United States Festival

Judges

 

George Borisov (USA)

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). 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 conducted 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).

Shou Ping Chiu (USA/China)

A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shou Ping Chiu is well–known in China as the resident piano soloist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and for frequent recitals in major cities and on radio and television. In 1978, he established himself as one of his generation’s best pianists by winning the Excellence Award in the Young Vocal and Instrumental Music Competition in Shanghai. In 1980, Mr. Chiu left for Australia where he completed his postgraduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, studying with the Michaelangeli pupil Stephen McIntyre. He later studied with world leading musicians Ronald Stevenson and Constance Keene. Mr. Chiu has performed recitals at the Aberdeen Arts Festival, with the British Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Australia, and was a guest soloist with the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra. His recital in William Patterson College’s Visiting Artist Series in New Jersey was broadcast on Public Television. In 1992 he performed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for the Mozart bicentenary celebrations, and later joined with Constance Keene to perform double concertos at the Silver Bay Music Festival, NY, and in China. He maintains close ties with his alma mater, periodically teaching the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and performing in its 80th anniversary celebration concert in 2007. In 2011 he was among a roster of world renowned musicians invited to teach master classes and lessons at the inaugural Shanghai International Piano Festival. Mr. Chiu has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate piano major students at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York, as well as privately for over 20 years. He has adjudicated various piano competitions such as the International Young Artist Competition of Washington, and those by the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, the New Jersey Teachers Association, Cecilian Music Club, the Leschetizky Association, and National League of Performing Arts Inc.

Joseph Graziose (USA)

Joseph Graziose has a B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University. He studied with Blance Abram, Edna Golandsky, Natan Brand, and Jonathan Feldman (Julliard School). He has gained a nationwide reputation for his master classes and lectures on technique and interpretation. He adjudicates extensively for the MTNA, NGPT, AMTL, the Chopin Festival in Connecticut, and other competitions.

Gregory Gelman (USA)

Gregory Gelman received his professional training in art of violin, viola and cello performance at Juilliard School of Music and Novosibirsk State Conservatory of Music. Among his teachers were David Oistrakh, Alexander Uriev, Tossy Spivakovsky, Paul Doctor, Valery Shevchenko, and others. Maestro Gelman teaching record includes faculty positions at Odessa Music College (USSR), Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Greenwich House Music School and Woodbridge Academy of Music (USA), where he is also teaching guitar and woodwind instruments. He is a first-prize winner of Artist International Competition in New York and other competitions. Among his students are winners of International and National music competitions and festivals.

Vyacheslav Gryaznov (Russia)

Vyacheslav Gryznov graduated with honors from the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Professor Manana Kandelaki and the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Yuri Slesarev). He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate student, and recently is on the teaching faculty of the Moscow Conservatory’s Piano Department.

Since 2012 Vyacheslav has been conducting master classes as a visiting professor of piano at Kurashiki Sakuyo University(Japan) and at International music festivals in France, Italy and Austria. In 2016 he accepted Yale University’s invitation to fulfill the Artist Diploma program under tutelage the Yale School of Music’s Professor Boris Berman.
Mr.Gryaznov is a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society (Russia) and an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society (the United States).

Gryaznov’s 2016-2017 performances include the Berliner Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall as winner of the 2016 New York Concert Artists Debut Audition;  San Jose, California; four performances with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra; multiple engagements for The Drozdoff Society’s Impromptu! Classical Music Recital series in New York City as well as engagements in Russia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Austria, and France. He will also record a CD on the Steinway & Sons label.

Vyacheslav Gryaznov is the author of more than 30 concert arrangements and transcriptions. His works have been performed by Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Ghindin, Nikita Mndoyants, Tomoharu Ushida, the Messiaen-Quartet, the Moscow State Chamber Choir, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and by many other musicians and collectives. They are heard in concert halls all over the world, and are chosen for prestigious international music contests like the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

 Kairy Koshoeva (USA/Kyrgyzstan)

Kairy Koshoeva earned her Doctor of Musical Art degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Gnessin’s Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia and an Artist Diploma certificate from Oberlin Conservatory at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Dr. Koshoeva has garnered awards from around the globe including the top prize at the International Piano Competition in Vicenza, Italy, the N. Rubinstein Competition in Paris, France, and was the 2004 Gold Medal winner of the Rachmaninoff Award in Moscow, Russia and first prize at Chautauqua Music Festival concerto competition in New York. In 2003 she was named Honored Artist of her native country Kyrgyzstan. She has performed in Israel, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, and the United States.

She has held teaching positions at several universities and has served on judging panels for piano competitions throughout the US.

