Graduate of the Paris Conservatory. In 1967 he won the First Olivier Messaien Competition. More than 20 years ago he entered into an exclusive contract with EMI and has recorded over 50 discs since then. He is a five-time winner of the Grand Prix du Disque, France's most coveted award for recordings. He is also a conductor.

Boris
Berezovsky
(Russia)
Boris Berezovsky
Russia

Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory studying under Eliso Virsaladze. In 1990 he took First Prize and a Gold Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other prizes are ECHO Klassik, the Diapason d'Or, and the RTL d'Or. He is a Steinway Artist. He is a proponent of Nikolai Medtner's music, and due to his efforts the Medtner Festival was held in Russian cities from 2006 through 2011.

Peter
Donohoe
(United Kingdom)
Peter Donohoe
United Kingdom

Pianist, conductor, and Vice President of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He studied at Leeds University and the Royal Northern College of Music under Derek Wyndham. In 1982 he won the VII International Tchaikovsky Competition sharing the Second Prize with Vladimir Ovchinnikov (the First Prize was not awarded). He has recorded an extensive series of CDs for Naxos promoting British piano music.

Sergei
Dorensky
(Russia)
Sergei Dorensky
Russia

Professor at the Moscow Conservatory from which he graduated studying under Grigory Ginzburg. In 1955 he won First Prize and a Gold Medal at the Fifth World Festival of Youth and Students in Warsaw and in 1957 Second Prize in the First International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1957 he has taught at the Conservatory, and until 1997 he was Dean of the Piano Department in charge of the faculty specializing in piano. In 2007 he again assumed leadership of that department. Among his students are Denis Matsuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Vadim Rudenko and many others.

Barry
Douglas
(Ireland)
Barry Douglas
Ireland

Artistic Director of the Clandeboye Festival (Ireland) and the Ireland Camerata chamber orchestra. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London under John Barstow. In 1986 he was a winner at the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition. He is currently making a series of albums of the complete piano works of Brahms for Chandos for which he records exclusively. He has received the Order of the British Empire.

Denis Matsuev
(Russia)
Denis Matsuev
Russia

Artistic Director of the Stars on Baikal in Irkutsk and the Annecy Festival of the Arts in France. He is President of the New Names Foundation and a member of the Presidential Council for Culture and the Arts of the Russian Federation. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Sergei Dorensky. In 1998 he was victorious in the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition and immediately launched his impressive career. He is a People's Artist of Russia and was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation. He performed for the official closing ceremonies of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Vladimir
Ovchinnikov
(Russia)
Vladimir Ovchinnikov
Russia

Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Alexei Nasedkin. In 1982 he was victorious at the VII International Tchaikovsky Competition sharing the Second Prize with Peter Donohoe (the First Prize was not awarded). In 1987 he won the Leeds International Piano Competition in the UK. Since 1996 he has taught at the Conservatory. He is a People's Artist of Russia and Professor and Director of the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory.

Alexander
Toradze
(USA)
Alexander Toradze
USA

Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Yakov Zak and Lev Naumov. In 1983 he moved to the USA, and in 1991 he became a professor at the Univeristy of Indiana (South Bend) where he developed a special system of instruction. In Russia he regularly performs with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev; he has recorded for Phillips all five of Prokofiev's piano concertos and Scriabin's Prometheus with them.

Vladimir
Feltsman
(USA)
Vladimir Feltsman
USA

Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Yakov Flier. In 1971 he was victorious in the Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris. Since 1987 he has resided in the USA performing as both pianist and conductor. He is a professor at the State University of New York (New Paltz) and founder and Artistic Director of the International Piano Festival-Institute Piano Summer in New Paltz.

Klaus
Hellwig
(Germany)
Klaus Hellwig
Germany

Studied with Detlef Klaus and Pierre Sancan in Paris. He came to prominence after becoming a prize winner at the Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris and the Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, Italy. In 2007 with violinist Christiane Edinger and cellist Lluís Claret he founded the Berlin Trio. Since 1980 he has taught at the Institute of the Arts Berlin. He has recorded more than 25 CDs for major recording labels.

