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EINAR STEEN-NØKLEBERG
Chairman of the Jury

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg is a leading Norwegian pianist, having made continuous international appearances and more than 50 recordings. He studied with Nicolai Dirdal and Hans Leygraf.

Among other prizes and distinctions, some of the most important are the German Hochschulwettbewerb, the Norwegian Piano Competition in 1972, the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Best Performance in 1975 (for the interpretation in Grieg’s Piano Concerto at the Bergen Festival), the Norwegian Recording of the Year in 1976 for a recital of Norwegian Baroque Composers, the Lindeman Prize (“Performer of the Year”) 1984, the Grieg Prize in 1985 (Bergen) and 1992 (Oslo). He is a Knight of the St. Olav Order, appointed by the King of Norway for his activities for Norwegian music in general.

From 1975 to 1981 Einar Steen-Nøkleberg was Professor of Piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany, an appointment which made him Germany’s youngest professor.

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg’s international career has included repeated solo recitals in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, Hamburg and Copenhagen. He toured the U.S.A. and the former Soviet Union several times. Concerto appearances include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel, the China Philharmonic, Beijing, the Yumiori Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK in Tokyo and the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras in Norway. His recording of the Grieg Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra was chosen by the BBC Saturday Review as the best version of this much-recorded concerto.

His recently released monumental recording of all Grieg’s piano music, a 14 CD set, for Naxos Records is recieving international acclaim. He is currently publishing H. Kjerulf piano works (3 CD’s) on Simax, and H. Saeverud piano works (5 CD’s) on  Naxos.

ANDRZEJ JASINSKI

A native of Poland, Andrzej Jasinski graduated with honors from the Music Conservatory in Katowice where he studied with Professor Wladyslawa Markiewicz. He continued his studies in Paris with Professor Magda Tagliaferro.

He won first prize at The M. Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona in 1960, and made his debut with The Radio And Television Orchestra RAI under C. Zecchi in Turin, Italy. He has toured in Poland, throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, Japan, and South America, and recorded frequently with The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Jasinski has taught at The Music Academy in Katowice since 1961 and has, since 1973, headed its Piano Department. He also taught at The Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart from 1979 to 1982 and teaches master classes at important venues worldwide, including the Summer Music Academy “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy, and “Wiener Meisterkurse” in Vienna.

In 2002 Mr. Jasinski was recognized by the Minister of Arts and Culture in Poland for his artistic and pedagogic achievements with the prestigious Medal of National Education. In 2006 and 2007 he received honorary Doctorate Degrees from the Music Academies in Katowice and Warsaw.

Since 1975 Mr. Jasinski has served on the Jury of many important international piano competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth, M. Longue, A. Rubinstein, P. Tchaikovsky, Leeds, Dublin, F. Busoni, van Cliburn and F. Chopin in Warsaw, where in 2000, 2005 and 2010 he served as chairman.

DAEJIN KIM

Daejin Kim is one of the leading pianists and pedagogues in Korea. In 1985 he won first prize at the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (now the CIPC) and in 1986 made his New York debut. Since then, he has become a prime example of that rare individual who is able to successfully combine both the demanding careers of a concert pianist and the most productive teacher. His master classes have drawn international recognition and he has been able to maintain a full schedule of performances such as a historic one-day performance of the complete Beethoven’s Piano Concertos (2001) and the complete cycle of the Mozart Piano Concertos (2002-2004).

Mr. Kim has served on the jury for many competitions such as the Busoni, the Gina Bachauer, Clara Haskil, the Beethoven (Bonn), the CIPC, and he will be on the jury for the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2013.

His students have won the prizes including the first prize at the Clara Haskil and the Leeds International Competition in 2006.

Mr. Kim received a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, and a Doctoral degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Martin Canin. He is currently the Professor of Piano at the Korean National University of Arts.

After close collaboration with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra which is one of the prestigious orchestras in Korea, he became its Conductor and Music Director in 2008. Recently, Mr.Kim and the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra made successful debut concert at the Carnegie Hall.

Recently, he received a decoration for ‘the Artist of the Year’ by the Ministry of Culture in Korea.

ALEXANDER KORSANTIA

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Korsantia began his musical studies at an early age. Among his mentors are his mother, Sventlana Korsantia, Tengiz Amiredjibi and Alexander Toradze.

Mr. Korsantia has a busy performing career collaborating with such musicians as Vadim Repin, Sakari Oramo, Jianandrea Noseda, Valeri Gergiev, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Gia Kanceli, Semion Bychkov, Juri Bashmet and Paavo Jarvi among others. Recent seasons have brought him to the Cincinnati Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pacific, Louisville, Oregon, Vancouver, Omaha, Edmonton, and Elgin symphonies; Louisiana and Israel Philharmonic. In Europe he performed with the Orchestre National du Capitole, RAI Orchestra in Turin, Kirov Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, British Youth Orchestra, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony, Polish Radio Orchestra. He also has toured Brazil with Israel Symphony Orchestra and given recitals in Toulouse, Calgary, San Francisco, Lodz, Boston and Tbilisi, Georgia. Other noteworthy engagements have included a televised performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and a United States recital tour with Vadim Repin.