Marianne Lauffer (USA)

Marianne Lauffer holds a BM and MM in piano performance from Indiana University, studying with Karen Shaw. She did post graduate work at The Juilliard School as a student of Irwin Freundlich, Jacob Lateiner, and German Diez. Ms. Lauffer was the featured pianist with the American Repertory Ballet Company at McCarter Theater in Princeton, the State Theater, and George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, and in New York City in a premier performance of Pas de dux to the music of John Field. Ms. Lauffer is the assistant director of faculty and extensions and director of the summer music camp program at Westminster Conservatory. She served as state president of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association from 2000 to 2002 and frequently adjudicates for many state music festivals and competitions sponsored by NJMTA, Music Educators Association, Piano Teacher’s Forum, Shore Music Educators Association, and the Teen Arts Festival. Ms. Lauffer resides in Ewing Township where she maintains a private piano studio.

Yoon Sen Lee (Australia)

Yoon Sen Lee was born in Singapore and completed his early music education with Lydia Wong and Clara Ng receiving the diplomas of LRSM, LGSM and ALCM. He received B.Mus. in piano performance with honours and M.Mus. with distinction in performance from the University of Western Australia under the tutelage of Mark Coughlan and Brian Michell, a student of Marguerite Long. He also studied with Stanley Hoogland, Bart Van Oort, and Geoffrey Lancaster in Holland. Yoon Sen has performed as a pianist and fortepianist solo, in a duo, and with chamber orchestras throughout Europe, Australia, and Asia. At the Vose Concerto Competition at the University of Western Australia, Yoon Sen won first prize performing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Yoon Sen is a highly regarded music educator with more than 30 years of experience, and numerous teaching awards. He is a senior music examiner and advisory board member for the Australian Music Examinations Board (WA and a faculty member of the University of Western Australia). Mr. Lee is a frequently invited judge and master class provider for music competitions both locally and internationally.

Lillian Livingston (USA)

Lillian Livingston is Associate Professor at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University (piano, piano pedagogy courses). Director of the Professional Development Certificate Program for piano teachers and Director of Summer Camps for teachers and students, she is internationally respected as one of the foremost authorities on teaching adult students. She has contributed articles on this subject to the American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion. Ms. Livingston has performed extensively and presented Master Classes and seminars throughout the US (including MTNA Conventions and the World Pedagogy Conferences), Canada, and Germany.

Sunyoung Lee (USA/South Korea)

Violinist Sunyoung Lee has performed in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the New York tri-state area, Europe and Asia, including at Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Olin Hall, United Nations,   the Korean Cultural Center and many more.
Ms. Lee  has appeared as a soloist with the Rutgers University Youth Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble , the Greater Newburgh Symphony and Memphis Repertory Orchestra.  She performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival where she served as a concertmaster under Maestro Kurt Mazur.
Ms. Lee was a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut and a member of Asian Artists & Concerts, Inc. She plays in the Sonore String Quartet and is a concertmaster in Bergen Symphony Orchestra. She is also a  violin faculty of Arco Youth Orchestra.
Ms. Lee was a winner of Artist international competition and played a debut concert at Weil recital hall in Carnegie hall. In college,  her piano trio won the Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music competition.
Ms. Lee attended  Ye- won School, Seoul Arts High School and  Manhattan School of Music, completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees as a scholarship student. Her principal teachers are Yoko Takebe, Michael Gilbert and Lisa Kim of the New York Philharmonic.

Charl Louw (USA/South Africa)

Charl Louw has taught and performed both nationally and internationally. Throughout his career he has appeared in recitals and with orchestras in the US and South Africa and has been a top prize winner in competitions including the Unisa International Scholarship Competition and ATKV Forte Competition. As pianist of the Filamental Trio, he collaborated in a recording project of newly commisioned works by award winning composers from Kansas City.

Mr. Louw has served as adjudicator in piano festivals and competitions nationwide and currently serves as the MMTA Collegiate Honors Auditions Chair and Artistic Director of the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Competition. He has presented master classes in South Africa and the US and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Stephan Möller (Austria/Germany)

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.”

Galina Prilutskaya (USA)

Galina Prilutskaya has performed extensively as a piano soloist, accompanist, and chamber  musician throughout the United States, Germany, and Russia, including special appearances in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, Moscow Conservatory in Russia, and Liszt School of Music in Weimar, Germany. Her students have received numerous awards and acknowledgements of excellence in piano study. Presently Mrs. Prilutskaya is a Master faculty member and Chamber music coach for Honor Music Program for gifted children at Westminster Conservatory of Rider University at Princeton. Mrs. Prilutskaya is Co-Director of Westminster Chamber music summer camp. She has a private teaching studio in Princeton as well.