Martin
Engström
(Sweden)
Martin Engström
Sweden

Founder in 1994 and Executive Director of the Verbier Festival (Switzerland). Between 1975–1987 Director of Opéra et Concert artists management in Paris. From 1999 to 2006 Vice President of Artists and Repertoire for Deutsche Grammophon. He is a member of the Board of the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. In 2015 he was awarded the Shostakovich Prize in Moscow.

Violin
Salvatore
Accardo
(Italy)
Salvatore Accardo
Italy

Violinist, conductor, and teacher. Graduate of the San Pietro a Majella in Naples. Winner at 15 of the international Geneva Competition for musicians (1956) and then the Paganini Competition for violinists in Genoa (1958). Leader of the Italian chamber orchestra I Musici (1972-1977), founder of the Accardo Quartet (1992) and the Chamber Orchestra of Italy (1996). One of the founders of the Settimane Musicali Internazionale in Naples and the Cremona Festival. In 1987 he débuted as conductor at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

Yuri
Bashmet
(Russia)
Yuri Bashmet
Russia

Outstanding violist, conductor, artistic director of the Winter Arts Festival in Sochi, the December Nights Festival, and festivals on Elba, in Minsk and Yaroslavl among others. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and in 1976 and then won first prize at the Munich International Viola Festival. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Moscow Soloists ensemble (1992). Since 2002 he has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Novaya Rossiya Orchestra. People's Artist of the USSR and of Russia, winner of the State Prize, recipient of many prizes and awards, among them the Grammy.

Maxim
Vengerov
(Monaco)
Maxim Vengerov
Monaco

Violinist, conductor, teacher, and public spokesman for various causes. He began his training with Zakhar Bron in Novosibirsk and after 1989 continued studying with him in Lübeck, Germany. He became internationally famous in 1990 after winning the Carl Flesch Competition in London after which he went on to perform at the most prominent venues around the world. In 2007 he made his conducting début at Carnegie Hall with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Saarbrücken, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland. He is a frequent winner of coveted prizes such as the Grammy, ECHO Klassik Award, and the Diapason d'Or.

Liana
Isakadze
(Germany - France)
Liana Isakadze
Germany - France

Violinist, conductor and artistic director of several festivals in Georgia and in European countries. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under David Oistrakh. Winner of international competitions: the Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud Competition (Grand Prix and First Prize,1965), the Sibelius Competition (First Prize, 1970), and the Tchaikovsky Competition (Third Prize, 1970). In 1981 she became head of the Chamber Orchestra of Georgia and continued in that position for 15 years. After moving to Ingolstadt, Germany, she founded the David Oistrakh Academy. People's Artist of the USSR, People's Artist of Georgia.

Leonidas
Kavakos
(Greece)
Leonidas Kavakos
Greece

Graduate of the Hellenic Conservatory. He became known worldwide after his victory in the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985) and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1988). From 2007 to 2009 he was Artistic Director of the Camerata Salzburg chamber orchestra. He performs all over the world in solo recitals and accompanied by leading orchestras. His discography includes releases on Sony Classical, Dynamic, BIS, ECM and Decca Classics. In 2014 he was designated Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine.

Ilya
Kaler
(USA)
Ilya Kaler
USA

Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory (studying under Leonid Kogan and Viktor Tretyakov). He is the only artist to have taken first place in three prominent competitions: the Paganini (1981), the Sibelius (1985), and the Tchaikovsky (1986). From 1996 to 2001 he was concertmaster for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently concertmaster for the Lake Forest Symphony. He maintains a full concert schedule both in solo recitals and as part of the Tempest Trio. He has recorded many albums for Naxos with which he has an exclusive contract. He is professor at several institutions of higher education in the USA.

