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Adjudicators

Dr. Charles Whitehead, USA

Piano & Jazz

Affiliation: Concert and Jazz Pianist; Former Adjudicator for the Texas Tech Jazz Festival

Anastasiya Bazhenova, Norway

Piano & Organ

Affiliation: Concert Pianist and Organist, Larvik, Norway

Alexander Panizza, Canada/Argentina

Piano

Affiliation: Canadian-Argentinean Concert Pianist and Pedagogue, Toronto, Canada

Professor Marie Bérard, Canada

Violin

Affiliation: Music Faculty at the University of Toronto and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; Violin Faculty of the Glenn Gould School as well as the Taylor Academy, Toronto, Canada

Professor Zhao Xiaohong, China

Piano

Affiliation: Professor of the Piano Department at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Director of the Piano Committee of the Shanghai Musicians Association, and a Supervisor in piano. Evaluation expert at the Degree Center of the Ministry of Education; Distinguished Professor in the Piano Department at the Harbin Conservatory of Music, Supervisor in piano, and a Supervisor in the Top Innovative Talent Training Program of the Piano Department, China.

Lisa Liske, USA

Cello

Affiliation: Concert Cellist, member of Philadelphia-based trio New River Ensemble as well as North Carolina Baroque Orchestra; Cello Faculty at Roanoke College; Founder of Community Cello Works, The Cello Camerata, and Cello Springs Festival. Appears as a guest artist at conferences, festivals, and music institutes throughout the U.S. and abroad; Her forthcoming books include her beginner cello method, The Ants Book; How To Fly Your Cello, a comprehensive collection of cello and musicianship activities to help build fluid musicianship; and a manual for meaningful musicianship, A Practical Pedagogy of Expression, North Carolina, USA

Professor Dr. Gregory Brookes, USA

Voice

Affiliation: Chair of the Voice Department and Professor of Voice at Texas Tech University, TX, USA; Dr. Brookes is a leading vocalist in North America as well as a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Professor Wenpei Ju, China

Composition

Affiliation: Professor of Composition at Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Director of Shanghai Youth Federation of Literature and Art circles; Distinguished professor of Shanghai Film Academy; Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation project funding evaluation expert; Member of China Film Association. Collaborated with CCTV, National Theatre of China, China Film Corporation, China August first film studio , Shanghai Film Studio, etc. Served in the films " Battle of Xiangjiang River", "The Bugle from Gutian " and "Island Keeper"; TV series "Life and Death Undercover", "Life and Death Hero", "The River Flows Eastwards", "Untouchable Truth" and "My Uncle Zhou Enlai"; The opera “Soldiers in Shanghai “, as well as the composition and music director of more than 40 films, TV dramas with more than 600 episodes, operas and other multi creative types of music. Multiple Award Winner as a composer and music director, China

Professor Anastasia Timoshenko, Canada

Violin

Affiliation: Professor of Violin Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov and Music School after A. Lyadov, Moscow, Russia; Artist of State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia", Moscow, Russia

Maestro Yuri Yevchuk, Canada

Voice

Affiliation: Former Soloist (Bass) at the Mariinsky Theatre; recepient of multiple Grand Prix and First Place awards worldwide; toured to France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Estonia and China; Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes Cherevik (Sorochintsy Fair), Bomelius (The Maid of Pskov), Cardinal Lorenzo Montanelli (The Gadfly in concert), Bass (Orango), Frol Baev (Into the Storm in concert), Maestro Spinelloccio (Gianni Schicchi), Cockneys, Professor Higgins’ Butler (My Fair Lady), Second Philistine (Samson et Dalila). Other repertoire includes Varlaam, Pimen (Boris Godunov), Old Gypsy (Aleko), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Chub (Christmas Eve), the Viking Merchant (Sadko) and King René (Iolanta).

