Jury


Screening Jury

Paul Schenly, United States
Chairman

Paul SchenlyWinner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Paul Schenly has been a soloist with major United States orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Mr. Schenly appeared in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and in acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall.

He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Edo de Waart, Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Shaw and Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas and Kirill Kondrashin.

Mr. Schenly served as chairman of the piano department at the Cleveland Institute of Music for more than 25 years. He has served on the juries of several national and international competitions and his students have won national and international prizes. Mr. Schenly also serves as the Artistic Director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and is the Founder/Director of the summer festival “Pianofest in the Hamptons.”

Hyoung-Joon Chang, South Korea

Hyoung-Joon ChangSince his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 16, Hyoung-Joon Chang has collaborated with world-renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. He has given acclaimed solo recitals on international stages in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Korea.

Dr. Chang received his doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Earl Wild and Constance Keene. He has been a jury member of many major international competitions, including CIPC.

An active and popular recording artist, Dr. Chang has recorded diverse piano concertos of Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and Schnittke, with labels such as Pro Arte, Warner Music, and GENUIN.

Emanuela Friscioni, Italy

Emanuela Friscioni

Emanuela Friscioni began studying piano in Italy at age five and made her debut at age nine. She received a diploma in piano performance from the Conservatory of Music “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan and went on to study with Annamaria Pennella. She has performed throughout Italy, in Switzerland, France, and other European countries. She made her US debut in July 2000 with The Cleveland Orchestra violinist Gino Raffaelli. Since then, she has enjoyed a career that has seen her perform solo recitals, orchestral engagements and chamber music appearances. Recent performances have included appearances with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, and chamber music and solo performances at the Music in the Mountains Classical Music Festival.

Ms. Friscioni is also an accomplished professor of piano, first in Italy and now in the United States. She has been a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2004. As a teacher and artistic director, she founded and manages the Classical Piano Performance Academy at Cuyahoga Community College.

Caroline Oltmanns, Germany

Caroline OltmannsCaroline Oltmanns has an active performance career that includes recent performances in the U.S., Germany, South Africa, and Switzerland in venues such as Steinway Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago; and the Redlands Bowl and Leo S. Bing Theater in Los Angeles. She has made concerto appearances with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the Harburger Orchester Akademie, and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Oltmanns has recorded five solo CDs on the Filia Mundi label. Her latest album features works by Debussy, Liszt, and Beethoven. Her playing has been heard on radio stations in Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Cape Town. As Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University, Caroline Oltmanns has presented master classes and workshops in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Canada, and China. She has initiated and supported several philanthropic causes through regular benefit appearances for organizations of different interests, and recently established the endowment “88 Hearts for YSU,” a fund to support scholarships for piano students.

Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, South Africa/United States

Pierre Van Der WesthuizenSouth African pianist Pierre van der Westhuizen has established himself as an accomplished and versatile musician, with critically acclaimed performances across South Africa, the U.S., and Europe. He has received several prizes, awards and scholarships, which includes the M.C. Rhoode Memorial Performance Prize, and a grant from the National Research Foundation. He made his concerto debut in 1998, performing with the National Chamber Orchestra of South Africa.

Dr. van der Westhuizen is also part of the Westhuizen Duo, with his wife Sophié. As a piano duo, they have performed across the U.S. and South Africa. They were featured at the prestigious PianoTexas International Academy and Festival, as well as Shouse Artists at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Their performances were heard on WGTE (Toledo), Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) and ClassicFM. They appeared as guest artists at the Volksblad Arts Festival, National Arts Festival (Grahamstown), North-West University (Potchefstroom) and the University of South Africa UNISA Concert Series, as well as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, which was broadcast live on NPR and PBS Television.

Dr. van der Westhuizen is Director of The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards.

 

Competition Jury

Paul Schenly, United States
Chairman

Paul SchenlyWinner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Paul Schenly has been a soloist with major United States orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Mr. Schenly appeared in the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, and in acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Hall.

He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Edo de Waart, Mstislav Rostropovich, Robert Shaw and Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas and Kirill Kondrashin.

Mr. Schenly served as chairman of the piano department at the Cleveland Institute of Music for more than 25 years. He has served on the juries of several national and international competitions and his students have won national and international prizes. Mr. Schenly also serves as the Artistic Director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and is the Founder/Director of the summer festival “Pianofest in the Hamptons.”

Antonio di Cristofano, Italy

Antonio di CristofanoAntonio di Cristofano completed his piano studies in 1986 at the Luigi Cherubini Music Conservatory in Florence (Italy), where he studied with Antonio Bacchelli and Massimiliano Damerini. He performs extensively in recital, with orchestras, and with chamber ensembles throughout Europe and the U.S. A long list of prestigious venues includes Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Gasteig (Munich), Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Leeum Auditorium (Seoul), and the Teatro Verdi (Florence).

Mr. Cristofano has served on the jury of several international piano competitions, including the International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers” (Madrid), the Luciano Gante International Piano Competition (Pordenone, Italy), the International Rachmaninov Competition (Moscow), and the International Baltic Piano Competition (Gdansk). He has taught at the Moscow Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, and additional festivals and conservatories.

Mr. Cristofano has recorded two CDs. The first presents works by Schubert, and his most recent release includes works by Brahms, Berg, and Scriabin.

Alexander Ghindin, Russia

Alexander Ghindin

A native of Moscow, Alexander Ghindin is a major force on the international piano scene. At the age of 17 he became the youngest winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He won first prize at the 2007 CIPC.