Marina Strakovsky (USA)

Marina Strakovsky received her M.A. degree in Piano and Conducting from St. Petersburg State University of Culture and the Arts and a B.A. “with distinction” in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the N. Rimsky-Korsakov State College of Music in Pskov. She studied under Alisa Chirkova (student of S. Savshinski) and Karina Astanovskaya (student of I.Braudo) and has performed in solo and ensemble concerts throughout the former Soviet Union, Austria, and the Unites States. Marina is a committed educator. Before moving to the United States in 1989, she taught piano at the St. Petersburg School of Music and she currently maintains a successful piano studio in Rumson, New Jersey, USA. She is frequently invited as an adjudicator for the auditions and competitions held by NJSMEA, NJMEA, NGPTA, and other professional institutions. Marina also maintains a strong interest in musicological research. She is the co-author of the album From the Cradle of Classical Music. Since 2008 Ms. Strakovsky has served as the President of the historic Cecilian Music Club of Freehold, the second oldest music club in the United States.

Yining Wang (USA)

Yining Wang received his B.S. in Music from the Shanghai Conservatory, where he was first-place winner at the entrance auditions. He later studied with Robert Lincoln and Ilana Vered at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he received his Master of Music degree. He has performed in master classes with Ann Schein and Richard Goode. He has appeared as a soloist and collaborative pianist in numerous concerts, as well as on TV and radio. His students have won prizes in local and state competitions, and have performed at state conventions and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, as well as at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. They have also performed on cable TV. Mr. Wang is Nationally Certified by the Music Teachers National Association and the Piano Teachers Society of America. He is a recipient of many awards for his teaching, including the Genia Robiner Pedagogy Award of Excellence, and the Distinguished Pedagogy Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is a frequent adjudicator at the competitions and auditions for MEA, SMEA, SJMTA, NJMTA and TYMA, as well as the International Competition of World Piano Pedagogy Conference. He is the Past President of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association.

Hendry Wijaya (USA/Indonesia)

Hendry Wijaya received his D.M.A., M.M., B.M., in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and a L.R.S.M. Diploma “With Highest Distinction” from the Royal Schools of Music. He first attracted attention in 1996 when he won the Artist International’s “Young Artist Piano Award” and made his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He debuted at age four on the National Public Radio of Indonesia. He studied piano with Constance Keene, Herbert Stessin, and Robert Weirich, and chamber music with Jeanne Baxtresser, Sylvia Rosenberg, Frank Morelli, and Linda Chesis. He has performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the United Nations General Assembly Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, the Eastern Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. He is also the author of an advice column for Staccato, a monthly music education magazine in Indonesia. He is chief Advisor and Visiting Artist at the E.L.M.S. Conservatory in Jakarta and a member of the Piano Faculty at Westminster Conservatory of Music.

Wang Xiaotong (China/USA)

Xiaotong Wang, Doctor in Music of Art in 2006 from Moscow Music Institute.( Российская академия музыки имени Гнесиных.) He is the Artistic Director of the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra (Moscow), the chief violinist in Tianjin Symphony Orchestra of China, and the Visiting Professor at Tianjin Vocational College of Arts in China. In 2006, Dr. Wang won the Fourth place in the 1st “Moscow International Modern Art and Music Competition”. In 2007, he won the First prize in “ The 21st Century Youth Virtuoso Competition”. In 2008, invited by the 图拉州 government and New Moscow National Music School, Mr. Wang becomes the Lifelong judge of “格涅辛Cup Chamber Music International Competition”. In May 2009, he was rewarded the Outstanding National Scholarship by the Education Department of China, and won the First place in Russia District. This is so far the only oversea student who won this special reward in Art. In August 2010, Mr. Wang was appointed to be the judge of Chamber Music International Competition in France. In March 2010, he obtained “Violin Art Achievement Award” by the World Artists Association in the USA. In the same year, Mr. Wang also became the Vice President of China Organization Committee which is one of the member of WAA. In 2013, he participated in the competition in “American Schoenfeld International String Competition” and won the special Prize for the Chamber Music. Since 2012, he is residing in the  USA.

Yuka Yanagi (USA/Japan)

Yuka Yanagi holds a Bachelor of Music degree, Summa Cum Laude, and a Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Montclair State University. She studied with Edmund Battersby, Dr. Julie Jordan and Mark Pakman. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of the music department at County College of Morris and Music Prep Center at Montclair State University. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Yanagi has excelled in classical piano performance instruction as her students have both participated in and won numerous major New York/New Jersey area piano competitions. In recognition of her teaching excellence, Ms. Yanagi has received seven Madame Genia Robinor Pedagogy Awards from 2003 to 2011 and in 2008 was the National Pedagogy Award recipient from the Piano Teacher’s Society of America. She has also received seven consecutive Distinguished Pedagogy Awards from the Cecilian Music Club from 2004 to 2010, and has also served as the Co-Chair of Piano Competition for the Music Educators Association in New Jersey from 2005 to 2008. She has served as a frequent adjudicator of piano performance, including the Golden Key Festival audition, Music Educators Association Annual audition, and The New Jersey Federation of Music Club audition.