Dr. Mikhail Johnson, Jamaica/USA

Composition

Affiliation: Composer and Pianist; Owner of a publishing label "Johno Muzik Publications", Jamaica

Professor Dr. Tatiana R. Mann, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Practice in Keyboard Studies at Texas Tech University, TX, USA; Artistic Director of “New Deal Concert Series”, Little Rock, USA

Professor Giuseppe Devastato, Spain

Piano & Composition

Affiliation: Professor of Piano, Composition, and Chamber Music at Madrid Academy of Musical Arts, Spain, and Accademia Musicale Europea in Naples, Italy; Official Krause Piano Artist and President of World Piano Teachers Association, Spain

Joseph T. Paz, USA

Percussions & Jazz

Affiliation: Percussions and Jazz Performer, Pedagogue, Lubbock, TX, USA

Dr. Rachel Mazzucco, USA

Harp

Affiliation: Harp Studies and Music Theory Faculty at Texas Tech University School of Music; President of the West Texas Harp Society, Lubbock, TX, USA

Olga Alino, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist, Founder and executive director of Masters Institute of Music; Best Teacher 2019 of Crescendo International Competition; Best Teacher 2015 of AADGT, New Jersey, USA

Professor Dr. Meiling Jin, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Founder of Taichi and Piano Study; Visiting Professor at Guangxi Arts Institute, Nanning, China; Former Piano faculty at Lubbock Christian University, TX, USA

Anthony Thompson, Canada

Clarinet

Affiliation: Concert Clarinetist and Pedagogue; Artist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Concert Orchestra; founding member of the Blythwood Winds woodwind quintet, Toronto, Canada

Professor Jekaterina Rostovtseva, Estonia

Piano

Affiliation: Piano Faculty at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), Tallinn Music High School for gifted children, and Tallinn Old Town Music School, Tallinn, Estonia

Professor Emeritus Nina Filatova, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Professor Emeritus of Piano Performance and Pedagogy Studies at Voronezh State Academy of Arts. In 1945 professor Filatova shared the First Prize in the All-Union Piano Competition with Sviatoslav Richter, a legendary Russian pianist; throughout professor Filatova's performing career, she has given numerous solo recitals. Professor Filatova's solo venues include accompanist performances and television appearances. In 1998 she became an Honored Artist of Russia, an honor bestowed by former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Professor Dr. Michalis Andronikou, Canada

Composition

Affiliation: Professor of Composition at Ambrose University, Calgary, AB, Canada; Composer of the Canadian Music Centre; Member of several organizations such as Canadian League of Composers, Greek Composers Union, and Center of Cypriot Composers

Professor Dr. Sun Yong Hwang, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Professor of Piano Studies at the University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, USA

Professor Dr. Ashley Barret, USA

Oboe

Affiliation: Professor of Oboe Studies in College of Visual and Performing Arts at University of North Carolina Greensboro; Performing Artist and Clinician of Buffet Group USA

Dr. Neemias Santos, USA

Cello & Double Bass

Affiliation: Cello and Double Bass Faculty and Orchestra Conductor at Texas A&M University; Faculty of the Strings departments at Abilene Christian University and Hardin-Simmons University; Cellist at Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Amarillo Symphony, TX, USA

Bochan Li, China

Composition

Affiliation: Music Faculty at the Composition and Conducting Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music; The first composer signed to the Central Conservatory of Music Press; One of China’s most distinguished young artistic figures, recipient of numerous competition awards and honours, including Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, Donne in Musica International Composition Competition, Don Vincenzo Vitti International Composition Competition, Golden Key International Composition Competition, IBLA Music Competition, Golden Bell Awards, Wenhua Awards, etc. Bochan Li has received commissions from most of China’s premiere musical institutions and his works are frequently performed all over the world.

Casey Granofsky, Canada

Flute

Affiliation: Artist of the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Guelph Symphony; Founder of the Niagara Flute School, ON, Canada

Honey Rouhani, United Kingdom

Voice

Affiliation: Soprano and Opera Singer; Founder and Director of a music education and performance company Miele Canto, London, United Kingdom

Dr. Chaerin Kim, USA

Harp

Affiliation: Concert Harpist; Harp and Piano Faculty at the Department of Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts Boston; Artist at TTF Entertainment Company in China; Winner of multiple competitions' awards, USA