Boris
Kuschnir
(Austria)
Boris Kuschnir
Austria

Violinist and outstanding teacher. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Boris Belenky. Among his many achievements are prizes at the international competitions in Paris, Belgrade, Florence, and Vercelli. He has resided in Austria since 1981. He is a professor at the Vienna Conservatory and the University of Music in Graz, as well as honorary professor of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Among his pupils are Julian Rachlin, Nikolaj Znaider, and Dalibor Karvey. Awarded the Grand Silver Decoration for Service to Austria and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and the Arts in the first degree.

Mihaela
Martin
(Germany - Romania)
Mihaela Martin
Germany - Romania

Violinist and teacher. At the age of 19 winner of the Second Prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Subsequently won competitions in Montreal, Sion, and Brussels, as well as First Prize in the First International Violin Competition in Indianapolis. In 2003 she founded the Michelangelo String Quartet. She performs throughout the world in symphony and chamber programmes and participates in international festivals. She is professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. She conducts master classes worldwide.

Vadim
Repin
(Russia)
Vadim Repin
Russia

Violinist and teacher. Studied under Zakhar Bron in Novosibirsk and after 1989 continued studying with him in Lübeck, Germany. In 1989 he became the youngest winner ever of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, after which he was welcomed into the world's most prominent concert halls. His recordings have been recognized with the ECHO Klassik and Diapason d'Or awards among others. Since 2006 he has recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. In 2014 he organized and became the Artistic Director of the First Trans-Siberian Art Festival in Novosibirsk.

Roman
Simovic
(Montenegro)
Roman Simovic
Montenegro

Violinist and concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra. He is a winner of a number of international competitions, including Premio Rodolfo Lipizer (Italy), the International Violin Competition Sion Valais (Switzerland), the International Yampolsky Violin Competition, the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (Poland); and he is founder of the Rubicon String Quartet. Roman Simovic gives master classes in the USA, the UK, South Korea, Serbia, Montenegro, and Israel. This season he is recording two discs: with the LSO String Ensemble (on LSO Live) and with the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev (on the Mariinsky label).

Viktor
Tretyakov
(Russia)
Viktor Tretyakov
Russia

Exceptional violinist and teacher. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Yuri Yankelevich. Winner at the III International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1966, a victory after which he began to give concerts in the world's most prestigious venues with leading orchestras. He taught for many years at the Moscow Conservatory (1983-2001 in the violin department as professor), since 1996 he has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He has been honoured with many titles, prizes and awards and is a People's Artist of the USSR.

Maxim
Fedotov
(Russia)
Maxim Fedotov
Russia

Violinist, conductor and teacher. Studied at the Moscow Conservatory. He has won international competitions such as the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1982), the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1986), and the Tokyo International Violin Competition (1986). He was Principal Conductor of the Russian Symphony Orchestra (2003-2005) and of the Russian Philharmonic Moscow City Symphony (2006-2010). Since 1987 he has taught as a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. People's Artist of Russia and winner of the Moscow Government Award.

Vera
Tsu Wei Ling
(China)
Vera Tsu Wei Ling
China

Graduate the Central Conservatory in Beijing and also studied in the USA under Dorothy Delay and Rafael Bronstein. She has performed in the most prominent concert halls of Europe and Asia. Since 2000 she has been a professor at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and since 2014 a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory. She frequently conducts master classes in the USA, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, and China. She performs both a solo recitalist and in chamber ensembles in China and abroad. In 2009 she created the China Trio.

James
Ehnes
(Canada)
James Ehnes
Canada

Graduate of the Juillard School of Music. At the age of 13 he débuted with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival and more. In 2010 he formed the Ehnes Quartet, which four years later went on a European tour and played to great acclaim in Wigmore Hall and the Auditorium du Musée du Louvre. His discs have received many awards, among then the Grammy (2008). He is Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010 he became a Member of the Order of Canada.

Michael
Haefliger
(Switzerland)
Michael Haefliger
Switzerland

Violinist, Executive and Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, the St. Gallen University, and Harvard Business School. In 1986 he was one of the initiators of the Davos Music Festival's Young Artists in Concert series, and he 1999 he took charge of the Lucerne Festival. In 2013 he organized a festival in Japan dedicated to victims of the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Music Institute and Chairman of the jury for the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award.

