JURIES

Piano and piano section 4 hands

LEONID MARGARIUS President of the Jury, pianist

Accademia "Incontri col Maestro" - Imola, Italy

Born in Ukraine, he received a specialized musical education, training in the city of Kharkov under the leadership of Regina Horowitz. Then he completed his studies at the High School of Specialization in Moscow Conservatory under the guidance of Gleb Akselrod.

After an intense concert activity, he revealed and asserted himself as an extraordinary teacher and as an educator of numerous young artists as well as winners of the most prestigious international piano competitions:

first prizes at the Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (1999), at the Busoni in Bolzano in Italy (1992 and 2001), at the Montreal Competition (1996), at the Paloma O ́Shea in Santander in Spain (2005), at the Maria Canals (Barcelona 2010,2014), at the Maj Lind in Helsinki (2002), at the "Concertino di Praga" (1991), at the Minnesota International e-Competition (USA, 2009), at the "Viotti" in Vercelli (2005), at the Pinerolo Competition (1998), at the "Città di Cantù"(1998,2001,2005 and 2006), the "Premio Venezia" (Venice 2007, 2008, 2012), the Chopin Competition (Rome 2009) in Italy and others;

second prizes at Busoni (2003), Rubinstein in Tel Aviv (1996), London Competition (2002,2009), Long-Thibaud in Paris (2004), Maj Lind in Helsinki (2012) and others.

His students have also been noted at the aforementioned Tchaikovsky in Moscow Reine Elisabeth in Belgium (2003,2007), at the Chopin in Warsaw, at the Leeds Competition in England (1989,2009), those of Hamamatsu in Japan and Sydney, at the Unisa of Pretoria in South Africa, at the Seoul International Competition in South Korea, at the Schumann in Zwickau, at the Epinal Piano Competition, at the Cantù Piano competition, at the Busoni Piano competition, at the Bach in Leipzig and Saarbruecken in Germany, at the Lysenko in Kyiv and Lviv in Ukraine, M.Canals in Barcelona, C.Haskil in Switzerland and many others.

In 1993, for the great personal contribution given to the development of national culture and the preparation of the country's musical elite, the President of Ukraine awarded Maestro Margarius the title of "Meritorious Personality of Culture".

Since 1995 Leonid Margarius has been a professor at the International Piano Academy "Incontri con Maestro" in Imola, Italy.

He is regularly called to be part of the juries of the most important piano competitions and holds masterclasses in various countries of the world.

GIORGIO VERCILLO, pianist

Conservatory "Antonio Vivaldi" of Alessandria

Born in Alessandria on November 15, 1954.

He obtained his piano diploma at the A. Vivaldi Conservatory of Alessandria with honors under the guidance of Maestro Giuseppe Binasco, a former pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Alfred Cortot.

He studied composition with Maestro Carlo Mosso and graduated in music teaching with the musicologist Lidia Palomba.

He deepened his studies of chamber music in Italy with Maestro Carlo Pozzi and Maestro Alfonso Mosesti (already first viola and first violin shoulder at RAI symphony orchestra of Turin) and in Yugoslavia with Maestro Mario Ferraris (former violin shoulder Teatro alla Scala in Milan).

Awarded in piano competitions, he began his concert activity at a very young age (the first concert was in 1974 in duo with the American violinist C. Anderson) which saw him as protagonist, over a twenty-five-year period, in countless recitals in Italy and abroad among soloists, chamber music and soloist with orchestra, at prestigious bodies and institutions, often flanked by internationally renowned artists.

Particularly committed to contemporary music, there are many works dedicated to him and entrusted in first performance by composers who now belong to the historical musical tradition ("The piano of the twentieth century"), even if he never neglected the traditional repertoire as evidenced by his concert programs and his record production ranging from Bach to the avant-garde.

Alongside his concert activity, he has always been teaching, and he was one of the youngest Italian teachers of the Conservatory as holder of the Chair of Main Piano, a role that he has held continuously since 1977, first at the Conservatory of Cosenza and, from 1978 to today, in the Vivaldi Conservatory of Alessandria. He holds courses and Masterclasses in Italy and abroad and he is regularly invited as a jury member in National and International Piano Competitions.

