JURY 2020

 

Takahiro SEKI (Japan) – President

http://www.mt-brillante.jp

 Born in Tokyo, he began studying piano at the age of five. He graduated from the prestigious Tokyo State University of Art where he will also teach later. He went to Italy for specialization studying with the Masters G. Agosti and M. Tipo. He partecipated in several international competitions by winning the 3rd prize at the V. Bellini, Rachmaninov and Enna competitions, the 2nd prize at the Palma d’Oro Competition and the 1st prize at the Zamboni Competition. He is invited to several International Festivals including: Talentinum, Aterforum and Lingotto. For several years he has dedicated himself to the research and dissemination of Italian piano music in Japan, almost completely unknown until then, publishing for the first time the critical revision of the scores and the recording of many CDs. He published the book “Viva la Musica” on Italian musical terminology which immediately became the best-seller and is currently at the fifteenth reprint. Since 2005 he has been the President of the International Piano Competition “Palma d’Oro”

Luca RASCA (Italy) – Artistic Director

http://www.lucarasca.com

Luca Rasca studied with Franco Scala at the Piano Academy in Imola (Italy) where he still lives. He won numerous national and international competitions, including the London Piano Competition, Busoni of Bolzano, Palma d’Oro of Finale Ligure, Schubert of Dortmund, Scriabin of Grosseto, Chopin of Rome, City of Treviso, Casagrande of Terni, Viotti of Vercelli. He stages solo piano performances, with chamber music and has performed over 20 piano concerts with prestigious orchestras, including the RAI Symphony Orchestra, the Virtuosi of New York and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the year 2000, he gave his debut concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall of London, playing the first concert of Brahms in the presence of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. He has released numerous recordings and is frequently invited as a jury member at national and international piano competitions. In addition, he has been teaching for over 20 years and publishes regularly articles on the “Suonare News” music magazine. He is appointed the Artistic Director of the International Palma d’Oro Competition of Finale Ligure (SV) and is the founder and a teacher at the Piano Summer Campus of Tolmezzo (UD), which takes place every year in the month of July.He is professor of piano at The Conservatory of Music Jacopo Tomadini in Udine (Italy). Since December 2015 he is a Steinway Artist and since 2019 he is a Universal Classics&Jazz Artist. His discographic debut for this label is scheduled for November 2019 and includes an album with piano sonatas by Muzio Clementi

 

Piotr MACHNIK (Poland)

http://www.piotr-machnik.com.pl/EN/index_en.html

Graduated with distinction from the piano class of Professor Stefan Wojtas at the Krakow Academy of Music in 1999. Subsequently he perfected his skills under Eugene Indijc in Paris. He also received artistic guidance from Rudolf Buchbinder and Krystian Zimerman. He has received scholarships from the French Government and from the President of the city of Krakow. He was also awarded scholarships on two occasions by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and twice by the Frederic Chopin Institute in Warsaw.He has won many prizes at national and international piano competitions, including the Chopin competitions in Marianske Lazne (the Czech Republic, 1999; 2nd prize) and in Ankara (Turkey, 1999; 2nd prize). However the most important success for him was winning the grand prix, gold medal and the special prize in the prestigious Maria Canals piano competition in Barcelona (2004). The following year he won the 1st prize and the special prize at the 32nd “Palma d’Oro” piano competition in Finale Ligure – Italy. From 1999-2008 Piotr Machnik worked as an assistant to professor Ewa Bukojemska in the piano department at the Krakow Academy of Music, but since completing his PhD in 2008 has been running his own piano class there.

Hans-Peter STENZL (Germany)

https://www.klavierduo-stenzl.de

For over 30 years now, Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl have been setting a benchmark for pianistic brilliance, musical intelligence and sensitivity as well as nuanced illumination of complex four-hand and two-piano scores.
Studies in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and London and eleven competition prizes (1986 ARD, 1989 Dranoff) were followed by an extensive international career and collaboration with world-famous conductors, such as Gustavo Dudamel and Helmuth Rilling.
The Stenzls are also deeply devoted and highly sought-after pedagogues. They are the holders of the first international chair of piano duo studies (at the hmt Rostock/Germany) and, in addition, teach in Stuttgart (Hans-Peter) and Trossingen (Volker). In 1996 they were appointed Associates of the Royal Academy of Music London.

Volker STENZL (Germany)

https://www.klavierduo-stenzl.de

For over 30 years now, Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl have been setting a benchmark for pianistic brilliance, musical intelligence and sensitivity as well as nuanced illumination of complex four-hand and two-piano scores.
Studies in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and London and eleven competition prizes (1986 ARD, 1989 Dranoff) were followed by an extensive international career and collaboration with world-famous conductors, such as Gustavo Dudamel and Helmuth Rilling.
The Stenzls are also deeply devoted and highly sought-after pedagogues. They are the holders of the first international chair of piano duo studies (at the hmt Rostock/Germany) and, in addition, teach in Stuttgart (Hans-Peter) and Trossingen (Volker). In 1996 they were appointed Associates of the Royal Academy of Music London.

Luca TRABUCCO (Italy) 

http://www.lucatrabucco.com

Luca Trabucco was born in Salerno and began his musical studies at Genoa’s “Nicolò Paganini” Conservatory, with Claudio Proietti in piano and Adelchi Amisano in composition. He subsequently specialized at the “Incontri col Maestro” Pianoforte Academy in Imola, first with Lazar Berman, Alexander Lonquich and Riccardo Risaliti, then with Boris Petrushansky and Piero Rattalino. Winner of several piano contests, including the “Premio Venezia” in 1993 and the “Premio Città di Treviso” in 1995, in 2000 he obtained first prize at the “Premio Città di Pavia” International Competition, in 2002 he won the Pinerolo International Competition as, in 2003, the “Chironi” International Piano Competition in Nuoro and the “Valsesia Musica” International Piano Competition, in 2004 too, he obtained first prize at the “San Nicola di Bari” International Piano Competition, he’s one of the three top prizes winners of the 2005 New Orleans International Piano Competition and, in 2007, he won the first prize at the “Palma d’oro” International Piano Competition in Finale Ligure. Luca Trabucco is also a composer and in 1991 he obtained the “Czerny Prize” for italian composers, his music is published by Edi-Pan in Rome. He currently holds a position in piano performance at the Jacopo Tomadini state conservatory in Udine.

 

Xin WANG (China)

https://www.xinwang.de/english/

Xin Wang established herself in spite of her young age as one of the leading pianists of the inner Mongolia China. She came into public attention when she won a special prize at the national Piano Competition China with the age of seven and has since gone on to give piano concerts an recitals in concert halls all over China. She studied with Jolio Largacha and Gabriel Rosenberg in Cologne and Nurnberg. She is regularly a welcome guest at diverse well-known concert places in Europa and Asia like Berliner Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau in Germany, Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, Concert Hall in Xiamen, Henan Art Center in Zhengzhou, Concert Hall in Ningbo, Poly Grand Theatre in Hohhot and many others.
Xin Wang is founder and artist director of the international piano festival in Geilenkirchen Germany and jury president of the international piano competition “Euregio Piano Award”. Since 2012 she teaches as a guest professor at different music universities in China and gave several master classes in China and Germany with prestigious teachers from well known music universities in Europe.

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