Mr. Korsantia’s recordings include a live solo double album on the Bel Air Music label and Joseph Bardanashvili’s “Concerto quasi una fantasia” with the Ingolstadt Chamber Orchestra, which was released in 2011.

In 2004 Mr. Korsantia was awarded the Georgian Medal of Honor by then-President, Eduard Shevardnadze. In 2003 he was the subject of a National TV documentary. Mr. Korsantia resides in Boston where he is a Professor of Piano at the New England Conservatory and is an Artistic Director of the annual music festival “From Easter to Ascension” in Georgia.

HAESUN PAIK

HaeSun Paik has been hailed as a “sensitive and thinking musician first and an awesome technician second” (Los Angeles Times), whose performances are “a wonder — elastic, mercurial, charged with meaning, surprising” (Boston Globe). Having won top prizes at such international piano competitions as the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William Kapell, and Tchaikovsky, Ms. Paik has performed concerts around the world in solo recitals, concerti with orchestra, and as a chamber musician.

One of the most sought after pedagogical influences in Korea, Ms. Paik was the youngest pianist of her generation to be appointed as a music professor at Seoul National University, where she taught for ten years. She currently is Artist-in-Residence at Daegu Catholic University, and Artistic Director of the Busan Music Festival in Korea. In the fall of 2013 she will join the piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Ms. Paik gives master classes worldwide and has served as a juror in many international competitions including the Bosendorfer, the Cleveland, and the Honens.

Her debut and subsequent solo recordings can be heard on th EMI label. Her recent recording with Cellist Laurence Lesser of the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano has been released by Bridge Records.

Ms. Paik demonstrated unmistakable musical talent at an early age, winning her first piano competition at the age of four. At 14, she came to the U.S. to continue her studies in Boston at the Walnut Hill School, and later graduated from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun.

ROBERTO PLANO

Italian native Roberto Plano performs regularly throughout North America and Europe – notably at Lincoln Center, Sala Verdi, Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall andthe Herkulessaal. He has appeared with orchestras all over the world under the direction of such renowned conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon and Pinchas Zuckerman and been a featured recitalist at the internationally acclaimed Chopin Festival, the Portland Piano Festival, the Encuentro de Musica y Accademia de Santander, and many others. Having earned a reputation for his fine collaborative playing, Mr. Plano performs with some of the finest chamber music groups in the world, including the Takács, the Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg, the Vogel and the Henschel String Quartets.

Mr. Plano was the Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Prize Winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia Competitions and finalist at the Van Cliburn and the Busoni, also having won 15 First Prizes in National Competitions in Italy.

Mr. Plano’s engaging personality has made him a favorite guest on radio programs such as NPR’s Performance Today, and on TV shows for PBS and Japan’s NHK. He has recorded CDs for Sipario, Azica, Arktos, and he recently released a World Première CD for Concerto with music by Andrea Luchesi that was reviewed with 5 stars out of 5 in the music magazine “Musica”.

Mr. Plano studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the Ecole Normale “Cortot” in Paris and the Lake Como Academy. He is Founder and Director of the Music Association “Alfred Cortot”; his masterclasses, taught at his own music academy and worldwide, are in high demand.

NELITA TRUE

Since Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra, her career has taken her to the major cities in Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, and to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all fifty states in America. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, and has been in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times for concerto performances, recitals and master classes.

Ms. True currently is Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music, has received five major music achievement awards, and is, as described in Clavier Companion, “One of the world’s most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers.”

Ms. True has been a jury member for many international competitions, including Dublin, China (Beijing), Shenzhen, Queen Sonja (Oslo), Gina Bachauer, New Orleans, Hilton Head, William Kapell, and many others.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan as a student of Helen Titus, Ms. True went on to Juilliard to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and then earned the DMA with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. In Paris, she studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fulbright grant.

A series of four videotapes, “Nelita True at Eastman,” featuring her performances, lectures, and teaching are currently being seen on five continents. She has been featured in articles in Clavier, Piano Today, The European Piano Teachers’ Journal, and is the subject of cover stories in Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion.

FRANK WEINSTOCK

American Frank Weinstock has had a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator. His appearances as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician have taken him throughout the United States, as well as to South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. As concerto soloist, Mr. Weinstock has appeared with such conductors as Jesús López-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, Jorge Mester, Gunther Schuller, Mark and Thakar, and Luthero Rodrigues. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weinstock has performed with the Tokyo and American String Quartets, Leonard Rose, Larry Combs, Glen Dicterow, the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and with members of the Guarneri, LaSalle, Manhattan, and Berkshire Quartets.

Frank Weinstock is Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he taught for thirty-one years until his retirement in 2011; towards the end of that time, he also served as that school’s associate dean and interim dean. He is featured in Benjamin Saver’s book,The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA. Mr. Weinstock has been a member of the performing faculties at the Aspen and Eastern Music Festivals, the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), and has been a juror for many competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Hilton Head, Virginia Waring, as well as the Canadian Music Competition and American Pianists Association Competition.

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, Mr. Weinstock received performance degrees from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories of Music, studying with Emil Danenberg, Victor Rosenbaum, Claude Frank, Lilian Kallir, and Edith Oppens.

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