Nikolaj
Znaider
(Denmark)
Nikolaj Znaider
Denmark

Violinist and conductor. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music studying under Milan Vitek and from the Vienna Conservatory studying under Boris Kuschnir. He became well-known after his victory in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (1997). He is one of the most sought-after violinists in the world and performs with leading orchestras as both soloist and conductor. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. He is founder of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school for young artists.

Cello
Wolfgang Boettcher
(Germany)
Wolfgang Boettcher
Germany

His international career took off after winning the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich.  Until 1976 he was concertmaster for cellos in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been one of the founders and members of several renowned ensembles—the Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Soloists, and the Brandis Quartet.  He relinquished his position with the orchestra in order to concentrate on solo performances and his work as an educator at the Berlin University of the Arts.  His recordings as cellist have been released on such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, and Nimbus among others.

Mario
Brunello
(Italy)
Mario Brunello
Italy

Graduated from the Venice Conservatory studying under Adriano Vendramelli and continued his training under Antonio Janigro. In 1986 he won the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition, and this victory propelled him to an international career. He plays a Maggini cello from the 1600s and performs with the world's finest orchestras as both soloist and conductor. In 1994 he formed the Orchestra d'Archi Italiani. He teaches at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

David
Geringas
(Germany - Lithuania)
David Geringas
Germany - Lithuania

Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1970 he took First Prize and a Gold Medal at the IV International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has resided in Germany since 1975. He has given the world premieres of many avant-garde compositions by Russian and Lithuanian composers. He is also a conductor, and for many years has provided instruction in cello technique. He has received the Lithuanian government's highest awards for promoting interest in Lithuanian music.

Clive
Gillinson
(United Kingdom)
Clive Gillinson
United Kingdom

Cellist and both Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall (New York). He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1970 he began performing in the London Symphony Orchestra and from 1984 to 2005 was its Managing Director. In 2005 he took charge of Carnegie Hall. Two years later Carnegie Hall staged its first international festival and subsequently two city-wide New York festivals.

Alexander
Kniazev
(Russia)
Alexander Kniazev
Russia

Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied cello and from the Nizhny Novogord Conservatory where he studied the organ. International recognition of his skill as a cellist came when he won prizes at the UNISA International Competition in South Africa and the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Florence. In 1978 he took Third Prize in the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition, in 1990 he took Second Prize in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He taught at the Moscow Conservatory from 1995 to 2004. He is a three-time winner of German's prestigious ECHO Klassik Award for recorded music.

Mischa
Maisky
(Israel - Belgium)
Mischa Maisky
Israel - Belgium

Is the world's only cellist to have studied with two of its greatest masters-Mstislav Rostropovich (at the Moscow Conservatory) and Gregor Piatigorsky (at the University of Southern California). He achieved worldwide recognition after he left the USSR to repatriate to Israel in 1972. He has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist for more than 30 years with over 35 albums to his credit. His discs collected many international awards and have been nominated for the Grammy.

Ivan
Monighetti
(Russia - Switzerland)
Ivan Monighetti
Russia - Switzerland

Is among the most brilliant cellists trained by Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1974 he won the Second Prize at the V International Tchaikovsky Competition. From that time on he has toured throughout Europe, America and Japan. He is one of the leading performers of avant-garde music and also conducts. He is a professor at the Basel Academy of Music. Since 2010 he has been the Artistic Director of the Viva Cello International Festival in Basel.

Sergei
Roldugin
(Russia)
Sergei Roldugin
Russia

Graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory studying under Anatoly Nikitin. In 1980 he took Third Prize at the Prague Spring International Cello Competition. From 1984 to 2003 he was lead soloist and concertmaster for the cello section of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. He is equally at home as soloist or conductor. Since 2006 he has headed the Saint Petersburg House of Music, which supports and advances younger musicians.