Professor Neysun Rouhani, United Kingdom

Piano

Affiliation: Head of Education at Miele Canto, a music education and performance company, London, United Kingdom; Concert Pianist, performed with a number of orchestras such as Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the Graz Chamber Orchestra and at the Oxford Piano Festival, UK

Maestro Philip Mann, USA

Conductor

Affiliation: Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Practice at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Guest Conductor at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall and London's Barbican Center; Founder of Arkansas's first collaborative arts festival - Acansa; Conductor for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Voronezh Philharmonic, and other in Europe, USA, and Asia

Professor Dr. Xin Wang, China

Piano

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Zhengzhou University School of Music, China

Rachel Boyd, USA

Voice & Jazz

Affiliation: Jazz Vocalist; Producer, KTTZ-FM, Texas Tech Public Media, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Laura Chambers, Canada

Flute

Affiliation: Concert Flautist and Pedagogue; Principal Flute at London Symphonia, Toronto Canada

Dr. Sarah Dunbar, USA

Flute

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Woodwinds Studies in the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts at Midwestern State University, TX, USA

Dr. Jorge Ramos, USA/China

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist, Guest Lecturer/Professor at Guangxi Arts University, Guangxi, China

Professor Maria Skorobogatova, Canada

Piano

Affiliation: Professor of Piano and Organ Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia

Renata Shumskaya, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Founder of Piano Studio in Newcastle; Committee Chair of the EMTA Scholarship Competition; Member of National and Washington State Music Teachers Association, Newcastle, WA, USA

Tamara Yusman, Israel

Piano

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Soloist of Ashkelon Chamber Orchestra; Piano Faculty at Modus Music School, Ashkelon, Israel

Karine Harutyunyan, Armenia

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist and Honoured Pedagogue of the Republic of Armenia; Piano Faculty at Yerevan Specialized Music School named after Alexander Spendiaryan; Methodist of the Fund for Cultural Assistance to Musical Schools of Armenia

Professor Xu Dongliang, China

Percussions

Affiliation: Professor of Percussion instruments at China Conservatory of Music; Director of International Percussion Education Association (IPEA), China

Anna Rakhmanova, Austria

Piano

Affiliation: Founder and CEO of "Grand Event Projects" Music Agency, Moscow, Russia; Concert Pianist and Music Manager, Vienna, Austria

Professor Dr. Kevin Zhao, China

Piano

Affiliation: Visiting Professor of Piano at the Music Performance Department of the Preschool Education College, HN, China

Dr. Catalin Iacob, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Piano faculty at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Marija Maksimova, Macedonia

Piano

Affiliation: Piano faculty at National Music Educational Centre named after Sergej Mihajlov, Macedonia

Maise Au, Hong Kong

Harp

Affiliation: Concert Harpist and Honoured Pedagogue of Harp Studies; Founder of Hong Kong Creative Association, Mentoring in Motion

Lola Smolokowski, Switzerland

Piano

Affiliation: Founder of "HomeOrchestra", CEO of Smolokowski Music Management, Canton of Zoug, Switzerland

Violeta Arakelova, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Distinguished Pedagogue and Pianist; Founder of Royal Music Academy, Buffalo, NY, USA; Author of Helping Beginner Teachers; Member of Piano Teachers of Western New York; Adjudicator of multiple international music competitions, NY, USA

Dr. Laura Lennis, Colombia

Piano

Affiliation: Concert Pianist and Pedagogue; Fulbright Scholar, Medellín, Colombia

Ziying Zhao, USA

Guqin

Affiliation: Guqin Concert Performer; Chinese Music Culture Ambassador at the Asian Pacific Association; Chair of the Public Relations at Texas A&M University Scholar Association; Recipient of multiple awards in teaching and performance on Guqin instrument, TX, USA

Matvey Lapin, USA

Violin

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Instruments Department of Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA, USA

Nicole Agostino, Canada

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Piano Faculty at the University of Toronto; Founder of Nicole Agostino Piano Studio in Toronto, Canada; Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Teacher; adjudicator of multiple international music competitions

Kristan Toczko, Canada

Harp

Affiliation: Concert Harpist and Pedagogue; Founding Member of Harp Duo: Duo Novus; Social Media Creator: @harpistkt, ON, Canada