In 1988 he was awarded the "COMMENDA PALESTRINA", the only Italian concert performer to have received this recognition, by the Brazilian Ministry of Education for his activity. In 1994 the Ass "Montefortiana" of Verona awarded him with a "special prize for artistic career". In 2003 he was awarded with the "Marengo Music Award" by the Francesisti Association in collaboration with the Municipality of Alessandria for artistic merits and for the concert activity carried out.

He has to his credit numerous concerts being the holder, in 2007, of the first prize at the "Concours Musical de France" (well-known international piano competition founded by Ginette y Gaubert).

He performs an intense concert activity, making numerous international tours.

ROMAN REPKA, pianist

Ukr. EPTA, Associazione Mozart Italia - Kyiv, Ukraine

A Ukrainian pianist. Graduated from the Kyiv Conservatory and completed postgraduate studies. He is a prize winner of Rachmaninov Competition (Kherson, Ukraine), 21st Century Art International Competition (Kyiv, Ukraine), and award winner of the Sergey Taneyev Chamber Music Competition (Kaluga, Russia). He participated at numerous festivals of classical and modern music, including Klangspuren (Austria), Gaida (Lithuania), Rostov Premieres (Russia), KyivMusicFest (Ukraine), Two Days and Two Nights of New Music (Ukraine), etc.

He is the organizer and art director of the Weber Ensemble Kyiv (since 2014). The repertoire manager and soloist of New Era Orchestra (2012–2016). The participant in the chamber ensembles such as Kyiv (2001–2007), Ricochet (2000–2007), New Music in Ukraine (2003–2006), Sonor Continuus (2014), Luna Ensemble (2015), etc.

He recorded on CDs the piano works by Myroslav Skoryk (2002), Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” (accompanied by the ensemble), and vocal works of Valentyn Sylvestrov (in a duet with Inna Galatenko) (2012, 2013). He also made a number of records for the Ukrainian Radio Company.

In recent years, the pianist has focused on searching for rare-sounding scores and their premiere performances. Below is a list of the Premieres performed in the Kyiv Philharmonic and in those of other Ukrainian cities:

1) 2011. The premiere of the lost relic — a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Lev Revutsky (original edition).

2) 2014. The Ukrainian premiere of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo. The triumphant performance in Kyiv of the outstanding masterpiece of the 20th century was highly appreciated by the daughter of the classic of the 20th century who is living today.

3) 2015. The Ukrainian premiere of vocal, chamber (with participants of Weber Ensemble Kyiv), and piano works by Joaquin Rodrigo.

4) 2016. The Ukrainian premiere of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra by Michael Nyman — a brilliant score by the British minimalist maestro (Also in 2016 the Lithuanian premiere took place in Vilnius and Klaipeda.)

5) 2005 – 2015. The Ukrainian premieres of numerous vocal (in a duet with I. Galatenko) and piano works by Valentyn Sylvestrov, the most famous contemporary Ukrainian composer (The Austrian premiere was performed in Schwaz in 2013).

6) 2016–2017. The Ukrainian premiere of rare piano works by Carl Czerny.

He is also engaged in educational activities (gives a set of lectures for amateur and professionals).

The Consultant of the piano art of the A.M.I Kyiv - Stiftung Mozarteum Ukraine.

 

Soloists Section

LUCA MAGNI President of the jury, flutist

He graduated brilliantly in Flute Traverso at the Istituto Musicale Pareggiato

"P. Mascagni" (Livorno) in 1991 under the guidance of M. Nicola Mazzanti.

He perfected himself with the Masters R. Fabbriciani, M.Conti, M.Marasco, M. Ancillotti, P. Vawre

M. Larrieu, G. Corradetti.

He performed numerous concerts in Italy (Rome, Turin, Milan, Florence, Macerata, Bari, Bologna, Siena, Varese, Parma, Lucca, Modena, etc.) and abroad (Malta, France, Austria, Poland, Germany, St. Petersburg, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Russia (St. Petersburg), Australia, United States, Japan, both in duo and as a soloist, always receiving unanimous public acclaim and criticism.

