Members of the jury 2015

 

 

 

Anne Øland

Denmark

 

From Nielsen to Beethoven, Anne Øland is one of the leading Danish musicians of her generation. She has lately made a strong impression with the first complete Danish CD recording of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, and she followed this deed up with a series of concerts in Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Garden Concert Hall. Before plunging herself into Beethoven's works, Anne Øland had committed herself to Carl Nielsen's piano music, which she recorded on CD. It is a fact, that Danish music is very close to Anne Øland's heart, and she plays it with sentiment and spirit, be it a performance of the virtuosic 3rd Piano Concerto of Herman D. Koppel or a simple Danish song played in intimate surroundings. Besides being a noble exponent for Danish music, she is a fervent interpreter of the Classical and Romantic piano repertoire. She is in demand as soloist with the Danish symphony orchestras and tours the United States, Japan and many European countries. Anne Øland studied with Herman D. Koppel, and made her debut from The Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen in 1977. Subsequently she studied with Guido Agosti in Rome, Hans Leygraf in Salzburg and Nikita Magaloff in Geneva. Early on, Anne Øland involved herself in teaching. She became associate professor at The Royal Danish Academy in 1980, and has since then taught a great number of Denmark's most talented pianists. Anne Øland is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.

 

 

Christopher Elton

United Kingdom

 

Christopher Elton was born in Edinburgh and received most of his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was a prizewinner in several British and international piano competitions, playing and broadcasting regularly both as a soloist and in chamber music. His international recognition has come as a result of the many successes of his students at the Royal Academy of Music. Many have won international awards, including first prizes in the Van Cliburn and London “World” Int. Piano Competitions as well as in Jaen, Newport, Dudley and New Orleans. Further recent successes have come in the finals of three recent Leeds Int. Piano Competitions as well as in the Leipzig Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dublin, Shanghai, and Taiwan Competitions as well as previous major awards in the international competitions in Santander, Geneva (CIEM), Munich (ARD), Geza Anda, Pozzoli, Mazaro del Vallo, Porto, Madrid, Ettlingen and the Stravinsky Awards in the USA. Many of his students are now recording artists. While his priority is to his work at the Royal Academy, London, Christopher Elton has also been much in demand overseas both as a teacher and as a jury member for international competitions. Christopher Elton was Head of Keyboard at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was elected a Fellow in 1983, from 1987 to 2011. In 2002 the title of Professor of the University of London was conferred on him. He now holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Piano.

 

 

Erik T. Tawaststjerna

Finland

 

Erik T. Tawaststjerna began his musical education in Helsinki, took private lessons in Moscow, and received degrees from the Vienna Music Academy under Dieter Weber, as well as New York’s Juilliard School, where his teacher was Sascha Gorodnitzki. He also holds a doctorate from New York University, where he studied under the guidance of Eugene List and participated in a master class given by Wilhelm Kempff in Positano. He won the second prize at the Helsinki Maj Lind piano competition in 1968 and has since given concerts around the world. In 1990, he was invited to give a performance for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Akasaka Palace in Tokyo. Erik T. Tawaststjerna has made numerous recordings, among them a series of eight recordings of the complete piano music by Jean Sibelius. He has been teaching at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki since 1982. Many of his students have received top prizes in international piano competitions. His expertise has been called upon in the juries of several such events, including the José Iturbi Competition, the Ciurlionis Competition, the Axa Piano Competition, the Weimar Liszt Competition, the Maria Canals Competition, the London International Piano Competition, and the International Beethoven Competition. He has given master classes in London, Berlin, Tokyo and Vienna, among other places. He was named Professor of the Year 2006 by the Finnish Professors’ League.

 

 

Irina Osipova

Russia

 

Irina Osipova was born in 1955 in Moscow Region. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire in 1981 (class of prof. Eugene Malinin), having been a Grand Prizewinner at the 1979 Paris International Competition of M.Long and J.Thibaud. In 1983 she was awarded a Laureate prize at the first Moscow Rachmaninov Competition. Irina offers a wide repertoire and she has been acclaimed for her performances with leading orchestras, as well as for her work as a solo artist. She has played concerts all over Europe and in USA as well. Her recordings include all Rachmaninov’s transcriptions for the piano, songs by Mussorgsky and piano works of N. Medtner released by BMG. Following graduation, she was appointed to the teaching staff of the Moscow Conservatoire and subsequently became Professor of Piano (solo and accompaniment). Her students are achieving a very high standard of performance and gaining major prizes at national and international competitions. In 1996 she became a President of Russian Piano Teacher’ Association (EPTA-Russia) and Vice President of European Piano Teachers’ Association. She also is the Editor in Chief of the Piano Journal of Russia. In April 2002 she was awarded Honorary Artist of Russia. In 2007 she was awarded with Medal of International Music Union. In 2010 she was elected as a Head of accompaniment department of piano faculty in Moscow conservatory. From October 2011 she became a Honorary Professor of Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.