Martti Rousi
(Finland)
Martti Rousi
Finland

Graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and professor there since 1995.  In 1986 he took Second Prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition.  Since that time he has performed with leading orchestras throughout Europe and Scandinavia.  From 1993 to 2009 he was artistic director of the Turku Music Festival.  In 2010 he became the artistic director of the Sibafest in Helsinki, and in 2012 of the Sysmän Suvisoitto MusicFestival.  He has been a juror for international competitions, among them the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011.  He has made recordings on both the Ondine and Finlandia labels.

Lynn
Harrell
(USA)
Lynn Harrell
USA

Studied at the Juilliard School of Music under Leonard Rose and at the Curtis Institute of Music under Orlando Cole. From 1964 to 1971 he was concertmaster of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra's cellos. In 1971 he gave his first solo recital in New York and since then has performed worldwide. He has won the Avery Fisher Prize and has twice been awarded a Grammy. From 1985 to 1993 he was International Chair of the Cello Studies Department at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then headed the Department.

Jan Vogler
(Germany)
Jan Vogler
Germany

Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival of chamber music and since 2008 Director of the Dresden Music Festival. His career commenced when at the age of 20 he took the position of first cello with the Sächsische Staatskapelle. In 1997 he began concentrating on his career as soloist, during which performances with the New York Philharmonic in New York and Dresden were a highlight.  He often performs in chamber programmes with pianists Martin Stadtfeld and Hélène Grimaud. He has made recordings for the Sony Classical label since 2003.

Jian
Wang
(China-Portugal)
Jian Wang
China-Portugal

Was born in China. In 1985 with Isaac Stern's help he came to the USA to study at the Yale School of Music. This marked the start of his international career, which has centered on both London and Shanghai. Although Wang's discography is very diverse, the chamber music that he recorded with pianist Maria João Pires and violinist Augustin Dumay holds a special place among his recordings.

Myung-wha Chung
(Korea)
Myung-wha Chung
Korea

Comes from a famous musical family. Her sister Kyung-wha Chung is a violinist, and her brother, Myung-whun Chung, is a pianist, conductor and a prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Myung-wha Chung trained at the Juilliard School of Music under Leonard Rose and at the University of Southern California with Gregor Piatigorsky. In 1971 she won the Geneva International Music Competition and since then has played in the most prestigious venues around the world. She teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York and at the Korean National Institute of the Arts. Since 2010 she has been the Artistic Director of the Great Mountains Music Festival held in Pyongchang, which will be the site of the Winter Olympic Games in 2018.

Voice
Sarah
Billinghurst
(New Zealand)
Sarah Billinghurst
New Zealand

Opera administrator; one of the leading artistic managers for vocalists. In 1972 she started her career at the San Francisco Opera where she ascended from volunteer to Artistic Administrator (a position she held from 1982 to 1994). For the next 20 years she was the assistant general manager for artistic affairs at the Metropolitan Opera. She was the second in command at the theatre.

Eva
Wagner-Pasquier
(Germany)
Eva Wagner-Pasquier
Germany

Opera manager; great granddaughter of Richard Wagner. Since 2008, together with her half-sister Katharina, she has been in charge of the Bayreuth Festival. From 1984 to 1987 she was an opera director at the Royal Opera House in London and from 1989 to 1993 she was Director of Programming at the Opéra Bastille. She has worked with a number of major theatres in Europe and America, has been a Senior Artistic Consultant to the Metropolitan Opera, and was an Artistic Advisor for the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

Olga
Borodina
(Russia)
Olga Borodina
Russia

Mezzo-soprano, winner of international competitions including the Rosa Ponselle INTERNATIONAL Competition for the Vocal Arts (New York) and the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition (Barcelona). Graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory where she studied with Irina Bogacheva. Soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre. Since the 1990s she has sung in major theatres and concert halls of the world. She has recorded CDs with Philips Classical, Decca and Erato. Oga Borodina is a People's Artist of Russia, winner of the State Prize, and the Shostakovich Prize.

