Our jury comprises of world-renowned concert artists, musicians, as well as experienced professors and pedagogues from major institutions.
Prof. Alan Fraser (Serbia)
Canadian pianist, pedagogue and author Alan Fraser is best known for his books linking piano technique to the Feldenkrais Method. A student of pioneering pedagogue Phil Cohen in Montreal and the virtuoso Kemal Gekić in Yugoslavia, he is a trained Feldenkrais practitioner who has presented at numerous music conferences worldwide and published articles in most of the major piano journals. He has performed in North America, Russia, China, Yugoslavia and many European countries, and leads regular seminars at his Alan Fraser Piano Institute in many North American and European capitals. His latest publication is Pianimals, a new children’s method with Phil Cohen-Feldenkrais style exercises to quickly improve a young pianist’s technique and musicianship.
Prof. Avguste Antonov (France)
Born in Bulgaria, Avguste Antonov studied piano in Bulgaria (Dobrich), France (Ecole Normale de Paris, Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud) and the United States (2000: University of Missouri-Kansas City; 2001-2004: University of Kansas; 2006-2008: Texas Christian University).
Pianist Avguste Antonov is at home in all repertoire, with a special interest for the 20th and 21st century music. He has performed World and USA premieres at venues across North America and over the years he has worked with composers Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Michael Colgrass, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger and others.
Avguste Antonov has performed recitals all over the United States, including in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee . He has been featured as soloist with various ensembles including the San Jose State University Wind Symphony, the San Jose Wind Symphony, the University City Symphony, the Alton Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Camerata, the Lakeland Community Orchestra, the Jewish Community Orchestra-Portland and the South Kansas Symphony. Concertos performed include Schumann Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff 2nd, McDowell 2nd, Liszt 2nd, Ravel in G, Gershwin in F, Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue", Carter Pann "Concerto Logic" and Matthew Saunders "Piano Concerto".
In addition to performing, Avguste Antonov is active as lecturer and has presented lectures for the Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Frisco Music Teachers Association, Kansas Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.
He is an adjudicator for many international music competitions. In 2021, Avguste Antonov was named on the advisory board of the Sound Expressivo Global Competition. Previous seasons highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence (Washington, DC) the performance of Carter Pann "Concerto Logic" with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the World and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders "Piano Concerto" with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH).
Since April 2019 Avguste Antonov resides in France. During the year 2019-2020, he was piano professor at the school of music "Couleur Musique" (Bordeaux). Since September 2020, he is professor of piano and accompaniment at the Conservatoire de Châteaubriant.
Prof. Stephen Wong (Hong Kong, SAR)
Stephen Wong was trained at the Royal College of Music in London, the United Kingdom and received a Master of Music at the McGill University in Montreal. Wong was awarded the Jardine Matheson and McGill music faculty scholarships. Between 1995-1999, he taught piano, chamber music and was a vocal coach at McGill music faculty. He appeared as soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and worked as a repetiteur for L’Opera de Montreal. Wong also performed in the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and in Asia including the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan. He is a much sought-after pianist for both solo and ensemble concerts. He has also been invited regularly to record for Radio 4, RTHK. Currently, he teaches at the music faculty of the HKAPA, Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Education University of Hong Kong. 2018 also marks the 11th year of his successful piano students’ concert “Music and Friends”. Apart from being a concert artist, he composes and recorded the music for the movie soundtrack of A Tale of Three Cities, 2015. He participates in theatre acting, dialect coaching and voice-over for movie productions.
Prof. Jorge Chamine (France)
Of Spanish and Portuguese descent, Chaminé was born in Porto. He began his musical studies (piano, voice, cello, guitar, choral and orchestra conducting) at an early age. After studying law at Coimbra University, he decided to become a singer and received a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation to further his studies in Madrid, Paris, Munich, and in New York City with personalities like Lola Rodriguez Aragon, Teresa Berganza and Hans Hotter.
He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain among others. In 1988, he won the Menuhin Foundation Award which led him to perform internationally under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. He has appeared with Claudio Scimone, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Plácido Domingo, Michel Corboz, and Ros Marbà, and appeared in opera performances and concerts alongside Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé and Teresa Berganza.
He is equally at home in the English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages and repertory.
He is a regular performer of tango, boleros, gypsy songs, fado and the songs of Vinicius de Moraes and Jobim—the music and languages of his own origins. He has recorded for Lyrinx, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, ADDA, Sons Croisés/Exodos and BMG.
Chaminé has won a number of honours, prizes and awards. He is frequently invited as a guest teacher and gives master classes in a number of music academies in Europe, U.S., Canada and Brazil. He is at the origin of a workshop Sons Croisés for musicians of all disciplines which is held regularly at the Spanish College in Paris (Colegio de España). More than 200 musicians from 47 countries worked with him in these Workshops.
He is president-Artistic Director of the CIMA Festival in Monte Argentario, Tuscany. He is also vice-president of the Georges Bizet Association. He was nominated Music Ambassador of the organisation Music in ME (Music in Middle East) at the UNESCO in May 2005. Since then he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Music in ME International and president of Music in ME France. He created and is the Artistic Director of the Festival Ibériades and the Artistic Director of the Festival de Bougival. He received from Federico Mayor the Human Rights Medal of the Unesco. Lately, Jorge Chaminé became guest teacher of the University of Stanford (International Program), and with the sustain of the EU he created a project Music4Rom, for the recognition of the contribution of Rom music in the classical music.. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. Since 2015 he is the founder and president of the CEM www.centreeuropeendemusique.fr. On 31 August 2018, Chaminé was nominated "Officier" Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French government.
Dr. Gabriel Prynn (Canada)
Born and raised in the UK, cellist Gabriel Prynn is a founding member of the Trio Fibonacci, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. His most influential teachers were Clive Greensmith and David Finckel.
During his career as a soloist, as a member of the Trio Fibonacci, and as a guest artist with diverse ensembles, notably the Ensemble Alternance in Paris, Gabriel has both resurrected forgotten masterpieces and premiered over sixty new works. Gabriel has performed at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Merkin Hall in New York, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in association with IRCAM and Radio-France, at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has been both a resident artist and Chamber Music Coordinator at the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA) since 2016.
Dr. Prynn is passionate about teaching, and in addition to his position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at Ohio University, USA, from 2016-2019, he has given masterclasses, coached chamber music, and given workshops at such prestigious institutions as the École Normale de Musique (Paris), University of South Africa, University of Curitiba (Brazil), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Conservatory of Belgrade (Serbia), Conservatory of Nagoya (Japan), Hochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany) and at the University of Oxford (UK).
Gabriel has collaborated with some of the most respected composers of our time, notably Mauricio Kagel, Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Hannah Lash, George Tsontakis, Pierre Jalbert and Henri Pousseur. Gabriel’s doctoral research at the University of Montreal led to his book Taming the Cello: a handbook of contemporary cello for performers, teacher and composers. Excerpts were published in the December 2018 edition of The Strad.