Dr. Elena Nezhdanova, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Piano faculty at Cary School of Music and UNCSA Community Music School, North Carolina

Professor Chenjun Fan, China

Violin

Affiliation: Concert Violinist, Violin Faculty of String and Brass Instruments Department at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, China; performed with Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Giessener Philharmoniker, Shanxi Symphony Orchestra; invited musician at Grave music festival in France and Frankische Musiktage in Germany; recipient of DAAD Prize from German government

Gabriel Meza, USA

Violin

Affiliation: Violin faculty at Opus Ithaca School of Music; Violinist at Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and York Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca, USA

Olga Vasilyeva, Canada

Voice

Affiliation: Pulsar Music Artist; Soloist and Actress of Musical Theatre Zazerkalie, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Anahit Sargsyan, Armenia

Violin

Affiliation: Violinist and Pedagogue; Head of the String Instruments Department at Yerevan Specialized Music School named after Alexander Spendiaryan; Former Artist of Chamber Orchestra, Yerevan, Armenia

Professor Cristina Cavalli, Italy

Piano

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Piano Professor at Musical Arts Madrid, Spain; Founder of @AdLibitum Music Project

Sherry Kim, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Founder of Sherry Kim Piano Studio; Artistic Director of The Piano League’s Piano Star International Competition, New York, NY, USA

Professor Irina Bortnikova

Violin

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Department of Voronezh College of Music for gifted children; Director of the string ensemble, Voronezh, Russia

Professor Vladimir Naumenko

Voice & Choral Studies

Affiliation: Choral Director; Vice President and Professor of Choral Studies Department at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia

Professor Sergei Skorobogatov

Trombone

Affiliation: Head of Woodwind and Brass Department at Voronezh Musical College; Professor of Trombone at Voronezh State Academy of Arts; Artist of Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Voronezh, Russia

Professor Maria Agibalova

Piano

Affiliation: Professor of Chamber Ensemble and Collaborative Piano at Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia

Professor Svetlana Pilchena

Violin

Affiliation: Head of the String Department of the Moscow children’s music school named after Anatoly Alexandrov, Moscow, Russia; Vice President of International Music Project Gilels-Kogan

Professor Valentina Yablonskaya

Piano

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Piano Studies at Belgorod State Institute of Arts and Culture; Artist of Belgorod State Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgorod, Russia

Professor Tatyana Timoshenko

Violin

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Department of Voronezh College of Music for gifted children; Head of the Voronezh Group of violinists and cellists, Voronezh, Russia

Professor Lubov Skorobogatova

Violin

Affiliation: Violin faculty at the String Instruments Department of the Voronezh music school; Director of the strings ensemble Caprise, Voronezh, Russia

Professor Yana Lisak

Piano

Affiliation: Concert Pianist; Professor of Piano Studies at Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia

Sviatoslav Moskalenko

Clarinet

Affiliation: Artist and Head of the Clarinet Division of Voronezh State Philharmonic Orchestra; Co-Founder of "Voronezh Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Society", Voronezh, Russia

Valentina Ignatova

Violin

Affiliation: Artist of Opera and Ballet Theatre; Artist of Voronezh Symphony Youth Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

Olga Kirianova

Cello

Affiliation: Artist of Maly Theatre in Moscow; Visiting artist at Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow, Russia

Marina Burenkova

Voice & Choral Studies

Affiliation: Voice Faculty and Choral Director of the Music School named after G.V. Sviridov; Head of "Vivo", "Rassvet", and "Academic Choral Singing" choires, Balashikha, Russia

Luisa Mintsaeva

Harp

Affiliation: Concert Harpist; Principal harp at Moscow State Symphony Orchestra; Artist of Pyotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre, Moscow, Russia; Visiting harpist at Nordic Pulse Ensemble directed by Kristian Jarvi, State Opera of Tatarstan, and National Symphony Orchestra of The Republic of Bashkortostan

Mikhail Knyazev

Piano

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Artist of Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

Elena Starkova

Voice

Affiliation: Soloist of Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

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