Artistic Director of the Crescendo festival,
of the Astana Piano Passion international young pianists' festival and competition,
of the international Grand Piano Competition
In 1998 Denis Matsuev won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, following which he began to tour throughout the world and appear with renowned symphony orchestras.
He is the director of and the inspiration behind several music festivals. Since 2004, he has run the Stars on Baikal festival in Irkutsk, and since 2005 he has been Artistic Director of the Crescendo festival. In 2012 he became Artistic Director of the Astana Piano Passion international young pianists' festival and competition. In 2016 as Artistic Director and Chair of the Organizational Committee, in Moscow he ran the international Grand Piano Competition.
President of the New Names international charitable foundation.
People's Artist of Russia and recipient of the Dmitry Shostakovich Prize and the State Prize of Russia. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and recipient of the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation.
Founder and Director of the Verbier Festival and Academy, Switzerland
Martin Engstroem was born in Stockholm in 1953 where he received his schooling and degrees in Music History from the University of Stockholm.
He began early his career as organizer of concerts by creating his own series of Sunday afternoon concerts for young Swedish musicians at the National Museum in Stockholm.
In 1975 Martin Engstroem moved to Paris to become partner in the artists management company “Opéra et Concert”. During the 12 years he worked with the agency he worked intimately with many major artists, mainly singers. His prime interest was to develop new talent.
In 1991 he started to put together what in 1994 became the Verbier Festival & Academy for which he still is the Artistic and Executive Director. In 2000 he developed the Verbier Festival Orchestra together with James Levine which has become one of the most attractive orchestra academies in the world. Since 2018 Valery Gergiev is Music Director.
Between 1999-2006 Martin Engstroem was Vice President of Artists & Repertoire of Deutsche Grammophon. He has been a jury member of numerous competitions. He has had a long-term relationship with the Tchaikovsky Competition: in 2011 he was a member of the violin jury and in 2015 the piano jury.
In June 2011 The Nobel Foundation in Lindau induced Martin T. Son Engstroem and Bill Gates to their Honorary Senate. The Foundation thereby recognized “their sustained personal commitment to supporting and encouraging young talents by opening the door to future opportunities”.
In April 2015, he received the Dmitri Shostakovich Prize at a ceremony held at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, in Moscow.
Since 2016 he has been a Board Member of the Macao Festival. In 2018 he became Artistic Director both of the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia and of the Riga Jurmala Festival in Latvia.
Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall
Sir Clive Gillinson was born in Bangalore, India. After studying piano, he began studying the cello at the age of eleven and at 16 he joined in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, going on to study cello at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the top cello prize. After graduating from the RAM, he was appointed to the Philharmonia Orchestra cello section.
Sir Clive joined the London Symphony Orchestra in 1970, later he was elected to the Board of Directors of the self-governing orchestra in 1976, also serving as Finance Director. In 1984 he was asked by the Board to become Managing Director of the LSO, a position he held until becoming the Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall in 2005.
Under his leadership, Carnegie Hall has embarked upon many bold new directions in its concert and education programming, including augmenting and integrating current offerings to create large-scale multi-cultural citywide festivals and developing a massive commitment to music education that now reaches 600,000 children, teachers and adults every year.
Opera house administrator, Artistic Manager and former assistant general manager for artistic affairs at the Metropolitan Opera
Sarah Billinghurst Solomon retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 2014 after a distinguished 42-year career in opera administration. Her career began at the San Francisco Opera in 1972 as Assistant to the Artistic Administrator. Sarah was promoted to Artistic Administrator and undertook numerous special projects. In August of 1994, Sarah became the Assistant General Manager for Artistic Affairs of the Metropolitan Opera. Working alongside General Manager, Joe Volpe (followed by Peter Gelb), and Music Director, James Levine, she was integral in the planning and casting of all present and future Met seasons. She supervised the artistic budget and directed the company’s artistic and music staff departments which included the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and National Council Auditions. Ms. Billinghurst Solomon also organized The Mariinsky Festivals at the Metropolitan Opera, the tour of the Metropolitan Opera to Japan, the Metropolitan Orchestra’s tours in Europe and the United States, and the Orchestra’s annual season at Carnegie Hall.
Sarah Billinghurst Solomon is currently serving on the boards of The Julliard School, Carnegie Hall, Santa Fe Opera, The English Concert in America, The Mariinsky Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and is Chair of the Women’s Health Care Council of Columbia University Medical Center. She has served as a juror at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia and will serve as Chair of the Vocal Jury for the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition.
In May 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in music from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
Denis Bouriakov has been Principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2015 and, before that, was Principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera from 2009. Denis has in recent years established himself as one of the most active and sought after soloists in the flute world. He has won prizes in many of the most important international competitions, including the Munich ARD, Jean-Pierre Rampal, the Prague Spring, the Carl Nielsen, and the Kobe competitions, to name a few.
Denis looks outside the standard flute repertoire for works that allow the flute to shine. In addition to having a phenomenal virtuoso technique and musicianship, he is continually transcribing and performing violin concertos and sonatas, expanding the limits of flute technique and artistry. Denis has performed and recorded violin concertos by Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Khachatourian, Tchaikovsky, Paganini, and has published some of his arrangements with the Theodore Presser. Having a very active solo career, Denis has played concertos with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel and Daniel Harding, with many orchestras worldwide, including the Mariinsky Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded a number of solo albums, and his latest recording with Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra will be released in 2019.
Denis has been an active teacher, and has served as a faculty at Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Aurora Festival in Sweden among others. He has been a full-time faculty at UCLA since 2017, and a guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 2018.
One of the most influential brass players of our time, now a soloist, conductor and pedagogue, Ian Bousfield has been at the top of his profession for over 35 years, having formerly been principal trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony in an orchestral career that spanned thirty years. As a soloist he has appeared with, amongst others, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Marriner and Kent Nagano with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic. He has recorded for EMI, Chandos and Camerata. Future plans include appearing with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, recording with the Airis Quartet, conducting the season-opening brass concert of the New World Symphony in Miami for the third time and directing the Aalborg Symphony in a series of concerts for brass and voice.
In recent times his conducting career has taken off, seeing Ian regarded as one of the world’s foremost brass conductors. He has conducted the Oslo Philharmonic, Liceu Opera, Danish Radio Symphony, Copenhagen Opera, Sonderborg Symphony, Bern Symphony, Norlands Opera and the New World Symphony.
Ian is professor of trombone at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His former students sit in some of the world’s premier orchestras and have won the most prestigious competitions including the ARD and Royal Overseas League. His book and videos, “Unlocking the Trombone Code” have met with great critical acclaim. He is a brass coach for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a regular coach of the New World Symphony, two things that lie very close to his heart. He was awarded the ITA award in 2012, a lifetime honor from the International Trombone Association.
In June 2019 Ian will be Chair of the first ever Tchaikovsky Competition for Brass at the invitation of Valery Gergiev.
Despite living outside of the UK for 20 years, Ian remains obsessed with cricket. His main hobby is the wines of Burgundy, and in 2017 he was honored by the region, being made a ‘Chevalier de Tastevin’.