Since 1996 he has been active in the enhancement of the Tuscan cultural heritage, through the execution of repertoires in which popular literature is combined with Tuscan cultured music, in collaboration with Prof. Carlo Lapucci.

He has played for several Cultural Institutes: Besancon (France), Lund (Sweden), St. Petersburg (Russia), Amsterdam (Netherlands).

In 2000 he held a Flute Masterclass in Struer (Denmark), at the Municipal School of Music. Since 2003 he collaborates with the Composer/Author Andrea Mati with whom he has recorded a CD in 2007 published for Tactus of Bologna.

In 2005 he held a Masterclass of Flute and Organ in St. Petersburg (Russia) " Manfredini and contemporary authors" Flute Luca Magni, Organ Mariella Mochi for students of the Conservatory and University of St. Petersburg, with recording of the rambler television channel and Radio Russia.

He performed solo concertos for flute and orchestra (OCF of Florence; PMI of Milan and Orchestra from Camera Aquilana, Caucasus State Orchestra in Russia).

In 2010 he held a Masterclass on musical fairy tales at the Conservatory of Music of Vibo Valentia. He toured in 1991 in Japan performing concerts in Gifu, Tokyo, Shirakawa, Tagimi, Nagoya for flute and organ, flute and piano, flute and koto.

He has given concerts in Miami and Naples in Florida (2010) and in New York (2014) at Columbia

University (USA). From 2007 to 2012 he recorded CD, LP, DVD: Frammenti e Quartetti ed. Tactus of Bologna 2007 (Composer A.Mati vivente), I Puccini all'Organo di Corsanico ed. Fondazione Puccini Festival. Corsanico (LU) 2008, CD and LP Carillon GN Record 2011, "translated" into vinyl for Flute and Organ, CD Rarità Musicali for Flute and Organ. Ed. Eurarte 2011, CD Classic Movies Soundtracks for Flute and Organ Ed. StudioEmme 2012, DVD Land Traume DVD Documentary TV2 Artè. (Austria). He has produced scores for young performers: Aria di Natale for Flute and Piano; Easy Duets for Flute ed. Eurarte 2001.

In 2012 he performed concerts in Australia (Melbourne: Beethoven Festival, flute and piano; Mildura and Ballarat: International Festival Organ Festival; Sydney S.Paul Church).

In 2015 he held a tour in Belgium for flute and guitar in the following cities: Brussels, Ghent, Namur performing pieces by Castelnuovo Tedesco, Ibert, Piazzolla and Boutros.

He held a Masterclass Liceo Musicale ITE Terra di Lavoro in Caserta 7 November 2015

In 2018 he performed two lectures-concerts in Toledo and Ciudad Real (Spain). Concerts in Auditorium of the National Conservatories of Spain. At the "Ana Maria Sancho" auditorium of Conservatory of Toledo Jacinto Guerrero and at the "Manuel De Falla" auditorium of Conservatory of Ciudad Real Marcos Redondo. Concertos for Flute, Piano and Cello.

Since 2009 he has held Campus and Summer Music Courses of flute and flute ensemble.

Since 2015 he is professor of flute in the State Comprehensive Institutes with a musical focus on flute fixed-term traverse.

He is Artistic Director of Piceno Classica in San Benedetto del Tronto and of the Holiday Home / House Musical Villa Magni of Pistoia. www.villamagni.com.

GIORGIO VERCILLO, pianist

Born in Alessandria on November 15, 1954.

He obtained his piano diploma at the A. Vivaldi Conservatory of Alessandria with honors under the guidance of Maestro Giuseppe Binasco, a former pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Alfred Cortot.

He studied composition with Maestro Carlo Mosso and graduated in music teaching with the musicologist Lidia Palomba. He deepened his studies of chamber music in Italy with Maestro Carlo Pozzi and Maestro Alfonso Mosesti (already first viola and violin shoulder RAI symphony orchestra of Turin) and in Yugoslavia with Maestro Mario Ferraris (former violin shoulder Teatro alla Scala in Milan).