Jens Elvekjær

Denmark

 

Jens Elvekjær, a native of Copenhagen, won top prizes in some of Europe's most prestigious international competitions, including the Brahms Piano Competition, Austria, the Scandinavian Piano Competition, Denmark, and the Ferrol Piano Competition, Spain. One of Scandinavia's leading young pianists and Denmark's first Steinway Artist, Jens Elvekjær represented Denmark at the First Scandinavian Piano Festival and has performed widely across Europe, Asia and North America and has furthermore performed as soloist with all the major Danish orchestras including the Danish National Orchestra. Jens Elvekjær has been broadcasted on the BBC, National Public Radio (USA), Danish Radio, Korean Broadcasting Systems, Austrian Radio, Hessischer Rundfunk and ARD. Jens Elvekjær is the pianist of the successful piano trio, Trio con Brio Copenhagen, which received the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. The award includes a recording contract and an extensive tour of 20 major American venues, including Carnegie Hall. The trio won top prizes in many other competitions including ARD, Premio Vittorio Gui, Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, Danish Radio Competition and the prestigious "Allianz Prize" for Best Ensemble at Germany's Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Jens Elvekjær studied in Aarhus, Cologne, Vienna and Salzburg. His teachers included John Damgaard, K.H. Kämmerling, Leonid Brumberg, Lazar Berman, Ferenc Rados, and the Alban Berg Quartet.

 

Uta Weyand

Germany

 

German born pianist Uta Weyand comes from a musical family. The Post and Courier (South Carolina, USA) forecasted her musical career, stating "Weyand demonstrates genius at the piano...she is a pianist of genius, who should have a long career.“ After her studies in Freiburg/Germany, Baltimore/USA and Madrid/Spain with Elza Kolodin, Vitaly Margulis, Leon Fleisher and Joaquín Soriano Uta Weyand has had great international success giving numerous piano recitals and appearing with orchestras in most European countries, in Russia, Brazil, Cuba and the United States.1996 she won First Prize in the José Iturbi International Piano Competition in Valencia with two special prizes: one for the best interpretation of Spanish music and the other for Spanish contemporary music. Uta Weyand received worldwide press reviews with her recordings for Hänssler Classics with music by Schumann, Mozart, Debussy, Montsalvatge, Granados and the Complete Works for Piano Solo by Manuel de Falla. She combines her dynamic concert life with pedagogical activities giving master classes and conferences in Germany, Spain, Brazil and Cuba. Uta Weyand is regulary member of international piano competition juries such as Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City, Franz Liszt in Weimar and José Iturbi in Valencia. Uta Weyand is the founder and managing director of the PIANALE International Academy & Competition for pianists between 14 and 30 years (www.pianale.com). In addition to that, she is the initiator of an annually organized series of concerts “Schlosskonzerte Osthessen” in Germany, which provides young musicians with a high-standard performance platform.
 

Zelma Bodzin

USA

 

Pianist and teacher Zelma Bodzin began performing at the age of five. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and continued her education at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Among her teachers are outstanding musicians of our time, including Eugene List, Dieter Weber, Rosalyn Tureck and Wilhelm Kempff. Among Zelma Bodzin’s awards and prizes was First Prize at the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra Young Artists Competition, resulting in several tours with the Beethoven 4th and Tchaikovsky 3rd Concertos. She considers the Monster Concert of music of Gottschalk with Eugene List at Carnegie Hall a high point in her career. Her performances of Leonard Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" received critical and public acclaim. Recordings of her performances were broadcasted on WQXR, NPR, RTE and ORF. She has given recitals in New York, throughout the USA, in Dublin, Vienna, La Valetta, Jerusalem, Helsinki and the French Caribbean. Zelma Bodzin has held Master Classes in Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Malta, Guadeloupe and the USA. She has had a piano studio in New York since 1982, and was appointed to the faculty at the Mannes College of Music in 2003 and at the Aaron Copland School of Music for the past five years. She has served on juries in Bulgaria, Guadeloupe, New York, for the Music Teachers National Association and the Royal Irish Academy in Ireland. Zelma Bodzin is a Past President of the New York State Music Teachers Association.