Debut International Piano Competition

Judges

George Borisov (United States)

George Borisov received his professional training in Piano Performance and Chamber Ensembles from S.Rachmaninov State Conservatory in Rostov City (B.M, M.M.), M.Glinka State Conservatory in Novosibirsk (D.M.A.), and completed his Ph.D. in Musicology in the All-Russia Institute of Musicology in Moscow (Russia). Significant contribution to his professional formation were made by celebrated musicians Anna Baron and Ludmilla Korabelnikova. He is Professor Honoris Causa of the Krasnodar State University of Arts (Russia), where he taught piano solo and chamber ensemble courses. His performance experience includes piano solo and collaborative recitals in the Soviet Union, Austria, France, Norway, Romania, and the United States. Dr. Borisov has been a jury member of International and National piano competitions, including the Rome International Piano Competition (Italy), the Chopin International Piano Competition (CT, USA), the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition (Austria), the Western Australian Pianists Competition (Australia), and the NJMTA, NJMEA, NGPT, and SMEA piano competitions and festivals (USA). He has conducting master classes in the US and abroad. He is a founder of the Golden Key Music Festival, and the affiliated Debut at Carnegie Piano Competition, Piano Composition Competition, and Alberti Piano Competition (USA, Russia, Indonesia).

Stephan Möller (Austria)

Stephan Möller first gained prominence as a prizewinner at the 1985 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. Since then his busy concert schedule has taken him to Japan, China, North and South America as well as all over Europe. Performing all the standard repertoire, Stephan Möller has concentrated especially on the interpretation of the Viennese Classics, in particular Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, as well as on Franz Liszt’s paraphrases of Wagner opera scenes and his transcriptions of Beethoven Symphonies. Among his CD recordings, there are such rarities as Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” and the complete piano works by Richard Wagner. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Stephan Möller studied piano and conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. From 1983 to 1989 he assisted Herbert von Karajan and other world-renowned conductors at the Salzburg Festival. In 1990, he took up an appointment at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is president of the Vienna International Pianists Association and their festival, the “VIP Academy.”

Prof. Dr. Ta Quang Dong  (Vietnam)

Ta Quang Dong studied piano with Prof. N. Emelianova, Prof. V. Bunin, Prof. B. Berlin and Dr. T. Rusanova. In 2003, he successfully completed his Doctorate in Piano Performance at Gnessin Academy (Moscow, Russia). Ta Quang Dong’s performances can most often be heard in the prestigious concert halls of Russia and Vietnam; he also performed in France, Poland, and the USA. In his repertoire are works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Ravel, and Debussy. Ta Quang Dong has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hanoi Chamber Orchestra, and the Southwest Chamber Orchestra (USA), under the batons of Claire Levacher (France), Jeff von der Schmith (USA), and Dariusz Waszak (Poland). His concerts have been presented and broadcast internationally on both radio and TV. He is a frequent jury member at a number of international piano festivals in Russia. Among his students are the prizewinners of numerous international piano competitions in Russia, France, Austria, Italy, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam. Recently Dr. Ta Quang Dong is a Head of  the Hochiminh City Conservatory of Music.

Nikola Vučković (Montenegro)

Nikola Vučković received his professional training in Montenegro, Serbia, and Italy. His artistic formation was greatly influenced by such prominent musicians as Dmitri Bashkirov, Sándor Falvai, Noel Flores, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Kemal Gekic, Aleksandar Serdar, Boris Kraljevic, Matija Molcnar, Mariana Mike, and Vladimir Bockarjov.

Maestro Vučković’s performing geography includes major concert halls and art centers in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, and Serbia. He is well-known to European audience as a brilliant interpreter both standard classical piano solo repertoire and modern music. He frequently appears on stage in chamber music ensembles and as a soloist with Montenegrin Symphonic Orchestra.

Nikola Vučković is a guest-artist of the “Cerbanica Musica” Festival in Italy.