He has appeared as a soloist and with orchestras worldwide, collaborating with a host of today’s leading conductors, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Järvi, and many more. He has performed in many of the most distinguished concert venues, among them: Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (New York), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), Barbican Centre (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Sumida Triphony Hall (Tokyo), Gasteig (Munich) and many more.

Since 2006 Mr. Ghindin has been Artistic Director of his own concert series in Moscow. He also is an International Artistic Co-Director of the Swedish Royal Festival and Artistic Director and Conductor of both the Kaluga Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Hermitage Ensemble. In 2006 Mr. Ghindin was named Honored Artist of Russia.

Yaron Kohlberg, Israel

Yaron KohlbergMr. Kohlberg, second prize winner at the 2007 CIPC, performs worldwide to critical acclaim. This “consummate concert artist” has been welcomed in New York, Moscow, Washington, D.C., Paris, Geneva, Mexico City, Bombay, and throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

He performs regularly as a soloist, with orchestras, with the American duo Parnas in the Parnas/Kohlberg Trio, and with Danish cellist Toke Møldrup. He has collaborated with leading Israeli chamber music groups including the Ariel Quartet, PercaDu, the Quartet for Contemporary Music, and the Carmel Quartet. Since 2011 Mr. Kohlberg has performed regularly with Bishara Haroni in the highly acclaimed Duo Amal, an Israeli-Palestinian piano duo performing worldwide.

Mr. Kohlberg’s teachers include Luisa Yoffe, Eitan Globerson, and Arie Vardi. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University and is about to complete his master’s degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. He has given masterclasses in Israel, Mexico and Singapore and has served on the jury of national piano competitions in Israel and Mexico.

Leonel Morales, Spain/Cuba

Leonel MoralesBorn in Cuba, Leonel Morales became a Spanish citizen and has resided in Spain since 1991. He is a graduate of the University of Havana, where he studied with Frank Fernandez, who himself was a student of Russian pianist Victor Merzhanov.

Mr. Morales has performed throughout Europe with prestigious orchestras including the Spanish National Orchestra, Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, and many more. He has served on the jury of several international piano competitions, and he and his wife are the founders of the International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers;” International Piano Competition “Maria Herrero;” International Masterclass and Piano Festival “Leonel Morales;” and International Piano for Children & Teenagers.

Mr. Morales holds numerous professional positions, including Professor of Music and Performing Arts at the University Alfonso X el Sabio (Madrid), Professor of Music at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum University Salzburg, and Professor at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Castelló (Spain).

Olga Radosavljevich, United States/Serbia

Olga RadosavljevichOlga Radosavljevich, a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Commission of Presidential Scholars, received a Bachelor of Music degree, Master of Music degree, and Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). A piano student of Arthur Loesser, Victor Babin, and Vitya Vronsky at CIM, and Danica Stanisavljevich at the Music Academy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, she also was a theory student of Verna Straub, Alvaretta West, and Marcel Dick.

Ms. Radosavljevich has appeared in recital and with orchestras throughout Greater Cleveland; Tacoma, Washington; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Yugoslavia; she has given chamber music performances with David Cerone, Brian Reagin, Ronald Gorevic, Katherine Gradojevich Manker, and Brian Manker.

Ms. Radosavljevich was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1960 and served as head of the preparatory piano department from 1985-2004. She served as executive assistant for the ENCORE School for Strings from 1985 until 1988. She has been a member of the accompanying staff of the Meadowmount School of Music and director of CIM’s Preparatory Piano Summer Program, Camp KLAVIER, since 1989. In 2000 CIM established the Olga Radosavljevich Preparatory Scholarship in Piano and in 2005 she was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Marco Sollini, Italy

Marco SolliniItaly, where he studied with Franco Scala. He has performed throughout Europe, South and North America, Africa, and Indonesia, with celebrated orchestras that include the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, the MAV Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, and many others. His many studio and live recordings, both as a soloist, in piano duo, in chamber music ensembles, and with soprano Rossella Marcantoni, are regularly broadcast on stations worldwide. He also has recorded works for piano four and six hands.

Mr. Sollini is a popular instructor of master classes in Europe and the U.S. and has served on the jury for many international competitions, including the Rome International Piano Competition, the Ars Kosovo Music Competition (Pristina, Kosovo), and the Aram Khachaturian International Competition (Yerevan, Armenia). He is President and Artistic Director of the Marche Musica Association, and also Founder and Artistic Director of the Armonie della Sera Chamber Music Festival.

Truida van der Walt, South Africa

Truida van der Walt

Truida van der Walt is a senior lecturer in piano at North-West University, Potchefstroom. She studied with Adolph Hallis in Johannesburg, and later with Walter Panhofer at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. She also received masterclasses from distinguished accompanists such as Dalton Baldwin and Erik Werba. Her special interest lies with vocalists, but she is also nationally known for her participation in chamber music groups.

In her capacity as accompanist of both vocalists and instrumentalists, Ms. van der Walt was regularly invited by the provincial arts councils to accompany visiting overseas artists and has played for numerous competition winners. She also was one of the official accompanists at the International Voice and String Competitions in Pretoria. She regularly acts as examiner for UNISA and was invited to adjudicate at the first UNISA National Piano Competition in 2003.

Ms. van der Walt has concertized and recorded for radio and television with many prominent musicians, including Kobie van Rensburg, André Howard, Sally du Randt, Manuel Escórcio, Werner Nel, Rina Hugo, Zanta Hofmeyr, Piet Koornhof, Human Coetzee, and Fanie Jooste.