Deborah Voigt
(USA)
Deborah Voigt
USA

A leading dramatic soprano and one of the world’s most acclaimed interpreters of the principal roles in the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss.  She won the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Philadelphia.  Since 1991 she has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera and in the world’s most prominent theatres and concert venues.  Her extensive discography includes two solo albums for EMI Classics along with opera recordings, such as Wagner’s complete Ring cycle (which won a Grammy).  She is both a performer and host for the Met’s “Live in HD” series, which is transmitted live to movie theatres across the US and in other countries.  She gives master classes all over the world.  She has been honoured in France as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, was Vocalist of the Year for 2003, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of South Carolina, and won the Opera News Award for 2007.

Larisa
Gergieva
(Russia)
Larisa Gergieva
Russia

Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre's Academy of Young Opera Singers and of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania (Vladikavkaz). She is also a director and jury member for many international vocal competitions. She has coached over a hundred winners of Russian and international competitions. She has been named best accompanist at a number of singing competitions, among them the BBC International Competition (the UK), the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow), and many others. She is a People's Artist of Russia, of Ukraine, and of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania.

Mikhail
Kazakov
(Russia)
Mikhail Kazakov
Russia

Bass, soloist for the Bolshoi Theatre and the Dzhalil Tatarstan Opera and Ballet Theatre. Graduated from the Kazan Conservatory. While still a student he débuted at the Tatarstan Opera and Ballet Theatre and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Since 2001 he has been a soloist with the opera troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre. Winner of a number of international competitions including the Glinka Competition, the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He is often on tour singing at the most prominent operatic stages and festivals of the world. He is an Honoured Artist of Russian and a People's Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Thomas
Quasthoff
(Germany)
Thomas Quasthoff
Germany

A famous baritone and professor. Became internationally famous after his victory at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. His records, including those released by Deutsche Grammophon, have received Grammy Awards and an ECHO Klassik Prize. In 2012 he announced his retirement from public performance. He is currently a professor at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. He was awarded the Shostakovich Prize, the Edinburgh Festival award, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize, the Gold Medal by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Dennis
O'Neill
(United Kingdom)
Dennis O'Neill
United Kingdom

Tenor and internationally acclaimed lead singer in Verdi operas. Works with the Royal Opera Theatre Covent Garden, and sings in the opera houses of Vienna, Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg. Regular participant at festivals in Cologne, Zurich, Torino, and the Arena di Verona. Founder and director of the Cardiff International Voice Academy. In 2000 became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Mikhail
Petrenko
(Russia)
Mikhail Petrenko
Russia

Bass, soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre. While still a student at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory he was invited to join the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre. He is a prize winner of the Maria Callas, Rimsky-Korsakov, Plàcido Domingo and Elena Obraztsova competitions. His international début was at the Berlin State Opera (Hunding in «Die Walküre», 2004). He is equally successful in opera and in concert performing on the foremost stages of the world.

Tobias
Richter
(Switzerland)
Tobias Richter
Switzerland

Director and producer, general manager at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and professor of the Robert Schumann Hochschule. From 1982 to 1983 he was General Director at the Kassel State Theatre. From 1984 to 1992 he was Director of the Opera in Bremen. Since 1996 he was General Manager at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein. Member of the Board of the International Opera Association OperaEuropa. Since 2004 he has also been General Director of the Septembre Musical festival, in Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland).

John
Fisher
(United Kingdom)
John Fisher
United Kingdom

Opera director, conductor, vocal coach and producer. From 1981 to 1988 he was La Scala's Artistic Administrator, and in 1989 he served as Artistic Director of La Fenice in Venice. In 1994 he joined Deutsche Grammophon as its Executive Producer. From 1997 to 2006 he was Director of Music Administration for the Metropolitan Opera, and from 2006 to 2011 Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Welsh National Opera. For a number of years he served as jury chairman of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Chen-Ye
Yuan
(China)
Chen-Ye Yuan
China

A baritone, First Prize winner at the X International Tchaikovsky Competition (1994). Graduated from the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 1990, and made his début at the National Opera of Beijing the same year. In 1998 he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2014 he sang the title role in Tchaikovsky's «Evgeny Onegin», the first joint performance by the Mariinsky Theatre and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (music director Valery Gergiev).