COMPETITION JUDGES

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Spring Competition 2022

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Professor Neysun Rouhani, United Kingdom

Judge of Spring Competition 2022

Affiliation: Head of Education at Miele Canto, a music education and performance company, London, United Kingdom; Concert Pianist, performed with a number of orchestras such as Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the Graz Chamber Orchestra and at the Oxford Piano Festival, UK

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Professor Marie Bérard, Canada

Judge of Spring Competition 2022

Affiliation: Music Faculty of the University of Toronto and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; Violin Faculty of the Glenn Gould School as well as the Taylor Academy, Toronto, Canada

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Professor Dr. Gregory Brookes, USA

Judge of Spring Competition 2022

Affiliation: Associate Professor of Voice at Texas Tech University, TX, USA

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Winter Competition 2022

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Professor Giuseppe Devastato, Spain

Judge of Winter Competition 2022

Affiliation: Professor of Piano, Composition, and Chamber Music at Madrid Academy of Musical Arts, Spain, and Accademia Musicale Europea in Naples, Italy; Official Krause Piano Artist and President of World Piano Teachers Association, Spain

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Professor Sergei Skorobogatov, Russia

Judge of Winter Competition 2022

Affiliation: Head of Woodwind and Brass Department at Voronezh Musical College; Professor of Trombone at Voronezh State Academy of Arts; Artist of Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Voronezh, Russia

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Matvey Lapin, USA

Judge of Winter Competition 2022

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Instruments Department of Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA, USA

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Alexandra Zaryankina, Russia

Judge of Winter Competition 2022

Affiliation: Soloist of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Theater of Classical Operetta, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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New Year Competition Season 2021

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Professor Maria Agibalova, Russia

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Professor of Chamber Ensemble and Collaborative Piano at Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia; Winner of international competitions

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Maestro Philip Mann, USA

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Practice at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Guest Conductor at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall and London's Barbican Center; Founder of Arkansas's first collaborative arts festival - Acansa; Conductor for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Voronezh Philharmonic, and major orchestras, operas, and festivals in Europe, USA, and Asia

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Renata Shumskaya, USA

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Founder of Piano Studio in Newcastle; Committee Chair of the EMTA Scholarship Competition; Member of National and Washington State Music Teachers Association, Newcastle, WA, USA

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Professor Tatyana Timoshenko, Russia

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Department of Voronezh College of Music for gifted children; Head of the Voronezh Group of violinists and cellists, Voronezh, Russia

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Anastasiya Bazhenova, Norway

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Concert Pianist and Organist, Larvik, Norway

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Professor Ni Zhijie, China

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Distinguished Professor of Flute Studies at Xi'an Conservatory of Music; Vice President of China Flute Federation; Head of flutes of China National Symphony Orchestra; Adjudicator of prestigious national and international music competitions, China

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Professor Shen Nan, China

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Professor of Vocal Studies at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Visiting Professor at Nanjing Normal University; Executive Director of Jiangsu Vocal Music Society and Head of Opera of Jiangsu Performing Arts; Director of Jiangsu Chorus Association, Head of Jiangsu Radio Chorus and Chorus of Nanjing University, China

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Fall Competition 2021

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Professor Anastasia Timoshenko, Russia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Violin Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia; Artist of State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia", Moscow, Russia

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Dr. Elena Nezhdanova, USA

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Piano Faculty at Opus Ithaca School of Music; Concert Artist and Pianist at Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo, Ithaca, USA

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Tamara Yusman, Israel

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Soloist of Ashkelon Chamber Orchestra; Piano Faculty at Modus Music School, Ashkelon, Israel

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Kristan Toczko, Canada

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Concert Harpist and Pedagogue; Founding Member of Harp Duo: Duo Novus; Social Media Creator: @harpistkt, ON, Canada

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Mikhail Knyazev, Russia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Artist of Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

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Alexandra Zaryankina, Russia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Soloist of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Theater of Classical Operetta, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Casey Granofsky, Canada

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Artist of the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Guelph Symphony; Founder of the Niagara Flute School, ON, Canada

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Summer Competition 2021

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Professor Maria Rybina, Russia

Chief Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Piano and Organ Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia

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Professor Giuseppe Devastato, Spain

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Piano, Composition, and Chamber Music at Madrid Academy of Musical Arts, Spain, and Accademia Musicale Europea in Naples, Italy; Official Krause Piano Artist and President of World Piano Teachers Association, Spain

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Dr. Rachel Mazzucco, USA

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Harp Studies and Music Theory Faculty at Texas Tech University School of Music; President of the West Texas Harp Society, Lubbock, TX, USA

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Dr. Laura Lennis, Colombia

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Concert Pianist and Pedagogue; Fulbright Scholar, Medellín, Colombia

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Valentina Ignatova, Russia

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Artist of the Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre, Violin devision; Artist of Voronezh Symphony Youth Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

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Dr. Mikhail Johnson, Jamaica

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Composer and Pianist; Owner of a publishing label "Johno Muzik Publications", Jamaica

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Svetlana Dyudina, Russia

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Soloist of Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre; Winner of "Bravo" title from the Russian Theatre Union organization, Voronezh, Russia

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Professor Dr. Liu Zongqin, China

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Flute at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music; Member of Zhejiang Musicians' Association; Director of small funded projects of National Art Foundation, China

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Joseph T. Paz, USA

Judge of 2021 Summer Competition

Affiliation: Percussions and Jazz Performer, Pedagogue, Lubbock, TX, USA