Awarded in piano competitions, he began his concert activity at a very young age (the first concert was in 1974 in duo with the American violinist C. Anderson) which saw him as protagonist, over a twenty-five-year period, in countless recitals in Italy and abroad among soloists, chamber music and soloist with orchestra, at prestigious bodies and institutions, often flanked by internationally renowned artists.

Particularly committed to contemporary music, there are many works dedicated to him and entrusted in first performance by composers who now belong to the historical musical tradition ("The piano of the twentieth century"), even if he has never neglected the traditional repertoire as evidenced by his concert programs and his record production ranging from Bach to the avant-garde. Alongside his concert activity, he has always been teaching, and he was one of the youngest Italian teachers of the Conservatory as holder of the Chair of Main Piano, a role he has held continuously since 1977, first at the Conservatory of Cosenza and, from 1978 to today, in the Vivaldi Conservatory of Alessandria. He holds courses and Masterclasses in Italy and abroad and is regularly invited as a jury member in National and International Piano Competitions.

In 1988 he was awarded the "COMMENDA PALESTRINA", the only Italian concert performer to have received this recognition, by the Brazilian Ministry of Education for his activity. In 1994 the Ass "Montefortiana" of Verona awarded him a "special prize for artistic career". In 2003 he was awarded the "Marengo Music Award" by the Ass. of the Francesisti in collaboration with the Municipality of Alessandria for artistic merits and the concert activity carried out.

He has to his credit numerous concerts being the holder, in 2007, of the first prize at the "Concours Musical de France" (well-known international piano competition founded by Ginette y Gaubert).

He performs an intense concert activity, making numerous international tours.

CARLO DEMARTINI, composer

Born in 1981, he began his musical studies privately under the guidance of Maria Pia Cabona, to continue in the organ class of Massimo Gabba at the Diocesan Academy of Sacred Music of San Rocco in Alessandria. He graduated in Sacred Music at the Conservatory of Novara, with a thesis on the ministry of the liturgical organist, and in Composition at the Conservatory of Alessandria, and continued his studies at the Pontifical Institute of Sant'Anselmo in Urbe, in the postgraduate high specialization course in Liturgical Music.

He attended masterclasses in organ improvisation with Fausto Caporali, Stefano Rattini and Paolo Oreni, in liturgical composition with Giuseppe Liberto, in orchestration with Stefano Fonzi, on organ music of the Italian 800 with Marco Ruggeri, and on synthesizers with Roberto Pagani. He has further perfected his composition with Alessandro Ruo Rui.

He is a certified teacher of music word processing with the Finale software® and, in addition to collaborations with schools, he deals with transcriptions and music publishing.

He founded, in collaboration with Marcello Bianchi, violin teacher at the Conservatory of

Alessandria, the tenth "Hdemia ensemble", with whom he had intense liturgical and concert activity, as arranger and accompanist.

He is the artistic director of the exhibition "Music, Image, Word, Prayer" which is held every year in the Rectory Church of Santa Maria Immacolata all'Esquilino in Rome, dedicated mainly to young interpreters of chamber music and vocals.

He is active as a composer, arranger and orchestrator, mainly in the field of sacred music: his compositions are regularly performed throughout the national territory, even in concerts and choral festivals.

He is regularly invited to the most prestigious national and international conferences of sacred and liturgical music, organized by the Episcopal Conferences and the Holy See.

Opera singing section

FABRIZIO MESCOLI

President of jury - Opera Agent "Lombardo Associates" New York

(in alphabetical order)

ALESSANDRO AMORETTI

Vocal coach and pianist (Wiener Staatsoper, Bolshoi Theater, Salzburg Festival etc.)

MICHELE BUI

Conductor, Association Mozart Italy - Bologna

PATRIZIA CAPPUCCILLI

President of the Piero Cappuccilli Foundation

VINCENZA DELLAPINA

Art. Director of the Piero Cappuccilli Foundation

FEDERICO LONGHI

Baritone, vocal coach

NANA MIRIANI

Soprano

SILVANO SANTAGATA

Tenor

NATALIA  VOROBIOVA

Mezzosoprano, President of Association Mozart Italia -Kyiv - Stiftung Mozarteum Ukraine

 

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